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March 4, 2003

Quartet Plays Live Music with Silent Film at Bijou Theater

The New York-based After Quartet will perform Kyle Sanna's original score to Buster Keaton's films "The Boat," "The Goat" and "The Electric House" at the Bijou Theater at 7 and 9 p.m. March 14.

Tickets are $7. This time is a change in the group's originally announced scheduled appearance March 7.

The After Quartet recalls the days of the silent film era when organists or orchestras would frequently accompany films but they do it with new and innovative music tailored specifically for the film. Members of the Quartet will host a Q&A session with the audience following each show. The group will also meet with classes in the Cinema and Music Departments.

For the scores to these Buster Keaton shorts, Kyle Sanna has been strongly influenced by the films' momentum, rhythm and form, and by the After Quartet itself. Influences of style are various, but include rock, jazz, American folk, and, for "The Electric House," musique concrete and electronic music. As in previous After Quartet scores, improvisation based on dramatic aspects of the film plays a significant role in the Keaton scores.

The After Quartet is a composer-based band dedicated to the art of performing live music to film. It includes Juilliard graduate Brian McWhorter on trumpet and the Electronic Valve Instrument, the multi-faceted composer and improviser Kyle Sanna on guitars, the up-and-coming jazz and pop star Eric Warren on fretless bass and concertina, and New England Conservatory graduate Aaron Trant on percussion. The After Quartet believes that a contemporary musical interpretation and context for films from the silent era will bring a vibrancy and integrity that will connect to today's audiences more readily than scores in the style of the silent era. It is in this spirit of breathing new air into aging masterpieces that the music to these three Buster Keaton shorts was composed.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, The Bijou Theater, 319-335-3258.

OTHER INFORMATION: Press kit available at