Our latest update - from the archives!

Our latest update - from the archives! (For full info see our Kickstarter campaign page).
https://www.kickstarter.com/…/the-viking-of-6…/posts/1813650

While we continue work on editing the film we have been into the Moondog archives and unearthed some never before heard Moondog music. The music, which had lain in the archives since Moondog's death, was only available in its original braille score. We have been working closely with the Moondog Estate and the incredibly dedicated Wolfgang to bring this music to the big screen as part of the film's soundtrack. We have a load of exciting stuff planned for the film but we are particularly thrilled to be able to include new Moondog music in his cinematic story. 

ICYM Holly did an interview about the film for Huck magazine - you can check it out here

 

Moondog Centenery Tribute, by the Lovely and the Wretched in Detroit

Moondog Centenery Tribute, by the Lovely and the Wretched

Friday, December 30th 2016

7.00pm and 8.30pm

Born Louis Thomas Hardin (1916-1999), Moondog performed in the streets of New York for three decades. His unique snaketime music was released on Prestige Jazz and Columbia Records where he became an alternative pop sensation.The Lovely & The Wretched will perform Moondogs music on a variety of instruments.The Lovely and The Wretched formed in 2015 to accompany Biba Bell's choreography during Nick Cave's visit. Arrangements are by Frank Pahl and Clem Fortuna.Joining Frank and Clem are Mary Riccardi, Joel Peterson, Mike Shimmin, Doug Shimmin, Doug Gourlay, Tim Holmes and James La Croix.

More info here:

http://www.dia.org/calendar/friday-night.aspx?id=5938&iid=

 

 

 

 

Moondog Live! Were you there?

We're currently cutting a section of the film that deals with Moondog's performance at BAM in 1989 as part of the Next Wave Festival.

Moondog with some old friends! BAM 1989 © BAM

Moondog with some old friends! BAM 1989 © BAM

Moondog conducted the Brooklyn Philharmonic and they performed some classic Moondog pieces including Good for Goodie, Bird's Lament, Present for Prez, and Stamping Ground. It was a brilliant concert and a star-studded night. We've interviewed a number of people about the concert and have some great audio and photographic archival material but we're looking for some additional archive from the concert, the rehearsals or post concert event. Were you there? Did you see Moondog perform, did you take any photographs or video? If so we'd love to hear from you. Alternatively, if you ran into Moondog around that time in NYC please get in touch with us here. If you don't have archival material but would like to share your recollections of the event we'd also love to hear from you. Please message us via the contact page.

Lyon centenary concert

Photos from yesterday's rehearsals for the Lyon centenary concert.

Les Nuits de Fourvière concert rehearsal with Stephan Eicher, Dominique Ponty & Stefan Lakatos, Stefano Montanari, l'Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon w/ Raphaël Imbert & Jean-Philippe Scali, l'Ensemble Minisym, Katia Labèque & Triple Sun
[Photos by Loll Willems]

Moondog at 100!

100 years ago today, in Marysville, Kansas a legend was born! 

His was a life that spanned much of the 20th century and took him from the plains of the Midwest to the streets of New York and on to the concert halls of Europe. Along the way he lived a pretty extraordinary and original life and we're privileged to be telling his story in his centenary year. 

 

We're celebrating the great man's birthday today with our own Moondog inspired production office shindig and we know that many others all over the world are doing the same. Through the rest of this year there are a series of events and concerts planned by some of those who knew and collaborated with Moondog. There are shows in CopenhagenMunichMünsterRecklinghausenParisLyon, and Brussels to name just a few. 

On Wednesday June 1st at 3pm, the film's Producer Lori Cheatle will be joining Moondog's biographer Robert Scotto for three hours of Moondog music and chat with Irwin Chusid on WFMU 

Other recent radio tributes dedicated to Moondog include BBC's Late Junction and Hear and Now

We'll be keeping you updated on ways to celebrate during the coming months but of course the best way is to play the man's music and to introduce someone new to it today!

"Please take care of my music" 

Moondog aka Louis Thomas Hardin 26th May 1916 - 8th September 1999.

Goodbye David Bowie

"I first came here in 1971. The earliest graphic image I have is of Louis Hardin, better known as Moondog, the legendary boho and musical outsider. One of the guys who worked at Mercury Records, with whom I was under contract at the time, took me over to 54th Street, and there, dressed as a sort of Viking, Moondog stood. Usually he would be playing his strange compositions accompanied on a keyboard or some kind of homemade drums, but not this day. I went for sandwiches and coffee, which we consumed as we sat on the sidewalk. He told me something about his life, and it came home to me only after a while that he was completely blind."
David Bowie speaking in 2003. 
RIP