D/B Recommended a screening of the tour documentary “All the way from Michigan not Mars” featuring Rosie Thomas, Sufjan Stevens and Denison Witmer.
Denison’s last album Carry the Weight nods toward the ‘70s singer-songwriters (such as Jackson Browne, Carol King, and Leonard Cohen) that have served as Witmer‘s inspiration since his earliest recordings.
Witmer captures the lyrical honesty and serene, poignant tone crafted by these earlier songwriters, transforming it into something entirely personal and entirely his own. His new album will be coming out in spring 2011. “(Witmer) sounds ready: cannily fleshing out his sound with help from friends (Sufjan Stevens, James McAlister, Don and Karen Peris of The Innocence Mission), but never losing sight of the style he’s honed for years” – Pitchforkmedia.com
“We are smitten with these sweet drowsy ditties… (Witmer’s) modest reach and pensive melodies could easily get lost in the white noise of contemporary culture, it would be a shame, though, to miss tiny gems like these…”– Entertainment Weekly
Followed by a CONCERT 21UHr with : DENISON WITMER (PHILADELPHIA/US)
All the way from Michigan not Mars Synopsis
Using intimate live performances with fellow songwriters Sufjan Stevens and Denison Witmer as a pathway, All the Way from Michigan Not Mars is a meditative exploration of Rosie Thomas’ work as it connects to her as a human being. Often raising more questions than answers, the film is a lyrical examination of Thomas’ quest for an expression of truth and her unique brand of performance; combining songs of plaintive melancholy with sharpwitted banter and Sheila, her bizarre stand-up comedian alter ego.
Screening | All the way from Michigan not Mars
Denison Witmer LIVE
presented by M:Soundtrack with .Hbc & CTM concerts
Sunday, 19 December 2010 | 20:00 CET
.HBC (ex-Haus Ungarn) | Karl-Liebknechtstr. 9 | 10178 Berlin/Mitte