Alloy Orchestra Live With Buster Keaton’s The General
Saturday, December 17
Doors at 7pm / Performance & Screening at 8pm
$15 / $10 Members
“The best in the world at accompanying silent films.” Roger Ebert
Set against a meticulous Civil War-era backdrop, The General (1926), is an epic true tale of heroism showcasing Keaton’s deft screen direction and masterful comic timing. Keaton stars as Johnnie Gray, risking life and limb (Keaton famously did his own stunts) to rescue his sweetheart and beloved railway engine.
Called “the best in the world at accompanying silent films” by Roger Ebert, Alloy Orchestra features director and percussionist Ken Winokur, multi-instrumentalist Terry Donahue, and keyboardist Roger C. Miller.
ALLOY ORCHESTRA is a three man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources.
Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad (The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, The Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, the National Gallery of Art and others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.
An unusual combination of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics gives the Orchestra the ability to create any sound imaginable.
Utilizing their famous “rack of junk” and electronic synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles. They can conjure up a French symphony or a simple German bar band of the 20’s. The group can make the audience think it is being attacked by tigers, contacted by radio signals from Mars or swept up in the Russian Revolution.