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Cinefest 34 Recap

Back in March, I was invited back to Cinefest 34 as one of their official accompanists. Cinefest is an annual film festival in Syracuse, NY, whose focus is on old films – silents and early talkies (you can read how it all started here). Continue reading »

Thursday May 1st, 2014 by Makia Matsumura
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Sunday, April 6th, 2014 @ 2:30PM in Manhattan [silent film accompaniment]

What: FLESH AND THE DEVIL 1926, 96 mins. Dir. Clarence Brown.
Where: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (New York, NY)
Admission: $12
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Sunday April 6th, 2014 by Makia Matsumura
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Returning to MoMA this weekend!

I have yet to share the wonderful time I had up in Syracuse at the Cinefest, but just a quick note to inform that I’ll be playing at MoMA this weekend. If you are in New York this weekend, please come hear me play for Garbo’s FLESH AND THE DEVIL!! :) :) :) Continue reading »

Thursday April 3rd, 2014 by Makia Matsumura
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Thursday, March 13 – Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Syracues, NY [silent film accompaniment]

What: official festival accompanist at Cinefest 34
Where: Holiday Inn – Liverpool, NY
Details TBA in early 2014
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Thursday March 13th, 2014 by Makia Matsumura
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“Vexations” at MoMA

I haven’t played in Manhattan for almost a year, but I am pleased to announce that I will be playing at the Museum of Modern Art this month, as one of the three pianists who will be executing “Vexations”, a one-page piano piece written by Erik Satie with the instruction to repeat it 840 times, which John Cage premiered in 1963. Continue reading »

Saturday February 8th, 2014 by Makia Matsumura
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Friday, February 21, 2014 in New York, NY [piano performance]

What: Performing John Cage: Satie’s Vexations 1963
Where: MoMA
Admission: free
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Sunday, October 6th, 2013 @ 1PM in Brooklyn [silent film accompaniment]

What: STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. 1928, 70 mins. Dir. Buster Keaton.
Where: Brooklyn Public Library – Dweck Center at Central Library
Admission: free
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Sunday October 6th, 2013 by Makia Matsumura
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Friday, October 4th, 2013 @ 6:30PM in Queens [silent film accompaniment]

What: SHERLOCK, JR. 1924, 44 mins. Dir. Buster Keaton.
Where: Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, Queens)
Admission: $12
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Friday October 4th, 2013 by Makia Matsumura
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Buster Keaton Week

This week marks a personal milestone in my career as a silent film pianist. Until this week, I haven’t played for any of Buster Keaton films – but this week finally I will play for it, and not only one but two – SHERLOCK, JR. on October 4 and STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. on October 6. I am very excited about it – and the fact that October 4 is in fact Buster’s Birthday is really “the cherry on top of the cake”. :) Continue reading »

Tuesday October 1st, 2013 by Makia Matsumura
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Monday, February 25th, 2013 @ 8PM in Manhattan [silent film accompaniment]

What: Passing Fancy, 1933, appox. 101 mins. Dir. Yasujiro Ozu.
*Performing with benshi (silent film narrator) Ichiro Kataoka
Where: Film Forum (Manhattan, NYC)
Admission: $12.50
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Monday February 25th, 2013 by Makia Matsumura
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