Speechless - silent movies & live music

In enchanting cinemas and always cultivated and intimate surroundings, the union of cinema and music is revived. The magic of memories on 35-millimeter reels that buzz in the back of the audience and project their flickering light onto the screen; a last cough in the tense room; the musicians briefly tune their instruments as the room lights finally dim...

The Band

The three musician brothers Nolan, Simon and Brian Quinn together with german pianist Johannes von Ballestrem or austrian pianist Viola Hammer have a long-standing and thorough experience in composition and live performance of original soundtracks to silent-film masterpieces. Their productions have featured guest musicians Kurt Rosenwinkel, Max De Aloe, Oliver Illi and Tomek Soltys.

→ Technical rider
→ Press 1 (Sprach...los!)
→ Press 2 (movie stills & camera beam)
→ Press 3 (movie stills)

The Soundtracks

→ «The Red Head»

orig. «Poil de carotte»
France, 1925
Directed by Julien Duvivier
108 minutes, original french intertitles, german/italian/english subtitles

New soundtrack commissioned in 2019 by Associazione Silarte Cevio
Composed by Simon Quinn
With te kind support of Fondation SUISA

→ «Man With The Movie Camera»

orig. «Chelovek s kino-apparatom»
Soviet Union, 1929
Directed by Dziga Vertov
67 minutes

New soundtrack commissioned in 2018 by Associazione Cinema Blenio
Composed by Simon Quinn
With the kind support of Fondation SUISA, SIS - Schweizer Interpreten Stiftung, Pro Helvetia, SWISSLOS, Stiftung Ersnt Göhner

→ Press appearances
/ by Ivo Silvestro, LaRegione, 26.01.2019

→ «A Man There Was»

orig. «Terje Vigen: Skådespel i fyra akter»
Sweden, 1917
Directed by Victor Sjöström
55 minutes

New soundtrack commissioned in 2017 by Kinoverein Lichtspiele
Composed by Simon Quinn
With the kind support of Fondation SUISA, Pro Helvetia


Excerpts from «Der heilige Berg», «Die weisse Hölle vom Piz Palü», «Stürme über dem Montblanc»
Germany, 1926, 1929, 1931
Directed by Dr. Arnold Fanck
Featuring Luis Trenker, Leni Riefenstahl, Sepp Rist, a.o.

New soundtrack commissioned in 2013 by Swiss Alpine Club and Oggimusica
Composed by Simon, Nolan and Brian Quinn
With the kind support of Radiotelevisione Svizzera Rete Due

→ «Nanook of the north»

USA, 1922
Directed by Robert Flaherty

New soundtrack commissioned in 2007 by Chiassocultura
Composed by Simon, Nolan and Brian Quinn