ALBUM BOOK PODCAST SHOW
Finale episode 8 RIALTO out Monday October 25
featuring D.A. Meeks, Thom Gill, Robin Dann, Luka Kuplowsky, Phil Melanson
in this the final episode Klaus enters the “Rialto”, a movie house with a peculiar magic. A final vision and confrontation expose the key riddles that have driven his quest.
episodes released biweekly (total 8)
each episode features a chapter from the book with select songs from the album
CAST (in order of appearance):
John Southworth – Klaus
Janine Theriault – Mrs. Gheradini
Claudia Dey – “Van Leer” spirit
Francis Nicholson – Lost Child Of The Railroad
Tamara Lindeman – E. Van Leer
Veda Hille – “The Far East” spirit
Robin Dann – Wanda Rose
Luka Kuplowsky – young Klaus
Daniel Knox – Longfellow
Devon Sproule – “The Green Angel” spirit
Rusty Keeler – motel manger
Ryan Driver – Willy “Silly” Simon
Sam Allison – "Nabokov"
D.A. Meeks – “Underground Cinema” and “Rialto” spirit
Feurd Ian Robertson – library security guard
Meg Remy – “Limen” and “Wandersee” spirit
Martin Tielli – Bill Barc
Frankie Figliomeni – waiter
Travis Stokl – bank teller
Andy Magoffin – tramp
Cory Bruyea – tramp
Felicity Williams – member of “The Wan”
Thom Gill – Don Wan
Phil Melanson – thin man
out OCTOBER 1 on Tin Angel
songs by John Southworth
performed by Venuti String Quartet
arrangements by Andrew Downing
produced by Jean Martin & John Southworth
Singers (in order of appearance):
Silver film canister
You are what you dream
Lost child of the railroad
Real the reel
out NOVEMBER 1 on Sud de Valeur Press
The scent of The Fool is here – a sweet curdle. It is night. I am stray. A year out of high school. I am walking under a railroad bridge on the edge of town. I am walled-off, rain-wet, naïve. I am climbing up the black stone wall and up through a hole towards blue prairie skies.
The spasm is coming – from the pink cushioned-coffin I jolt with serpentine force. The black eel is born up. Like a slippery dove it tries to flee. The eel flits and spins in the smoke. This wriggling, contracting fleeing locks me within a spiral wormhole for what seems like a minute, but it is only a second or two. Flash visions of faces – Bill Barc, Longfellow, Silly, Nabokov, Pierrot, E. Van Leer, Old Walt and Wanda-Rose swirling and interchanging. Memories. Voices. Voices producing vision. Vision producing voices.
The eel is out.
"Oh my God what a beautiful, beautiful thing this is... Rialto!" - author Miriam Toews
"As weird as it is wonderful. You have to invent a new genre for this." - Der Spiegel
A few years back I had this dream: I was walking through vast grasslands towards a solitary hill. On top of the hill was a movie house. On the marquee: History of Jazz
I kept thinking about it. What was in the movie house? Why was I going there? Why “History of Jazz”? To reach some kind of insight, I began a film script, extending the dream tenfold. The script morphed into a novella-sized book, a series of songs, and finally, a “mind-movie” podcast, forming this labyrinthine, multi-medium story – equal parts dream, film and waking life.
In Rialto’s extended narrative, loner, insomniac Klaus is working a stint as a driver for a small town writer’s festival. Following a series of unsettling paranormal events, he finds himself agreeing to a strange request – to deliver a film reel in time for its premiere at a secluded movie house – the Rialto. The journey leads him through a circuit of strangely located, oracular movie houses, screening a mix of dreams, fantasies, memories and prophecies – numinous films of personal revelation. Inhabiting the movie houses are underworld characters and spirits with ambiguous motivations, some helping and some hindering Klaus’s quest. It’s a Dantesque, deep cleanse pilgrimage to untangle bitterness and trauma, rediscover a lost clairvoyance, ancestry, and ultimately, the medicinal source of eternal youth. A metaphysical noir. A hyperstition.
Happy Rialto listening, reading, watching, dreaming –
TIN ANGEL RECORDS
SUD DE VALEUR PRESS
Thank you Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council for their generous support
copyright 2021 by John Southworth