Duration: 1 hr 20mins
In association with Ilkley Jazz Festival, Ilkley cinema presents pianist Sam Watts for a talk and improvised piano solo to silent film Shooting Stars (1928). Before the advent of sound and pictures together all cinemas had a resident pianist who would accompany the film with various sound effects. Sam has remastered this art of film improvisation and will be performing after a talk to the movie. Sam Watts is a pianist and composer from Birmingham. Sam studied at Leeds College of Music before continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with a scholarship. He graduated with distinction in 2013, also winning the Humphrey Lyttleton prize. He has performed all over the UK and internationally, and has recently released his debut album "Mime Music" on the SPARK label in 2017. His own music draws on a diverse range of musical styles and influences, from jazz to tango, Brazilian music, classical music and ragtime, with a strong influence from the world of silent film. Sam has presented several Silent Film performances over the past few years, either with an ensemble or as a solo pianist, and has also written and recorded music for short films.