During the 6th annual CineMarfa film festival, CineMarfa and Marfa Live Arts with The Lumberyard will present Tortoise on Saturday, May 7th, 9:15pm in The Lumberyard Courtyard. Drawing from a galaxy of influences, Tortoise is a band that continues to expand the vocabulary of contemporary music. CineMarfa co-founder David Hollander says, “Their experimental approach is completely in line with the kind of films we show at CineMarfa — ecstatic, underground, untamed.” Tortoise has spent nearly 25 years making music that defies description. While the Chicago-based instrumental quintet has nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout its revered and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly, even stubbornly, their own.
As ever, Tortoise has conjured sounds on their latest album The Catastrophist, that aren’t being purveyed anywhere else in music today. There’s a deeply intuitive interplay between the group members that comes only from two decades of experimentation, revision and improvisation. And at a time when our brains are constantly bombarded by myriad distractions, The Catastrophist reminds us that there’s something much greater out there. All we have to do is listen. This is a free concert. For more information see cinemarfa.org or marfalivearts.org