Silent Film Accompaniment

In 2003, Makia was introduced to improvisational solo piano accompaniment for classic silent films and immediately fell in love with the art. In 2007, she was selected as one of the two “aspirant pianists” to attend the 2007 Pordenone Masterclasses, a renowned program “to share the experience and techniques of the festival’s resident musicians with new, young aspirants in the art of film improvisation”, part of the 26th Pordenone Silent Film Festival in Pordenone, Italy. As an “aspirant”, she was featured in an interview aired as part of BBC World Service’s “On Screen”.

In 2008, she has made a US debut as a silent film pianist at the Cinefest in Syracuse, NY, where she has been added to their roster of resident accompanists, and also performed at the New York Public Library’s renowned Meet the Music Makers series at the Donnell Media Center. In 2009, she became as the first Japanese pianist to accompany the official screening of the silent films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Since then, she has been invited to perform at major US film institutions such as the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Film Forum, and the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, as well as the celebrated George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.

She made her Canadian debut at the Revue Cinema in Toronto, Canada, in 2013, and continues to play at the National Film Center at the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan) on a regular basis. She is scheduled to make her debut at the Kyoto Historica International Film Festival in December 2013, and will also perform at the Jimbocho Theatre in Tokyo in January 2014. Her original score for a 1923 silent film “WITHIN THE LAW” is available on DVD from Kino International.