On August 23, the Bay Area masters of live silent film accompaniment perform a program reminiscent of classic movie matinees, with the world premiere of their score for the Buster Keaton comedy Go West. Released in 1925, Go West is widely regarded as one of Keaton’s great masterpieces, combining his signature physical comedy and breathtaking stunts with innovative special effects, culminating with the incredible sight of a cattle drive through the streets of downtown Los Angeles. The performance opens with the 1920 Felix the Cat cartoon Felix Woos Whoopie as well as Winsor McCay’s early short How a Mosquito Operates (1912) and Max Fleischer’s Koko the Convict (1926).
Founded in 1983 by trombonist and composer Richard Marriott and named for the Bayview district performance art club where they got their start, Club Foot Orchestra has performed original scores for many of the greatest silent films in cinema history, including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, Metropolis, Pandora’s Box, and The Hands of Orlac. Their performances have taken them to venues around the world and renowned cultural institutions including Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian.