“This is a show to cheer!”
The New York Times
Over their 19 year career Blue Grassy Knoll have cemented their place as one of Australia’s most well-loved, accomplished and enduring performance troupes. In recreating the silent movie experience the band sits watching the film with the audience, playing their own original compositions and using the film itself for their cues – a truly amazing experience to witness.
“If you think you know what a silent movie is, yet haven’t seen the Blue Grassy Knoll in action – think again… Go prepared for the total experience.”
Colin Denarti, The Guardian
When writing for silent films, the Blue Grassy Knoll have developed an organic process of generating music to moving image that is uniquely collaborative. They draw on influences from a hugely diverse range of musical sources, creating arrangements and textures that mirror contemporary film scoring concepts. They aim to re-invigorate classic films with a modern aesthetic and energy, as well as inject a spontaneity that comes with live performance and improvisation. Their aim is always to deliver what they believe would be the intention of director had he knowledge of today’s film scoring techniques. During the composition process, discussion occurs about the possibilities of each scene of the film – where it sits in the narrative arc, what it’s potential is in telling the story, and how the music can assist in revealing to the audience the emotional journey of the characters involved. Much of the effectiveness of the resulting music depends on the skill and artist vision of the film’s director. With Buster Keaton, Blue Grassy Knoll found a natural symbiosis, both in humour, style and breadth of vision.
“This splendid entertainment is a breathing, shared creative triumph” ★★★★★
Their unique live film score accompaniment have received multiple 5-star rave reviews at both the 1999 & 2000 Edinburgh Festivals and has taken them to all 5 continents, including seasons on Broadway and in London, as well as performances in Brazil, China, regional USA, Canada, Singapore, South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand and South Africa.
banjo, flute, guitar, slide whistle, thunder sheet Gus Macmillan has worked in the arts industry over the last 21 years as a composer, musician, sound designer, manager, and producer. In 2004 he completed a Graduate Diploma Course in Sound Design at Victorian College of the Arts, working with sound and music in a variety of different of art forms including dance, theatre, film, documentary, circus and puppetry. He is composer-in-residence forRed Span Dance Company, and worked in London as composer withTheatre O’s production of Delerium, performed at The Barbican Theatre. Gus runs Melbourne’s School of Banjo, and was the 2005Guildford Banjo Jamboree’s two-tune pick-off champion. He has an Honours Degree in English and a Masters Degree in Australian Studies.
Mark Elton double bass, tuba, cornet A highly regarded Musician in the Australian music scene, Mark has established himself as one of Melbourne’s leading Double Bassists. Mark has travelled extensively and played with some of the world’s best musicians and has earned recognition on the international jazz stage. He is a regular member of Melbourne institutions ‘The Hoodangers’ and FLAP! And has also performed with artists such as Americans Leroy Jones, Dan Barrett, Rebecca Kilgore, and Australian artists James Morrison, Nina Ferro, Julie O’Hara, Bob Barnard, CW Stoneking and Joe Camilleri. Mark’s background in Jazz brings a unique flavor to Blue Grassy Knoll.
guitar, percussion, foley, tin whistle After studying Music at the University Of Melbourne, Simon played in a number of Melbourne bands before the creation of the Blue Grassy Knoll in which he takes on the role of guitarist, percussionist and MC. More recently, he has been working as a Production Manager and Sound Engineer for The Famous Spiegeltent, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and The London Hippodrome. Currently residing in the city of London, Simon can usually be found travelling with the international acclaimed circus/cabaret show “La Clique” as Technical Manager and Front Of House Manager.