New Meetup: Van Morrison Astral Weeks LIVE @ the Hollywood Bowl: Concert Film + Wine Tasting

From: Ryan
Sent on: Sunday, June 7, 2009 10:49 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Ann Arbor Film Fans Meetup Group!

What: Van Morrison Astral Weeks LIVE @ the Hollywood Bowl: Concert Film + Wine Tasting

When: June 15,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Van Morrison Astral Weeks LIVE @ the Hollywood Bowl: Concert Film + Wine Tasting

Monday June 15th at 7:30 pm Scott's Place.

We are inviting Meetup members to Scott's Place on Monday the 15th who are interested in seeing Van Morrison perform his album Astral Weeks on concert DVD. The concert was filmed in 2008 at the Hollywood Bowl. Please rsvp only if you have some genuine interest in seeing this film as space is limited. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine (or beverage of choice) to share and we will have a fun evening for great music, drink and conversation after the film.

Thanks - Ryan

The film:

Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film is an in-concert reworking of the musical legend?s historic 1968 gold-certified solo album. Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film was recorded live over two nights at the Hollywood Bowl in November 2008.

Van Morrison first released Astral Weeks when he was only 22.? The recording immediately became a critically-acclaimed classic and is still considered one of the greatest albums of the rock era.? The fall 2008 shows marked the first time Mr. Morrison ever performed Astral Weeks in one complete concert set. Joining him was an orchestral string section and a band composed of world-class musicians, some of whom played with Van on the original Astral Weeks sessions 40 years ago. During the first half, the artist performed a number of the timeless classics he is famous for while the second half was an awe-inspiring performance of the Astral Weeks album.? Among the songs included on the concert DVD are: "Astral Weeks/I Believe I've Transcended", "Beside You", "Slim Slow Slider/ I Start Breaking Down", "Sweet Thing","The Way Young Lovers Do", "Cyprus Avenue / You Came Walking Down", "Ballerina",? and "Madame George."?

The Astral Weeks DVD also features special bonus songs, including a live version of ?Gloria?? and unprecedented behind-the-scenes footage as well as a candid conversation with the artist himself talking about the meaning behind Astral Weeks, his decision to revisit the pivotal project, and his impressions of the music business. "The Hollywood Bowl concerts gave me a welcome opportunity to perform these songs the way I originally intended them to be", says Mr. Morrison, who amazingly held only one rehearsal prior to the concerts.

To rework Astral Weeks, Mr. Morrison added his signature stretching of songs in a manner unlike any before by creating new sections of songs live on stage.

Unbeknownst to Mr. Morrison at the time he planned the Hollywood Bowl shows, the concerts coincided exactly with the 40th anniversary of the release of Astral Weeks.? He took it as a sign this project was destined to be.? Astral Weeks broke new ground with its experimental free-flowing arrangements and deeply reflective songs. Mr. Morrison?s motivation to rework the music was to get back to his original signature sound: a blend of jazz, blues, classical and folk unique to Van Morrison.

?I believe I?ve transcended,? Van Morrison sings in an extended, in-the-moment riff towards the end of the title track from his recent live album, Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl. Few would beg to differ, for over the course of this historic concert, Morrison seems to transcend age, time and whatever other affects turn some veteran performers into wan caricatures of their former selves better suited to halls of fame than halls of music. Now, for those who couldn?t be there to go ?into the music? under that star-filled Los Angeles sky, Morrison has released a concert film?his first since 1990?s Van Morrison: The Concert?that documents the soulful evening measure for remarkable measure.

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