Herne Hill's Sax Quartet Namesake Present 'Not So Silent Cinema' Oct 9th at OTC
What's in a name? Especially a Herne Hillian's!?
Writing as Sax Rohmer and living in 51 Herne Hill (look for the blue plaque), Arthur Henry Ward penned his infamous Fu Manchu novels. 2013 marked the 100 year anniversary of his first 'The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu'. Asked by The New Yorker why he adopted his curious pen name, Ward replied:
'In ancient Saxon. "sax" means "blade," and "rohmer" equals "roamer". I substituted an "h" for an "a" as a gesture in the direction of phonetics--pretty obscure gesture, I guess.'
The Herne Hill Music Festival is pulling all of this lore together on Sunday Oct 9th when Herne Hill's namesake Sax Quartet - The Rohmer Saxophone Quartet - present Chaplin's 'The Vagabond' as part of an evening of silent film and music in OTC Bar - Off The Cuff themed as Not So Silent Cinema. The evening also features the ambient and experimental music of Scandinavian composer Mattias Sköld, and premieres new music by Liam Murray for 'The Vagabond'. BTW 'The Vagabond' is blocked online via YouTube in the UK. Add two pieces from Jacob Ter Veldhuis and what a night!
Tickets and further programme detail from http://www.hernehillfestival.org/programme/123-Not+So+Silent+Cinema. More on the Rohmer name at http://www.njedge.net/~knapp/The_Name.htm.