Stills from Dorian Wood’s “O”
Performers: Rafael Esparza, Taryn Piana and Dorian Wood
Directed by Eduardo Alvarez
Dorian Wood’s new video “O” featured in The Huffington Post:
"Queer artist Dorian Wood is back with a breathtaking new video for his track ‘O’ from his latest album ‘Rattle Rattle.’ Featuring Wood alongside performance artist Rafael Esparza and model Taryn Piana, this incredible video will captivate you and invoke a whole spectrum of emotions. Wood told The Huffington Post that he wanted the aesthetic of the video to capture both Beyonce and Lana Del Rey, featuring Wood in a feminized version of himself.”
THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 21 + 22, Dorian Wood returns with his newly-reconfigured chamber orchestra for two nights only at Human Resources in Chinatown, Los Angeles. The performances will take place inside a monumental-scale installation entitled “Deflated/Defeated”. Designed by artist Jacqueline Bell Johnson, the sculptural environment is inspired by the mythology behind Dorian’s latest album, Rattle Rattle: a document of the end-times as triggered by the appearance of thousands of elephants in the sky. During designated moments throughout the evening, audience members will be invited to experience the performance from different points within the installation.
Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. Click here.
18 and over only, please
Space is limited. Doors open at 7:30PM. Performances will commence at 8:30PM SHARP on each night. NOTE: Due to the intimate, acoustic nature of the performances, late arrivals will not be admitted into the space. Please arrive early.
Watch this never-before-seen clip of Dorian Wood + Rattle Rattle Chamber Orchestra performing the song “Pianos and Bricks”, from their show at Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock in Los Angeles last year.
Dorian returns with the Rattle Rattle Chamber Orchestra for two nights only, Friday March 21 and Saturday March 22, at Human Resources in Chinatown, Los Angeles. For tickets and info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/590145
"Recorded by Jason Whittaker, at the very end of our European tour. The song was originally a country song written by Allen Reynolds, although I first heard it sung by Marianne Faithfull many years ago. I dedicated my version to my beautiful tour bandmates, Leah Harmon, Marcos Junquera and Xavi Muñoz. The gallery was packed that night, and many of my dear London friends were also present. Needless to say, I was an emotional wreck." - Dorian
Dorian Wood by Pablo Almansa
Madrid, January 2014
Behind-the-scenes footage broadcast on Canal 2 in Spain (26:25 min.):
X x España, 2014
Ink on paper
"Nuestra gira Europea comenzo en España. Tuvimos presentaciones en 10 ciudades españolas; la primera, Barcelona, y la final, Zaragoza, antes de entrar a Francia. Cada vez que nos montabamos a la furgoneta, sacaba mi cuaderno y con lapicero en la mano, dejaba que mi mano descansara sobre el papel. El movimiento natural de la furgoneta dictaba el resultado final. Llegabamos a la siguiente ciudad, y ese era el momento de levantar la mano y guardar el cuaderno."
"Our European tour commenced in Spain. We had shows in 10 Spanish cities; the first one, Barcelona, and the last one, Zaragoza, before we entered France. Each time we got on the tour van, I would pull out my sketchbook and with pen in hand, I would allow my hand to rest on the paper. The natural movement of the van dictated the final result. We would arrive at the next city, and that would be the time to lift my hand and put away my sketchbook."
Watch Dorian Wood’s spirited version of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”, performed at Botanique in Brussels, 11 February, 2014.
Official website: http://dorianwood.com
2.14.14: And then…the end. My expectations were high for London. Sooo many friends live there. Also, the emotional cargo of five weeks of non-stop touring. And so it happened: a night of no-holds-barred intensity at Apiary Studios, in Hackney. The sweat flew and dripped mercilessly. A fiery version of “John the Revelator” with my brother Nathaniel Robin Mann and a cast of thousands. A version of “Dreaming My Dreams” that I dedicated to my beautiful band-mates and almost could not finish because of the weepies. The night was gloriously devoted to love and being in love with depression and everything. Drinks, laughing, more drinks, then a rock bar somewhere far-ish, then the passing out at 5am. And this morning, Leah and I bid farewell to Xavi and Marcos, our blessed, brilliant band-mates and brothers-4-life who left for Spain with our manager Edu and Ana, his special lady/management partner. Those are tears of all manner of emotions making my face so fucking shiny. But mostly gratitude. Dear, sweet gratitude. Holy fuck. What a ride.
Special thanks to Jose Luis Cuevas, Carlos Taberna and all the wonderful peeps who helped us, put up with us, gave us food, and came to our shows.
Here’s to the end of the beginning. Much love XOXOXOXOXO