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 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.

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The Soundtracks

SIMON QUINN - Julien Duvivier

«The Red Head»
orig. «Poil de carotte»
France, 1925
Directed by Julien Duvivier
based on the novel by Jules Renard
Production company Films A. Legrand Majestic Films
108 minutes, original french intertitles, german/italian/english subtitles

→ New soundtrack commissioned in 2019 by
Associazione Silarte Cevio
→ Composed by
Simon Quinn

SIMON QUINN - Dziga Vertov

«Man With The Movie Camera»
Soviet Union, 1929
Directed by Dziga Vertov
Photography by Mikhail Kaufman
Edited by Elizaveta Svilova
Production company VUFKU

→ New soundtrack commissioned in 2018 by
Associazione Cinema Blenio
→ Composed by
Simon Quinn

→ Press appearances
/ by Ivo Silvestro, LaRegione, 26.01.2019

→ Project supported by
SIS - Schweizer Interpreten Stiftung
Schweizer Kulturstiftung Pro Helvetia
Fondation SUISA
SWISSLOS - Repubblica e Cantone Ticino
Stiftung Ersnt Göhner

→ Performed at
26 January 2019 Cienema Teatro, Blenio (CH)
11 May 2019 La Bouche Qui Rit, St. Maurice-VS (CH)
12 May 2019 Bibliomedia, Biasca (CH)
13 May 2019 Cinematte, Bern (CH)
14 May 2019 Jazz in Bess, Lugano (CH)
15 May 2019 Flügelsaal Jecklin, Zürich (CH)
17 May 2019 Camillo, Görlitz (D)
18 May 2019 Unikat e.V., Witten (D)
19 May 2019 KAOS, Berlin (D)
21 May 2019 Obenkino, Cottbus (D)
22 May 2019 Peter und der Jazz, Rostock (D)
23 May 2019 KoKi, Lübeck (D)
24 May 2019 Lübcker Speicher, Demmin (D)
25 May 2019 Schlossgut Broock, Alt Tellin (D)

25 October 2019 Teatro Sociale, Arogno (CH)
27 Ocotber 2019 Lichtspiele, Olten (CH)
7 November 2019 Osteria La Fabbrica, Losone (CH)
8 November 2019 Spazio a13, Tesserete (CH)
11 March 2020 - Kino Metropolis - Hamburg (D) - The Man With The Movie Camera
13 March 2020 - Werkcafé - Leipzig (D) - The Man With The Movie Camera

SIMON QUINN - Terje Vigen

«Terje Vigen: Skådespel i fyra akter»
Sweden, 1917
After the poem by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Victor Sjöström
Photography by J. Julius
Screenplay by Gustaf Molander and Victor Sjöström
Produced by AB Svenska Biografteatern

→ New soundtrack commissioned in 2017 by
Kinoverein Lichtspiele
→ Composed by
Simon Quinn

→ Project supported by
Fondation SUISA
Schweizer Kulturstiftung Pro Helvetia
Repubblica e Cantone Ticino - fondo SWISSLOS
Stiftung Levedo

→ Performed at
10 November 2017 Kino Lichtspiele, Olten (CH)
12 November 2017 Teatro Sociale, Bellinzona (CH)
8 May 2018 KAOS-Halle, Berlin (D)
9 May 2018 Kulturzentrum St. Spiritus, Greifswald (D) - Nordischer Klang 2018
10 May 2018 Peter und der Jazz, Rostock (D)
11 May 2018 Schloss Kummerow (D)
14 May 2018 Studio Foce, Lugano (CH)
15 May 2018 Piazza Caveri, Aosta (I)
16 May 2018 Cinema Blenio, Acquarossa (CH)
17 May 2018 La Bouche Qui Rit, St. Maurice-VS (CH)
18 May 2018 Teatro Banco (CH)
25 May 2018 Fondazione Silene Giannini, Cevio (CH)
6 March 2020 - Sala Comunale - Comano (CH)
10 March 2020 - Stadtbibliothek - Malchin (D)


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 Quinn, Nolan Quinn, Brian Quinn

→ Project supported by
Radiotelevisione Svizzera Rete Due

→ Performed at
«Lugano Modern», Conservatorio Svizzera italiana, Lugano, CH
«Jazz in Olten», Kino Lichtspiele, Olten, CH
Centro S. Carlo | Bellinzona, CH
Cinema Teatro Blenio, Acquarossa, CH
Schweizer Alpen Club Sektion Basel, Basel, CH
Teatro Sociale, Bellinzona, CH
27 February 2020 - Kosovel hall (Camkarjev dom) - Ljubljana (SL)
28 February 2020 - Mestni kino - Domzale (SL)
7 March 2020 - Cinéma LIDO - Delémont (CH)
8 March 2020 - Stadtbibliothek - Schaffhausen (CH)
14 March 2020 - Kino Subiaco - Schramberg (D)

Nanook of the north

«Nanook of the North. A Story of Life and Love in the Actual Arctic»
Directed by Robert Flaherty
Photography and screenplay by Robert Flaherty
Produced by Revillon Frères

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

→ Performed at
Cinema Teatro, Chiasso, CH
Cinema sotto le stelle, Mendrisio, CH
Festival Estivalugano, Lugano, CH
Le Bourg, Lausanne, CH
Gallarate Jazz Festival, Gallarate, I
Osteria del Teatro, Banco, CH
CS()A Il Molino, Lugano, CH
Ass. cult. Amici nell’Arte, Cardano al Campo, I (featuring Max De Aloe)
Jazzin'it Vignola, Vignola, I (featuring Max De Aloe)
Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Roma, I (featuring Max De Aloe)
Jazzwerkstatt Bern, Bern, CH (featuring Max De Aloe)
Divertimanno «Confronti», Manno, CH (featuring Max De Aloe)
Oratorio S. Pietro, Sonvico, CH (featuring Max De Aloe)
Suoni e Visioni Festival Multimediale, Milano, I (featuring Max De Aloe & Kurt Rosenwinkel)
Scuola d'arti e mestieri dell'elettrotecnica e della meccanica, Bellinzona, CH (featuring Max De Aloe)
Festival Airolo in transizion, Cinema Leventina, Airolo, CH (featuring Max De Aloe)
Festival letterario Parolario 2009, Como, IT (featuring Max De Aloe)
Kino Lichtspiele, Olten, CH (featuring Oliver Illi)
Museo d'Arte Mendrisio, Mendisio, CH (featuring Oliver Illi)
Teatro Sociale, Arogno, CH (featuring Oliver Illi)
KAOS Halle, Berlin, D
Festival «Nordischer Klang», Greifswald, D