Nosferatu Live w/ The Invincible Czars
CAST: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim DIRECTOR: F.W. Murnau SILENT FILM WITH LIVE SCORE
A Bonus show from The Invincible Czars as part of of their Inside the Mind of Dr. Caligari tour!
Fans, theaters, and media have consistently praised The Invincible Czars' carefully crafted soundtracks for enhancing the movie goers experience. The band has performed for over a decade at hundreds of theatres and art houses across the US and Canada delighting audiences with an array of sonic twists and turns. The varied compositions and instrumentation adapt individually to each film the Czars score, capturing each thrilling moment and keeping audiences engaged scene by scene.
In 2021, the group ventured back into the proverbial depths of Romanian folk music and horror soundscapes to give their Nosferatu soundtrack a centennial facelift. The updated score is performed by a five member touring ensemble using violin, flute, bass clarinet, electric guitar, bass, piano, organ, glockenspiel, music box, drums, percussion, samples and loops. From delicate pianissimo passages of longing and love to menacing motifs of dissonant horror and pain, each instrument plays a critical role establishing character themes and maximizing the visceral nature of this film.
The Invincible Czars encourage fans and attendees to dress for the Halloween season and fully immerse themselves in the timeless tradition of Count Orlok.
ABOUT THE FILM
Nosferatu tells the story of Hutter and Ellen, a young couple from the quaint village of Wisborg. Hutter travels to Transylvania to arrange a sale of property in Wisborg to the elusive Count Oriok. As a guest at Orlok's castle, the naive Hutter soon learns that the Count is a vampire. The evil Orlok locks Hutter in the castle and travels to Wisborg in haste to execute his malicious plans. He soon manages to possess Hutter's employer along with Ellen, and strikes the village with an outbreak of the plague. Hutter frees himself from the Count's castle and rushes back to Wisborg to stop the villain before it's too late, but will he reach Ellen in time?
ABOUT THE BAND
The Invincible Czars began making adventurous rock music in Austin clubs 2003 but they quickly branched into the arts world with their wide scope of styles, cinematic flare, mix of modern and classical instruments and their complicated relationship with heavy metal.
Though they continue to take on a variety of projects, including their Austin-tacious re-imagining of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, The Invincible Czars are probably best known for their silent film soundtracks which they perform live at cinemas, colleges and performing arts spaces all over the US and Canada.
They began accompanying silent films at the original Alamo Drafthouse in Austin in 2006 with Aelita, Queen of Mars (1922.) They continued adding titles to their catalog year after year and expanding their performance region slowly until they were touring the entire US by 2016. Many art house cinemas and film festivals call The Invincible Czars one of the best in the nation for silent film accompaniment. "Thank you for making this movie actually scary," is heard at least once at every show.
The band operates as a collective with a few core members and a rotating cast of additional members on any given project or tour. They sound different from season to season and year to year.
THE TOURING ENSEMBLE FOR 2023 IS:
PHIL DAVIDSON - VIOLIN, KEYBOARDS, PERCUSSION
SKUNK MANHATTAN - PIANO, KEYBOARDS, BASS
JOSH ROBINS - GUITAR, BASS, SAMPLES, PERCUSSION
LOUIS LANDRY - DRUMS, PERCUSSION, KEYBOARDS
HAMPTON RATTAN - WINDS, KEYS
"(The Invincible Czars' soundtrack for Nosferatu is) a brilliantly realized wedding of contemporary musical sensibility and technology with early 20th century cinema."Chico News Review