In 2008, musicians Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips – formerly of Luna and Galaxie 500 – were commissioned by The Warhol and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to compose music accompaniment for a collection of Andy Warhol‘s famous screen tests. The result is 13 Most Beautiful, which features a selection of Warhol’s four-minute silent film portraits, each with its own unique soundtrack. Taking the form of a multimedia concert, the project has been consistently touring internationally since January ’09, and continues to accept offers into 2014. This month, the act heads to Pittsburgh for a special show.
On Nov. 8th, The Warhol welcomes 13 Most Beautiful as part of its ongoing Sound Series. Co-presented by WYEP, the event celebrates the work’s 75th performance, and marks its first return to Pittsburgh since premiering at the Byham Theater in October 2008. I had the pleasure of seeing this combination of sound and film at the 2011 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and it’s one experience you don’t want to miss. I especially enjoyed the way Wareham prefaced each song with its screen test’s origin story – it provided context to both the footage and the compositions, which then set tones for the pieces that ranged from haunting to playful.
13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests begins at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m., at The Warhol. Admission is $20, $15 for CMP and WYEP members. Tickets are now available for purchase on the museum website.