Epstein's FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER with soundtrack by PYRRHA

The Cedar and KFAI Present

Epstein's FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER with soundtrack by PYRRHA

Fri, May 19, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis, MN

$10 General Admission

This event is all ages

This is a seated show.

Tickets are available online, by phone, ​and at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

Epstein's Fall of the House of Usher with Soundtrack by Pyrrha
Epstein's Fall of the House of Usher with Soundtrack by Pyrrha
The International Novelty Gamelan band and the modern dance duo Hijack to open.

Pyrrha will perform their original score for Jean Epstein's 1928 silent film The Fall of the House of Usher. Based on Edgar Allen Poe's gothic horror story of the same name, the film seethes with dreamy visual experimentation and surreal imagery. Epstein's signature approach to filmmaking is so adventurous and influential, his cinematic vision still feels fresh almost 90 years later. In fact, as a psychological tale of confusion between reality and pictures, The Fall of the House of Usher might be the perfect camp melodrama for the age of social media.

Pyrrha is the collaboration of Minneapolis based musicians Jackie Beckey, Jonathan Kaiser, and Adam Wozniak. The trio's core instrumentation of viola, cello, and bass might suggest staid classical sounds, but these are three players with more experience in rock clubs and art galleries than traditional concert halls. Pyrrha explores a sonic spectrum from ethereal sensitivity to furious roars of amplified sound. With influences ranging from folk tunes to experimental sound, their lush score to The Fall of the House of Usher brings this silent film alive for a contemporary audience.

Pyrrha’s collaborations have coalesced around a shared interest in live music for cinema. Jonathan helped Jackie’s band Brute Heart when they were commissioned to score the classic silent filmThe Cabinet of Doctor Caligari at Walker Art Center in 2012. Since then, the two worked as a duo to compose and perform live film scores to D.W. Griffith’s A Corner in Wheat at a former Poor Farm in Wisconsin, and Kaiser’s film Flat Land Speed at Empire Drive-In at the New York Hall of Science. Jonathan and Adam had already toured together in the band Dark Dark Dark and worked to score Fritz Lang’s Spies at Walker Art Center in 2011. In 2015, Adam joined Pyrrha and the trio wrote an original score to the silent film The Phantom Carriage to perform at ASI and the Heights Theater. A recording of their latest collaboration, The Fall of the House of Usher will be available on LP in Spring 2017.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


Ticket options and info

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are not always available at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus & The Cedar.

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  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: Tickets can be purchased at The Cedar when we are open for shows. Check our calendar for show dates and door times  (no fee; cash, check, credit card). Our other ticket outlets are Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), and Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee).
  • Online: (On Ticketfly, typically $2–$3 fee/ticket + $1 restoration fee) until 2 hours before door time on day of show
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Discounts: Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
  • Access: The Cedar strives to make our facilities and programming available to as many community members as possible and will accommodate special requests to the best of our ability. To request special accommodations or seating at an upcoming Cedar show, please contact our box office at 612-338-2674 or info@thecedar.org.