Silent Films / Stummfilm

This German-based trio – which was originally founded in the autumn of 2015 in connection with the UFA FILM NIGHTS in Brussels – encompasses profound musical experiences for decades concerning the genre of silent movie musical scores, in studio or live situations. Demonstrating brilliant Musical ‘know- how’ by all the members of the Ensemble, and specifically suited chamber music arrangements which also feature collective improvisations.

Each individually selected film gets congenitally interpreted with an exciting mix of diverse stylistic musical devices. Using the instruments of piano, drum set, various percussion, clarinet, cello, surprising electronic and acoustic ‘special effects’. This trio creates an extraordinary field of exciting musical tensions whose great sonorous variety and multi-stylistic approach fills the musical gap off-screen between full orchestra and intimate piano accompaniment.

———- The Musicians —————–

Blanc & Noir:  Ekkehard Wölk – Piano, Kristoff Becker – Cello and Electronics, Andrea Marcelli – Percussion, Clarinet and Drums

Silent Light Orchestra: the trio + Ulrich van der Schoor – Sitar, Theorbe and Synthesizers


On request it is possible a larger Ensemble with guests.

——– Some of The Films and Venus that we performed ————–

Behind the screen (1916) – Charles Chaplin 

The rink (1916) – Charles Chaplin 

The adventurer (1917) – Charles Chaplin

Madame DuBarry (1919) – Ernst Lubitsch
Nosferatu (1922) – F. W. Murnau
Die Leuchte Asiens “The Light of Asia” (1925) – Franz Osten
Die Keusche Susanne (1926) – Richard Eichberg
Der Juxbaron “The Imaginary Baron” (1927) – Willi Wolff

Metropolis (1927) – Fritz Lang
Show people (1928) – King Vidor
The Patsy (1928) – King Vidor

  • Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar) UFA Film Nights in Brussels (Bertelsmann Stiftung und Goethe Institut)
  • Arsenal Kino Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.
  • Berlin- UFA Filmnächte Festival, Kolonnadenhof/Berlin 1919, 2021, 2022, 
  • Zeughauskino Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
  • Deutsches Theater at the Göttinger Stummfilmfestival
  • Burg Frankenstein Kulturfestival 
  • Museum/Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg, Waltrop / Dortmund
  • Babylon Kino, Berlin

Das im Herbst 2015 für die UFA Filmnächte in Brüssel gegründete Trio vereint jahrzehntelange Erfahrung im Bereich der Stummfilm-Vertonung mit virtuosen instrumentalen Esprit. Dabei erhält jeder einzelne Film eine aus dem vielseitigen stilistischen Repertoire schöpfenden Untermalung.

Mit Piano, Drum, Klarinette, Percussion, Cello und Effekten (elektrisch und akustisch) entsteht ein Spannungsbogen, dessen Klangfülle die Lücke zwischen Orchester und Piano-Begleitung schließt.


We recently recorded with Ekkehard Wölk / Kristoff Becker / Andrea Marcelli the soundtrack of the Film Documentary by Ehsan Khoshbakht “Celluloid Underground” England / Iran.

In 1994, I performed drums and synthesizer programmings on the film “Mississippi Masala” Columbia Tristar Hollywood with Denzel Washington, for music Composer/ violinist L. Subramaniama with guitarist Andy Summers, Freddie Ravel, Emil Richards.

I Partecipated in 2002 on the award winning German film “Good Bye Lenin” (X Films) with Antonello Marafioti.

Since 1984 I composed and recorded 7 CDs of Library music for Films, TV and Radio for Primrose Music, Flippermusic and Fonit Cetra broadcasted world-wide.