May 5, 2013

Vintage silent films twinned with live gypsy swing music

From staff reports

ROCKLAND - Hot Club of San Francisco presents "Cinema Vivant," an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing music beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Strand Theatre in Rockland.

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Hot Club celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in “Cinema Vivant.”

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Made up of accomplished and versatile musicians, Hot Club of San Francisco will celebrate the music of Django Reinhardt, a pioneering jazz guitarist and composer, and Stephane Grappelli, a violinist who co-founded Hot Club de France.

The group incorporates the violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music. Hot Club of San Francisco will deliver creative arrangements and original compositions from the rhythm section, lead guitarist Paul Mehling and Evan Price, a two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist.

"Cinema Vivant" also features three silent films, including two by European filmmaker Ladislaw Starewicz, who pioneered stop-motion animation. The two Starewicz films are "The Cameraman's Revenge," a 1912 film about the marital troubles of beetles, and "The Mascot," a 1933 film about lost toys.

A third film, "There It Is," by 1920s revolutionary American filmmaker Charley Bowers, is a comedy about a mysterious occurrence investigated by Scotland Yard.

The members of Hot Club of San Francisco will play their instruments to match every movement on the screen.

Tickets are $40 ($30 for ages 21 to 35 and $10 for those under age 21).

For more information and to buy tickets, call 236-2823 or go to baychamberconcerts.org.

 

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