One of our favourite events from last year, the excellent five-part Mahmovies! Music for the Eyes film series, has returned – and with it, so has a series of free weekly musical performances.
For those who didn’t go to the last round, the Music for the Eyes season (other, non-musical Mahmovies! seasons are screened throughout the year) showcases the best music-related documentaries, performances and stories alongside gigs from related or otherwise appropriate bands. This first screening of the 2010 event will feature RiP: A Remix Manifesto, the celebrated 2008 documentary on how mash-up culture is changing the way we view music, how the internet has changed our understanding of ownership, and how the music industry is arguably using copyright law to stifle creativity.
Equally appropriate is the film’s supporting act, The Lost Fingers. Taking their name from Django Reinhardt, a Belgian-born gypsy guitarist who lost the use of his third and fourth fingers in a caravan fire but went on to become an influential jazz guitarist, they play swinging gypsy-jazz with a modern pop/rock twist. The Canadian trio went platinum in their home country with the launch of their 2008 debut album, Lost in the 80s, which covers classic ’80s songs from the likes of AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder in the band’s inimitable jazz style. It should be a suitably unique start for a unique film series.
The Lost Fingers play Mahmovies! Music for the Eyes at thejamjar, Al Quoz, January 25, free.