Last night Merril Garbus – the looping, hollering brain behind avant-pop breakout Tune-Yards – took part in a yearly tradition of the San Francisco International Film Festival: providing live musical accompaniment to a classic silent film.
This year Garbus and her collaborator, guitarist Ava Mendoza – named a “local wunderkind” by the San Francisco Film Society – provided the soundtrack to four of Buster Keaton’s classic comedic shorts: One Week, Good Night, Nurse!, The Haunted House and The Cook.
Let’s take a look at how it went.
Outside of the Castro Theatre – @cameowood
Thinly-veiled hipster rant: the line for tUnE-yArDs at the Castro Theatre is around the block. I grossly misjudged their popularity.
— Gene Miguel (@genejo) April 24, 2012
“Pre-game show for Tune-Yards” – @rareartists
Tune-Yards at the Castro with four Buster Keaton shorts. So glad to be alive! #sfiff
— Jeffrey M. Anderson (@moviejeff) April 24, 2012
“Tuneyards x Buster Keaton” – @clairewaves
— K.M. Soehnlein (@kmsoehnlein) April 24, 2012
@tuneyards made for a perfect castro night, busting it to buster keaton. so thankful for the amazing sound & energy you shared. brilliant!
— Cat Manning Design (@CatManningArt) April 24, 2012
Buster Keaton + Tune-Yards and Ava Mendoza at the film festival were spectacular. The best live music w/ silent films I’ve yet seen.
— Jonathan Kauffman (@jonkauffman) April 24, 2012
Buster Keaton shorts with a live soundtrack by Tune-Yards and Ava Mendoza. That was better than I could ever have expected.
— Ste (@stefifofum) April 24, 2012