Silent Orchestra was interviewed by Allison Jessing of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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Back in the day, (over 2,000 years ago) King Herod went Gaga over this Lady. 2010 marks the return of Salomé!
Saturday, August 7, 2010, 3 – 4:30pm
American Art Museum, Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium (enter from G Street)
Free tickets are distributed in the G Street Lobby 30 minutes before the program begins.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery present the classic film Salomé (1923, 75 min) with a score performed live by Silent Orchestra. Regarded as one of America’s first art films, Salomé is adapted from an Oscar Wilde play that retells the saga of King Herod and his execution of John the Baptist to please his stepdaughter Salomé.
More details on the Smithsonian web site.
Check out this great picture by Bruce Guthrie from our Nosferatu performance at AFI Silver last year. (photo © 2009 Bruce Guthrie)
You can see more pictures from this event at Bruce Guthrie’s web site.
In June of 2005 we performed our Salomé score at the Avalon Theater in Washington DC. The show was a huge success and we really enjoyed playing the score we premiered at the National Gallery of Art. A warm thank you goes out to the fantastic staff at the Avalon and Connie Poole of Conduit Productions who had the vision to put us into her series of local film maker nights at the Avalon. If you haven’t been there in a while, you owe it to yourself to see this magnificent old theater. We also have to thank Marcus Esposito (the “Punkrawk Soundman”) who made us sound better than ever. Look for CDs of our scores to Salome and Nosferatu in the near future.
French Films at the National Gallery of Art
We made our return to the National Gallery of Art in January with two films by Marcel L’Herbier. It was sponsored in part by the French Embassy and culminated in a rousing ovation for our accompaniment to L’Inhumaine.
L’Homme du Large (1920) is a dramatic tale of one family’s struggles for identity in a small fishing village. L’Inhumaine (1924) was the last Impressionist film produced in France and features some outlandish sets and an equally hyperbolic script. The story revolves around a singer named Claire and her would-be suitors. It’s a whirling mix of drama, musical, science fiction and mystery. As usual, our scores were mostly new compositions and a bit of improvisation to keep it spontaneous.
L’Inhumaine was the perfect opportunity to work with a guest musician. Susan Lowell is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a background in jazz, blues, folk, world and musical theater. We made use of her versatility as both a singer and percussionist throughout the film. While her subtle vocalizing and percussive effects added a new dimension to our sound, it was her featured vocals that brought the audience to its feet. We look forward to working with her again.
Salomé is now out on DVD
Did you miss our performance of Salomé at the National Gallery of Art in 2001? Don’t pout! Image Entertainment released Salomé on DVD this past July. Our Dolby Digital 5.0 contribution is one of two new scores available on the disc. Reaction to our score has been very positive. Did we mention what the Washington Post said about our performance of Salomé at the National Gallery? “Stirring and Remarkable!”
48 Hour Film Project
This Spring also found us back at work with the team from Visions Theater for yet another 48 Hour Film competition . By definition, the films must be started and completed in 48 hours. Each installment has slightly different requirements but there is always a required prop and a required line that must be in the film. Our genre this time was romantic. We again inlisted the vocal and compositional talents of Susan Lowell and had a great time.