PAIRING MUSIC AND ART

About the Project:

Wine Country Tales is a blend of two divinely complimentary varietals; featuring guitar music by Brian Gore and artwork by Bill Russell about the California coast and wine country. They create original music and art for videos and performances. The show shares narratives about these regions and includes one-of-a-kind live digital drawing segment, focusing on scenic environs the audience chooses.

Each performance features a full program of music and art inspired by the wine country and California coast. Bill Russell’s artwork is projected in tandem with Brian Gore’s music, to portray landmarks like the historic Bale Grist Mill in St. Helena; the migratory Miwoks and Spanish mission history; the adventures of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny on their Napa honeymoon; Jack London’s ‘Wolf House’ in Glen Ellen, and much more. Instrumentals like ‘The Last Mission’, used in an animation about Sonoma, reference wax cylinder recordings of music from Spanish Colonial history in California.

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WHAT THE PRESS SAYS:

“Gore’s eloquent classical-and-folk-derived fingerstyle playing and Russell’s evocative drawings, paintings, and animations create absorbing impressions of California history, natural phenomena, and “Life off the Fault Line”—a wholly different kind of travelog.”
AFAR, The Experiential Travel Guide

 

“The song and performance are fabulously nuanced, just like a fine wine!”
Guitar World Magazine