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Part of SFFILM Festival

Cut Chemist: Live Score + Films Concrète

Live Performance

Tuesday, April 14, 8:00 pm · Castro Theatre

Join us for a one-time-only special event with live music by renowned DJ Cut Chemist of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, who will perform an original score to a curated selection of short films.

Cut Chemist will bring his dynamic turntablism to the Castro stage, creating live soundtracks to films ranging from the silent era to the present including: Les nuits électriques; Curses; and Funk Off Movie Remix, a found-footage fantasia mixed live in performance.

Description

Cut Chemist has been recording and performing for nearly 30 years. He started DJing in 1984, at age 11. He first became known as a founding member of both the rap group Jurassic 5 and the Grammy award-winning Latin funk outfit Ozomatli. Keeping his involvement with both groups in tandem with one another, he has developed a taste for music and rhythms from around the world while keeping his ethic for the hip-hop tradition. His first solo LP, The Audience’s Listening, was released in 2006. He reinvented the notion of the multi-turntable DJ with Sound of the Police, using only one turntable, a mixer, a loop pedal (for live sampling), and all original vinyl pressings. “It’s like walking a sonic tightrope and the audience gets to see me fall if something goes wrong,” Cut says. “The interesting parts are when I mess up and fix it. The audience goes crazy and appreciates what a difficult balancing act this actually is…It’s important to widen people’s musical vocabulary, and I feel it’s my job as a DJ to do so.”

Cut Chemist will bring his dynamic turntablism to the Castro stage, creating live soundtracks to films ranging from the silent era to the present including: Les nuits électriques (Eugene Deslaw, France 1928); Curses, (Jodie Mack, USA 2016); and Funk Off Movie Remix, (Tom Fitzgerald, USA 2020), a found-footage fantasia mixed live in performance.