Performers

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David Allison

The Last of the Mohicans

David has created several successful live soundtracks for silent films, including the 1922 horror classic 'Nosferatu' (HippFest 2011); 'The Island Tapes' and 'The St Kilda Tapes' which toured internationally and sold out at festivals such as Celtic Connections. David has also produced three solo studio albums: 'Reporting', 'Guitar Gi-tar' and 'Acoustic Movies'.


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Frank Bockius

Striving, Underground

Frank is a versatile percussionist. He is versed in medieval, jazz and Latin music styles and performs for dance, theatre and his own bands. Twenty years ago Günter Buchwald asked Frank to join his silent movie music company and since then they have worked together in Kyoto, Pordenone and San Francisco. Frank regularly collaborates with many of the world's finest silent film musicians.


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Neil Brand

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, Jeely Jar

Neil is one of the UK's most established silent film accompanists, composers, writers and broadcasters. His achievements are too extensive to list, but recent work includes 'Neil Brand presents Buster Keaton' currently on tour in the UK and the BBC Four series 'Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand'.


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Jane Gardner and Co

Seven Footprints to Satan, Laurel & Hardy (triple bill)

Acclaimed composer/pianist Jane Gardner has delighted many a silent cinema audience with her original and sympathetic accompaniments. She has performed at HippFest since 2012 with regular collaborator, percussionist Hazel Morrison and others to 'The Grub Stake', 'Earth', 'Dragnet Girl', 'The Goose Woman', and 'The Black Pirate' as well as Jeely Jar comedy screenings. This year she also performs with violinist and multi-award winning string play Roddy Long.


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Steven Gellatly

Shorts for Grass:A Nation's Battle for Life

Scientist by day and silent screen pianist and composer by night, Steven has performed across Europe, from Sweden to London. He appears regularly in Scotland, including the Skye Festival, commissions for the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee, and in town halls across Dundee and Fife. He has composed scores for films such as 'Foolish Wives', 'The Lodger', 'Son of the Sheik', 'Sunrise' and various Buster Keaton shorts.


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Stephen Horne

Striving, Underground

Stephen first started accompanying silent films at BFI Southbank over 25 years ago. He has recorded music for several DVD releases and regularly plays at major International Festivals. Although principally a pianist, he often incorporates flute, accordion and keyboards into his performances, sometimes simultaneously. Stephen's accompaniment to 'The Informer' and 'Stella Dallas' at HippFest have both won him awards in the Silent London poll.


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Alois Kott

The Treasure (Der Schatz)

Alois is an acclaimed German composer and musician. He has studied double bass, live electronic composition and guitar and composed chamber music for classic piano, trio and string quartet to large ensembles. His commissions have included works for the NDR Big Band, the Frankfurt Radio Bigband and theatre music recorded for Westerdeutcher Rundfunk WDR.


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Atzi Muramatsu

Call of the North

Atzi is a Japanese composer and cellist. His works encompass music for concerts, contemporary dance, poetry, painting, and films. His music features in three BAFTA winning films, one of which won BAFTA Scotland Best Composer New Talent Award in 2016. He is a member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and leads contemporary string quartet Lipsync for a Lullaby.


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Mike Nolan

Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life, Lost Girls and Goddesses, Shorts

Mike works across Scotland as a composer, conductor and performer and is a regular at HippFest. He has accompanied silent film screenings for over 20 years including several commercial releases and live performances for the NLS Moving Image Archive. Mike is also a Nordoff-Robbins trained music therapist.


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Forrester Pyke

In Search of the Modern Marriage, Billie Ritchie, Shorts

Forrester has had a successful career as a teacher and musical director and is one of the most highly respected silent film accompanists in Scotland. For over 24 years he has brought many of the great silents vividly to life for a new generation of cinemagoers. Forrester is greatly respected for his musical composition and improvisational technique.


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Graeme Stephen & Pete Harvey

The Penalty

Graeme is a highly acclaimed Scottish jazz guitarist and composer. He has written and performed compositions for 'Nosferatu', 'Metropolis' and 'Sunrise' which was screened in Bo'ness in October 2017. Pete Harvey is a cellist and arranger working out of Pumpkinfield, his studio near Perth.


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Gerda Stevenson & Rob MacNeacail

Call of the North

Gerda is an award-winning writer/actor/director/singer/songwriter, in theatre, TV, radio and film. She has written many dramas for BBC Radio plus the stage play 'Federer versus Murray' and released a CD of her own songs: 'Night Touches Day'. Gerda's directing includes for Oran Mor, Communicado and Paragon Ensemble. She has published volumes of poetry including the collection 'If This Were Real' and her second collection, 'Quines In The Frame – poems in tribute to women of Scotland' is due to be published this March by Luath Press.


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John Sweeney

Platform Reels, Shiraz

Since 1990 John has played for silent film at festivals and venues including the British Silent Cinema Festival, the Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Italy and the Slapstick Festival in Bristol. He has recorded DVDs for the BFI, Cineteca Bologna and Edition Filmmuseum and is one of the founders of the Kennington Bioscope which screens neglected silent films at the Cinema Museum in London.

Last updated: 06 February 2018 at 12:02