Gary Lucas   spanish-language "dracula"  


Original theatrical release poster


Poster for November 2013 performance in Mexico City


Gary's Spanish "Dracula" SOLD OUT at the Jerusalem
Film Festival, Jerusalem Cinematheque 7/6/13
photo by Orli



Gary rocks the Scala Cinema at Masryk University in Brno Czech Republic with Spanish "Dracula" 12/12/13


Outside Kino Scala at Masaryk University in Brno Czech Republic 12/12/13


Stare If You Dare: Gary faces down Spanish "Dracula", Kino Aero Prague 12/11/13
photo by Faust



At Kino Aero Prague for Spanish Dracula 12/11/13
photo by Faust



Did you ever see a dream walking? Accompanying Lupita Tovar at Gary's sold-out show with Spanish "Dracula" at Cineteca Nacional, Mexico City 11/30/13


Gary plays his original solo guitar live score accompanying an intense scene from Spanish "Dracula" Mexico City 11/30/13


Gary before his sold-out show with Spanish "Dracula" at Cineteca Nacional in Mexico City 11/30/13


Gary's Mexicali peeps at his sold-out Spanish "Dracula" show at Cineteca Nacional Mexico City
Hell Up in Harlem: performing Spanish "Dracula" at the United Palace Theatre NYC 11/1/13
photo by Phil Mango



Gary performs Spanish "Dracula" at the United Palace Theatre in Harlem NYC 11/1/13 | photo by Phil Mango


Soundchecking Spanish Dracula at the United Palace Theatre in Harlem Oct. 31st 2013


From Gary's sold-out performance at the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood with Spanish "Dracula" 7/30/13
photo by Laurie Lucas



Outside the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood, sold out performance of Spanish "Dracula" 7/30/13


With Pancho Kohner, son of Spanish "Dracula" star Lupita Tovar, at Gary's sold out performance at the Silent Movie Theatre Hollywood 7/30/13


Closing the Lodz Cinergia Festival with Spanish "Dracula", Wytwornia Club Lodz Poland 11/12/11


Gary Lucas performs the world premiere of his new score accompanying Spanish "Dracula" at the Havana Film Festival 12/11/09, La Rampa Cinema, Havana, Cuba


Gary plays the world premiere of his Spanish "Dracula" score at the 31st Havana Film Festival, La Rampa Cinema 12/11/09

 
Gary just played Spanish "Dracula" at the United Palace Theatre in Harlem in a special Day of the Dead Show—read an interview with Gary from The Uptown Collective...and check out a clip and a story about the theatre from The Manhattan Times. Check out the cool artwork for the show here.

Gary Lucas plays Spanish "Dracula" in Mexico City Sat. Nov. 30th @ Cineteca Nacional!

December Spanish "Dracula" dates: Wednesday, Dec. 11th, AERO Cinema, Prague, Czech Republic and Thursday, Dec. 12th, SCALA Cinema, Brno, Czech Republic.

Just confirmed: Gary is performing Spanish "Dracula" on Fri. Jan. 10th at the Fundación Botín in Santander Spain; part of the "The Golden Age of Chinese Film" series curated by Richard Peña.

Flash!! Gary Lucas sold-out his performance with Spanish "Dracula" at the Jerusalem Film Festival on 7/6/13 and at the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood on 7/30/13!!!

The Hollywood show was a Pick of the Week in the LA Times, and a pick in the LA Weekly!!
"THE US GUITARIST GARY LUCAS DEFIED THE GODS AND BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE ONE OF THE DARKEST AND MOST TERRIFYING CREATURES IN THE LITERATURE OF HORROR...DRACULA DID NOT NEED TO RISE FROM HIS COFFIN IN ORDER TO RETURN FROM THE REALM OF THE DEAD; HE DID IT THROUGH THE GUITAR OF THIS LEGENDARY MUSICIAN, WHO, LIKE THE MOST CELEBRATED VAMPIRE FROM TRANSYLVANIA, HAS BEEN 'CONDEMNED' TO IMMORTALITY. " —GRANMA (Cuba), 12/2009 "ONE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE EVENTS IN THIS YEAR'S EDITION OF THE TRANSYLVANIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL...GARY LUCAS WAS FORMIDABLE—THE AUDIENCE WAS SPEECHLESS AS FOR ALMOST 2 HOURS LUCAS' FINGERS NEVER DISCONNECTED FROM HIS GUITAR...AN EVENT THAT NO ONE WILL EVER FORGET. " —ADEVARUL (Romania), 6/2010 "ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING EVENTS OF THE 9TH EDITION OF THE TRANSYLVANIA FILM FESTIVAL." —MONITOROL DE CLUJ (Romania), 6/2010 "GARY LUCAS' PSYCHEDELIC GUITAR PLAYING BEFORE OVER 800 SPECTATORS IN FRONT OF BANFFY CASTLE MADE THE AUDIENCE FEEL THE POWER—AND THE AUDIENCE GAVE HIM A HUGE REWARD OF APPLAUSE AT THE END FOR PROVIDING THIS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE." —KRONIKA (Romania), 6/2010 "YOUR PERFORMANCE LAST NIGHT AT THE CINEFAMILY SILENT MOVIE THEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD WAS GREAT. HAVING SEEN THE FILM MULTIPLE TIMES, I HAD MY DOUBTS, BUT YOUR PLAYING ENHANCED THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE". —PANCHO KOHNER, son of Spanish "Dracula" star Lupita Tovar and Hollywood producer Paul Kohner, after Gary Lucas' sold-out performance in LA July 2013
Rave reviews for Gary's US Premiere at the 48th New York Film Festival!!
"GARY LUCAS'S BRILLIANT MUSICAL DIALOGUE WITH GEORGE MELFORD'S SPANISH-LANGUAGE DRACULA RESCUES THIS NEGLECTED FILM FROM MERE CAMP, HIGHLIGHTING THE FILM'S MANY INNOVATIVE AND INDEED MODERNIST FLOURISHES." —RICHARD PEĐA, DIRECTOR OF THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER "GARY LUCAS MANAGES TO MAKE A COUPLE OF GUITARS SOUND LIKE A MASSIVE ORCHESTRA, ALBEIT ONE WITH ZITHERS AND THEREMINS AND OTHER SUCH ODDS AND ENDS. AND THE MUSIC HE CREATES ISN'T MERE ACCOMPANIMENT, BUT CAUSES YOU TO SEE THE MOVIE ITSELF IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT." —NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL ASSOCIATE PROGRAMMER SCOTT FOUNDAS "THE SATURDAY EVENING EVENT WAS TERRIFIC, AN INTOXICATING MIX OF MUSIC AND IMAGERY. GARY'S SCORE BUILDS A NICE, EERIE MOOD—AN IMMERSION IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF PERDITION AND ROMANTIC LONGING." —GLENN KENNY, PREMIERE (full review here) "GARY LUCAS'S BLUESY, LYRICAL SCORE FOR GEORGE MELFORD'S "SPANISH DRACULA" CREATES THE PERFECT SONIC AMBIANCE FOR A SCANDALOUSLY NEGLECTED FILM. LUCKY VIEWERS ARE TREATED TO BOTH AN IMPECCABLY PRESERVED PRINT OF AN OVERLOOKED CLASSIC FILM AND HAUNTING GUITAR RIFFS THAT REVERBERATE IN THEIR MEMORIES LONG AFTER THE SCREENING IS OVER." —RICHARD PORTON, CINEASTE MAGAZINE "ANY DECENT MUSICIAN CAN SCORE A SILENT FILM, BUT IT TAKES A CERTAIN AUDACITY—OR PERVERSITY—TO WRAP NEW MUSIC AROUND A TALKIE. FOR GEORGE MELFORD'S SPANISH-LANGUAGE "DRACULA," AUDACIOUSLY PERVERSE GARY LUCAS USES TWO GUITARS (ONE ACOUSTIC, ONE ELECTRIC) AND AN ARRAY OF EFFECTS PEDALS TO EVOKE APOCALYPTIC HORSEMANSHIP, SMOTHERING SPIDERWEBS, VIRGIN APPETITES, AND THE INELUCTABLE COSMIC DREAD OF ▄BER-VAMPYRE CARLOS VILLARIAS. THE OLD BLOOD-SUCKER HAS NEVER SEEMED QUITE SO VITAL." —RICHARD GEHR, MUSIC CRITIC FOR THE VILLAGE VOICE
ORIGIN AND PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Unknown to most film-goers—even die-hard horror and fantasy cinema buffs—a second, alternate, and many would hold, superior version of "Dracula"(1931, d. Enrique Tovar Alvalos and George Melford) was being filmed at night on the same sets and sound stages as the famous Tod Browning/Bela Lugosi "Dracula", with virtually the same script—but with a Spanish-speaking cast, in a Spanish-language production aimed at the burgeoning Latin market. The resulting film contains markedly more fluid camera-work and editing and more atmospheric use of lighting than the original "Dracula"—and boasts over-the-top, sexier—and dare we say, more full-blooded—performances from a cast including the great Mexican actress Lupita Tovar and Spanish born actor Carlos Villarias. In the fall of 2009, GARY LUCAS, following the success of his latest live solo guitar score for Tod Browning's silent thriller "The Unholy Three", turned his creative energies towards composing a new solo guitar score for the infamous Spanish-language "Dracula". The film, like the original "Dracula", contains virtually no music beyond the opening and closing titles—Gary's music flows throughout, underscoring the spoken Spanish dialogue sequences as well as the long expressive shots that contain only sound effects in the film. Havana Film Festival Premiere 2009 In December 2009, Gary Lucas performed the world premiere of his new solo guitar score accompanying the Spanish-language "Dracula" at the 31st Havana Film Festival by invitation of the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamerica, at 8pm in the La Rampa Cinema in Havana Cuba. Read a rave review of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" world premiere at the Havana Film Festival from Cuba's main newspaper Granma, English translation here. Read an interview with Gary Lucas about the project from the Havana Film Festival's daily newspaper Diario Del Festival. Read an article devoted to the project from the official program of the Festival International Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamerica. Transylvania Film Festival May 2010 Gary performed the European premiere of his Spanish "Dracula" project on the evening of Sunday May 30, 2010 as a special event outside the old crumbing Castle Banffy in Bontida Romania at the 9th Transylvania International Film Festival before 800 souls. Read a rave review from Adavarul.ro (English translation here)...from Monitorul de Cluj (English translation here)...from The Vampire's Crib, with a live clip here (English translation here)...from CineFan.ro (English translation here)...from Kronika.ro (English translation here)...check out an excerpt from Gary's press conference here...see a clip from Gary's performance in the TIFF Daily wrap-up at 3:40 here...see photos here...and check out live clips from the audience here, here, here, and here. 48th New York Film Festival October 2010 Gary performed the US premiere of his Spanish "Dracula" project during the closing weekend of the 48th New York Film Festival on October 9, 2010 at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center. Read a preview in the NY Post, and see the Pick in the Village Voice!! Also, check out an excerpt from Gary's Q&A at the 48th New York Film Festival after performing with Spanish "Dracula". Sevilla Film Festival November 2010 Gary performed the Spanish premiere of his Spanish "Dracula" project Monday Nov. 8, 2010 at midnight at the Sevilla Film Festival to a full house—and a standing ovation!! Check out this interview clip with Gary from national Spanish tv RTVE beginning at 3:24. Check out previews of Gary's Sevilla Film Festival performance with Spanish "Dracula" here, here and here. London Jazz Festival November 2010 Gary performed the UK premiere of his Spanish-language "Dracula" project at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on Sunday Nov. 21, 2010, as part of the London Jazz Festival in association with BBC 3. Gary was interviewed by Edward Randell for the musicOMH UK website on the occasion of his UK Spanish "Dracula" premiere at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Read rave reviews of the show in The Guardian, in cool UK art blog Missgivans, and also in Music OMH!! SXSW March 2011 Read a rave review of Gary's Spanish "Dracula" performance at SXSW in March 2011 in the LA Weekly, and a nice review by Billy Altman in the LA Daily News. James River Film Festival April 2011 See great reviews of Gary's Spanish "Dracula" from the the James River Film Festival in Richmond Va. 4/9/2011 here and here. Off Plus Camera Film Festival April 2011 Check out a rave review from the Off Plus Camera Festival in Krakow Poland 4/15/2011! Lodz Festival of European Cinema Cinerga November 2011 See photos here and here from Gary's Spanish "Dracula" show closing the Lodz Festival of European Cinema Cinerga Sat. Nov. 12, 2011, plus a live clip from the performance! Durango Independent Film Festival October 2012 Gary's "Spanish Dracula" show on Oct. 19, 2012 at the Durango Independent Film Festival is on the cover of the Durango Herald!! Also check out an interview with Gary from the BBC about his Spanish "Dracula" project. "La sangre es la vida, Signor Renfield..."
Carlos Villarias and Lupita Tovar Lupita Tovar | Lupita Tovar and Carlos Villarias
The Brides of Dracula, from the Spanish language "Dracula" (1931. d. Enrique Tovar Avalos and George Melford) US premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the 48th New York Film Festival, Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center 10/9/10
The Wedding March, Spanish "Dracula" US premiere at the 48th New York Film Festival 10/9/10

photo by Jason Candler
Gary plays the 7th Sevilla Film Festival Inaugural Gala with an excerpt from Spanish "Dracula", 11/5/10
Gary at the US premiere of his Spanish "Dracula" project at the 48th New York Film Festival 10/9/10 Communing with lovely Lupita Tovar at the US premiere of Gary's Spanish "Dracula" project at the 48th New York Film Festival in Lincoln Center 10/9/10  
Rockin' the Durango Film Fest with Spanish "Dracula" 10/19/12 Durango Colorado Gary rocks the Durango Film Festival with Spanish "Dracula" 10/19/12 Durango Colorado  
The Byrd's the Word: Performing with Spanish "Dracula" at the sumptuous Byrd Theater, a 1928 art deco fever dream in Richmond Virginia, for the James River Film Festival 4/10/11 Gary performs his original solo guitar score accompanying Spanish "Dracula" at the Musiketan Festival Bilbao Spain at Sala BBK, 1/15/12  
Gary performs the UK premiere of Spanish "Dracula" closing the London Jazz Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall 11/21/10 Gary performs the UK premiere of Spanish "Dracula" for the London Jazz Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall 11/21/10  
Gary performing the European premiere of his Spanish "Dracula" project, Banffy Castle, TIFF Festival 5/30/10
photo by Nicu Cherciu
Spanish "Dracula" teaser concert for Transylvania Film Festival, Cluj Romania 5/28/10
photo by Nicu Cherciu  
Dracula European premiere, Castle Banffy Bontida Romania 5/30/10
photo by Nicu Cherciu
Gary plays Spanish "Dracula" at the TIFF Festival, Castle Banffy Bontida Romania 5/30/10
photo by Nicu Cherciu  
Gary plays the world premiere of his Spanish "Dracula" score at the 31st Havana Film Festival, La Rampa Cinema 12/11/09 Spanish "Dracula" European premiere outside Banffy Castle Bontida Romania, Tranysylvania Film Festival 5/30/10
photo by Nicu Cherciu  
Spanish "Dracula" with Gary Lucas' live soundtrack, recorded at the Havana Film Festival 12/11/09