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In June 2012, Cantate Chamber Singers of the Washington DC metro area, premiered a new work for chorus and small orchestra to accompany the 1928 silent film, "The Wind," starring a young Lillian Gish... Read more
In October, he is thrilled to be returning to Pordenone, site of the Giornate del Cinema Muto, among the world's foremost film festivals, and will be performing a new piano score for a 1928 Soviet film, THE YELLOW TICKET, as a returning guest artist. More details on the Calendar. He'll also be taking students from his Silent Film Music class to attend part of the Giornate.
Simpson is creating and recording new silent film piano scores for The Mack Sennett Collection, a major set of restored silent comedies, forthcoming early 2013!
Saxophonist Noah Getz (of Pictures on Silence) performed Simpson's The Golden Prophecy in concert at the Center for the Arts, Wolzstyn, Poland on August 14.
Turner Classic Movies features a Spotlight on Mack Sennett, the "King of Comedy," on Thursday evenings in September.
A major new DVD release, The Mack Sennett Collection, is coming out soon, and TCM is airing some of the films this month.
I have created some scores along with many other fine composers as part of this massive and important set.
The Outcasts of Poker Flat may be the best Wild West opera you’ll ever see. It may also be the only one you’ll ever see, but that only underscores this rollicking, emotional production as an essential Fringe stop.
Outcasts follows a gang of bitter exiles from the town of Poker Flat, including a seasoned gambler, two prostitutes, and an inveterate alcoholic. The band soon meets an idealistic prospector and his fiancée, and an uneasy alliance forms as the travelers gird themselves against an unexpected winter onslaught on the open plains...
At last year’s Page-To-Stage I was introduced to some of the songs/arias that composer/librettist Dr. Andrew Earle Simpson had composed for his adaptation of Bret Harte’s 1869 short story The Outcasts of Poker Flat. I have known Dr. Simpson’s work composing theatre scores for silent films and by his work at Catholic University where he teaches, butthis was the first time I had heard an opera composed by him. I instantly fell in love with the score from The Outcasts of Poker Flat...
The 45-minute oratorio, premiered by Cantate Chamber Singers, is paired with Alfred Schnittke's Requiem.
New score for silent movie ‘The Wind’: A splendid match of music, image. By Joan Reinthaler, Published: June 10
Washington Examiner reports on upcoming June 9 premiere of Simpson's
new choral/instrumental silent film score for THE WIND
His latest accomplishment is an original score for "The Wind," a classic silent film starring Lillian Gish presented Saturday at the American Film Institute. The world premiere commission from the Cantate Chamber Singers incorporates a chorus of 30 singers, an instrumental ensemble and Simpson at the organ...
The other three works [on the disc] were written to accompany silent films, each lasting around 9 minutes.
The best is Andrew Earle Simpson's Too Many Mammas written in a hotsy-totsy jazz style to set the scene in a speakeasy where philandering is on tap along with the booze. The pit-band that accompanies the three scores [The Snark Ensemble] is a jazz quintet, and they're terrific. -Philip Greenfield, American Record Guide, Jan./Feb. 2012
…Simpson has the awareness and fortitude to make an audience pay attention. He has a naturally fluid technique, and he coaxes an array of colors from the piano, from ear-splitting thunderclaps to tender murmurs. …Simpson relishes passages of intense emotion...
-Patrick Hanudel, American Record Guide, Nov./Dec. 2011
His chamber works, Fireflies, American Gothic Suite, and Tesserae (Fleur de Son Classics) can now be accessed through the online database.