White Magic and a blond Vincent Price

Last night marked one of the final events of the summer for the Celebrate Brooklyn series.

White Magic

The evening began with a set by the appropriately creepy psychedelic/folk group White Magic as the sun went down. Unlike a lot of her contemporaries, singer Mira Billotte is soulful (and yes, a bit eccentric) without being overly dramatic, which is a nice change from some of the overly hyped and annoyingly affected singers of late (like Nika Roza Danilova of Zola Jesus).

Take a listen to an excerpt of one of their songs:

After White Magic played, musician/composer Marco Benevento and his two musical collaborators set up their gear at the pit in front of the stage, and a giant screen was assembled in anticipation of the main event – a special movie screening of Roger Corman’s House of Usher based the chilling tale by Edgar Allan Poe.

Check out the trailer for the movie here:

Benevento composed an original score to accompany the classic early 60s horror film. The music was pretty sweet – even if the movie itself was a bit… campy and the dialogue was sometimes a bit difficult to decipher.

Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of the film when Philip Winthrop arrives at the Usher mansion to collect his (doomed) fiance, Madeline, from her creepily over-protetive brother, Roderick (Vincent Price).

When Benevento isn’t creating scary scores, his music is actually pretty sunny.


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"He considered music a liberating force: it liberated him from loneliness, introversion, the dust of the library; it opened the door of his body and allowed his soul to step out into the world to make friends."

- Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being


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