The Alloy Orchestra, a hit during their first two appearances at the Indie Memphis Film Festival, will return to Memphis next month, just two weeks before the festival’s 15th annual event. The acclaimed group will perform its original score to Fritz Lang’s complete Metropolis at 8 pm, Wednesday, October 17 at the Malco Paradiso.
The performance is being presented by Indie Memphis and is made possible through the support of Dorothy Kirsch. Admission is $15 per person and $12 for Indie Memphis members. “Earlybird tickets” are available at a $2 discount through Thursday, October 4.
Called “the best in the world at accompanying silent films” by noted film critic Roger Ebert, the Alloy Orchestra performed at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2006 and again in 2009. The Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble, which writes and performs live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash andgrind soulful music from unlikely sources.
Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad (The Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, the National Gallery of Art and others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.
Alloy began their career with their score for Metropolis in 1991. The group has worked with 4 different
versions of the film, including the newest “complete” version, released in
2010. Alloy was invited in that year to
perform their newest reworking of their score, at the TCM Classic Film Festival’s
American premiere of the new restoration.
The packed house at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, gave the
musicians an enthusiastic standing ovation – a response that has been repeated
many times as the group has toured with the magnificent film.