From Loud Bands to Silent Films

The Alloy Orchestra is a three-piece musical ensemble that scores and performs for silent films, and whose members have a long and storied history on the Boston/Cambridge music scene.

Since the seventies, and up to the present the list of bands that Ken Winokur, Roger C. Miller, and Terry Donahue have been associated with are:
Bam Bam, Bad Art Ensemble, Bentmen, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Concussion Ensemble, Lookie Lookie, Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra and Mission of Burma.

The Alloy Orchestra is notable for composing classical silent movie soundtracks with a synthesizer, a musical saw, and the band’s signature instrument called the “rack of junk.”

Ken Winokur recently purchased the rights to the 1926 movie The Son of the Sheik starring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Bánky. The Alloy Orchestra will premiere its live musical score for the film at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, March 7, 8:00 pm.

The Son of the Sheik is the sequel to the 1921 hit The Sheik, and is the first “sequel” to ever be made. It is also the first movie to be released after its star’s death. Rudolph Valentino died from peritonitis after suffering from appendicitis at the age of 31. He died two weeks before the release of the movie The Son of the Sheik.