Shaking Ray Levi Society presents movie and music at Wayne-O-Rama

Jack Wright and Evan Lipson
Jack Wright and Evan Lipson

If you go

› What: Changing Lives Since 1979› Where: Wayne-O-Rama, 1800 Rossville Ave., Suite 108› When: 8 p.m. Friday, July 7› Admission: $15, includes documentary and concert› Phone: 423-910-9729

The Shaking Ray Levi Society will present Changing Lives Since 1979: Jack Wright, Evan Lipson and "Borbetomagus: A Pollock of Sound" on Friday night, July 7, at Wayne-O-Rama.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m before the documentary, "Borbetomagus," begins at 8 p.m. followed by Wright and Lipson's concert. The movie and music are all included in a $15 ticket.

"Borbetomagus: A Pollock of Sound" is the first feature-length documentary about legendary improv/noise group Borbetomagus. Filmmaker Jef Mertens brings a raw, urgent and unpolished vision focusing on a band that has spent almost four decades defining and redefining not just its music, but the boundaries of music itself.

Band members Don Dietrich, Donald Miller and Jim Sauter tell their story with the help of artists, writers, photographers and filmmakers. These include noted critic Byron Coley, drummer Chris Corsano, guitarist Thurston Moore, groundbreaking Japanese noise unit Hijokaidan and Switzerland's masters of "cracked electronics," Voice Crack.

The film includes never-before-seen archival footage, photographic finds and previously unreleased recordings.

"Changing Lives Since 1979" is the slogan of dual-sax/guitar trio Borbetomagus. The group created its trademark "bells together" technique, in which the two saxophonists place their sax bells together and blow air into each others' lungs through their instruments.

The concert after the film will feature Jack Wright with bassist Evan Lipson.

Wright returned to the instrument of his youth, the saxophone, in 1979 after an academic career at Temple University and activist politics. Since then, he has exclusively performed free improvisation and earned a reputation as the "Johnny Appleseed of Improvised Music" (bestowed upon him by Davey Williams, one of the three founding fathers of American Free Improv Guitar).

Lipson has been a musician since adolescence and is currently active with Roughhousing. He has scored several films, as well as written music for a new collaboration with Duplex Planet creator David Greenberger and Bob Stagner of the Shaking Ray Levis.