Friday, January 8, 2016

Guinness World Record Piano Improvisation for Film

On Sunday, January 17th, acclaimed musical accompanist Michael Mortilla will perform improvised live scores for five silent films, including Pandora's Box (1929) starring Louise Brooks, in the galleries of New Objectivity: Modern German Art In The Weimar Republic, 1919–1933 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The special event will last for the duration of the museum’s opening hours on Sunday, January 17.

Very recently, LACMA invited Mortilla to play for nine hours as "an exhibit  in and of itself, accompanying four silent films, with one being repeated. It's thought that such a feat has never been documented for a world's record.

The Guinness World's Record will review and register the performance. More info about the event can be found here: 

If the Guinness folks don't approve the application, Mortilla will be taking short breaks of 5-7 minutes each. If they do approve the application, he will play through the breaks to set a new world's record for improvisation and for accompanying 9 hours of silent films in a single sitting. Lulu will be a small part of this historic event.

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