Vampyr - with a live score by Harmonieband

Vampyr - with a live score by Harmonieband

29th October 2013

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s classic VAMPYR of 1932 (PG guidance rating)
With a live soundtrack composed and performed by contemporary music ensemble HARMONIEBAND.

With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer’s brilliance at achieving mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, profoundly unsettling imagery (The Passion of Joan of Arc and Day of Wrath) was for once applied to the horror genre. Yet the result - concerning an occult student assailed by various supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside Paris - is nearly unclassifiable, a host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds creating a mood of dreamlike terror.

With its roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr is one of cinema’s great nightmares.

With a score by Paul Robinson performed by members of HarmonieBand:

Paul Robinson - Keyboard/Sound diffusion
Dai Pritchard - Sax and Clarinets (Ex Loose Tubes)
Adam Robinson - Violin and Viola (Threads Orchestra)


HarmonieBand, formed in 1985, is a six-piece ensemble of multi-instrumentalists with an internationally established reputation for performing contemporary music, presenting especially composed scores to accompany silent film, and leading educational projects for young people.

HarmonieBand has made appearances at many UK film festivals and Art Centres. The ensemble has also travelled widely in Europe and including visits to the Dresden Musikfestpiele, the Giornate Del Cinema Muto in Italy and three tours of the Brabant, the last of which featured Paul Robinson’s score to Cocteau’s Le Sang d’un Poète. In 2007, the ensemble was invited to appear alongside the Hilliard Ensemble to present Paul Robinson’s score to Carl Dreyer’s ‘La Passione de Jeanne D’Arc’ in the Opera House in Wroclaw. The performance was recorded and broadcast by Polish television. They make regular appearances at The Barbican, most recently with Paul Robinson’s score to ‘Nosferatu’.

Tickets £8 / £6 concs.
Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm.
Duration 75 minutes, no interval.

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