Peanut butter and jelly, chocolate and caramel, sugar and spice, beer and ... anything: some things just go great together. And while the Revival House is known for combining movies and music for its monthly event, it's bringing the two closer together than ever before for its You Know the Score event Thursday, Nov. 16.
Revival House is screening the science fiction cult masterpiece of mood, "Moon," while providing a live soundtrack accompaniment created by local musician Ariel Piazza of Lewes. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for an art show from returning artist Madison Griffin, and the featured event will begin at 7 p.m.
Piazza has been constructing her own soundtrack for the film since the summer. She said she has been crafting music that would perfectly capture the mood of the film and utilize the grand acoustics inside the theater. "I was a big fan of the score for 'Interstellar' by Hans Zimmer, and 'Moon' is a similarly thoughtful science fiction film, so that was a big influence when crafting this. This is an opportunity I've wanted since I first got into music," she said. Her atmospheric score for the film has been evolving for the past few months, and she will unveil it to the public live in this one-time-only event.
The screening marks a first for all involved. "We love having music and movies during the Revival House, and we wanted to create a way to make those art forms poetically combine," said Rob Rector of Revival House. "I had heard Ariel's work from another project and thought her ethereal, ambient sound would be a great accompaniment to the right film."
He added, "We are all big fans of the film 'Moon,' which also is often praised by critics, but so overlooked by the mainstream, and thought this would be the perfect cinematic fit for Ariel's talents."
Piazza said the evening is a dream fulfilled. "I've been wanting to do this since I was a child," she said. "I would listen to soundtracks when I was a child and was fascinated by the orchestration in them. So having the chance to score a film live is so exciting."
On the screen
Sam Rockwell plays Astronaut Sam Bell, who has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon. He is accompanied only by his faithful computer companion GERTY, voiced by Kevin Spacey, who assists him on sending back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish power problems back on Earth. The acclaimed film marked the debut of Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie, who earned a BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut of a British Director, and has gone on to receive numerous awards from film festivals and film critics alike.
On the stage (with the screen)
Piazza is a self-taught musician who has been performing on various instruments since she was 10 years old. "My uncle had a piano that I would teach myself on, and I tried taking lessons, but did not really like the structure, so I just set out to teach myself," Piazza said. She also picked up various string instruments with the same passion and began performing various gigs in high school. When she attended SUNY in Rochester, she began adding shows at local restaurants and introduced her sound to a larger audience. "I was playing for a friend in Delaware, and really met a lot of people and loved the area," Piazza said.
On the walls
Creating vibrant, off-kilter images is what young Madison Griffin does best. Her online store Haxelart is filled with dreamy, electric images that she finds in everyday pop culture. Griffin is a returning artist to the Revival House after wowing crowds with her works during last year's October event. Griffin is only in her second year of college, but her work demonstrates an artist's old soul.
Tickets for the entire event are only $10, and $5 for students and seniors. Doors will open at 6 p.m.