Two Silent Film’s by Oscar Micheaux that have been set to music by original scores written by Wycliffe Gordon. Both scores feature an 18-piece jazz orchestra and vocalists.
“Body and Soul”
Screening of silent film with live accompaniment by an 18-piece big band ensemble. Full DVD with soundtrack is available.
“Within Our Gates”
Screening of silent film with live accompaniment by and 18-piece jazz orchestra and males and female vocalists. Full soundtrack is available. For information click here.
Gordon captures the essence of Micheaux’s movie skillfully in stunning composition by re-imagining the past, present and future aspects of this fundamental work. His 78-minute original score imbues the refrains of early-to-modern jazz alongside work songs, hymns and classical motifs, which recur throughout the film and executed superbly by a live 18-piece jazz orchestra and vocalists. The composition draws from Gordon’s musical training in jazz, classical, gospel, blues, and church music and from Gordon’s depth as an artist both musically and culturally.