Sunday, May 27, 2007

My summer of silents

On June 1st I begin a rather busy two months of silent film accompaniment, both on piano and on theatre organ. 16 dates in June and 13 in July, several of which have two (or three) shows on the same day. Some of these bookings just came in over the past week, and some were solidified (date was already set, but show time and/or film title was confirmed). Plus some more scoring for Kino popped up, for the Houdini DVD set now due out in September. I'd scored Haldane of the Secret Service (1923) for the set on digital orchestra a few months back, and now some extras are being added.

I'll be playing for MoMA's annual film preservation fest in June, a silent each month at the Cinema Arts Center on Long Island, a program of comedy shorts at Mamaroneck's annual street fair (in the town's 1926 movie theater), a pair of films at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's series of recent [theatrical] releases by Kino, a series of 1912-14 films at MoMA in conjunction with their gallery show of Danish film posters from those years, the annual 4-day Slapsticon in Arlington VA, and a show at the Museum of the City of New York of films from the Reel Baseball DVD set.

Check out my performance schedule on my website for details on dates, times and films.

I'm trying best I can to preview the films I have to play for; some are available on video, some are available on screeners from the venue (MoMA), and then Slapsticon is going to be almost all "sight-reading".

Check back for reports, photos and audio clips. See you at the silents!

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