Marisa Anderson channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition. Her deeply original work applies elements of minimalism, electronic music, drone and 20th century classical music to compositions based on blues, jazz and gospel and country music, re-imagining the landscape of American music. In 2011, she released her first solo guitar record, The Golden Hour, followed by Mercury (2013) and Into the Light (2016), which was named one of the best records of 2016 by Billboard magazine. She is in demand as a touring artist throughout Europe and North America, as well as collaborator and composer with other artists.
Returning to Houston Cinema Arts Festival, accompanying her silent film musical collaborator Donald Sosin, is the singular Alicia Svigals, the world’s leading klezmer violinist and a founder of the Klezmatics. She has performed with and written for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, Debbie Friedman, Osvaldo Golijov, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, filmmaker Judith Helfand, poet Allen Ginsburg, and many others. Her live silent film scoring projects, the award-winning The Yellow Ticket (presented at HCAF2013) and her new score, The Ancient Law (co-composed with Donald Sosin) are touring the world to considerable acclaim. Her CD Fidl (1996) reawakened klezmer fiddle tradition. Her newest CD is Beregovski Suite: Klezmer Reimagined, with jazz pianist Uli Geissendoerfer, is an original take on long-lost Jewish music from the Ukraine.
Returning to Houston Cinema Arts Festival for the fourth time is one of the foremost silent film composers in the world, Donald Sosin. Sosin has attained 47 years of performing at major film festivals and archives from New York, San Francisco, and Seattle to Bologna, Moscow, Odessa and Shanghai. Sosin’s scores accompany silent films on over 60 DVDs on the Criterion, Kino, Milestone, and other labels, including his collaboration with klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals for Flicker Alley’s 2018 release of The Ancient Law. He leads silent film music master classes each year at the Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Italy. He has played in Broadway pits and at the Kennedy Center and has conducted thirty musicals. His 1800 or so sheet music arrangements are published by Hal Leonard and Cherry Lane. Commissions include the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Anthology Film Archives, Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Jimmy Michael Giorsetti, also known by the moniker Don Bolles, is an American drummer who was involved in the 1970s and 1980s punk scene in Los Angeles, performing with Germs, Nervous Gender, 45 Grave and Celebrity Skin. Concurrent with his performing with Celebrity Skin, Bolles was a DJ for the short-lived radio station MARSFM. He has continued to DJ and produce events throughout L.A., as well as work with other musicians, most recently, recording and touring with Ariel Pink.
A self-taught visual artist and filmmaker, Brent Green’s films have screened, often with live musical accompaniment, at such venues as Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Hammer Museum, Sundance Film Festival, as well as rooftops, warehouses and galleries throughout the world. Often, his sculptural work and large-scale installations are displayed alongside his animated films. Green has had solo exhibitions at the Arizona State University Art Museum, SITE Santa Fe, the Kohler Arts Center, and the Berkeley Art Museum. His work is in several public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum, and the American Folk Art Museum.