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A screening of classic silent animation with an original score composed and performed by Erik Friedlander, Matthew Nolan (3epkano), Stephen Shannon (Strands and Halfset), Cameron Doyle (3epkano) and Bryan O'Connell (Beautiful unit and Si Schroeder).

Last summer acclaimed NYC cellist Erik Friedlander collaborated with some of Dublin's finest musicians to write a score for Lotte Reiniger's animated classic, The Adventures of Prince Achmed. The new work was premiéred by the ensemble at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of BAMcinemafest 2012. This is a unique opportunity to see them reprise the project at the National Concert Hall.


“Erik Friedlander can do things with a cello that should have a reasonable listener fearing for her life,” says, “Rostropovich one second and Rottweiler the next.”

Many will remember Erik's acclaimed solo cello concerts that Note presented in 2008 as part of the Contemporaries Concert Series. He is a composer, a master improviser and a veteran of NYC’s downtown scene. Most notable are his collaborations with John Zorn but he also has 15 releases as a leader which include the recent American Power (LP), a suite a six solo pieces released on a limited-edition LP; the rustically soulful Bonebridge; The Broken Arm Trio, a trio tribute to jazz bassist Oscar Pettiford; and Block Ice & Propane, his solo cello reinterpretation of American roots music.


A beautifully stylized production that bridged classic fairy tales and the animated films on the horizon, The Adventures of Prince Achmed was hailed as the first animated feature when it was released in 1926. The film went on to become an international commercial success and its director, Lotte Reiniger, was called the inventor of the “silhouette film,” a technique she used in numerous short and feature-length films. Her silhouette film technique involved elaborately detailed and jointed paper puppets, multiplane camera techniques and fascinating experiments on film stock with wax and sand. A Berlin-born avant-garde artist, who chose conventional fairy tales as her subject matter, Reiniger was only 23 when she made the film. Though she has been largely overlooked by film historians for her innovations in film form and animation, Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed has been acclaimed by contemporary viewers like the San Francisco Examiner’s Wesley Morris, who called the film “a rapturous animated kaleidoscope.”

Director Jean Renoir called Reiniger’s film “a masterpiece” and effusively proclaimed the director “born with magic hands.”


(65mins, 1926, directed by Lotte Reiniger)

Kevin Barry Room
National Concert Hall
Thursday 7th February at 8.30pm
Tickets: €15 a/v from