with live cello score composed and performed by Lori Goldston


July 7th, 2009

Seattle cellist, Lori Goldston, cofounder of The Black Cat Orchestra, is a frequent collaborator in dance, film and music projects. A frequent collaborator, she has played with Nirvana, David Byrne, Cat Power, Mirah, John Doe, the Wedding Present, Laura Veirs, Larry Barrett and many others. Lori has played on more than 40 albums, written scores for more than 40 silent films, and has composed and performed commissioned pieces for dance companies around the country and internationally.

Lori brings her solo cello score for Theodor Dreyer’s LA PASSION de JEANNE d’ARC (1928) to Chicago for one night only. Lori’s goal in composing silent film scores is to add a voice that amplifies the mood and clarifies the action. “The grammar of editing has changed over the years so sometimes it’s hard for people to watch silent films,” she says. Studying the film and the filmmaker, she uses music to translate the movie’s original intent, helping people appreciate mood, pace and timing. The film will be presented on 16 mm.

“Goldston’s music constituted a kind of physical enactment of listening. She began in silence – absorbing the moment and the film – and then her sound emerged, shifting and responding to what she took in. . . Perhaps her affection for the film is what allowed her to become its full collaborator . . . The resultant dialogue – a counterpoint of acquiescence and resistance – was deeply ambivalent, complex.”

-Matthew Stadler, writing about Goldston’s LA PASSION de JEANNE d’ARC for Artforum

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