Matt Jaffe & Bill Plympton
6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show
Emerging singer-songwriter Matt Jaffe and legendary animator and filmmaker Bill Plympton unite for an night of music and conversation hatched from their collaboration on “Wicked World,” a song by Jaffe — based on Carrie Fisher’s tweets alleging that Donald Trump is a cocaine addict — with a video animated by Plympton. The evening will begin with a talk led by Plympton about his life and work in animation, after which Jaffe will perform a solo set accompanied by Plympton’s images.
Matt Jaffe is a singer/songwriter from San Francisco. Cutting his teeth on countless open mics around the Bay Area, Matt started pursuing music more seriously when Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record. Since then, Matt has churned out more songs than he can remember the words to, oversaturated the market with gigs (opening for folks like Mavis Staples and Wilco), and co-written with the likes of Chuck Prophet and Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T’s. With his band, Matt has played stages across the country, including The Fillmore, The Troubadour, and Irving Plaza, and has just released his third album of original material, The Spirit Catches You, another effort in his campaign to bring the Guitar Gospel back to the masses.
Bill Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation and is the first person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Graphic Design. He moved to New York City in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as the New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy, and Screw. In 1987 he was nominated for an Oscar for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar nomination, this time for the short film Guard Dog. Another short film, Push Comes to Shove, won the prestigious Palme d‘Or at Cannes in 1991. After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV, Spike, and Mike’s, he turned his talent to feature films; since 1991 he‘s made ten features. Seven of them — The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, and Cheatin’ — are animated.