13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests
January 17, 2015
Saturday at 8pm
Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol shot almost 500 Screen Tests, revealing portraits of various individuals, both famous and anonymous, who visited his studio, the Factory. They were asked to pose, lit, and filmed by Warhol with his stationary 16mm Bolex camera on silent, black-and-white, 100-foot rolls of film. The Screen Tests provided fodder for Warhol’s ever-shifting happenings and starred, behind the music of The Velvet Underground and Nico, in his Exploding Plastic Inevitable live shows.
Inspired by the mythos of The Factory, songwriters Dean & Britta have composed a live score for a selection of the films. Along with covers of The Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan, their dream-pop sensibility and entrancing rock rhythms evoke the legacy of Warhol’s era.
13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests is a joint commission of The Andy Warhol Museum and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, originally for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts 2008.
Dean & Britta are Dean Wareham and Britta Philips, formerly of the iconic 90s band Luna. Started by Wareham in 1992, Luna made seven studio albums and played their final shows in 2005. Prior to Luna, Wareham fronted Galaxie 500. Philips joined Luna in 2000, before which she played in several bands, starred in the movie Satisfaction, and was the singing voice of 80s cartoon character JEM. The duo released L’Avventura, an album of covers and duets, in 2005, and Back Numbers in 2009. Dean & Britta have scored several films, most notably Noah Baumbach’s The Squid & The Whale.