Composers

Jackie Myers 

Jackie Myers is a pianist, organist, composer, and singer. She has been pleasing audiences in Kansas City, MO and Austin, TX with shows that feature jazz standards by the greats in addition to original material that mixes soul and modern R&B, highlighted by her bluesy vocals and innovative and fluid keyboard work.

Her latest release The Instrumental One features a purely instrumental dose of her own compositions and was recorded live in Kansas City at the prestigious jazz venue The Green Lady Lounge. Performing as part of a trio, quartet, or quintet, Myers is typically joined by some of the best musicians offered by a locale, combining a crisp rhythm section with top artists on horns or guitar.

Along with five albums and regular residencies in Kansas City and Austin, Myers serves as musical director on KCUR’s syndicated program 12th Street Jump, has released a live session of her songs through Daytrotter, has accompanied numerous bands on keys and vocals, and produced a tribute to Carole King’s Tapestry at Stubb’s in Austin.

Myers first put together Silent Films Out Loud in 2017 to share her movie scores set to Buster Keaton shorts with other Austin composers and will be returning this year with a score to Keaton’s 1921 classic The Goat.

For more info, visit Jackie's Official Website.

Films

The Goat (1921)

Directed by Buster Keaton and Mal St. Claire
Release Date: July 14, 1921
Total Running Time: 27 minutes

After Buster is mistaken for a wanted murderer, he finds himself on the run from the terrified citizenry and the determined police department.

Starring:
Buster Keaton: The Scapegoat
Joe Roberts: Policeman
Virginia Fox: Policeman's Daughter
Mal St. Clair (?): 'Dead Shot' Dan
Eddie Cline: Cop by Telephone Pole

from the International Buster Keaton Society

David Biller

David "LeRoy" Biller is an Austin, Texas based guitarist, steel guitarist, bassist and composer. Known for his authentic interpretation of a myriad of musical styles, he is highly sought after for all kinds of recording sessions and live gigs. As a result he has found himself on stage or in the studio with artists as diverse as country legend Ray Price to Jimmie Vaughan to Billy Gibbons and has contributed to hundreds of albums ranging in styles from heavy rock to blues, jazz, country, western swing, rockabilly, gypsy swing and beyond.

Born in Michigan City, Indiana, Biller was exposed to music at an early age and began viola lessons at age 7. Later, with the help of his guitarist grandfather, he took up the guitar and has since enjoyed a varied and fascinating career that has seen him perform everywhere from the grittiest barroom to Madison Square Garden, where he performed on Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival in 2013. A self taught composer, Biller has had his music recorded and performed by many artists and used for TV, radio and film. He spends most of his spare time writing music of all types from chamber pieces to rock & roll tunes and has written scores for several Buster Keaton silent shorts.

Biller has been involved with Silent Films Out Loud from the beginning and has prepared a score for Buster Keaton’s 1920 short Neighbors for this year’s event.

Neighbors (1920)

Directed by Buster Keaton and Edward Cline
Release Date: December 22, 1920
Total Running Time: 18 minutes

In this backyard Romeo and Juliet tale of fence-crossing lovers, Buster and his Girl have to outwit their parents, the police, and the laws of physics if they hope to live happily ever after.

Starring:
Buster Keaton: The Boy
Virginia Fox: The Girl
Joe Roberts: Her Father
Joe Keaton: His Father
Eddie Cline: The Cop
James (or Jack) Duffy: The Judge
The Flying Escalantes: The Boy's Friends

from the International Buster Keaton Society

Dave Madden

Meet Austin’s Dave Madden, voted Best Music Arranger at the AMP Austin Music Industry Awards and Top 10 Best Keyboardists as voted by the Austin Chronicle's Music Poll. Dave is a member of the Recording Academy and a voting member for the Grammys.

Madden is the rare combination of accomplished songwriter and masterful multi-instrumentalist. His peers consider him a “musician’s musician”. He is an alum of the illustrious TED organization, having performed and presented a striking dissertation on music theory at TEDxNapaValley in 2015.

Dave equally enjoys creating his own music and collaborating with others. He has been hired to perform with a diverse range of world-class artists, from reggae-pop favorite Michael Franti to legendary rock icon Steve Miller, from platinum-selling band Fastball to Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder of Devo.

Madden has composed a score to Buster Keaton’s 1921 short The High Sign for this year’s Silent Films Out Loud.

For more info, visit Dave's Official Website.

The High Sign (1921)

Directed by Buster Keaton and Edward Cline
Release Date: April 21, 1921
Total Running Time: 21 minutes

When Buster finds himself assigned to kill the very gentleman he's been hired to protect, he has to choose between his commitment to his new society and his yearning to commit to the gentleman's daughter.

Starring:
Buster Keaton: The Man
Bartine Burkett Zane: Miss Nickelnurser
Al St. John: Man Hit During Target Practice

from the International Buster Keaton Society

Density512

Density512 is a music collective that blends Austin's vibrant live-music culture with imaginative programs for contemporary chamber orchestra. We craft a homegrown ATX classical music experience by performing in vital community spaces, supporting local artists, and giving context to contemporary music through its classical roots. For more info, visit Density512's Official Website.

Silent Films Out Loud is presented in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and One World Theatre.

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