A development programme for improvising musicians who would like to develop their skills playing to moving image.
At the heart of Yorkshire Silent Film Festival's work is the craft of the improvising film musician - players who perform without composed music, watching the film with the audience and creating a live score there and then. No two screenings will be the same - improvised scoring is the livest of live performance and it's central to the atmosphere of Yorkshire Silent Film Festival.
Each year, Yorkshire Silent Film Festival runs a development programme for advanced improvisers who would like to develop their skills working with moving image. Playing Pictures Academy was established in 2017 with funding from Arts Council England and presented in association with University of Huddersfield.
In May 2018 the Academy the academy will run again, in an expanded form. Up to three musicians will take part in a series of masterclasses and workshops, run by a selection of the festival's musicians, including Neil Brand, Donald Sosin, Jonny Best and Elizabeth-Jane Baldry.
We're not just looking for pianists - the programme is open to all musicians, no matter what style or musical background. All types of improvisation experience are welcome, including jazz and free improv. You don't need experience of playing to film but we're looking for players who are inspired by the possibilities of audio-visual collaboration.
The academy schedule is still to be confirmed but will include workshops and masterclasses spread across each week of the festival period (8 - 27 May). Participants will also perform in a showcase event towards the end of the festival. To express interest, click on the button below - it's a simple, quick online form.