The Yellow Ticket (U) 7.30pm / + live musical accompaniment by Sophie Solomon and Band 18 November 2014 Cinema 1
An event produced by the UK Jewish Film Festival in partnership with the Jewish Music Institute.For the third consecutive year running JMI and the UKJFF are working together on an event.
A rare opportunity to see one of the most evocative films of the early 1900s starring Polish actress-turned-Hollywood superstar Pola Negri with a new, live score from Sophie Solomon, (violinist and Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute), Quentin Collins (trumpet), Ian Watson (accordion) and Grant Windsor (piano). Leah, a Jewish girl is forced to hide her identity in order to attend medical school in St. Petersburg. In this remarkably progressive melodrama, Lea is a compelling heroine, disadvantaged as a woman, an orphan and a Jew â€“ and yet she has immense persistence and insatiable ambition. Partly filmed in the Jewish part of pre-World War II Warsaw, The Yellow Ticket is the first film to explore Jewish discrimination in Tsarist Russia.
Sophie is widely regarded as the leading klezmer violinist of her generation. A founder member of groundbreaking fusionists Oi Va Voi, she went on to launch a successful solo career with Decca Records where she collaborated with KT Tunstall, Ludovico Einaudi, Richard Hawley and Ralph Fiennes, performing her own compositions with the London Symphony Orchestra. Sophie is also Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute, the UKâ€™s independent arts organisation focused on curating, teaching and celebrating Jewish music.
Quentin Collins (trumpet)
Quentin Collins is one of Europeâ€™s top Jazz/ Commercial trumpeters. He has worked with a plethora of internationally renowned musicians including Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson, Prince, and in the jazz world, Jean Toussaint, Joel Frahm, and Gwyneth Herbert. Quentin currently co-leads â€œThe Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quartetâ€, a Hammond-organ quartet with tenor sax titan Brandon Allen. He is also the regular trumpet player for the Kyle Eastwood band.
Ian Watson (accordion)
Ian Watson graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000. He performs with orchestras and ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Britten Sinfonia and Scottish Ensemble. A keen advocate of new music, he works closely with many leading composers and has performed and recorded with Blur, The Divine Comedy and Sophie Solomon. His playing is regularly featured in film scores.
Grant Windsor (piano)
Grant Windsor is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and producer from Perth, Western Australia. He has performed extensively with artists as diverse as Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Plan B, Stephanie Mckay and Benji B. Grant has also written the orchestral works â€œState of Unionâ€ for the West Australian Composers Ensemble, â€œLacrimosaâ€ a rework of Mozartâ€™s Lacrimosa from the Mozart Requiem for orchestra and Jazz quartet and â€œThe Memoriam Concertoâ€, a concerto for electric bass and Orchestra.
Listen to our joint podcast: We interviewed UKJFF's Managing Director Michael Etherton and JMI's Artistic Director Sophie Solomon to find out more about the festival, the event and the music. You can hear this podcast here