Viola Dana

Original music performed live to films
Viola Dana was the name of a starlet of the silent silver screen and is also the name of an ensemble of musicians based in Perth, Western Australia, who create and perform soundtracks for film. Led by violist/composer Kathy Corecig (nee Potter), this new ensemble has in its ranks some familar faces in WA music: cellist Tristen Parr (Schvendes, Fall Electric), drummer Pete Guazzelli (Fall Electric, Ghostdrums) and Mace Francis (MFO, Hounds of Jazz, Soul Limbo). The band's sound is infused with many different influences ranging from The Dirty Three and Tom Waits through to contemporary classical music composers such as Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt, American folk music and early jazz.
Viola Dana premiered their new soundtrack, live, for Buster Keaton's silent comedy classic 'The General' (1926) at the 2009 Revelation Perth International Film Festival to acclaim, with the Revelation team commenting on their website:

"One of the faves though would have to be the live performance by Viola Dana to Buster Keaton's The General. Standing ovation and all, their work was nothing short of brought the house down."

Future projects by Viola Dana include creating soundtracks for both new and old pieces of cinema, with the current focus being a new soundtrack for Albert Lamorisse's The Red Balloon

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