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Mark Tipton and Les Sorciers Perdus perform their original scores for silent comedy films by Buster Keaton and Charley Bowers
July 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastport Arts Center is thrilled to present Les Sorciers Perdus (LSP) performing original scores for silent comedy films by Buster Keaton and Charley Bowers on Thursday, July 25 at 7 pm. LSP is a Maine-based multi-genre quartet that specializes in performing new works by director Mark Tipton, including jazz and contemporary works, performance art installations, and original silent film scores. LSP also performs classic jazz, free improvisations, and arrangements of world folk music. Members are Mark Tipton, trumpet and keyboard; Ryan Blotnick, guitar; Tyler Heydolph, bass; and Beau Lisy, drums and percussion.
Films screened will include Buster Keaton’s “The Boat” (1921) and “Cops” (1922), and Charley Bowers’ “Now You Tell One” (1926) and “There It Is!” (1928). Keaton was called by film critic Roger Ebert “the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies” and is best known for the silent comedies he produced in the 20s. Keaton’s body of work has inspired much study and favorable critique. “Buster Keaton’s comedy endures not just because he had a face that belongs on Mount Rushmore, at once hauntingly immovable and classically American, but because that face was attached to one of the most gifted actors and directors who ever graced the screen,” wrote film historian Jeffrey Vance. “Evolved from the knockabout upbringing of the vaudeville stage, Keaton’s comedy is a whirlwind of hilarious, technically precise, adroitly executed, and surprising gags, very often set against a backdrop of visually stunning set pieces and locations—all this masked behind his unflinching, stoic veneer.”
Bowers, a cartoonist, slapstick comedian and filmmaker during the silent film and early “talkie” era was forgotten for decades, recently rediscovered and subsequently compared to Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Keaton. His films are inventive, sometimes surreal mixtures of live action and animation, dubbed the “Bowers Process.”
The quartet have performed more than 25 silent film scores written by Tipton, including “7th Heaven” (1927) at the 2018 Maine International Film Festival (MIFF); “Sunrise” (1927) at MIFF 2017; “The Phantom Carriage” (1921) at The Grand, Ellsworth; “Nosferatu” (1922) at the 1932 Criterion Theatre, “Robin Hood” (1922) at The Strand Theatre, Rockland; “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920) at SPACE Gallery, Portland; and “Metropolis” (1927) at the Colonial Theater, Belfast. The group released an album of original jazz in 2017 titled “Alchemist’s Dream,” and plan to return to the studio in fall 2019. More information about the group may be found at www.marktiptonmusic.com.
Tickets for the family-friendly screening and concert are $12; attendees 17 and under will be admitted free of charge. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.