New Live Music and Film Experiences: Barbican, London

This November and December the Barbican presents a series of concerts which will explore the innovative ways in which film and music can interact, featuring the celebrated film music of Nino Rota and cinematic projects from Yo La Tengo.

Amarcord Nino Rota
Featuring Carla Bley Band and other artists tba
Fri 22 Nov / 20.00 / Barbican Hall
Tickets: £17.50-25
Originally released in 1981, Hal Willner’s album Amarcord Nino Rota celebrating Rota’s film scores are credited with inventing the modern tribute album. This evening pairs live performances of Nino Rota’s compositions with stills from the films they accompanied, evoking the cinematic context in which these great pieces of music were originally heard.

Renowned for creating the musical backdrop to films by Frederico Fellini and Luchino Visconti, Rota received an Academy Award for his score to Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece The Godfather Part II. This concert is also part of the London Jazz Festival.

Yo La Tengo – Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller
Sun 8 Dec / 15:00 & 20:00 / Milton Court Concert Hall
Tickets: £15-22.50
The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller is a new ‘live documentary’ by Academy Award-nominated director Sam Green (The Weather Underground) featuring a live score by Hoboken art-rockers Yo La Tengo.

Tracing the career of twentieth-century futurist, architect, engineer, inventor and author R. Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983), each screening is narrated by Sam Green in person, while Yo La Tengo perform their original score. An early proponent of environmental stewardship, Fuller spoke persuasively about contemporary design and architecture’s ability to tackle issues of sustainability and conservation and to stimulate radical societal change.

The performance is a follow-up to Green’s internationally-acclaimed live film Utopia in Four Movements, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. This new work features the same combination of film clips and live music, drawing inspiration equally from old travelogues, the Benshi tradition, and TED talks.

For tickets contact the Barbican Box Office on 0845 120 7550 or visit

1. Courtesy of Barbican © Pier Luigi.