BMS, in partnership with the French Cultural Institute and Kinomania, presented to the audience in Sofia and Varna the silent movie concert “The Boat of Lovers”

BMS, in partnership with the French Cultural Institute and Kinomania, presented to the audience in Sofia and Varna the silent movie concert “The Boat of Lovers”.

The show “The Lovers’ Boat”, was shown to a native audience on 14.11.2017 in Sofia and 18.11.2017 in Varna and opened this year’s edition of the movie festival “Kinomania”. This movie concert was conceived as a “mini opera”, as a series of music pictures that are commenting and complementing each other. It was an unexpected combination between a silent film of a great author in the history of European cinema, Jean Epstein, Bulgarian folklore choir and the trio of French jazz artists, led by the pianist Francois Rulan. The project is truly a European happening, a real symbiosis between impressionist cinema and the music of the eastern Balkans.”

“This music represents European jazz, which is different from the American jazz. Jazz has a lot of freedom and it is open to interpretation. We are self though, because we learn from the things we like and enjoy”, said Rullan. According to him, European jazz musicians have another culture: “I listen to a lot of ethno and folk music. When I heard the Bulgarian choir I was very impressed. Their album is now in the collection of every jazz musician.”

“We must be proud because it is very important, that our art is placed in a European context. We are all part of this world, for which we only speak of, but this is the way to see how we can collaborate together, to do a synthesis like this one tonight.”, the co-author of the project.”It was my decision to use this film as a link between French jazz and Bulgarian folklore, to give it a new life to this film after so many years.”

The event:

“The Lovers’ Boat” Film concert opened the festival “Cinemania” with French jazz and our folklore in silent cinema. The choice of film is not accidental. Although created 93 years ago, “The Lovers’ Boat” is woven by storyline, emotions and conflicts comparable to our times.

Emotions in ‘LaBelle Nivernaise’ are complicated and amplified by the magical power of Bulgarian voices as well as by the original compositions of the trio musicians. The result – an unseen osmosis between European jazz and the ability to use improvisation combined with eternal, timeless folk music.

Cinematography accompanies music, not the other way around, the project authors explained.

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 News