Renowned performance artist and musician Rachel Mason will premiere the new video for Tigers in the Dark during a live performance called Enter Das Ram on June 18. This event will take place at the spacious and prestigious LTD Los Angeles gallery.
This screening entails the world premiere of Tigers in the Dark, which is directed by Matthew Spiegelman and a live performance – the first episode of a musical narrative that incorporates Schubert’s rendition of Goethe’s tragic poem, Erlkönig, the pop songs of Mason’s new Das Ram song cycle, and the story of a wolf-identifying teenager. Mason once again reinvents herself, moving somewhat away from the folk-pop creations on her last release to electronic drive-filled melodies this time around.
The performance features Haylee Nichele, Nora Quinn, Paris Hunter Paul, Chelsea Zeffiro, Linda Tabbouch, and Jeff Hassay, who also co-composed this soundtrack together with Rachel Mason.
To top off these festivities, there will be a special guest DJ – like only one of the most famous DJs in the history of rock music – Rodney Bingenheimer a.k.a. “Rodney on the Roq” will be spinning vinyl and more vinyl. This appearance is no coincidence, as LTD Los Angeles is located on Sunset Boulevard in the very same spot that was once home to the infamous Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco. In fact, Rachel Mason’s performance also incorporates Dennis Hoekstra’s installation, a virtual reincarnation of the English Disco.
Flashback to the 1970s – this was L.A.’s mainstay during the glam rock era, fave hangout of many rock stars, including Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Blondie, and The Ramones. Rodney Bingenheimer was among America’s first club-turned-radio DJs to import the sounds of bands from T-Rex and other glam rock bands through the new wave era of The Cure and Depeche Mode. He still hosts his own radio show.
Tigers in the Dark will be released on the forthcoming Das Ram album, which we’ll announce in due time. The video itself is fascinating, focusing on a human-animal hybid basting and blasting out lined in all her primal glory – a little bit like Dresden dolls and Siouxsie Sioux with Grace Jones and Joan Baez. Delightfully creepy and eclectically contagious.
In scripts, sculpture, rock operas, performances and songs spanning over a decade, Mason has created imagined worlds where animals, objects, mythological creatures and all forms of non-human entities have taken shape through her body and voice. Her shows wrap the audience in fantastical narratives which interweave musical, theatrical and narrative elements into unexpected operatic journeys.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Rachel recently returning home after spending the last 10 years in New York city. There, she represented as an active element on the city’s arts scene a visual artist, songwriter and performer.
Rachel Mason has recorded 13 full-length albums and three operas, including her most recent unique rock opera feature film The Lives of Hamilton Fish, which toured the world over the past year and was featured in Vice, Interview Magazine, The New York Times, Artforum, LA Weekly, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Art in America, and Flash Art.
Doors for Rachel Mason’s June 18 performance open at 7pm with the performance slated to begin at 8pm.