Northeast Asian Weekly Interview: No silent treatment – Classic film receives soundtrack from local ensemble
Seattle’s ever-unpredictable Aono Jikken Ensemble brings a special one-night only presentation to the SIFF Cinema Uptown on July 11th: A screening of Yasujiro Ozu’s classic silent film “A Story Of Floating Weeds,” with live music, sound effects, and bilingual narration from a Japanese-style benshi narrator. The Ensemble’s founder, Bill Blauvelt, took some questions over email. NWAW: When and how did the Aono Jikken Ensemble get started, and what were its first projects? Blauvelt: Aono Jikken Ensemble began in 1997 and grew out of a group of musicians and performers who had been collaborating in different configurations for a few years.