• Dream Has No Friend

     

    We have been gleefully following and writing about the sounds that are emerging from a new generation of musicians and artists in our native Los Angeles. Recently, the video "Dream Has No Friends" was brought to our attention by director Lorena Endara.

     

    The video comes from the experimental Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra and features a mostly latino cast set in Los Angeles. According to their press release, 

     

    "it was inspired by a poem that drifts between consciousness and unconsciousness. Similarly, the music video takes you on a strangely emotional and visual experience of sound. It was filmed in Los Angeles and the open-ended journey points viewers towards the new face of American jazz."

     

     

    After reviewing the entirety of the Jon Armstrong Orchestra music and slightly intimidated by the length of the songs, Director Lorena Endara, 

    "picked "Dream Has No Friend" because of the mood. it reminds of an old black and white mystery film and i thought it be cool to capture different parts of Los Angeles. Since Eduardo [husband and guitarist for Chicano Batman} is my Los Angeles guide I feel like I have high standards for what the city is. deep inside, my goal was to impress Eduardo with the locations I picked. i know he loved the b-roll shot of the trees over the 110 freeway right in the beginning. "

    I for one enjoyed the music. I appreciated the dark tones emanating from the brass and woodwinds along with the experimental design of the music. The video has a classic look panning elegantly through the heart of Los Angeles. Clearly Lorena's approach to filmmaking has a minimalist aesthetic. Using juxtaposition and adjusting the opacity levels Lorena is able to effectively convey conflict emanating from the main character.  The phrasing in the film complemented the tone and feel of the music without feeling like a music video. 

     

    -Filiberto Nolasco Gomez
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