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Silent Film / Live Music

Winter Garden

Arts Brookfield brings back the acclaimed “Silent Film/Live Music” series, curated by John Schaefer. Experience three unforgettable evenings of classic silent film screenings accompanied by live music! The first 600 attendees receive free popcorn.

Wednesday, Jan 22, 7:30PM

All Wednesday films scored and performed by Alexis Cuadrado

  • Alice Guy-Blaché’s The Consequences of Feminism  (World Premiere) (6:44 mins) and Algie the Miner (World Premiere) (9:42 mins)
  • Harold M. Shaw’s The Land Beyond the Sunset (World Premiere)(14 mins)
  • Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant (2015) (25 mins)

Thursday, Jan 23, 7:30PM

All Thursday films scored and performed by Vernon Reid

  • James Searle Dawley’s Frankenstein (World Premiere) (14 min)
  • Tod Browning’s masterpiece The Unknown (World Premiere) (59 min)

Friday, Jan 24, 7:30PM

  • Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi scored and performed by GoGo Penguin (100 mins)

Please Note: Seating for these popular performances is first come, first served and early arrival is suggested. No RSVP or tickets needed.

Click here to view the digital program for the series.


Of this year’s Silent Film/Live Music series, curator John Schaefer remarks, ” … these films, some of them over a century old, are still relevant today.  This of course is the property of art, to transcend the time in which it was made. But it’s also a measure of how the themes in these movies keep recurring through the years. Take this year’s program, for example.  Alexis Cuadrado has chosen films that deal with immigration (Chaplin’s The Immigrant), income inequality (The Land Beyond The Sunset), and gender roles (in two very short films by Alice Guy-Blache, the first female director). Vernon Reid became fascinated by the theme of “the other” – a theme that has long manifested itself in horror stories, so he’s chosen the 1910 version of Frankenstein and the remarkable Tod Browning masterpiece The Unknown. … Finally, the UK trio GoGo Penguin has re-scored a contemporary silent film classic, Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi. Originally created with composer Philip Glass (whose score is one of his best-known works), Koyaanisqatsi deals with mankind’s questionable stewardship of the earth, and the choices we’ve made with regard to technology.”



Barcelona-born and Brooklyn-based Alexis Cuadrado is an award-winning composer, producer, bandleader, bassist and educator. He has become one of the most sought-after musicians in the New York scene. NPR music says: “Listen to Cuadrado’s compositions and you’ll find every reason to take him seriously.” NY magazine: “His intricate and sharply defined compositions show that he’s tapped into something much deeper.”

Cuadrado’s work draws from the crossover of jazz, world, flamenco and new music, exploring the confluence of the Hispanic and American cultures, as well as embracing a deep commitment to comment on social issues. His recent output is a restless exploration of cross-disciplinary works that embrace poetry, film, radio-podcasts, dance and design. For further information about Alexis Cuadrado, visit www.alexiscuadrado.com.


London-born lead guitarist, founder of Living Colour and a co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition, Vernon Reid has done a great deal to undermine stereotypical expectations of what kinds of music black artists ought to play; his rampant eclecticism encompasses everything from hard rock and punk to funk, R&B and avant-garde jazz, and his anarchic, lightning-fast solos have become a hallmark. In 1980, he joined Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society, and over the course of the decade, Reid went on to work with a wide variety of experimental musicians including Defunkt, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, and Public Enemy. He has continued with extended collaborations as a producer and performer with James “Blood” Ulmer’s Memphis Blood, with DJ Logic in Yohimbe Brothers, the collaborative Burnt Sugar Arkestra, and the Tony Williams Tribute band “Spectrum Road” with Jack Bruce, John Medeski and Cindy Blackman-Santana. His latest project “The Zig Zag Power Trio” features Will Calhoun and Melvin Gibbs. Vernon has also scored projects for celebrated filmmakers such as Derek Wan, Shula Chen, Thomas Allan Harris, Brad Lichtenstein and Shola Lynch.


Manchester-based lettfield piano trio GoGo Penguin are Chris Illingworth piano, Nick Blacka bass and Rob Turner drums. Their music has been described as acoustic-electronica, but they draw equally on rock, jazz and minimalism, computer game soundtracks and glitchy-electronica to create their unique music. Their 2014 album v2.0 (Gondwana Records) was named a Mercury Prize album of the year alongside albums from Damon Albran, Young Fathers and Jungle. In 2015, they signed to Blue Note Records and released the albums Man Made Object in 2016 and A Humdrum Star in 2018. Their EP, Ocean in a Drop (Music for Film) is released in October 2019 and they are currently recording a new album for release in 2020. For further information about GoGo Penguin, visit www.gogopenguin.co.uk.


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