Here’s an interesting proposition for silent cinema aficionados.
Turntable artist Philip Jeck – whose seminal 1999 work Surf made it into our Top 100 Albums Of The 1990s – scored a minor breakthrough with 2008’s sublime Sand. Icelandic cellist and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, meanwhile, has worked with the likes of Ben Frost and Pan Sonic, and released her latest LP Leyfdu Ijosinu back in April.
As The Wire note, the pair have teamed up with fellow Icelander Jóhann Jóhannsson to produce a new score for Wilhelm Pabst’s sexually charged 1929 silent cinema classic Pandora’s Box. The film follows the fortunes – and eventual disgrace – of a bewitching circus performer called Lulu, and is regarded as one of the most important films to emerge out of Weimar Germany’s golden era.
The piece will be performed in late October/early November at a number of locations across the UK. The ensemble have lined up appearances in London, Leeds, Manchester and Warwick. Clarinettist Dov Goldberg will also help bring the score to life.
London Islington Assembly Hall (31 October)
Leeds Howard Assembly Room (1 November)
Manchester Royal Norther College of Music (2 November)
Coventry Warwick Arts Centre (3 November)