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Sageev Oore gets hearts wagging with musical improv

Sageev Oore wants to engage either your heart or your tongue for Valentine's Day, or both, if you're up for it. The pianist and Gyposophilia member presents a show from his Sonic Silents series, combining projections of silent films with improvised piano and sometimes projections of drawings or photographs. Oore was inspired for the upcoming show's theme in line at the Farmers' Market recently, when a friend pointed out a bowl of cow hearts and tongues at a butcher's, and Oore quickly snapped a photo.

Oore began the series two years ago, but has been playing improvised music to film and theatre for more than 10 years, beginning when he was living in Toronto and played improvised music for live theatre.

"One of the things I like is that images can sometimes explain the music and the music can sometimes explain the images," he says. Oore's background is primarily in jazz and classical, as well as klezmer, but he says the improv "can go all over the map." He's performed to projections of Charlie Chaplin's silent films, early Russian films such as Dziga Vertov's Man With a Movie Camera, and Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou. "The imagery is as disturbing or shocking as anything anyone could do today. In general I like playing to images because there's so much material there."

The piano improvisations are a response to what's happening on screen. "I'm responding to the emotional tone of what's happening---it makes me look at the films really carefully, and it can go in unexpected directions."

Oore sometimes passes out markers and transparencies for audiences to create drawings he projects, but for the Valentine's show, he's asking attendees to send him photos or videos online beforehand, interpreting "hearts and tongues" either literally or metaphorically.

Sageev Oore: Hearts and Tongues, Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, 8pm, $22/$12,

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