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(Un)Silent Film Night: The Birds

(Un)Silent Film Night: The Birds

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
General Public 

(Un)Silent Film Night, the popular new College of Performing Arts series in which student musicians perform live to a classic film screening, returns with Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece The Birds, featuring a new score composed by School of Jazz B.M. candidate Nathan Kamal, and hosted by Edward Rothstein, Critic-at-Large at the Wall Street Journal.

An amplified ensemble including students from Mannes and The School of Jazz will improvise with Kamal’s “musical sketches” as a guide, using a broad sonic vocabulary ranging from lush chorale harmonic textures to extreme dissonance and extended techniques. Out of Kamal’s respect for the original, unaltered work, the rich “natural” sounds of the film serve as the starting point for the new score, and the spontaneous quality of the musicianship will fit with the spirit of Hitchcock’s mammoth capacity for invention.

This is the third edition of (Un)Silent Film Night, which debuted in April 2015 with Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. and Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant, hosted by Matthew Broderick; and continued in November 2015 with Harold Lloyd’s Speedy, hosted by Bill Irwin. 

Sponsored by the College of Performing Arts.



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