[ live music for silent film ]
Live soundtracks for silent movies have a double role: they serve both an autonomous musical score, accompanying the movie’s narrative, highlighting climax point and creating subtle psychological subtexts; at the same time, they fill in the ‘missing’ post-production effects of this silent-film era masterpiece. These works are are always flexible, mixing semi composed and semi improvised gestures.
The Faithful Heart (Cœur fidèle, Jean Epstein, 1923), with Marie Guilleray (voice, electronics), Onno Govaert (percussion), Arvind Ganga (elect. guitar), Ilya Ziblat (contrabass).
Premiered in Sounds of Silence festival→ (Amir Vodka-Berendsen, curator), De Nieuwe Regentes, The Hague (29/10/ 2021) .
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Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau, 1922), with Mei-yi Lee (Percussion), Ilya Ziblat (contrabass & live electronics)
Premiered in Sounds of Silence → festival 1st edition (Amir Vodka-Berendsen, curator), 17/1/2015.
The mystery-full, horror-evoking sounds relate not only to the tension and suspense of this classic vampire movie, but also suggest acceptance and submission to (super)natural powerful forces embodied in the image of Nosferatu.
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The General (Buster Keaton, 1926), with Carlos Ema (piano), Oğuz Büyükberber (bass clarinet), Luis Mora (percussion), Ilya Ziblat (contrabass).
Premiered in Sounds of Silence festival→, (29/10/ 2021).