Silent Film

Het muzikaal ‘illustreren’ van verhalen of het prikkelen van de fantasie deed Daan altijd al graag in zijn composities. Dit ‘vertellen’ viel samen met Daan zijn improvisatiekunde tijdens de filmbege10423861_1563700870558253_1027204078615169477_nleidingsmasterclasses van Le Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Italië in 2014.

Verliefd geworden op de kunst van de stille film is Daan zijn weg begonnen als filmbegeleider.

Daan heeft al gespeeld o.a. terugkerend op Le Giornate del Cinema Muto – Italië, Bristol Slapstick Festival – Engeland, Loud Silents – Finland, Kennington Bioscope – Londen, EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, Il Cinema Ritrovato – Bologna en het Louis Hartlooper Complex in Utrecht.

‘Illustrating’ stories or fueling the imagination is something Daan always likes to do in his compositions. This ‘story telling’ came together with his improvisation skills during the masterclasses in accompanying silent film of the Giornate del Cinema Muto, Pordenone, Italy in 2014.

Since then Daan has played for several films, among others at the Louis Hartlooper Complex, Bristol Slapstick Festival, Loud Silents – Finland, EYE Filmmuseum, Il Cinema Ritrovato – Bologna and returning to Pordenone Silent Film Festival


A beautiful article/review of the screening of Max Linder’s Seven Years Bad Luck, for which I had the honour to play for at Slapstick Festival 2017, Bristol!:
Monsieur Linder, not just a master of slapstick but also subtext and, indeed, the comedy of cheese. David Robinson introduced and gave …

“Daan van den Hurk provided accompaniment and impressed with his controlled fluidity – every pianist has his own style and Daan was perfect for this tale of comedy heartbreak. I’m no musician but I would hazard a guess that the set up and and punchline ad sheer emotional unpredictability of comedy makes these films a challenge to play for.

There’s also the ever-present danger of breaking into laughter. So, play along, match the tempo and never, ever laugh… tough gig! But a packed Arnolfini really appreciated the effort!”

And a little chat for the Slapstick Blog.