April 14th, 2022Music and movies
SMALL Space Music and the Radio Springs Hotel are pairing live improvised music scores with classic movies for the Magic Lantern Sessions.
When silent films first made an appearance, they were almost always accompanied by live music, starting with a pianist at the first movie projections by the Lumière Brothers in Paris in 1895.
The music for silent films was often improvised, and by around 1915, large city theatres began featuring organists or ensembles of musicians. Over 100 years later, members of the collective Small Space Music come together to improvise contemporary soundtracks to classic silent films.
Small Space Music connects curious listeners with music that is taking place in the nooks and crannies of the Victorian scene. Renowned drummer Ronny Ferella and Trentham guitarist Robbie Melville are curating a season of six performances at the Radio Springs Hotel.
Two performances, a matinee and evening show, will take place in the 35-seat Henri Langlois Screening Room at the hotel on the last Sunday of each month until September. The films will be selected from former career projectionist and Radio Springs proprietor Ken Parfrey’s private collection.
Magic Lantern Session One features Ronny, Robbie, bassist Zoe Frater and guitarist Fran Swinn performing to Buster Keaton’s 1927 masterpiece The General.
The musicians have worked with a variety of top Australian and international acts including Guy Sebastian, the Australian Pops Orchestra, Michelle Nicolle, Shane Howard, Krystle Warren, Stephen Magnusson, Julien Wilson and Nat Bartsch.
The performances, matinee at 2pm and evening at 4pm, are on Sunday, April 24. Tickets are $20/$15 concession at trybooking.com