Sound of Silents returns to the Irish Film Institute on Saturday, April 8th with a programme of colourful, rarely-screened silent films from the IFI Irish Film Archive.
This selection of films, dating from 1914 to 1955, will be accompanied with live improvised scores from Bottlenote Music.
Presented in association with MusicTown 2017, this year’s programme has a distinct German flavour and includes a German newsreel purportedly filmed during the Irish Rising of 1914; the first transatlantic flight by Irish and German pilots (1928); portraits of German-born artists Irina Brady (1943) and Imogen Stuart (1955); and scenes from the Aran Islands in the 1940s by ethnographer Heinrich Becker.
The music, curated by Shane Latimer of Bottlenote, will feature performances by Seán MacErlaine and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh, who will be joined by musicians from the Ruhr area of Germany, saxophonists Julius Gabriel and Florian Walter, and electronic artist Achim Zepezauer.
Commenting on this year’s programme, Sunniva O’Flynn, Head of Irish Film Programming at the IFI, said “This year’s collaboration with Bottlenote and their German counterparts has created an exciting new framework for exploring the collections. We have found unusual echoes of German presence in Ireland woven throughout the amateur and professional collections. We look forward to hearing what musical response the films might trigger from our international band.”
Now in its third year, MusicTown will run from 7th to 17th April, celebrating the rich musical heritage and contemporary artistic lifeblood of Dublin City. Full programme details are available no the MusicTown website.
This programme is supported by MusicTown 2017, Goethe Institut Irland, and Jazz Offensive Essen.
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