Marking the 30th year since the re-unification of Germany, HarmonieBand perform a new score to Ruttman’s 1927 silent documentary – Berlin Symphony of A City.
The life of the metropolis from morning until midnight unfolds. A long-distance train travels through the suburbs arriving at the station at dawn to witness Berlin gradually awakening. The earliest workers sparsely populate the streets. It grows in a crescendo, highlights fall on the centres of morning life, on stations, factories, road junctions. Characteristic types are captured everywhere. Private lives of big-city people, houses waking up, apartments coming to life. Midday arrives, evening arrives, and then night falls.
Considered one of the greatest documentary works of the silent era – the film is a captivating portrait of a city in motion.
HarmonieBand has appeared at many UK film festivals and art centres. The ensemble has also travelled widely in Europe and including visits to the Dresden Musikfestpiele, the Giornate Del Cinema Muto in Italy and Amsterdam’s ‘Eye’ Museum.