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Trio will make Keaton shorts not so silent

The expressive face, deadpan delivery, and antic comedy of silent film legend Buster Keaton are a perfect match for orchestras, most famously, the Alloy Orchestra. But there’s a new one in town: Not So Silent Cinema, a project founded by Boston-based composer and arranger Brendan Cooney, will perform live, original scores to four classic Keaton short films: “The High Sign”(1921), “The Goat”(1921), “Cops” (1922), and “One Week” (1920).

Cooney’s trio will accompany the Keaton shorts next Sunday at the Brattle Theatre. According to Cooney, his original scores will provide a classic 1920s urban-Americana soundscape that combines ragtime, blues, bluegrass, klezmer, and hot jazz. A founding member of the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Cooney performs on piano, along with Kyle Tuttle on banjo, and Andy Bergman on clarinet.

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