Go As If had the pleasure of working with visual artist, Yu Maeda, to create some animated promo clips for Finding A Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media, an unprecedented collaboration with renowned pianist and composer Jason Moran that explores the intersection of skateboarding and jazz at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood on Sept 29th. Improvisation abounds as local skaters shred a ramp on stage to a musical response performed live by Moran and his group The Bandwagon.
To create the promo clips, I had the pleasure of working with visual artist, Yu Maeda, who hails from Kumamoto, Japan and now resides in Huntington Beach. Since meeting Yu-chan in 2014, through my dear friend Ayumi from Kyoto, Japan, we’ve worked together several times to both exhibit his original works and also create gifs and animated spots for previous shows I’ve produced. Between his work with Hit+Run, Superchief Gallery, Giant Robot, to mention a few, I’m always excited to work with him.
Finding a Line celebrates the creativity of the full breadth of the skateboarding community, including musicians, photographers, filmmakers, painters, graphic and fashion designers, as well as skateboarders themselves. The week of Finding a Line programs at the Ford is part of an ongoing, nationwide community-sourced public art project.
This show is the perfect opportunity to bring together members of the family who might not think their interests intersect. Lovers of jazz and lovers of skateboarding will dig this original and exciting show. Skateboarders expected to participate include: Ron Allen, Jaime Reyes, Sky and Ocean (AWSM KIDS), and members of the OC Ramps Team: Jordan Hoffart, Greg Lutzka, Brad McClain and more.
Joining Jason Moran on stage are Ron Allen, Bennie Maupin on saxophone (best known for Miles Davis' Bitches Brewalbum), bassist Tarus Mateen, Daru Jones on drums and guitarist and professional skateboarder Chuck Treece.
“In jazz, there are so many moving parts, and within a composition, there are obstacles in the form. Street skaters navigate a landscape finding ways to approach a rail in the same way a drummer approaches the beginning of a song. The mode of improvisation is paramount to how both skaters and jazz musicians approach life.” —Jason Moran