Stumbling through shooting galleries, trains, secret societies, and falling houses Buster Keaton delivers outrageous stunts and antics (all with the famous deadpan delivery that earned him the nickname “The Great Stone Face”) in 3 classic comedic shorts:
“The High Sign”(1921)
“One Week” (1920)
Enjoy these films along with Brendan Cooney’s fresh new original scores, complementing the films with a classic 1920’s urban-Americana soundscape, combining many strands of American roots music. Ragtime and old-time meet the blues, bluegrass and hot jazz, played live by a talented trio of musicians:
Kyle Tuttle- Banjo bluegrass and jazz banjo virtuoso, Kyle Tuttle was a finalist in the 2011 Winfield KS banjo competition. He has studied with the likes of Bela Fleck and Tony Trishka and can be found about town in many configurations. www.kyletuttle.com
Andy Bergman- Clarinet Andy plays in the Guy Mendilow Band (voted best world music act by the Boston Phoenix) and the afro-funk band The Macrotones. www.music.kellysgreen.com/
Brendan Cooney-Piano Brendan recently moved to Boston from Philadelphia where he played piano in the Rhinoceri Trio, and baritone horn in the legendary West Philadelphia Orchestra. He has composed scores for numerous silent films under his Not-So-Silent-Cinema project.
“The Goat” is a rambling tale of pranks, chases, and mistaken identities as Buster Keaton finds himself mistaken for an escaped felon.
The High Sign
In “The High Sign” Keaton finds himself recruited by a secret society to assassinate a local millionaire… the same millionaire who has just hired him as a bodyguard.
And in the famous “One Week” Keaton and his new wife discover that the house they have just built is a bit “off”… this must have been the inspiration for Tom Hanks’ “Money Pit”.
This project features a unique mash-up of musical personalities from different corners of the Boston music scene.
On banjo, progressive bluegrass and jazz banjo virtuoso Kyle Tuttle:
On clarinet (sax in the video below), Andy Bergman:
Yours truly, Brendan Cooney, shredding on the piano: