This concert is rescheduled from its originally announced date of October 29, 2012.
Pianist/composer/improviser Ran Blake and coproducer Aaron Hartley anticipate Hallowe'en with specimens of that most haunting genre, film noir. Now an annual tradition, this year's concert switches from a director focus to the work of an actor who brought the word "brooding" into everyday speech: Marlon Brando.
The evening will carry us through a selection of scenes highlighting the depth and breadth of Brando’s career in classic American genres, including teen drama in The Wild One (1953), war saga in The Young Lions (1958), horse opera in The Appaloosa(1966), and crime thriller in The Night of the Following Day (1968).
These films were originally scored by some of Hollywood's unsung veterans: Leith Stevens, Hugo Friedhofer, Frank Skinner, Stanley Myers. Tonight, students and faculty of NEC's Contemporary Improvisation department perform along with scenes from the films, creating a real-time original score as they respond to the drama through improvisations, recompositions, and reinterpretations of the original orchestrations.
Members of Aaron Hartley’s Storyboard Noir Ensemble play a key role in this annual Film Noir concert. Each fall, ensemble members engage in a rich exploration of creating music for film, through aural study of original scores, development of student compositions in tandem with traditional repertoire, and collective improvisation.
Performers are assigned to film segments as outlined below.
The Wild One
Full Tang: Eric Lane, electric piano; Ryan Dugre, electric guitar; Adam Clark, electric bass; Danilo Henrique, drums
Yasmine Azaiez, voice/violin; Cory Pesaturo, accordion
The Young Lions
Anthony Coleman’s Survivor’s Breakfast ensemble: Sarah Jarosz, mandolin, voice; Abigale Reisman, violin; Allie Simpson, viola; Anna Patton, clarinet; Zoe Christiansen, clarinet, accordion; Jussi Reijonen, oud, guitar; Borey Shin, accordion; Joelle Wagner, bassoon; Mark Goldstein, trumpet; Nima Mohammadi, kamancheh; Arian Shaffee, guitar; Simon Hanes, bass; Kiyoe Wellington, bass; Valerie Thompson, cello; Evan Allen, piano; Jeff Balter, drums, percussion; Andria Nicodemou, vibes, percussion
Sara Serpa, voice
with Tim Lienhard and the CI String Ensemble: Natalie Cadet, vocals; Abigale Reisman, Rachel Panitch, violin; Eden MacAdam-Somer, viola; Valerie Thompson, cello; Simon Willson, bass; Anna Patton, clarinet; Daniel Pencer, bass clarinet; Mark Goldstein and Kai Sandoval, trumpet; Michael Prentky, trombone; Stephen Gordon, piano
Jeremy Barnett, percussion
Jussi Reijonen and Nima Jannmohammadi, oud
Natalie Cadet, voice and piano
Sara Serpa, voice
Dylan McKinstry, guitar
Mariachi Band: Natalie Cadet and Greta DiGiorgio, voice; Abigale Reisman & Rachel Panitch, violin; Mark Goldstein and Kai Sandoval, trumpet; Lautaro Mantilla, acoustic guitar; Brad Barrett, bass; Jeremy Barnett and Andria Nicodemou, percussion
The Night of the Following Day
CI String Quartet with Vessela Stoyanova, mallets
Deepti Navaratna, voice/tampura; Sonny Lalchandani, sitar
Hui Weng, guzheng
Tal Zilber, piano
Sail Away Ladies: Eden MacAdam-Somer and Mia Friedman, violin; Sarah Jarosz, mandolin; Ari Friedman, cello