A soulful, bluesy twang. A psychedelic fever dream. A burst of
back-porch finger-picking. Whatever the style, the sound of Gary
Lucas—described by The New York Times as a “songwriter
with a global guitar”—is unmistakable. Founder of the rock band
Gods and Monsters and a former collaborator with Jeff Buckley
(Lucas co-wrote the song “Grace”) and Captain Beefheart, among
countless others, Lucas continues to provoke and refashion American
music while finding its echo in unlikely places.
In The Edge of Heaven, that place is shidaiqu, the alluring jazz-tinged popular music that flourished in 1930s and 40s China (and was used evocatively by Wong Kar-Wai in his 2000 film In the Mood for Love). Accompanied by Shanghai-based vocalists Sally Kwok and Mo Hai Jing, Lucas and his band pay tribute to two icons of this style, Chow Hsuan and Bai Kwong. Wistful projections of street scenes of old Shanghai transport us in this evening of lilting romantic melodies filtered through the sonic vistas of American experience.
Gods and Monsters
Featuring special guests Shanghai vocalists Sally Kwok and Mo Hai Jing
Lighting design by Kris Anton
This Grammy-nominated guitarist is one of the most celebrated rock musicians today.
This highly talented vocalist channels the spirit of the golden age of Chinese pop.
This vocalist has earned many accolades in her native China and abroad.