100 Year Anniversary of “Nosferatu” to be Celebrated at the Linda, Oct. 29

ALBANY – On Oct. 29th, The Linda in Albany jokingly warns “you’d be better off dead than to miss Halloween weekend.” The theater is inviting guests to witness the newly restored “Nosferatu”, a classic silent film, on its 100-year anniversary with Live Accompaniment by Order of the Illusive, the project of Bradford Reed (King Missile III, inventor of the pencilina), Geoff Gersh and Zach Layton.

A cornerstone of the horror film genre, F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” is resurrected in an HD edition mastered from the acclaimed 35mm restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. Backed by an orchestral performance of Hans Erdmann’s 1922 score, this edition offers unprecedented visual clarity and historical faithfulness to the original release version.

An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, “Nosferatu” remains to many viewers the most unsettling vampire film ever made, and its bald, spidery vampire, personified by the diabolical Max Schreck, continues to spawn imitations in the realm of contemporary cinema.

Bradford Reed (pencilina and drums) is a Brooklyn, NY based composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer who fights and tames the idiosyncrasies of the pencilina, an original instrument of his own design and construction which he’s performed with worldwide over the last three decades. He played with King Missile III (and produced 4 of their records) and in the Blue Man Group’s original band. He currently plays with Satellite and the Harpoonist, Ohmslice, and Anthems of the Void. He’s composed for film and television, including the music for the first season of Superjail! on Adult Swim, and three seasons of Ugly Americans on Comedy Central. He has also had residencies at The Sundance Composer’s Lab, The Ucross Foundation, Pioneer Works and The Banff Center for the Performing Arts.

Geoff Gersh (guitar) is a guitarist, composer and improviser based in the NYC area. He explores the sonic boundaries of the electric guitar with and without the aid of electronic devices and found objects, to produce sounds one would normally not associate with the guitar. His music moves between the worlds of ambient, drone, improvisation and experimental music. Geoff has had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with Pauline Oliveros, Jonathan Bepler and many other musicians, choreographers and visual artists domestically and abroad. He has three CDs on Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Label as well as a number of self released titles under the name Ambient Fields including the latest CD, Ólafsfjörður, released in early 2020.

Zach Layton (17 string bass) is a guitarist, composer, curator, teacher and visual artist based in Brooklyn and Troy, NY. His work explores emergent visual and auditory phenomena occurring in space, time, sound and light. He has composed orchestral music for the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and has performed and exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, the Kitchen, MoMa/PS1 and many other venues in New York and worldwide. Zach is also founder of the experimental music series, “Darmstadt: Classics of the Avant Garde” (co-curated with Nick Hallett), former co-curator of the MoMa/PS1 WarmUp music series and former curator of Issue Project Room.


The event will begin at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission in advance, and $20 for day-of-purchases. To purchase tickets, please click here.

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