"The Lost Victrola Sessions" is a 55 minute concert that seamlessly weaves live music, experimental film, live video, and theatrical staging. With lush music by leading New York composer Dave Soldier, a ravishing black and white silent film by Winsome Brown, and virtuosic live performances by Rebecca Cherry (violin), Jeff Lankov (piano), and Sean Hagerty (electronics), "The Lost Victrola Sessions" is a thrilling and unforgettable musical and visual experience.
"The Lost Victrola Sessions" explores one of the great musical mysteries of our time: What happened to the mythical Russian virtuoso Rebecca Chernyakov, who disappeared suddenly in 1914 after falling in with a crowd of drug addicts and demimondains? Now here on stage, the celebrated violinist Rebecca Cherry -- who bears an uncanny resemblance to the lost virtuoso -- interprets music from her beloved Victrola Sessions in front of a stunning film exposé of never-before-seen footage of Chernyakov’s period in New York, including her travels to opium dens, her dark romance with the dangerous man who initiated her into the world of drugs, and rare vintage concert clips.
A little note about the music: “Resolutely uninterested in stylistic limits, Dave Soldier makes conventional eclecticism seem academically staid. In this compilation of chamber works composed from 1986 to 2006, he draws on (and juxtaposes) everything from polkas to soaring rock guitar solos, from Grappelli-style jazz to neo-Baroquery, with 19th-century salon music and Spike Jones-inspired zaniness along the way.” -The New York Times, naming Dave Soldier’s “Chamber Music” one of the best classical releases of 2007.