Faculty News: John Sebastian Vera wraps up film debut at BAM
Third Coast Trombone Retreat Faculty member and Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Opera, John Sebastian Vera, along with his quartet the Guidonian Hand, were honored to be asked by world-renown avant-garde filmmaker, Matthew Barney, along with composer, Jonathan Bepler, to record for and act in his 6 hour epic work, River of Fundament, this past summer. The film had it's premiere this week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to sold out audiences and rave reviews and will now continue on to Munich.
John improvised on invented brass instruments on the soundtrack and acted in the final climactic scene of the epic work. He, along with his quartet-mates were dressed as New York sanitation workers and were asked to do things that were never before imaginable to them. At one point, a tube connected to a giant water truck was taped under their clothes all the way up their body to the brass instrument they were holding so that red liquid could shoot out while it looked like they were playing. If you have a chance to experience this work prepare yourself for exactly that: an experience.
To read more about John and hear his recent performance of the Persichetti Serenade, check out his bio on the Faculty page.