Andy Quin, award winning composer and jazz pianist, returns to his roots in silent cinema to accompany D.W. Griffith’s masterpiece, Broken Blossoms, on Sunday 13th September at 2pm at The Curzon, Clevedon.
Celebrating 50 years of music Quin is keen to get out of the studio and return to live performance. His compositions have backed films, TV and adverts known to all, across the globe, from Oxo and Coronation Street to Nike and Boardwalk Empire.
As something of a prodigy at 11 years old Andy’s talent for improvisation was recognised and he was accompanying films for Hutchingson Cinema Group. It was at Regal Edmonton he was introduced to a Christie pipe organ; his love of this instrument has brought him to Clevedon to put the cinema’s historic organ through its paces.
Working with De Wolfe in the 70s and early 80s Andy pioneered computer sampling. His synthesizer tracks were influential and broadcast worldwide. His early albums on vinyl are now collectors’ items.
Reconnecting with his musical past Quin tracked down the Christie organ at the Curzon where Programme Manager Luke Doran was delighted to schedule Broken Blossoms to provide a platform for his virtuoso talents.
The screening of Broken Blossoms will mark Heritage Open Days’ national celebration of historic buildings and Sacalarama’s annual celebration of cinema. The sumptuous crimson and gold, art deco interior of The Curzon is perfectly matched to the film released a few years after it opened in 1912.
The screening continues a partnership between The Curzon and Bristol Silents sharing a commitment to showing the films that have shaped the industry from its early days of black and white film. It features the legendary Lilian Gish playing a frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse. where she is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences. The gritty realism of this first interracial film is heralded, by film historians, as an early example of Film Noir.
Celebrating Heritage Open Days, events will take place throughout the weekend of12th/13th September including tours of the cinema and opportunities to play the Christie Pipe Organ.
For details and tickets visit www.curzon.org.uk or ring 01275 871000
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