Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Composers, Philip Glass’ Music Director/Conductor & Director Brett Berns on Tom Needham’s Sounds of Film

Kim and Kathryn Kluge, Philip Glass’ Music Director/Conductor & Director Brett Berns will be Tom Needham’s guests this Thursday at 6 P.M.

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Stony Brook, NY - April 11, 2017 - Martin Scorse’s Silence composers, Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Kluge, Michael Riesman, Philip Glass’ music director and conductor, and Brett Berns, the director of BANG! The Bert Berns Story will be Tom Needham’s special guests on Thursday on WUSB’s the Sounds of Film.
 
Maestro Kim Allen Kluge and his wife Kathryn Kluge will be discussing their experimental score to Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which was just released on Paramount’s BLU-RAY and DVD. The film tells the story about two Christian missionaries who travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor.  The movie stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. Kim Allen and Kathryn Kluge’s groundbreaking score for the film incorporates nature sounds and other organic elements. They make use of ambient noises like wind, rain, waves crashing the click of cicadas mixed with Japanese instruments to create a truly memorable score. Kathryn and Kim Kluge’s will also be discussing their upcoming album, American Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, a concerto that celebrates the melting pot of musical influences in America.
 
Michael Riesman. Photo Credit: Sounds of Film
 
Michael Riesman is best known as the Music Director of the Philip Glass Ensemble, and has been the conductor of nearly all of Glass’ film scores including Mishima, Powaqqatsi, Anima Mundi, Kudun, the Hours and the Thin Blue Line. He has also conducted and performed on albums by Paul Simon, Mike Oldfield and David Bowie. Michael will be the music director of the Philip Glass Ensemble’s live performance of the score for Jean Cocteau’s film,  La Belle et la Bete on Thursday, April 20th at 8:00. It is being screened as part of the Town Hall’s Shoots and Scores: Films in Concert Series. The film is going to be introduced by Philip Galss and director Errol Morris in conversation.
 
BANG! The Bert Berns Story. Photo Credit: Sounds of Film
 
Brett Berns is the director of BANG! The Bert Berns Story.  The Port Jefferson Documentary Series and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame will be sponsoring a special screening of the film, narrated by Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductee, Steven Van Zandt, on April 24th at 7:00 P.M. at Port Jefferson’s Theatre Three. Tom Needham, the host of the Sounds of Film and Vice Chairman of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, will be conducting a Q and A after the screening with the Brett Berns, the son of the legendary songwriter and record producer of countless hits including “Twist and Shout,” “Hang on Sloopy,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Brown Eyed Girl." The hit documentary contains many heartfelt interviews by artists including Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, and Keith Richards.  This Thursday’s Sounds of Film will feature an interview with Brett Berns, as well as, the music of Bert Berns.
 
About the Sounds of Film
The Sounds of Film is the nation’s longest-running film-themed radio show. For the past 30 years, the program has delivered a popular mix of interviews and music to listeners all over Long Island, parts of Connecticut and streaming live on the Internet.  Previous guests include Billy Joel, Jim Breuer, Laurie Anderson, Ralph Macchio, Dionne Warwick, Chuck D., director Kenneth Lonergan, Cliff Martinez and the Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel.