Guitarist de Grassi performs Japanese film score at Fairfield U.
The concert gets under way at 2 p.m.
The 1934 film "A Story of Floating Weeds," directed by Yasujiro Ozu, is considered to have influenced contemporary filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch. In 2006, de Grassi was one of six guitarists commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival to compose or improvise a score and perform live at a festival of Asian films. The guitarist, who was born in Japan, began screening Japanese films for the festival and discovered the black-and-white movie by Ozu.
According to an interview in JazzTimes magazine, de Grassi wrote themes for each of the movie's characters that have variations. --¦ I also left a lot of room for improvisation, especially with the longer scenes ... There are those same themes in it each time, but there's enough improvisation that they're quite different with each performance. I think that's what makes it interesting," he said in the interview.
Over the last three decades as a soloist and collaborator, the guitarist has explored a variety of musical directions and his repertoire includes interpretations of jazz classics with "Bolivian Blues Bar" and "Tatamonk," on which he collaborated with Chilean folk musician Quique Cruz.
De Grassi's recordings have featured guest musicians such as Patrick O'Hearn, Zakir Hussain, Luis Conte, Paul McCandless and Mark Egan. His 10th recording, "The Water Garden," earned a Grammy nomination, an Indie Award nomination and was named Crossroads magazine's Best Acoustic Instrumental Recording of the Year.
Tickets to the concert cost $20 and are available at www.quickcenter.com or by calling the box office at 203-254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396.