improvisation | silent film music | accompaniment

ELAINE

LOEBENSTEIN

Pianist

english / deutsch

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Billed as an “outstanding silent film accompanist and improviser” (Konzerthaus, Wien) and as one of the most “internationally renowned silent film musicians” (Stummfilm Magazin), Elaine Loebenstein creates music for movies, live.

live on jodok fink platz, vienna (2023)

Bio, in brief

Originating from Ireland, Elaine Loebenstein is a celebrated silent film pianist renowned for her live improvised soundtracks. A trained accompanist, she has a special interest in classical improvisation and combines this passion with her sensitivity and sensibilities as an experienced collaborative pianist to respond to filmic art through interactive, spontaneous music-making. Loebenstein composes in real-time at the piano, reacting to the visual with extemporised music, created in the moment.

Performances

of note

Konzerthaus Vienna, Sydney Opera House, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, St. Martin in the Fields London, BBC City Halls Glasgow, National Concert Hall Dublin, ACU Hall Melbourne, Town Hall Auckland, the Edinburgh Festival, Stummfilmtage Bonn, Viennale, the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Budapest Classics Film Marathon, Rocks Village Bizarre Sydney, Australian National Folk Festival, Galway Film Fleadh

Live

Performances


with Christian Reiner

60 Jahre Filmmuseum

Jun 15/ 20:30

STOLPERN UND STAUNEN

Kurzfilmprogramm

Jun 11/ 20:30

KOPFÜBER, AUGEN AUF

Kurzfilmprogramm

Jun 02/ 18:00

Körkarlen

May 12/ 18:00

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Apr 22/ 19:00

Setting the Tone: Mná na hÉireann

Mar 15/ 13:00

The Lark in the Clear Air

Mar 14/ 23:00

60 Jahre Filmmuseum

Feb 16/ 19:00

Frau im Mond

Jan 31/ 19:30

Lichtspiel mit Daniel Kehlmann

Live Music and Projection

featuring Mark Holub (drums), Chris Janka (guitar),

Elaine Loebenstein (piano) and Christian Reiner (voice)

with projections by filmkoop Wien

March 2024

News

Boyle Arts Festival 2024

County Roscommon

Ireland

Elaine will return to the Boyle Arts Festival in July to accompany Erich von Stroheim’s masterpiece Blind Husbands. The concert will take place at the historic King House as part of one of Ireland’s longest-running

summer festivals.

King House, Boyle

July 22nd, 18:00


See www.boylearts.com for more info

News

New DVD Release


Edition filmmuseum 124:

Mister Radio

Mit dem Motorrad über die Wolken

Das Motorrad-Bahnrennen des Ö.M.V.

The documentary Mit dem Motorrad über die Wolken [A Motorcycle Trip Among the Clouds] features sensational mountain footage and audacious acrobatics on moving vehicles. It recounts the journey of a group of young daredevils who set off from Austria on their motorcycles to ascend the Tofane peaks in the Dolomites at an altitude of 3200 meters.

DFF (Film Institute and Film Museum Frankfurt)

Filmarchiv Austria

Austrian Filmmuseum


Music:

Elaine Loebenstein

From Mit dem Motorrad über die Wolken (1926) Lothar Rübelt

Vintage Vienna

Bomb Damaged City Centre

Amateur film showing extensive destruction throughout the city including that of Stephansdom, Wiener Staatsoper and the Albertina Museum.

Vintage Vienna

Tramride Through Vienna

A Trip through Vienna | Eine Fahrt durch Wien is the seminal Vienna tramway film showing the city at the turn of the century.

Vintage Vienna

On the Fringes of the City

An amateur film from 1956, "Am Rande der Großstadt" shows how the outskirts of the city looked at the time

Vintage Vienna

A Film from New Vienna

A film showing Vienna in various states of disrepair and subsequent renewal. It features the third, fifth and ninth districts around 1926.

Vintage Vienna

Graben & Naschmarkt

Footage from Vienna from 1911/1912 including a Fiakerstand on Graben and the goings-on at Naschmarkt.

Vintage Vienna

Earliest Footage of the City

Entrée du cinématographe à Vienne Cinématographe from the Lumière brothers. This is the earliest recorded footage of the city, an extraordinary historical document.

1929

Rain

Joris Ivens’ ode to precipitation showing Amsterdam in the 1920’s. Live performance from Pianistengasse 2021.

1922

Down to the Sea in Ships

From the 1922 silent film Down to the Sea in Ships.

1929

Un Chien Andalou

Clip taken from Un Chien Andalou, a seminal work of Surrealist Cinema from the minds of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali (who makes a cameo appearance here).

1922

La Femme de Nulle Part

From the mysterious film La Femme de nulle part. Directed by Louis Delluc, it is now considered an early masterpiece of impressionist cinema.

1929

Motorrad-Bahnrennen des Ö.M.V.

From Das Motorrad-Bahnrennen des Ö.M.V. [The Austrian Motorsport Association Championships] (Austria 1927, Gustav Mayer)

1926

Mit dem Motorrad über die Wolken

From Mit dem Motorrad über die Wolken [A Motorcycle Trip Among the Clouds] by Lothar Rübelt which features sensational mountain footage and audacious acrobatics on moving vehicles.

“ The music was extremely resonant and attentive to the images we saw on screen. It also transformed

some moments that could be considered banal

into moments of arresting beauty.”

Soundtracks

Vienna 1900:

Pictures of a Metropolis




DVD/ ÖSTERREICHISCHES FILMMUSEUM




Featuring a selection of rare film documents depicting the city from the collection of the Austrian Filmmuseum.

Imagining Canberra

DVD/ NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE OF AUSTRALIA


Silent films featuring extraordinary scenes from the early days of the capital city from the NFSA's Film Australia Collection.

Glorious Days:

Australia 1913

EXHIBITION/ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA




Music created especially for the National Museum of Australia’s monumental exhibition marking the centenary of Canberra.

Pordenone Silent Film Festival:

Online

ONLINE STREAMING: GIORNATE DEL CINEMA MUTO

Soundtracks for festival streaming.

Bonn Silent Film Festival:

Online

ONLINE STREAMING: STUMMFILMTAGE BONN

Soundtracks for festival streaming.

Oceano Nox

EXPERIMENTAL FILM: GEORG WASNER

Soundtrack improvised in a single take, based on an idea by Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan.

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The Art of Film

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