Willem Breuker Kollektief

Willem Breuker Kollektief: Murnau's Faust

"The Kollektief is a wonderfully funny group, almost slapstick, but still one of the tightest ensembles around playing extremely complicated music." All About Jazz

Los Angeles Premiere
The Herb Alpert Creative Music Series

The famous Dutch collective plays an audacious live music score to accompany horror master F.W. Murnau’s Faust (1926) — the silent classic of German Expressionism that enacts Goethe’s chilling tale of an alchemist who bargains away his soul to the devil. One of the most important and prolific artists in Dutch music, the saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Willem Breuker formed the highly theatrical, seriously whimsical Kollektief in 1974. His original score serves up an adventurous interplay of rock, skronk, klezmer and jazz, offering a counterpoint to the film’s stark chiaroscuro imagery and cosmically resonant themes of good and evil as it alternates between moments of undeniable deference and hilarious stretches of snarky irreverence.

Made possible through grants from The Netherland-America Foundation and the Dutch Ministry of Culture and the Consulate General of the Netherlands.

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SUN 11/9
7:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff