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Breaking the sound barrier

Life speaks with piano accompanist Maud Nelissen about music, film and the French bourgeoisie

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The sound of a sole piano has echoed through the chamber of the Lido 2 cinema since last Thursday. At the first "Silent Film Festival in Thailand", which ends tomorrow, two musical experts in live accompaniment have enriched the soundless images projected on-screen with melodic phrasing, jazzy streaks — even avant-garde romps. Maud Nelissen and Mie Yanashita have taken turns playing along with Hitchcock's romantic dramas and  German proto-expressionism, as well as Japanese and Chinese silent films showing at the festival. Their improvisatory deftness and sonic interpretations of visuals recreate the cinematic experience of an era when movies were soundless. 

Accompanist Maud Nelissen performs at the Silent Film Festival at Lido.

In the past 20 years, Yanashita, from Nagoya, Japan, has performed in more than 600 silent film screenings in Japan and festivals around the world.

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