NORTH ADAMS -- Alloy Orchestra, a perennial Mass MoCA favorite and preeminent silent film accompanist will perform a live score to the Douglas Fairbanks classic "The Black Pirate" on Saturday, July 13, at 8:30 p.m. Get ready for a night of swashbuckling, looting, revenge, sword fights and grog in the comfort of Mass MoCA’s brick-lined courtyard, on the largest outdoor movie screen in New England.
In "The Black Pirate," reigning silent-film era "King of Hollywood" Fairbanks is a young nobleman who sets out to avenge his father’s death by joining the pirate crew responsible for his untimely demise. He quickly proves his worth to the buccaneers and is launched on an adventure that includes a damsel in distress, a few bloody duels with swarthy and cut-throat pirates, and, of course, Fairbanks’ infamous move of sliding down a sail on the edge of a knife.
"The Black Pirate" screening will feature a live original score by the three-man musical ensemble Alloy Orchestra. Based in Cambridge, Alloy Orchestra plays its unique music and sound effects with classic silent films. The band uses a combination of found objects, classical instruments, and state-of-the-art electronics to achieve its avant-garde sound.
Tickets for "The Black Pirate" with Alloy Orchestra are $15 in advance and $19 on the day of the performance.