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Just Ancient Loops

solo cello by Maya Beiser with 19 pre-recorded cellos; collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison, commissioned by the MELA Foundation (2012)

In Just Ancient Loops, filmmaker Bill Morrison employs high resolution scans of ancient nitrate footage, as well as newly created CGI renderings, to depict different views of Heaven. With an original score by Michael Harrison, performed by cellist extraordinaire Maya Beiser. 

Over 40 live performances and international film festivals including:

  • Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 2018

  • M.I.T.’s Center for Arts, Science and Technology, April 2017

  • Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, TN, March 2016

  • The Louvre Museum, Paris, France, November 2015 

  • BAM Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn, NY, October 2015 (4 performances)

  • Ojai Music Festival, Ojai, CA, June 2015

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Bill Morrison Re-Compositions, looping program, October 2014 – March 2015; live performance, October 2014

  • Stuttgart Ballet, Schauspielhaus Stuttgart, Germany, May –November 2014 (8 performances)

  • Strings of Autumn International Music Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, October 2014

  • Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT, January 2013

  • Film Festival Premiere: American Film Institute Film Festival, Hollywood, CA, November 2012

  • Premiere: Bang on a Can Marathon, World Financial Center, New York, NY, June 2012

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