Videodroom

Kevin Toma

plays 'Frankenstein'
sat 13
october
Dates & tickets
  • sat 13 oct 2018
    20:00 - 21:40
    THEATERZAAL
    Past event

New soundtrack for James Whale’s masterpiece 

About the artist

The Dutchman Kevin Toma studied Film and Performing Arts. He started out writing film reviews for De Filmkrant, worked as an online editor for Cinema.nl and since 2007 has been associated with De Volkskrant as a film journalist. In addition to this, he has been accompanying silent films since 1994. As a musician and composer he is self-taught. Commissioned by bkkc, Filmhuis Den Haag, Go Short Filmfestival, Movie W, Ekko, the IFFR and Lowlands Festival, he has written – and performed live – new scores for films including ‘Sunrise’ (1927), ‘Häxan’ (1922) and ‘Berlin, die Sinfonie der Groβstadt’ (1927). Toma is also a film teacher and DJ.

Kevin Toma composed the new score for ‘Frankenstein’ in the context of the 200th anniversary of Shelley’s original book, under commission of the Imagine Film Festival, which is the only Dutch festival dedicated to ‘fantastic’ films. He also composed the score for ‘7th Heaven’ & ‘The Lodger’ under commission of Film Fest Gent. 

It’s alive! James Whale’s ‘Frankenstein’, starring the legendary Boris Karloff in the main role, was responsible for theatres full of clammy-handed and pale-faced film-goers when it was released in 1931. Many decades later, Whale’s masterpiece – based on Mary Shelley’s book about a scientist and his monster cobbled together from assorted body parts – still stands up. Kevin Toma has written an original soundtrack to accompany the film. During VIDEODROOM he will perform the score live on piano and synthesizer, adding to his soundscapes with the discreet use of samples.

Toma takes inspiration from Frans Waxman’s score for ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ (1935) and Frank Skinner’s score for ‘Son of Frankenstein’ (1939). For Toma, it’s not just a case of conjuring a creepy or dramatic atmosphere, however: “I wanted to give my music a sense of otherworldliness and expansiveness, with a lot of strings to reflect not only the story but also the physical, expressionistic world of the film.”

In this way Toma deviates from the classical ‘Frankenstein’ interpretation: an investigation of the boundaries of science and the possibilities and dangers of the artificial human. For this musician the story is more about a deep, ineradicable loneliness. “The monster roams around, rudderless, as the only one of his kind, incapable of finding a meaningful place in the human world”, says Toma. “With my music I emphasise that tragic aspect and make the monster more human and his story more poignant.”

Over de artiest

De Nederlandse Kevin Toma studeerde Film en Opvoeringskunsten. Hij begon met het schrijven van filmrecensies voor de Filmkrant, werkte als webredacteur voor Cinema.nl, en is sinds 2007 als filmjournalist verbonden aan de Volkskrant. Daarnaast begeleidt hij sinds 1994 stille films. Als muzikant en componist is hij autodidact. Hij heeft in opdracht van bkkc, Filmhuis Den Haag, Go Short Filmfestival, Movie W, Ekko en ook voor het IFFR en popfestival Lowlands nieuwe scores geschreven - en live uitgevoerd - bij onder andere ‘Sunrise’ (1927), ‘Häxan’ (1922) en ‘Berlin, die Sinfonie der Groβstadt’ (1927). Toma is tevens filmdocent en dj.


Kevin Toma componeerde de nieuwe score voor ‘Frankenstein’ in opdracht van het Imagine Film Festival, het enige Nederlandse festival gewijd aan de fantastische film, én in het kader van de 200ste verjaardag van Shelley's oorspronkelijke roman. Hij maakte ook de score voor ‘7th Heaven’ & ‘The Lodger’ in opdracht van Film Fest Gent. 
 

VIDEODROOM NIGHTLIFE

Na het concert van Kevin Toma neemt de Gentse organisatie TUUPE ons café over voor een wild feestje. Later meer! 
 

TIMETABLE 

20:00 Doors
20:30 Kevin Toma
22:00 Afterparty with Tuupe (Vooruit café)

Credits

€15 / 12 (presale) 

in het kader van / in the frame of: Film Fest Gent