Silent Film Series


New Sounds Live Silent Film Series
Live performances by two celebrated new-music orchestras: The Wordless Music Orchestra performs Jóhann Jóhannsson's score to Bill Morrison’s The Miners’ Hymns, and The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble performs Michael Gordon's score for Morrison’s masterpiece Decasia.

World Financial Center Winter Garden
220 Vesey Street
Battery Park City
Admission is FREE

The Miners' Hymns - Tuesday, Jan. 31st at 7:30PM
The Great Flood - Wednesday, February 1 at 7:30PM
Spark of Being - Thursday, February 2 at 7:30PM
Decasia - Friday, February 3 at 7:30PM

» New Sounds Live 2011-2012 Concert Season

Bill Morrison has reinvented the lost art of the silent film–often using decaying footage from old silent movies but also creating his own luminous, evocative world out of new images and new music. This series looks at a selection of Morrison’s major works, all done in collaboration with some of the finest new-music composers. The opening and closing films are shown with live orchestral accompaniment: The Miners’ Hymns features a riveting, brass-heavy score by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, played by the Wordless Music Orchestra; and the grand finale, Decasia, brings the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble to perform Michael Gordon’s score. In between, the new film The Great Flood is paired with music by eclectic guitar hero Bill Frisell, and Spark of Being includes an electro-acoustic score by trumpeter and bandleader Dave Douglas.  Admission is FREE!
All performances will be taped for later broadcast on New Sounds.

  • The Miners’ Hymns (Tuesday, January 31) An optical documentary that depicts an ill-fated mining community in England. The Wordless Music Orchestra, conducted by Guðni Franzson, will perform the riveting, brass-heavy score by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. (View trailer for The Miners’ Hymns)
  • The Great Flood (Wednesday, February 1) – A brilliant visualization of the most destructive river flood in American history features a playback of the riveting score from eclectic guitar hero Bill Frisell. (View embeddable trailer for The Great Flood)
  • Spark of Being (Thursday, February 2) Named the Best Experimental/Independent Film of 2011 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Spark of Being is an adaptation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein” and features a recorded electro-acoustic score by renowned jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas. (View embeddable trailer for Spark of Being)
  • Decasia (Friday, February 3) – Called "the greatest movie ever made” by Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris, Decasia features a haunting score by Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon, which will be performed live by The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. (View embeddable excerpt from Decasia)