Buster Keaton's "Steamboat Bill Jr" with live musical accompaniment

Buster Keaton's

Fri 12 Dec 2014

7.00 pm — 8.30 pm
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (find us)
Lecture Theatre 20A Inverleith Row
£7, £5 for Members, £5 for children
To book contact the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339


Buster Keaton’s 1928 comedy “Steamboat Bill Jr”

We will be recreating the atmosphere of the good old days of silent cinema when Buster Keaton's classic comedy Steamboat Bill Jr is screened at the Botanics on 12th December 2014.  Considered by some of his critics as his best film, Keaton plays the effete unknown son of a steamboat captain who joins the crew to help save the boat from the plans of the evil banker John King.  Complications arise when he falls for Kitty, the banker's daughter.

The film will be accompanied with a newly composed/improvised score performed live by Jane Gardner (piano), Roddy Long (violin) and Hazel Morrison (percussion).  The trio are currently accompanying Yasujiro Ozu’s Dragnet Girl (1933) as it is being screened at venues across Scotland.

Jane Gardner holds a PhD in Composition from Goldsmiths College, London University.  Her works have also been performed by groups such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Piano Circus (six pianos) and the Mistry String Quartet.  She has worked extensively in theatre and dance and composed for the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and acrobatic string group The Gogmagogs.  She worked on Disney Pixar's BRAVE soundtrack and is currently transcribing and typesetting the life's work of Scottish folk musician Freeland Barbour.  As a silent film accompanist for many years, she has played to numerous cinema audiences around the UK.  She performed together with regular collaborator Hazel Morrison on drums/percussion and also SCO co-principle cellist Su-a Lee her specially-commissioned score for THE GOOSE WOMAN at the Bo-ness Silent Film Festival 2013 Closing Night Gala performance, to great acclaim.

Hazel Morrison studied Timpani and Percussion at the RSAMD (Royal Scottish Conservatoire) in the early 1990s. She now teaches and coaches young percussionists for Edinburgh City Council. A versatile musician she has played with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra Scotland/Brazil, folk rock band Cantara, The Bathers (Justin Currie and James Grant), and with PJ Moore (The Blue Nile) at Celtic Connections.  She has recently been awarded a Creative Scotland to create a new solo album.

Edinburgh-based violinist Roddy Long studied at the Juilliard School in New York. He works regularly with many orchestras in the UK including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Ensemble,

This will be the third public performance of the trio’s original score to Steamboat Bill Jr

Press Contact:  Jane Gardner  Tel 07828 010560 Email: jane@janegardner.co.uk

The film will be followed by refreshments.

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