As part of the new Organ Grinders series taking place at the Hollywood Theatre this year, Portland instrumental duo Sallo premieres an original soundtrack for some of the strangest celluloid of the silent era: Mest’ kinematograficheskogo operatora or The Cameraman’s Revenge. Made in 1911 by Vladislaw Starewicz, it is one of the first works of stop motion animation. Painstakingly posing dead insects, the Russian filmmaker crafted his story of infidelity in the lives of beetles complete with a grasshopper on a moped and a projectionist diving from a flaming booth.
Also featuring original scores for Starewicz’s short films Nightingale, Frogland and Mascot.
ORGAN GRINDERS – From under the screen, the sounds of modern groups are paired with movies from a different era, updating the genre of Silent Film accompaniment to the sounds around us today. Organ Grinders revisits the original vision of the Hollywood Theatre, built in 1926 with an orchestra pit and a hydraulically ascending theatre organ.
SALLO is a Portland based instrumental duo. A combination of dreamy, dark, and driven instrumentals with playfully subversive song structures, Sallo’s compositions routinely test the boundaries of traditional songwriting. Sallo uses drums and keys, usually treated as mere supports in most of today’s popular music, and makes them the epicenter. Their songs range from melancholic tremors to chaotic crescendos . Sallo has collaborated with a variety of local artists including the Portland Cello Project, The 3rd Floor comedy/theater group, the Curious Comedy Theater and the Castiron Carousel marionette troupe.