We are delighted to be teaming up with Watershed and Colston Hall for Filmic 2017 – our annual look at the creative connections across music and film.
At St George’s Bristol
A founder-member of legendary ‘Bristol’ group Rip Rig & Panic, pianist and composer Mark Springer defies categorisation, with a career spanning avant-garde pop, contemporary classical or ‘new music’ and jazz. Tonight, especially for Filmic, Mark premieres his latest compositions for piano and string quartet, with the live performance incorporating films by directors John Maybury and Sarah Killery that are themselves inspired by Springer’s music and the places in Rome and Tuscany that gave rise to it.
Thursday 30 March, 8pm / Tickets £15, £5 Students (limited availability) (*plus fees)
Bristol’s favourite multi-instrumental trio – has always been evocative of particular atmospheres and landscapes, both real and imagined. For this special premiere presentation, the band has commissioned a diverse array of film-makers, visual artists and animators to create new works in response to particular TCW tunes. The resulting collaborations will be screened and played live as part of tonight’s show, which will also find time for a little ‘sound-only’ performance.
Thursday 6 April, 8pm / Tickets £16, £5 Students (limited availability) (*plus fees)
At Colston Hall
Tuesday 7 February: There Will Be Blood Live
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-winning film is accompanied by a live orchestral performance of Jonny Greenwood’s score. A masterwork of dramatic tension, instrumental experimentation and musical bricolage – it integrates works by Arvo Pärt and Brahms – the soundtrack is realised in a special performance edition by the London Contemporary Orchestra, conducted by Hugh Brunt.
Friday 14 April: Under The Skin live with Mica Levi and London Sinfonietta
This will be a screening of the film ‘Under the Skin’ with the London Sinfonietta live, conducted by Mica Levi, composer of the film’s score (Oscar-nominated this year for Jackie). Jonathan Glazer’s 2014 film Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, achieved widespread acclaim for its uncomfortable portrayal of an otherworldly predator. The intoxicating soundtrack conceived by Mica Levi contributed to the film’s chillingly ethereal power. Previously known as a DJ and for her band Micachu and the Shapes, who have collaborated with the London Sinfonietta, Levi found international fame after the release of the film and earned herself a BAFTA nomination for the score. With strains of Ligeti and Cage running through its hazy mix of digitally-processed and live sound, Levi’s microtonal world is deeply compelling in its oscillation between sensuality and disquiet.
Tuesday 25 April: In partnership with Colston Hall, we present GoGo Penguin – Koyaanisqatsi
Mercury nominated, Blue Note Records signed acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin present a special filmic preview of their latest project: a live sound + vision performance featuring their own newly composed soundtrack to Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 cult classic, ‘Koyaanisqatsi’, one of the most successful documentary films ever made. Sometimes called “a visual tone poem’, and originally scored by Philip Glass, ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ (a Hopi word meaning ‘Life Out of Balance’) contrasts the fragile beauty of the natural world with the frenzied action of cities and technology, using time-lapse photography to create strikingly beautiful images. GoGo Penguin’s rich, emotionally charged music offers a perfect new counterpart to Reggio’s profound images, powerfully reflecting the themes of the film in an overwhelming audio-visual performance that will appeal in equal measure to fans of GoGo Penguin and cult cinema alike.
Sunday 5 – Sunday 26 February: the film scores of Jonny Greenwood
Sunday Brunch screenings in April… Celebrating female film composers:
Sunday 2 April, Midday – Tom & Viv (music by Debbie Wiseman)
Sunday 9 April, Midday – Jackie (music by Mica Levi)
Sunday 16 April, Midday – Whale Rider (music by Lisa Gerrard)
Sunday 23 April, Midday – The Shining (music by Wendy Carlos)
Sunday 30 April, Midday – Gladiator (feat. music by Lisa Gerrard)