Live music from The Invincible Czars
Sat March 5
2016, 7:30 only
NOSFERATU is one of the most revered films in the history of
cinema. As the world's first vampire movie, it is regarded as the
first important horror film--but it was almost erased from the
history books when the estate of Bram Stoker sued the filmmakers
for copyright infringement and most of the prints of the movie
were destroyed. Several survived, and this performance will
feature the most completely restored version that exists.
NOSFERATU marks the 7th effort for a band that’s increasingly
becoming known for its well-crafted original silent film scores.
Last year, The Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, known for
hosting acclaimed silent film accompanists from around the nation,
called the Czars' soundtrack for the 1929 Lillian Gish silent
classic THE WIND "as good as any we've seen." In March 2015, the
band were artists-in-residence at Texas A&M University, where
they gave three lecture-recitals on music for film and silent film
that culminated in a live performance of their score for THE WIND.
They’ve also performed silent film scores at the Kimball Museum,
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, University of Houston, and
several outdoor music and film events.
The Invincible Czars' Nosferatu score incorporates violin,
glockenspiel, organ, flute, bass clarinet, vocals, music box,
loops, electric guitar, bass, singing bowl, tambourine and other
hand percussion--all of which is a sight to behold when performed
live by only four players!
The band always incorporates music from the classical realm into
their scores, and this time they've chosen Bela Bartok's Roumanian
Folk Dances in a nod to the fictional Count Orlock's home turf.
The highlight of their arrangements is a haunting version of
Roumanian Dance IV featuring an otherworldly vocal performance by
the band's wind mistress Leila Henley.
To see a trailer and read a review, visit InternationalFilmSeries.com.