Steven Severin ‘Vampyr’ Live score at St. Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch
Kaparte Promotions proudly presents:
Steven Severin ‘Vampyr’
Live score + Screening, last date of the UK tour 2012
Opening act: Madam (electro-acoustic set)
Thursday 5 July, 8.00pm
St. Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JN
Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door
Following on from his 30 date Blood of a Poet UK tour in the winter of 2010, Steven Severin returns to give audiences a rare opportunity to hear his new score for Vampyr, the third in Severin’s ongoing film accompaniment series – Music For Silents.
Live in person, acclaimed solo artist and founder member of the legendary Siouxsie and the Banshees, Severin presents a mesmerising synthesis of sound and image, heightening appreciation of the surreal and enigmatic nature of the original work. Vampyr, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s unsettling tale of fear and obsession finds its aural counterpart in Severin’s suitably textured score, a synthesised, highly atmospheric soundscape drawing the viewer rhythmically into the oneiric imagery on screen.
During their reign, Siouxsie & the Banshees established themselves as one of the foremost alternative artists and the only survivors of the London punk scene to evolve, innovate and succeed until their final demise in 2002. Severin has since committed himself almost exclusively to scoring for film & TV.
Since 2008 Severin has been performing live electronic accompaniment to silent films, startling audiences across the globe who have now come to expect the unexpected from the man who has crossed paths with such diverse luminaries as John Cale, Alan Moore, Lydia Lunch, Marc Almond, Merc Cunningham, Robert Smith and the Tiger Lillies.
Shot with a silent film aesthetic despite being within the sound era (and a year after Lugosi starred in Universal’s Dracula), Vampyr is an alternative take on the cinematic vampire, creating an intense, nightmarish atmosphere that haunts the mind long after the lights go up.
This is the last date of a very successful UK tour that saw Steven Severin selling out many Picture House’s screens around the country, and it will be a very special event.
Kaparte Promotions has had already the pleasure of hosting the first two scores of Music for Silents trilogy at the Bush Hall (The Seashell and The Clergyman) in 2008 and at Tate Britain (A Blood of a Poet) in 2010.
Opening from Madam:
Madam is the project of writer/producer Sukie Smith, who play passionate widescreen, nocturnal music.
Their latest album Gone Before Morning is the follow up to the universally acclaimed debut In Case of Emergency and it was recorded mainly at Real World Studios (Peter Gabriel’s converted mill in Wiltshire).
Madam make a stunning soundtrack of dark foreboding sensual beauty.
They conjure songs of loss and triumph which are confessional yet secretive, fragile and powerful.
‘Seductive blend of stealth,soundtrack atmospherics and skittering
pop, smoldering sadness, beauty and erotic longing’ **** The Mirror