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Orphy Robinson vibes up silent movie classic

Jazzwise July cover star Orphy Robinson leads an exciting new Jazz on Film project on 13 September, performing a ‘live’ imaginary soundtrack to accompany an outdoor screening of D.W. Griffith’s 1919 silent classic Broken Blossoms.

Presented in association with the Vortex, Hackney Cooperative Developments and Reel Islington, the vibraphonist/multi-instrumentalist Robinson, who has previously composed for film, TV and theatre, has formed a quintet that will feature a mix of high profile musicians from the experimental jazz and world music scenes including Byron Wallen, Corey Mwamba, Emi Watanabi and Beibei Wang, playing in front of the screen in Gillett Square, home of the Vortex Jazz club in Dalston.

A story of forbidden love and racism, the film is set in the Limehouse district of the east end and is about a young Chinese man who has just arrived in the East End slums. The American film maker D. W. Griffith, who also made the pioneering yet controversial Birth of a Nation and Intolerance has been revered by filmmakers from Alfred Hitchcock through to Orson Welles.

– Selwyn Harris

– Photo – Alex Bonney

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