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Composing for Screen Media “Sandbox” with Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin
September 27, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Description: A “sandbox” (playful workshop) on composing for screen media. Participants will have a supportive environment to explore music composition for film or other screen media, understand the enormous variety of approaches to this art, and have the opportunity to play for and receive feedback from experienced composers/performers.
Participant expectations: Ahead of the workshop, students are invited (but not required) to prepare music to accompany a short (2 minute) film clip, from any type of film—a silent movie or a muted modern movie. Students are welcome to bring instruments (the event space will have a piano) and perform their piece or have one of the workshop leaders perform it. Instruments are not required but will greatly contribute to participants’ experience: this is a fun, judgment-free opportunity for participants to improvise, experiment, and explore screen media composition. Masks are required, in accordance with university policy.
This event is free and requires advanced registration. This workshop has a registration cap of 20 total participants.
Suggested clips: Some suggested videos to accompany if preparing a short composition for this event. We recommend muting the audio while viewing or downloading, so as not to be influenced:
THE WIND (storm scene)
WAY DOWN EAST (ice floe scene)
METROPOLIS (robot comes to life)
THE KID (pancake scene)
THE KID, PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, THE GENERAL, METROPOLIS, THE GOLD RUSH, SAFETY LAST, POTEMKIN (contains clips from several films)
Alicia Svigals (violinist and composer) is the world’s leading klezmer violinist and a founder of the Klezmatics. She has performed with and written for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, Debbie Friedman, Osvaldo Golijov, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, filmmaker Judith Helfand, poet Allen Ginsberg and many others. Her live silent film scoring projects, the award-winning The Yellow Ticket and her new score, The Ancient Law (co-composed with Donald Sosin) are touring the world to acclaim. Her CD Fidl (1996) reawakened klezmer fiddle tradition. Her newest CD is Beregovski Suite: Klezmer Reimagined, with jazz pianist Uli Geissendoerfer – an original take on long-lost Jewish music from Ukraine.
Donald Sosin (pianist and composer) has performed his scores for silent films at Lincoln Center, MoMA, BAM, the National Gallery; many college campuses including Yale, Harvard, Cornell and Brown, and major film festivals in New York, San Francisco, Telluride, Hollywood, Pordenone, Bologna, Shanghai, Bangkok, Berlin, Vienna, Moscow, and Jecheon, South Korea. He records for Criterion, Kino, Milestone and Flicker Alley, and his scores are heard frequently on TCM. Sosin has had commissions from MoMA, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. His score for The Ancient Law, co-written with violinist Alicia Svigals, was released on DVD/BluRay in 2018 by Flicker Alley. They are also touring with their score for City Without Jews (Stadt Ohne Juden).
The Ancient Law "Sandbox" Workshop Registration