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The Michigan Daily

Friday, April 18, 1986

Page 9

'Madison St.
Jam brings
Spring to A 2
By Alan Paul
OR TEN years, the guys at West
, Quad's Rumsey House have
given the University the annual
Madison Street jam. This year's free
concert, featuring the music of local
faves Map of the World, the Watusies,
the Rhythm Corp, and Cadillas Kidz,
will be tomorrow. The show, which
kicks off at noon, will be on Madison
Street between South and West Quads.
"It's basically a campus bash for
anyone who wants to come,"
organizer Bill Wickett said. "We want
to treat people to a good time before
finals. There's a lot of tension around
here right now and this is a good
chance for students to blow off a little
steam before it all comes down on
them."
The concert will
be held at the Nectarine Ballroom in
the event of rain.

Excellence from Sweden

By Alan Paul
W hile there have never been many
women film directors, in-
terestingly, many of the top women in
the industry are Swedish. This
weekend, at Angell Hall Auditorium
A, Ann Arborites will have the oppor-
tunity to view the film of some of
Sweden's (and the world's) top
female directors at the Second
Swedish Film Festival.
Women in Sweden work in all
aspects of film production, and
established their own organization in
1976. The Swedish Women's Film
Organization (SKFF) functions as a
networking and professional
development group for women in
Swedish film, regularly holding
festivals, seminars, and workshops.
The festival kicks off tonight at 7:30
with director Agneta Elers-
Jarleman's documentary Beyond
Sorrow, Beyond Pain. SKFF member
Elers-Jarleman will discuss the work
of women filmmakers and other
aspects of contemporary Swedish film
in a talk following the screening of her

film.
Beyond Sorrow, Beyond Pain is a
film about five years in the lives of the
director and her boyfriend Jean, who
was also a filmmaker until a car ac-
cident left him blind and mute. After
regaining consciousness, Jean, con-
sidered a hopeless case, was moved to
a hospital for the bed-ridden.
"I understood that I had to decide
how I would behave towards him,"
Elers-Jarleman said. "If you visit a
dying patient in the hospital you can
either go to help" him over to the other
side or go to try and grasp his will to
live. I knew that Jean wanted to live.
He has an enormous will to life and I
believe he wanted to fight."
"To love, you must be weak, and
this is a menacing trait in our
society," Elers-Jarleman said. It
promises to be a powerful, moving
film.
The festival continues through
Sunday with the following
schedule: Saturday, April 19
1-5 p.m.; Mai Zetterling's 1964
Loving Couples, a film which

depicts the lives of three
hospitalized expectant mothers.
Near and Far Away (1976) by
Marriane Ahrne is about a young
female hospital attendant who, af-
ter becoming involved with a mute
patient, is confronted by two doc-
tor's very different views of him.
8 p.m.: In Gunnel Lindblom -s
1981 Sally and Freedom, a married
woman longs for independence
and a break with her nuclear
family. She commences a new
relationship, only to find many
similar difficulties.
Sunday, April 19, 1 p.m.:
Broken Sky, Ingrid Thulin's 1982
film, focuses on a 13-year-old
working class girl who leaves home
during the Big War to explore the
world.
All films are in Swedish with
English subtitles.

Agenta-Elers-Jareman's superb direction is displayed at this weekend's
Swedish Film Festival.

'Lyle May at Mendelssohn: no R. S. V.P.

By Marc Taras

U ntil recently, Lyle Mays has been
best known as the brilliant
keyboard support for the Pat Metheny
Group. He has established a well-
/deserved reputation as a sensitive
sideman and thoughtful soloist. His
current three-week tour and con-
current LP release are his first
outings as a leader. The LP, ap-
propriately entitled Lyle Mays has
been released on Geffen records
through the production company he
has just formed with his long time
buddy Metheny. The tour, which'
spotlights Mays in a wonderful trio
setting will be arriving in Ann Arbor
Sunday night at 8:00 pm in beautiful
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre of the
Michigan League.
Mays will be in fine company. His
trio includes his old college chum
Marc Johnson on acoustic bass, and
the dynamic Peter Erskine on traps
and electronic drums. Johnson and
Erskine are a polished rhythm section
and have been touring together in

Johnson's band Bass Desires. Er-
skine is a volcanic drummer who did a
memorable stint with Weather Report
which led to numerous other sessions.
During a telephone conversation this
week, Mays reflected upon his music,
his band, and breaking down precon-
ceptions.
Although Lyle prefers to play
,acoustic piano to the Fender Rhodes
electric model ("The acoustic piano is
a superior instrument"), he will be
including some electronics in this
tour. The MIDI is a sophisticated
computer system which interfaces his
electronics and essentially "connnec-
ts the synthesizers to each other"
allowing an amazing range of
polyhonic effects. He has been ex-
panding his use of synthesizers since
Oberheim introduced their prototype
polyphonic machine.
When I asked him what drew his atten-
tion to the electric sounds in the first
place he answered, surprisingly (un-
surprisingly), "The Beatles. Pat and
I both grew up listening to a lot of pop
radio." He is also fast to acknowledge
a love of bebop and traditional jazz,
citing Bill Evans as the foremost in-

fluence he has felt in defining his own
lyrical piano stylings.
The message he has for Ann Arbor
audiences is "To approach the con-
cert without preconceptions." There
seems to be good reason for this. Ac-
cording to Mays, the rehearsal
process with this band has been
largely a matter of getting used to
playing with each other. "We have
fun. Sometimes we just play standar-
ds." I was thrilled all the more when
he teased, "You should hear us play
'Stella By Starlight'!" Well, I asked,
any chance that we willhear it? "Oh
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Chances are that we won't be get-
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Metheny Group soft-touch fusion
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trio and so much more! Electric.
Acoustic. Solo spots. As I look for-
ward to Sunday's gig at the Men-
delssohn Theatre I am trying to follow
Lyle's own suggestion and rid myself
of preconceptions - but damn! Now I
really want to hear these cats stretch
out on "Stella By Starlight"! We shall
see -and hear!
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