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Andrew Downing

Silents (Black Hen Music)

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This is music composed by cellist/double bass player Andrew Downing for two silent films, Impossible Voyage and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. For some, silent film scores may only ever be done live, but taking that position may mean missing out on some inventive, narrative chamber ensemble music. In all, 11 other musicians join Downing for this recording, a series of vignettes mainly, of multiple, layered motifs and moods shifting from melancholic to mirthful to mad. “Introduction” for Caligari is reason enough to check it out. A connection to early cinema isn’t necessary; a love of Looney Tunes classics will do.

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