with live original music composed and performed by world-renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and celebrated silent film pianist Donald Sosin
Monday, April 6, 2020
eTown Hall | 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
These events have been cancelled.
pARTicipation: The Value of Live Experience
Monday, April 6, 2020 | 1:30 PM, UMC East
Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin will also participate in an interdisciplinary panel discussion as part of the Conference on World Affairs. In a world of distracting devices, what is the value of shared, live experience? Are we missing out on live art experiences? How does the art world attract an audience to a live performance? Is TV the new theater?
The Ancient Law Cine-Concert is a screening of a newly-restored, classic 1923 silent film, with live original music composed by renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and expert silent film music legend, composer/pianist Donald Sosin. The film is an important piece of German-Jewish cinematic history, contrasting the closed world of an Eastern European shtetl with the liberal mores of 1860s Vienna. With its historically authentic set design and ensemble of prominent actors, The Ancient Law is an outstanding example of the creativity of Jewish filmmakers in 1920s Germany.
Alicia Svigals (violinist and composer) is the world's leading klezmer violinist and a founder of the Klezmatics. She has performed with and written for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, Debbie Friedman, Osvaldo Golijov, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, filmmaker Judith Helfand, poet Allen Ginsberg and many others. Her live silent film scoring projects, the award-winning The Yellow Ticket and her new score, The Ancient Law (co-composed with Donald Sosin) are touring the world to acclaim. Her CD Fidl (1996) reawakened klezmer fiddle tradition. Her newest CD is Beregovski Suite: Klezmer Reimagined, with jazz pianist Uli Geissendoerfer - an original take on long-lost Jewish music from Ukraine.
Donald Sosin has performed his scores for silent films at Lincoln Center, MoMA, BAM, the National Gallery; many college campuses including Yale, Harvard, Cornell and Brown, and major film festivals in New York, San Francisco, Telluride, Hollywood, Pordenone, Bologna, Shanghai, Bangkok, Berlin, Vienna, Moscow, and Jecheon, South Korea. He records for Criterion, Kino, Milestone and Flicker Alley, and his scores are heard frequently on TCM. Sosin has had commissions from MoMA, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. His score for The Ancient Law, co-written with violinist Alicia Svigals, was released on DVD/BluRay in 2018 by Flicker Alley. They are also touring with their score for City Without Jews (Stadt Ohne Juden).