Free this Weekend – Shanghai Quartet and Fugazi film

Two free events down on the Mall this weekend that may be of interest:

On Friday at 7:30pm, the Shanghai Quartet will perform with pipa player Wu Man in the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium. Free tickets are required.

The quartet performs Lei Liang’s Five Seasons for string quartet with Grammy Award nominee Wu Man on Chinese lute (pipa), as well as Beethoven’s Quartet in D, op. 18, no. 3, and Schumann’s Quartet No. 1, op. 41, no. 1. Also presented in conjunction with Echoes of the Past.

Then on Sunday, the National Gallery of Art will be showing Jem Cohen‘s Fugazi documentary Instrument with a discussion or Q&A with Cohen, Ian McKaye and Guy Picciotto to follow. From the NGA website:

February 27 at 5:00PM

Director Jem Cohen and musicians Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto in person

One of Washington’s most successful bands, Fugazi is the epitome of DIY (Do It Yourself) ethics. Its members are both subjects and collaborators with Cohen on this documentary, part of the 2000 Whitney Biennial and winner of many awards. Incorporating more than 10 years of recordings, Instrument weaves personal and concert footage, observational film, collected sound, and Fugazi’s own original music into an epic portrait of the band, their environment, and the counterculture of the 1980s and ’90s. “I thought of bringing ‘dub’ to documentary—of a project where unadulterated real-time performances, abstract, rough-hewn Super-8 collages and archival artifacts would collide and conjoin in a way that honestly represented musical experience”—Jem Cohen. (1999, digiBeta, 115 minutes)