“It seems natural that music and art go together,” says Irradio frontman Dan Dasher. “There is a big art scene in San Diego but not too many people know the names.”
Dasher and co-coordinator Brigitte Taylor hope to change that with a show at the Casbah on September 4, combining music and live painting. On stage will be Irradio, A Scribe Amidst the Lions, the Heavy Guilt, and Sleep Lady, while art is created in the Atari Lounge by Anna Zappoli, Daniel Hardison, Quentin Anderson, and Tiffany Nakanishi. There will be a gallery for the finished works.
The Casbah’s Tim Mays notes that the club has had artists in the Atari before, with live silk-screening and drawing but never painting. Mays says that having painters perform in the club’s back bar is much easier than dealing with a band. “There aren’t any special precautions, other than maybe a drop cloth,” he says.
Taylor has promoted similar events in the past year at venues such as El Dorado and the Bareback Grill downtown, but never with this many bands taking part. The artists were chosen for their love of music and their willingness to work in different settings. “I was looking for people who really care about music, who want to do things that are interdisciplinary,” Taylor says. “When you mix creative elements, they have a greater impact,” Dasher adds. “Putting them together like this gives an opportunity to not only mix music and art but bring different art styles together. For example, on the one hand you have Anna Zappoli, who studied in Italy and has a baroque touch to some of her work, while someone like Daniel Hardison, who came out of the graffiti scene, has a very urban feel to what he does.”
Zappoli has painted live before and enjoys the atmosphere of a full-on rock show. “It’s a lot of fun to be there with the crowd,” she says. “I use [live painting] as an inspirational event, I never know what is going to happen. I like that because it brings certain vibes and motions that I like to capture. I just welcome whatever comes out of it.” Although known for her work with oil paints, for live shows she uses acrylics. “Oil is so messy, it’s more complicated because it doesn’t dry fast.” Art created at the event will be available for sale, with Zappoli’s starting at $400.
Being the mother of Blackheart Procession cofounder Pall Jenkins, Zappoli is familiar with the local music scene to a degree, though not the bands performing on this night. “[That] won’t be a problem....”
Taylor plans to promote more events like this in the near future. “There is limitless potential for this sort of thing,” she says. “It’s wonderful to be able to introduce these artists into the musicians’ world...I think we all have so much in common.”