The Alloy Orchestra tours with their Fall 2014 film “SON OF THE SHEIK”, starring Rudolph Valentino. This is a film of passion, betrayal and redemption, set on the desert sands. Valentino is often cited as the silver screens greatest lover, and this film demonstrates why this reputation is justly deserved. 1926, US – Directed by George Fitzmaurice, 84 minutes
During their fall 2013 tour, the group was recorded live in performance in Nashville for THIRD MAN RECORDS (Frank Black’s label). The film was MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA, one of the Alloy’s most rambunctious. This has now been pressed as a double LP, vinyl. For sale on tour and soon on the web site store!
Many, many other films remain in their repertoire.
The Alloy Orchestra is a silent film accompanying group. Roger (pictured above on left) joined on keyboard in 1997. Terry Donahue (middle) remains on percussion and accordion (he played in No Man), and Ken Winokur (right) remains on percussion and clarinet (he played on Roger Miller’s Exquisite Corpse, No Man’s Band, and others). The group features a rack of “junk percussion” along with Roger’s orchestral keyboards.
Every summer they score a new film which becomes their primary film for that year. However, they keep their past films in repertoire, which includes METROPOLIS, THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton), NOSFERATU, MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, etc.
Alloy Orchestra tours the U.S. extensively, and has performed in Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, and Canada. Roger Ebert said “Alloy Orchestra is the best in the world at accompanying silent film.”
The Alloy Orchestra Web Site has an extensive tour schedule, a store (we have many silent-era movies on DVD that we have scored – Turner Classic Movies often shows Buster Keatons’ THE GENERAL with our score playing), and much more information.
The Phantom of the Opera (starring “The Man of a Thousand Faces”, Lon Chaney) was released by Image Entertainment on Blu-Ray only.