“The best in the world at accompanying silent films.” — Roger Ebert
Alloy orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble that writes and performs live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources.
Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the U.S. and abroad (the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, the Louvre, Lincoln Center, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the National Gallery of Art and others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.
An unusual combination of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics gives the Orchestra the ability to create any sound imaginable. Utilizing their famous “rack of junk” and electronic synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles. They can conjure up a French symphony or a simple German bar band of the ‘20s. The group can make the audience think it is being attacked by tigers, contacted by radio signals from Mars or swept up in the Russian Revolution.
Alloy Orchestra is:
Terry Donahue – Junk percussion, musical saw, accordion
Roger C. Miller – Keyboard
Ken Winokur – Director, percussion, clarinet