Montag, 11. März 2013

Silent Movie Pianist Gerhard Gruber

Silent Movie Music Events

 Gaumont - Projector 1899

Without this machine I probably would not be a silent movie pianist.

It was discovered during the demolition of the "Lifka Cinema" in Linz/ Austria.

The projector has been restored by Mr. Markus Häupl and was presented to the public on June 16th 1988.
This was also my first silent movie performance.

25 Years Silent Movie Pianist

A long and winding road

When I was a child of about 11,12 years, I saw my first silent movies in a boarding school. On Sundays we sometimes watched comedies by Ch. Chaplin, Buster Keaton or Laurel & Hardy.

For me the screen was somehow a window to an (at least) inner freedom, escape from the not so easy times in a boarding school of the 60ties.

But it took a many years until I met silent movies again, in an intensive way.

I can say, it was more "forces of nature" on that June 16th 1988, at least for me.
I remember me with a hot red head, falling into the movies with all of my possible enthusiasm, melting with all those motions and emotions, the stories and the great masters of silent movie.

Meanwhile it´s more than 1300 performances, more than 550 different silent films. I visited Los Angeles,  Boston, Washington, Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Tokyo, Valencia, Mexico, Kiev, Odessa, Kharkiv,  Oslo, Hobart, Auckland and many other towns with my silent movie programs.

And the most beautiful thing: since 25 years silent movie my passion has remained, never my performanes became routine.

Many thanks to all, who supported me on my way as a silent movie pianist!

"EASY STREET" was one of my first movies. The first performance was in Linz/ Austria at the Museum Francisco-Carolinum.

We travelled through Austria with "Metropolis", even a special copy was being made. - I wish we could have now the possibilities we had then ....

The next year we showed "The Freshman" by Harold Lloyd and made a lot of friends among children and students.

Performing all over the world:

2016 Boston Jewish Film Festival, Filmoteca Valencia, Querétaro, Cineteca Nacional Mexico City, Kiew, Odessa, Kharkiv
2015  3rd Students Film Festival of India FTII Pune, Film Festival Pisek
2014 National Film Archive Tokyo, Zagreb Film Festival, Antwerpen, Oslo, Luxemburg, Pisek, Grünstadt
2013 Hobart/ Australia, AUT Auckland/NZ
2012 NCPA Mumbai, FTII Pune, Los Angeles
2011 Washington, Los Angeles, Delhi, Pune, Goa, Film Festival Pisek, Filmfestival Uherske Hradiste/CZ
2010 Hobart/ Australia, Auckland/NZ
2009 Filmfestival Uherske Hradiste
2008 Tokyo, Pisek/CZ, Hobart/AUS, Rotorua, Auckland/NZ, Padua
2007 Film Festival Motovun/HR, Tokyo, Hobart/AUS
2006 Tokyo
2005 Bordeaux

Viennale, Diagonale, Hamburg, Filmarchiv Austria, Österr. Filmmuseum, Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Natschlag u.v.m.