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Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles

Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Owsley Brown met the American expatriate writer Paul Bowles (The Sheltering Sky) at his home in Tangier, Morocco, two years before Bowles’s death. Brown’s award-winning Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles shines a light on Bowles’s lesser-known work as a composer for theater, opera, ballet, and film. Seven short pieces by Bowles are presented in their entirety, each accompanied by imagery that evokes the time period and/or locale—New York, Paris, Oaxaca, Tangier—where the music was composed. Praised for its sensitive handling of its subject, this intimate and insightful portrait connects Bowles with iconic figures such as Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, and Orson Welles.