JUNE 14: Silent Films Out Loud
The Blanton Museum of Art, 6pm
three Buster Keaton Films
new scores by local composers
The High Sign (1921) scored by Dave Madden
The Goat (1922) scored by Jackie Myers
Neighbors (1920) scored by Dave Biller
Hosted by Silent Films Out Loud
Jacob Schnitzer, conductor
Taking on this season of summer blockbusters with a “Buster” of their own, Silent Films Out Loud returns for a third time to pair the original scores of Austin composers Jackie Myers, David Biller and Dave Madden with the short films of Buster Keaton. The pioneering pictures include 1920’s Neighbors and two releases from 1921 - The Goat and The High Sign - enhanced by a live orchestra to accentuate each action, sync with every stunt, and get in on each gag.
Local orchestra Density512 is on board once again to complement the cinematic spectacle and give star billing alongside Keaton to the varied styles and sounds of each composer. Myers is a pianist, organist, composer, and singer known for her bluesy vocals and innovative and fluid keyboard work as well as serving as musical director on Kansas City NPR affiliate KCUR’s syndicated program 12th Street Jump, five albums and work with Austin musicians such as The Lonesome Heroes and Doug Strahan & the Good Neighbors. She returns to Silent Films Out Loud this summer with her score for The Goat. Having shared the stage with artists as diverse as country legend Ray Price to Jimmie Vaughan to Billy Gibbons and joining Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival in 2013, Biller is a guitarist, steel guitarist, bassist and composer highly sought after for all kinds of recording sessions and live gigs. He has prepared the score for Neighbors this year. An award winning arranger and keyboardist, Madden is also a member of the Recording Academy and has collaborated with legendary rock icon Steve Miller, platinum-selling band Fastball and Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh in addition to hosting his very own TED Talk. His score for The High Sign will be his first for Silent Films Out Loud
Silent Films Out Loud is presented in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and One World Theatre.