Nearly a century later, an eclectic musical and film experience breathes life into seminal classics for this Halloween season. The most adventurous band from Austin, Texas â€” The Invincible Czars â€”are bringing their new score to town as they perform it live to the 1925 American silent film THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA starring Lon Chaney!
Fans, theaters and media have praised The Invincible Czars for making these near century-old movies â€œactually scaryâ€ for modern day audiences. The scores and their performances complements the tone and emotion on-screen at any given moment with as much cinematic flare as possible.
Set in nineteenth century Paris, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of unknown actress Christine Daae. Christine is the understudy for a famous lyric singer named Carlotta but a mysterious admirer (who sings through the walls to Christine) manages to scare Carlotta out of the role so that Christine can be the star of the show. But the admirerâ€™s work comes with a serious price and Christine quickly finds herself trapped in the catacombs of the opera house with its Phantom and only her suspecting boyfriend to help her escape!
The Invincible Czarsâ€™ score for Phantom is mysterious and understated though not as minimal as their score for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It brings all the Czarsâ€™ staple instruments â€“ violin, piano, bass guitar, flute and sounds effects. This time, the score features Josh Robinsâ€™ 7-string electric guitar with more effects than ever before used in a Czars silent film score.
The Czars use a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, sound effects and even vocals. They also borrow a little music from the classical realm in each of their scores. This time itâ€™s Ravelâ€™s â€œRhapsodie Espanolâ€, Eric Satieâ€™s â€œGnossienne 3â€ and Guonodâ€™s â€œJewel Songâ€ from Faust.