Through the years I have also started using my voice alongside silent films.
Before sound and image could be recorded together there was ‘the silent movie’. Images and story were told in a different, slower and more intense way, music and sound were created live, on stage.
A rich tradition was born and thousands of silent movies were made. Famous slapstick, city syphonies, dramas… They were accompanied by jazz bands, a whole orchestra, a singer, a story teller and very often by …. a solo pianist.
Elsewhere in Belgium I’ve played at Flagey Studio5 Brussels, Cinema Zuid Antwerp, Cinema ZED Leuven, KASK Cinema Ghent, Dommelhof Neerpelt and in Cultural Centres.
In Leuven, Cinema ZED, I worked together with the Japanese benshi Ichiro Kataoka in 2016.
Through the years I have accompanied more than 400 different silent movies.
On several editions of the ‘Zomerfilmcollege’ I have accompanied the films there since 2009.
During the first edition of the silent movie festival “Il Cinema Repubblica” in July 2018 during the ‘Gentse Feesten’ I accompanied 2 days a wide range of different films.
Abroad I have played in EYE in Amsterdam, in the ‘Cinemateket’ in Stockholm (2015) and at Kaunas International Filmfestival in Lithuania (2017).
Besides piano, I also improvise with voice, together with banjo/guitar player Wim Lauwaert.