The Cabinet of Living Cinema is a meeting of artists dedicated to creating “living cinema” experiences through live performance.
Live scores to new films
Making Tracks @ Rich Mix
Live scores to feature-length films
Strike! (Eisenstein, 1925), British Library, 2013, Bread & Roses Film Festival, 2012
Modern Times (Chaplin, 1936), UCL Festival of the Moving Image, 2013
Live scores to avant-garde and experimental cinema
Santa Sangre (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1989), score commissioned by Mexican Day of the Dead Festival, Old Vic Tunnels, 2012
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Collaborations & past events
Future Shorts/ Future Cinema/ Secret Cinema 2007-2012
Latitude (2009, 2011)
Lost Picture Show 2010-2011 (Shambala, Big Chill)
Rich Mix 2010-2012 (Making Tracks, The Cabinet Summer Tour 2010)
Whirlygig Cinema 2010-2012 (Making Tracks)
Roxy Bar & Screen 2008-2011 (Svankmajer’s Faust, The Colour of Pomegranates)
Forest Fringe 2009-2010 (Movement & Stillness; Avant-garde Scored)
Shunt 2009-2010 (Avant-Garde Scored)
Arts Festival by the Sea 2011-2012
“It’s an amazing distraction to have four live performers providing the sound and music to a film. You are focused on the moving image, but every now and then there’s no harm in glancing over at TCOLC to see Parkinson winding an old sewing machine handle for cogs and wheels turning on screen or catch Perry wring out some bubble wrap as a fire crackles and pops. It is no less magical to know what is making the noise”. (Stuart Wright, Screen Daily, 2013)
“lyrical, passionate and searching; impossible to forget” (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman)
“sensational avant-garde and animated films” (Donald Hutera, The Times)
“There’s something wonderfully old school about walking into a cinema and discovering that the score you’re about to hear is to be performed live. The instinctive reaction is to check your pockets for Strand cigarettes and a pension book just in case you’ve injudiciously stepped into a time warp.” (Dixe Wills, Guardian writer)
The Cabinet Performers
Kieron Maguire (founder): guitar, viola, foley
Robert Parkinson: dulcimer, bass, foley
Robert Parkinson has created live scores for several years and worked closely with Kieron Maguire on the founding of The Cabinet of Living Cinema as well as bringing the haunting Eastern European sound of hammer dulcimer to Cabinet scores. His career began at the age of 15 when he found an old acoustic guitar with two rusty strings in the family attic, it became the centre of the World for hours a day. Now Rob is a composer and performer whose preferred instrument has thirty-five strings.
Rob has performed at Tate Modern, Shunt Vaults, Fabric, SEOne, Ashton Court, The Jewish Museum, Cargo, 93 Feet East, most major UK festivals and venues in Germany and Italy.
Francesca Ter-Berg: cello
Cellist, composer and producer, Francesca Ter-Berg is an explorer of musical genres, from Klezmer to Indian classical music, Arabic Maqam to Jazz.
She is a distinguished cellist and specialist in klezmer and gypsy music, which she has studied across the world with internationally renowned musicians and teachers, most recently the legendary Tcha Limberger. In London, Francesca studies cello with Mathew Forbes and plays in Barak Schmool’s samba band Rhythms of the City.She has produced and hosted events across London, including the Jazz Cafe and Cafe Oto, and hosts a Jewish Music radio show on SOAS’s own Open Air FM.
Tim Karp: banjo, mbira, dobro, foley
Tim Karp plays guitar and banjo and like all Cabinet membes assists with creating live foley. He co-led the writing and performing of the El Topo live score for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero performance (March, 2011).
Camilo Tirado: tabla, cajon, foley
Camilo brings an amazing percussive range to the Cabinet’s scores, having studied tabla in India. His ocean drum and other percussive oddities also provide fantastic live special effects.
Catherine Ring: percussion, foley
Catherine provides live foley and North African and Brazilian percussion for the Cabinet. She works as a freelance percussionist and pianist and has a first class honours degree from Guildhall School of Music & Drama, an ABRSM Piano diploma, and has received a Woolfson Bursary award. She is
a 2010 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellow, a member of the Rhythms of the City samba band, Southbank Sinfonia 2012, the Colin Currie Group and Helix percussion duo. Catherine continues to work in education alongside her other endeavours.
Joe Perry- percussion
Joe Perry brings a distinctive style to the Cabinet, part kit-drummer with African and Brazilian percussion and rhythms alongside cajon and electric drill augmenting the foley.