This Fringe, Ten Tracks, l'Institut Francais and Summerhall present two events dedicated to the CineConcert format - the creation and performance of new soundtracks to existing films of the musicians' choice.
Details follow, and you can buy advance tickets here (at no booking fee for the really early birds).
#1 :: Friday 12th August :: FOUND, Lipsync for a Lullaby, Tokamak
This is a gig with a difference for The Fringe's most exciting new venue.
FOUND, Tokamak and Lipsync for a Lullaby's styles contrast, but all of them share a creativity and intensity which suits accompaniment to film. In June, we invited them to meet the French pioneers of the CineConcert format during a week of the French acts' performances of the likes of The Prisoner, Lord of The Flies and Steven Spielberg's Duel, at Edinburgh International Film Festival.
This concert unveils the films to which these three Scottish bands are developing live soundtracks, for full CineConcert performances later in the year. The night will feature a sneak preview of scenes from the forthcoming project, as well as straight up performances of their existing celebrated work to live visuals.
Whether you're more into your film or more into music, it's a good bet you'll be into this.
Lipsync for a Lullaby
#2 :: Saturday 13th August :: MIKE SLOTT Live Soundtrack to 'The Return', plus Asthmatic Astronaut and Dam Mantle
For the second installment of our exploration of CinéConcerts, the LuckyMe collective bring Mike Slott to the Fringe to perform his alternative soundtrack live to the award-winning Russian film 'The Return'.
Mike Slott is an Irish producer who now operates from New York City. Slott's productions are characterized by layered dark hip hop beats complemented by haunting melodies, adventurous electronica and jazzy roots, carving out a unique spot in the LuckyMe family alongside Warp peers such as Rustie and Hudson Mohawke. His trademark as a hip-hop producer is largely due to his project with Hudson Mowhawk called Heralds of Change, as his solo material is more varied.
The inimitable, often dubstep drenched beats are catchy but his adventurous style makes sure that Slott never makes the obvious dance floor hits. It's his musical intelligence that makes the man one of the most distinctive in the current field of producers. Slott's choice for The Return (2003), the debut film by Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev, therefore seems apt. At its release the film surprised many filmlovers and earned global praise for its beautiful cinematography, art direction and great acting. Accolades for The Return.
When a father suddenly returns after twelve years he takes his two sons Andrey and Ivan on a adventurous and impressive journey through the Russian wilderness. The beautiful nature and the minimalist narrative provides plenty of scope for a subtle rendition of the soundtrack and that is exactly where the power of Mike Slott's work lies.
MORE ABOUT CINECONCERTS
Article about Edinburgh Film Festival 2011 Shows.
Example of a CineConcert.
And last but not least... the all new venue