Satie and the Surrealists Monday, May 18 at 11:00 am PST Sliding cale Offerings An online celebration of composer Erik Satie , honoring how the Velvet Gentleman left a lasting legacy in art, music, philosophy and literature through his influence on Picasso, Magritte, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali, Suzanne Valadon, Ravel, Philip Glass and John Cage. In honor of this "Master of Poverty", we are offering this virtual salon on a sliding scale. Please contribute what you can, knowing that if this were in person under normal conditions, the cost would be $30. If you wish to subsidize our offerings and underwrite a scholarship for another, you have all of our deep gratitude!
The Enigmatic Erik Satie
Seldom has a man had such an influence on so many fields and yet been so little known by name. You have probably heard Erik Satie's haunting music for all of your life, but never known who composed it. His exquisite Gymnopedies were an essential part of creating the melancholy and enigmatic atmosphere of films like My Dinner with Andre, Man on a Wire, Being There and The Painted Veil. As a composer, he had a profound influence on Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, John Cage, Philip Glass and the entire minimalist movement.
Of equal importance, Satie is considered the grandfather of the surrealist movement of art, film and literature. The list of painters who were influenced by his ideas reads like a "Who's Who" of 20th century art, with Magritte, Picasso and Dali all paying homage to him through their work. Picasso and Satie even collaborated together with Jean Cocteau for an avante-garde ballet, Parade, which featured live zoo animal
"Parade" - a ballet produced by Jean Cocteau with music by Satie and sets and costumes by Picasso
May 17 marks the birth of the man who was known in his community as The Velvet Gentleman. Satie's signature gray suit and umbrellas (he had over 20 identical ones) were a hallmark in any weather in Montmartre and known to all the young Bohemians of Paris who gathered to drink a glass of absinthe, read his manifestos and listen to his witty pronouncements on esoteric religion, mythology and the creative life.