By Maddy Cristall
Tuesday, October 9 2018
To witness any Wu-Tang member performing live is a special experience. To see the RZA live score over the film that greatly inspired one of the best hip-hop albums ever made is life changing. RZA is an award winning filmmaker, author, actor, rapper and leader on the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. As part of the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) RZA performed a live orchestration in front of the 1978 Hong Kongese Lau Kar-leung’s The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. This film inspired Wu Tang Clan’s debut album in 1993 Enter the Wu Tang- 36 Chambers. RZA dropped beats from the classic Wu-Tang catalog throughout the entire movie followed by an insightful Q and A.
The film itself is fascinating, it involves impressive martial arts and an inspiring story arc. It’s a Kung Fu classic and deeply galvanized RZA who happens to be quite the film buff. Simply watching the movie as part of a film festival at the beautiful Orpheum Theatre could have sufficed perfectly as a great night on the town. Watching the movie whilst the living icon performed the score with impeccable sound quality is transformative. The audience ate popcorn in velvet plush seats while listening to the masterful track “Can It Be All So Simple” during a particularly cinematically striking scene. It was difficult to know exactly where to look during this exceptional and multi-faceted performance. It was a carnival for the senses and a reminder of how creative one can truly be. In the words of Wu-Tang Clan “peace is the absence of confusion,” the audience was ubiquitously peaceful on this incredible evening.Orpheum Theatre, RZA, Wu-Tang Clan