Monday, January 17, 2011

Free Concert: Alloy Orchestra, World Financial Center, 2/2-2/4

Next month at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, Charlie Chaplin will get chased up a staircase to the synchronized beats of a live, original score - but he's not the only film icon moving along to all new music.

The Tramp's antics, accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra, will be one of many highlights during Silent Films/Live Music, a free series from February 2nd through 4th. The Winter Garden, which Time Out New York named one of the city's top five venues to watch cult films, will celebrate five side-splitters from the Silent Era over three nights.

The series begins on February 2nd with the "Masters of Slapstick" film shorts, featuring Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, and Buster Keaton in One Week (1920), Back Stage (1919), and Easy Street (1917), respectively. The full-length feature Speedy (1928), starring Harold Lloyd, will screen February 3rd, and a swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks in The Black Pirate (1926) will complete the series February 4th.

Alloy Orchestra is a three-man ensemble (accordionist Terry Donahue, percussionist Ken Winkour, and keyboardist Roger Miller) celebrated for writing and performing live accompaniment to silent masterpieces. The Orchestra uses an unusual combination of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics to create a wide variety of musical styles and sounds.

The series is curated by WNYC's John Schaefer, whose influential New Sounds program was called "the #1 radio show for the Global Village" by Billboard Magazine. Schaefer has partnered with Arts World Financial Center for more than 10 years in finding novel ways to bring modern music to the Winter Garden.

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