Part of Music City Mondays
Belcourt Members: $14 | General Admission: $18
An encore screening of F.W. Murnau’s vampiric classic featuring a live synth score by Eve Maret, Dream Chambers and Belly Full of Stars.
Thomas Hutter is tasked by his employer to visit the mysterious Count Orlok at his castle about a potential property purchase. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house in Hutter’s town of Wisborg. Hutter bids his wife, Ellen, farewell and makes way to the castle as a series of strange events occur. After meeting the strange Count Orlok, Hutter discovers to his horror that the count is a vampire and seeks to use Wisborg as his new hunting grounds.
This prototypical vampire film from German expressionist director F.W. Murnau –– an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s genre-defining Dracula –– is one of the earliest depictions of “The Prince of Darkness.” And Max Schreck’s nightmarish depiction of the undead count continues to haunt audiences a century after its release.
“Here is the story of Dracula before it was buried alive in clichés, jokes, TV skits, cartoons and more than 30 other films. The film is in awe of its material. It seems to really believe in vampires…. It knows none of the later tricks of the trade, like sudden threats that pop in from the side of the screen. But NOSFERATU remains effective: It doesn’t scare us, but it haunts us. It shows not that vampires can jump out of shadows, but that evil can grow there, nourished on death.” —Roger Ebert (1997) “Like standing in the same room as death itself. It’s a brooding chamber piece of gothic ruminations and occult imagery, of the flickering light of the world waging a losing battle against the overwhelming darkness…. NOSFERATU strikes primarily through the unrestrained potency of its now-iconic imagery, the result of a filmmaker who recognized the singularly visual nature of his medium and used it to the fullest extent.” —Rob Humanick, Slant
About the Musicians:
Dream Chambers is the name for APRA award-winning singer-songwriter Jess Chambers’ ethereal electronic music. Known in New Zealand for her delicately orchestrated folk albums and her work with The Woolshed Sessions, Rhian Sheehan, and The Upbeats, Jess relocated to Nashville in 2012 where she encountered a vibrant underground electronic music scene and began a transformative journey into the world of music technology.
Since then, she has performed as Dream Chambers extensively in the U.S., co-founded Hyasynth House an electronic music collective for femme and non-binary creatives, and released three albums ranging from electronic-pop experimentalism through to drone and vocal soundscapes. Her sound, created using a mass of modular synthesizers, sequencers and vocal processors, counterpoints heavy sub-bass with crystalline granular vocal samples and, shimmering arpeggios.
Eve Maret is a Nashville-based experimental artist and composer who employs a wide array of electronic media and techniques in her various disciplines, exploring the possibilities of personal and communal healing through creative action. Drawing inspiration from 19th century orchestral and choral works, the Fluxus movement, Kosmische Musik and funk, Eve makes use of digital and modular synthesizers, a vocoder, clarinet, electric bass, guitar and field recordings to create works that range from lush cinematic compositions to space disco. Eve’s music practice is a conversation with her numerous curiosities, manifested in the form of video art, drawing, dance, ritual and cymatics.
Eve has performed across the U.S. alongside artists such as Matmos, William Tyler, Guerilla Toss, Xiu Xiu, JEFF the Brotherhood, and Lydia Lunch. Eve’s 2019 release, “No More Running (Deluxe Edition)”, was reviewed by Wire magazine and was featured on Bandcamp’s Album of the Day series. In addition to her personal creative practices, Eve is committed to providing avenues for others to create and uplift one another. In 2018, she, along with Jess Chambers, Deli Paloma-Sisk and Arlene Sparacia, founded Hyasynth House, an electronic music collective and education center for female, trans and non-binary artists. Together they facilitated workshops, performances and community-wide conversations in an effort to support and empower marginalized groups. The founders went their separate ways in 2019, but Eve continues to lead electronic music workshops and to organize live music events in Nashville and beyond.
Belly Full Of Stars is the electronic sound project of Nashville-based artist, composer, and recordist Kim Rueger. Blending FM synths and recordings with live modular and granular processes she improvises highly textured compositions that veer towards ambient, recomposing sounds from the world around her into new aural facets.
Kim has collaborated with artist and groups worldwide and across mediums on recordings, scores, soundscapes and performances — notably as pianist with the Nashville Ambient Ensemble, and on her cycle-focused co-release, “Conjunctions,” with multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer Meg Mulhearn. She has recorded work on Courier, Triplicate, Fallen Moon Recordings and Past Inside the Present labels, with an album of modular processed piano compositions newly in the works.