The Shadow Ensemble is excited to host "Hot Summer: Ice Cold Evil" at Nightbird Books, which will feature a screening of Murnau's iconic horror masterpiece "Nosferatu" combined with a new soundtrack created not only for the film but the space itself. Musicians will be placed throughout Nightbird Books, creating a truly "surround" experience. This immersive event will include an array eclectic, fascinating instruments which audiences are encouraged to explore after the show.
Established in 2015, The Shadow Ensemble seeks to recreate the textures, sounds and ambience of early silent film scores using a combination of acoustic instruments, vintage electronic hardware and a variety of sonic novelties. Dabbling in both convention and experimentation, The Shadow Ensemble's scores are a blend of "old" and "new", creating a compelling, constantly evolving sound world.
Specializing in early horror / suspense / science fiction, The Shadow Ensemble's performances find inspiration in the improvisational and experimental soundcraft of early silent film organists.
Led by conductor and violinist Ryan Cockerham, the ensemble creates their original scores in real-time, resulting in unique, one-of-a-kind performances which serve as direct, organic responses to the films themselves.