With Peter Gage in the producers seat, and Tate Paul as engineer, Jimmy Vargas seances with the classic SM’58, laying vocal tracks on new original toons ‘Mohawk’ ‘Marilyn’ and ‘Noir’. Pix by Declan.
Jimmy Vargas ghosted through downtown in the twilight hours last week, to shoot his forthcoming video-music-novella installation for 2018 entitled ‘H’ with new blonde musette Magdalena. Camera work weilded by filmographer Danny Havas.
JIMMY VARGAS & the BLACK DAHLIAS’ noir melancholic sounds have found a home in Hollywood label Dionysus Records jukebox.
A digital release of the four albums will be rolled out over the next year.
A Vinyl compilation will be released Fall 2013.
AAR ROPER AND MIYA LOVE OF FILM COLLECTIVE NOFI INTERVIEW NOIR AUTEUR JIMMY VARGAS ABOUT HIS “REQUIEM FOR MY SHADOW BRIDE” DVD AND HIS GUERILLA APPROACH TO HIS MULTI-MEDIA PROCESS.
NOFI: Greetings Jimmy, can you tell us about the collaborative nature of your work….?.
JV: Well NOFI, Collaboration is a given part of my business, for as an active jazz musician one ends up working with so many other different performers in an interchanging processes, it’s what is quite specific about the nature of jazz and the lifestyle itself. Ironically enough, I have just reformed with the original core members of the Black Dahlias twenty years after our original inception and completed a block of live shows entitled ‘Noirsville’. They were the first collaborators who joined me on the music ‘path’, and were a fundamental heart of the first four albums. When I create my cinematic-works however, I do change my collaborators around a-lot more fluidly. My first original cinematic co-producers were a ROMAN CZERNY, a Polish photographer who’d worked for Vogue, and fetish magazines such as Marquis and Skin, and he was joined by British multi-media wunderkind and night-club auteur, one IAN HARTLEY, and they both birthed with me the 16mm films of LILIANA SCARLATTA and myself back in 1994, the first installment of the SHADOW BRIDE series.
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Trash Baggery were there on Wednesday 14th of December to experience the Jimmy Vargas and the Black Dahlias show titled ‘Noirsville’, which could be best described as a blend of crime jazz, blues and burlesque rolled into one great show.
The lights were dimmed low, jazz music played softly in the background and the crowd gathered in the seating area and enjoyed a meal as they waited for the show to begin. With the room tuned for a seance to the other side of Hollywood nineteen forties the Black Dahlias commenced the set with a seamy blues number, laying out a sleazy carpet of sound for the croonoir, and when Jimmy Vargas apparitioned from the smoke you felt instantly transported back to 1947, an era where gangsters and molls ruled the streets and seedy jazz bars.
Vargas crooned though all his greatest hits including the noir crime anthem Black Dahlia, the haunting torch of The Girl You Left Behind and the sassy stripteasin’ Tallulah’s Boudoir with his tantalising muse, Miss Liliana Scarlatta who throughout slinked at his side as a stalking nineteen forties hollywood angel, adding a cinderous perfume of dangerous burlesque to the performance.
(c) Sarah Jayne…2012 (c) Michael Kery.com (Picture)