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Sonatas, Screams and Silence: An Ode to Ingmar Bergman

By Vanessa Rotondo on March 2, 2015




Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. You can follow her on Twitter.

Ottawa New Music Creators and the Mayfair Theatre present Sonatas, Screams and Silence on Thursday, March 5th, an evening dedicated to the artistic brilliance of Swedish director, writer and producer Ingmar Bergman.

Ottawa musicologist Dr. Alexis Luko will explore Bergman’s use of music, sound and silence in Persona, a 1966 modernist horror film that has been called his masterpiece and one of the greatest works of art from the 20th century.

Local musicians Matt Morel and Adam Saikaley will perform musical cues from the film, providing insight into Bergman’s unique creative process and how he sought to drive emotion and storyline through soundtrack.

Guests can expect to see a screening of Persona, starring Liv Ullmann and Bibi Anderson following the presentation. Ottawa New Music Creator’s Executive Director Curtis Perry welcomes both Bergman enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

“Alexis is one of the most insightful and engaging speakers on music in Ottawa, and I think everyone will leave the theatre with a little more Swedish in their hearts”, says Perry.

Get your free tickets on Eventbrite and join the event on Facebook. Watch a trailer of the film below:


Follow Ottawa New Music Creators on Twitter for more information regarding their 2015/16 season and pre-order Dr. Luko’s book Sonatas, Screams, and Silence: Music and Sound in the Films of Ingmar Bergman on Amazon.