Modern Robot performs an original film score to the original zombie movie: Night of the Living Dead.
Filmed in a Pennsylvania house scheduled for demolition, using costumes from second-hand shops and entrails donated by one of the actors, Night of the Living Dead might define what an independent horror film is. With its gruesome scenes and bleak ending, Night of the Living Dead was turned down by a string of distribution companies. But in 1968, this film managed a theatrical release. It quickly went on to be a huge and worldwide success.Night of the Living Dead is what every zombie movie is based on.
At this Crown show, Modern Robot is premiering a new and original score to Night of the Living Dead. This show will be going to the Orlando Fringe in May and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. The music is written by Ben Singer, a Greensboro-based musician whose wide interests have seen him operate orchestral gear for Meatloaf performances, tour the US with The Wizard of Oz, play keyboards and banjo for the Martha Bassett Band, perform at Triad Stage in Laurelyn Dossett’s Snow Queen, travel China with Andy Eversole’s Banjo Earth project, and accompany many of Greensboro’s fine musicians, including Matty Sheets, Emily Stewart, Molly McGinn, Molly Miller, and Cathalyn Robs.
Joining Ben is Galax-based drummer Nicholas Falk.A Berklee graduate, Nicholas was selected to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, where he studied with Ron Carter, Jason Moran, Lewis Nash, Jack Dejohnette, and others. Nicholas was a member of The Boston Boys, the Rondo Rigs and performs regularly with singer-songwriter Dori Freeman. Kris Hilbert will open the show with an exclusive solo set. Kris is the owner and operator of Legitimate Business, a staple of Greensboro’s music and recording scene.
Since 2010, Modern Robot has been creating movie experiences with live music. Along with traditional silent films (Metropolis, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), Modern Robot has adapted B-movies (Plan 9 from Outer Space), used public domain footage (NASA’S 1969 moon landing mission), and repurposed industrial films (Modern Appliances, Sound Reproduction, and The Age of Machines). In 2015-2016, Modern Robot presented a film score to the 1926 film Faust at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Orlando Fringe, The New York International Fringe Festival, and the San Francisco Festival, where it won Techie’s Choice as well as Best of the Fringe.