Tonight, silent French films from the early 20th century will play at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit as part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s French Festival. But there’s a twist: the films won’t actually be silent. They will be accompanied by the live performance of original scores by the Andrew Alden Ensemble.
Andrew Alden of the Andrew Alden Ensemble joined Stateside to talk about the festival, what drives him to score century-old films, his composition process, and the short films of early 20th century French director, Georges Méliès.
Listen above for the full conversation.