Local composer providing live original soundtrack to Chaplin's 'Modern Times'


Latchis Arts and local composer and musician Dan DeWalt are teaming up to present Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" with a live, original soundtrack on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre. Admission is by donation.

Dan DeWalt is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked throughout the Eastern seaboard for the last 40 years. His tastes favor musical styles from the African diaspora: jazz, afro-cuban, calypso/reggae and various other styles of African music to name a few. For "Modern Times," the score is derived entirely from an aesthetic reaction to the story line; a combination of composition and improvisation. It may be "jazzy," "dissonant," "impressionistic" or heavily rhythmic at times, but it cannot be categorized as any particular type of musical score. It simply is what it is.

One of the great films of all time, "Modern Times" (1936) is a slapstick skewering of industrialized America, as politically incisive as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious. "Modern Times" was ranked chosen as one of the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest American Films of All-Time (No. 78).

DeWalt currently plays in various bands in the region, locally he works with Simba, Creacion Latin Big Band, and in various musical theater productions in southern Vermont.

For more information, visit latchisarts.org.


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