• September 19, 2020
 Alamo Drafthouse host Austin’s ‘Invincible Czars’ for two live film score performances

Alamo Drafthouse host Austin’s ‘Invincible Czars’ for two live film score performances

Austin’s own The Invincible Czars is bringing its latest film scores to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo this week.

The Invincible Czars will perform live to the 1925 American silent film THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, starring Lon Chaney, and the 1922 silent classic NOFERATU.

NOSFERATU, with live score by The Invincible Czars, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2019. The group will accompany THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA screening at 10:15 p.m. that same evening.  To purchase tickets, click here.

Fans, theaters and media have praised The Invincible Czars for making these near century-old movies “actually scary” for modern day audiences. The scores and their performances complement the tone and emotion on-screen at any given moment with as much cinematic flare as possible.

The Czars use a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, sound effects and even vocals. They also borrow a little music from the classical realm in each of their scores.

For PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the Czars’ score is mysterious and understated. It brings all the Czars’ staple instruments – violin, piano, bass guitar, flute and sounds effects.

This time, the score features Josh Robins’ 7-string electric guitar with more effects than ever before used in a Czars silent film score. The score features  Ravel’s “Rhapsodie Español”, Eric Satie’s “Gnossienne 3” and Guonod’s “Jewel Song” from Faust.

NOSFERATU is one of the most revered films in the history of cinema. As the world’s first vampire movie, it is regarded as the first important horror film – but it was almost erased from the history books when the estate of Bram Stoker sued the filmmakers for copyright infringement and most of the prints of the movie were destroyed.

Several survived, and this performance will feature the most completely restored version that exists.

The Invincible Czars’ NOSFERATU score incorporates violin, glockenspiel, organ, flute, bass clarinet, vocals, music box, loops, electric guitar, bass, singing bowl, tambourine and other hand percussion – all of which is a sight to behold when performed live by only four players! The score features Bela Bartok’s Roumanian Folk Dances in a nod to the fictional Count Orlock’s home turf.

The highlight of their arrangements is a haunting version of Roumanian Dance IV featuring an otherworldly vocal performance by the band’s wind mistress, Leila Henley.

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