Be prepared for a completely absorbing light and sound extravaganza on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m., when the Montreal-based trio Small World Project arrives at the Langham Cultural Society in Kaslo with a special multimedia evening, The 1001 Nights – Cine Concert.
Small World Project are bringing to the big screen at the Langham a unique performance combining the oldest surviving animated feature-length film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) by German director Lotte Reiniger, with a brand new score composed by the trio and performed live.
Hailed by critics as the “new maestros of silent film,” the three members of Small World Project create, with their collection of small instruments, such as ukulele, banjolele, toy piano, and glockenspiel, an astonishing soundscape in constant dialogue with the characters and scenes of the film.
Inspired by the Tales of 1,001 Nights (or Arabian Nights), Lotte Reiniger’s film uses her original silhouette animation technique — silhouette figures photographed in stop-motion against voluptuous backgrounds to create a film of technical complexity and haunting beauty.
After suddenly landing on the music scene like a UFO in 2008, Small World Project has been amazing audiences ever since with its arsenal of small-stringed instruments, its mini-percussions and a double bass. The Montreal collective has to date made three critically acclaimed albums, each characterized by a unique, eclectic, borderless sound — a happy, humourous and energetic mix of different musical styles and traditions.
Winners of the Opus Prize for the Concert of the Year in 2011 — Jazz and World Music, and of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Prize, Small World Project has graced the stages of many international festivals, including the New York Ukulele Festival, the Tahiti Guitar Festival, the Festival Cultural de Zacatecas in Mexico, the Festival de Guitare de Bayeux in France, the Guelph Jazz Festival in Ontario and the Montreal International Jazz Festival.