Pairing silent film with music, WREST is a collaborative project between composer/performer JULES GIMBRONE and filmmaker ELLIOT MONTAGUE.

The studio album of WREST is here.

 

Jules Gimbrone/ARIA ORION Performing WREST live at University Settlement May 8, 2010

 

 


Through experimental narrative, WREST explores the story of Joan of Arc as an archetypal representation of transformation. WREST depicts moments of imperative change housed within the queer body. Composer Jules Gimbrone and filmmaker Elliot Montague, create a dynamic 45-minute performance joining two artistic mediums – a live 7-piece music ensemble and projected single channel film. Montague’s film draws on saints and mythological figures to bend reality and lead his character through internal and environmental extremities. Gimbrone’s ensemble creates a symphonic landscape through a dramatic mash of polyrhythm, grand melodic gestures, abrasive sound textures, and primordial vocalizations.

HISTORY

WREST began in the fall of 2009 as a collaboration between composer JULES GIMBRONE, filmmaker ELLIOT MONTAGUE and choreographer JULES SKLOOT. After receiving a generous grant from the PRINCESS GRACE FOUNDATION and the BROOKLYN ARTS COUNCIL, the three artists performed WREST at The University Settlement Performance Project May 4th-6th 2010. Joining them on stage were 6 dancers, 7 musicians and 3 panels of film. After four sold out shows, the project went on hiatus due to medical reasons. In the fall of 2010, GIMBRONE and MONTAGUE decided to continue the project as a film and music collaboration.