Sunday, June 20, 12:00 noon Pacific Time
This free online masterclass will feature Maud Nelissen in conversation with Philip Carli.
Maud Nelissen is a Dutch composer and pianist who has particularly dedicated herself to the creation of musical accompaniment for classic silent films. She worked in Italy with Charlie Chaplin’s last music arranger Eric James, who was himself a veteran of music hall and film accompaniment in the silent era. She founded her own ensemble, ‘The Sprockets’, for silent film accompaniment, and performs with them or with various other ensembles and orchestras in Holland and abroad. In 2008 she made her American début at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. Peter von Bagh wrote of her work, “Maud Nelissen is an analytical and lyrical talent who gives film, with her musical approach, a new dimension”. David Robinson, Pordenone’s Director Emeritus, has written, “Maud Nelissen contributes richly to each film, but never distracts. It is a total, vital creative collaboration with the long-absent film author”.
Philip Carli brings both prodigious musical talent and a committed scholarly outlook to his lifelong passion for the music and culture of the turn of the last century. He discovered silent film at the age of five and began his accompaniment career at thirteen, with a performance for Lon Chaney’s 1923 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He is the staff accompanist for the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, and performs annually at several film festivals in the United States as well as at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto in Italy.
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