The Text of Light group was formed in 1999 with the idea to perform improvised music to the films of Stan Brakhage and other members of the American Cinema avante garde of the 1950s-60s (Brakhage’s film ‘Text of Light’ was the premiere performance and namesake of the group). The original premise was to improvise (not ‘illustrate’) to films from the American Avante-Garde (50s-60s etc), an under-known period of American filmic poetics.

Members of the group include Lee Ranaldo and Alan Licht (gtrs/devices), Christian Marclay and DJ Olive (turntables), William Hooker (drums/perc) and Ulrich Krieger (sax/electronics).  Various combinations of these players attend ‘Text’ gigs, depending on individual schedules, so the group takes on various permutations—sometimes all members participate, sometimes not.

To date the group has performed with various films, amongst others: Brakhage’s Text of Light, Dog Star Man, Anticipation of the Night, Songs; Harry Smith’s Mahagonny outtakes, Oz-The Approach to the Emerald City, and Late Superimpositions.

For Text of Light I’ve been involved as an agent for various shows in Europe, amongst other in Podewil (Berlin) and Pompidou Center (Paris).