Silent Movies in the St. Mane with Dosh
Lanesboro Arts, in cooperation with Lanesboro Community Theater, presents “Silent Movies in the St. Mane with Dosh,” an evening of original new music and locally produced silent films, at the St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro on Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. For this special commission supported by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council as part of the Performing Artist Engagement Program, electronic virtuoso and one-man band Martin Dosh will perform intriguing and new live cinematic scores set to silent films produced over the years by community members as part of Lanesboro Community Theater‘s beloved “Silent Movies in the Park After Dark” series.
This curated set of a dozen or so films runs approximately 45-55 minutes and is happening in conjunction with the 9th annual Frozen River Film Festival Lanesboro Preview Event. Frozen River’s ‘Donor Premiere’ and ‘Big Muddy’ passes will be honored for all film events in Lanesboro, however advance registration is still encouraged. The 2020 Frozen River Film Festival takes place February 5 – 9 in Winona, MN.
Dosh aims to honor and showcase the Lanesboro area’s culture and creativity by working with community members to breathe new life into their silent films, some created as early as 2012, with original soundscapes that enhance the unique stories being told by creating an atmosphere of dignity and reverence for the source material. A brief Q&A with Dosh and local movie makers will take place following the performance and screening.
Martin Dosh of Minneapolis, MN is a renowned multi-instrumentalist that loops and combines electronics with analogue instrumentation. He has spent 30 years producing his own distinct sound, as well as collaborating with an international who’s who list of rock, jazz, and electronic musicians. His primary record label is the Los Angeles-based indie Anticon, but he has also released much music on his own label, Dosh Family, since 2005. Perhaps most widely known as the percussionist for Andrew Bird, Dosh has record with just about any Twin Cities band with a collective ear for good taste and experimentation. In 2018 he assembled a band to collaborate with the Walker Art Center on similar project called “Sounds for Silents,” performing a live score for silent works from the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson collection.
Reflecting on his experience live scoring films at the Walker, Dosh said “It’s a one-time installation/concert. There’s elements of improvisation built into the structure, so if I were to do it again it would be different. And depending on the viewer, either I’m soundtracking the films or the films are ‘soundtracking’ me, so to speak.”
“Silent Movies in the St. Mane with Dosh” will serve as the capstone event of a mini-residency with Martin Dosh, who will be participating in various music and outreach events on January 23 and 24 with Lanesboro area residents as part of the Performing Artist Engagement Program supported by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.