The Inquisitive Musician is an adaptation of a 17th century German satire which pits itinerant “beer fiddlers” against the official city sanctioned “Kunstpfeifer” (or “art piper”) in an argument over who is the better musician and has the right to perform and be fairly compensated. The beer fiddlers are asked to perform a comedy to prove their skills. They decide to perform The Comedy of Wachesbleil.
In live performances of The Inquisitive Musician the comedy is presented on video. There is a stand alone version in addition to the cut designed for live performances of The Inquisitive Musician which is available for viewing on Vimeo by request. The trailer for the LACMA performance is below along with stills from The Comedy of Wachesbleil.
The Comedy of Wachesbleil
Cast: Dick Hebdige, Dave Muller, David Watson, Mike Watt, Marnie Weber, Ami Tallman
Producer, Director, Editor: Cindy Bernard
Producer: Scott Benzel
Director of Photography: Timothy Gillis
Sound recording: Devin McNulty, Alejandro Cohen
Additional Editing: Molly Fitzjarrald