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His People – Silent Film & Live Music
Tuesday 13th November 2012 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Produced by the UK Jewish Film Festival in partnership with JMI
Special Event – Dir.Edward Sloman/USA 1925/Drama/Live music/English(intertitles)/93 mins.
A rare opportunity to see one of the most evocative films of the 1920s with a new, live score. The sights and smells of New York’s bustling immigrant Jewish Lower East Side have seldom been captured better than in this sparkling tale of a generational clash of cultures. The two sons of a Jewish migrant family opt for different paths in life and love, but as the story progresses, assumptions about good and bad are soon firmly challenged. A classic morality tale with a bold, contemporary cinematic feel, accompanied by an improvised live soundtrack from Sophie Solomon, (violinist and Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute), Quentin Collins (trumpet), Ian Watson(accordion) and Grant Windsor (piano).
Sophie Solomon (violin)
Sophie is widely regarded as the leading klezmer violinist of her generation. A founder member of groundbreaking fusionists Oi Va Voi, she went on to launch a successful solo career with Decca Records where she collaborated with KT Tunstall, Ludovico Einaudi, Richard Hawley and Ralph Fiennes, performing her own compositions with the London Symphony Orchestra. Sophie is also Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute, the UK’s independent arts organisation focused on curating, teaching and celebrating Jewish music.
Quentin Collins (trumpet)
Quentin Collins is one of Europe’s top Jazz/ Commercial trumpeters. He has worked with a plethora of internationally renowned musicians including Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson, Prince, and in the jazz world, Jean Toussaint, Joel Frahm, and Gwyneth Herbert. Quentin currently co-leads “The Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet”, a Hammond-organ quartet with tenor sax titan Brandon Allen. He is also the regular trumpet player for the Kyle Eastwood band.
Ian Watson (accordion)
Ian Watson graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000. He performs with orchestras and ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Britten Sinfonia and Scottish Ensemble. A keen advocate of new music, he works closely with many leading composers and has performed and recorded with Blur, The Divine Comedy and Sophie Solomon. His playing is regularly featured in film scores.
Grant Windsor (piano)
Grant Windsor is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and producer from Perth, Western Australia. He has performed extensively with artists as diverse as Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Plan B, Stephanie Mckay and Benji B. Grant has also written the orchestral works “State of Union” for the West Australian Composers Ensemble, “Lacrimosa” a rework of Mozart’s Lacrimosa from the Mozart Requiem for orchestra and Jazz quartet and “The Memoriam Concerto”, a concerto for electric bass and Orchestra.
Film provided and restored with new English intertitles by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org