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Lemonade: NC Composers present a Sound and Vision Festival

The marriage between music and film is a symbiotic exchange. Music creates the atmosphere of a film, giving the audience a sense of time and place. It also reveals the unspoken thoughts and feelings of a character and enhances the nuances of dialogue and relationships. On the other hand, it is the film itself with it’s characters, setting, and drama that inspires the film’s composer. When played outside the context of the film, the music often does not make sense. Who can forget iconic moments in movie history like the ominous two-notes in “Jaws” signifying the coming of the giant shark or the epic “Imperial March” in “Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back”? You can’t.

This year’s annual Sound and Vision Festival presented by the Nevada County Composers explores this significant relationship between music and other artistic disciplines like film. Guest composers and their collaborators, including other musicians, filmmakers and visual artists from across Northern California have been invited to present an array of unique and compelling work.

“It’s art for arts sake,” explains composer and festival organizer Mark Vance. “We are trying to foster the creation and presentation of art.”



Sound and Vision will showcase new music in short films such as “Skirr”, with music by Stephen Blumberg and the abstract animation of “Rachel Clarke; Prelude”, a reflective film with the music of Mark Vance, Joan Tumilty on piano and video conceptions by Dick Mentzer and Carle Bumpus; “The Killing of Mary Surratt” is a historical film questioning the guilt or innocence of Mary Surratt in connection with the assassination of President Lincoln, produced by Chris and Heather King and features the music of Richard Altenbach; “American Hymn” is an uplifting panorama of America by filmmaker Dale Victorine with equally inspiring music of Nancy Bloomer-Deussen; and a Wild & Scenic Film Festival favorite, “The Little Bird of the Yuba” is a film and music collaboration between brothers Terrence and Larry Huntington, which shows the simple beauty of the Yuba River during the winter.

On Sunday night you can stay home and watch the “82nd Academy Awards” or you could hear (and see) the next film composer extraordinaire. Better yet, just check Twitter at intermission and find out who won the Oscar.




Lemonade is cool and refreshing, usually sweet and a little bit tart. Jesse Locks is a freelance writer. You can reach her at jesselocks@gmail.com


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