We are thrilled to announce that Adam Swanson, one of the world’s foremost vintage performers of American popular music, including ragtime and early jazz, will be contributing his musical talents to our film, Ballad of the Cuckoos. Adam, who is the only four-time World Champion Old-Time Piano Player, has showcased his formidable repertoire at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and has accompanied silent films at the prestigious Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
This past weekend we undertook a field trip to Durango, CO, and recorded a private afternoon “concert” with Adam, in which he played us a slew of tunes on a Steinway grand, including the Laurel and Hardy theme song, “Dance of the Cuckoos.” Then, at night, we got to watch Adam unleash a siege of old-timey exuberance at his “home-away-from home,” the Strater Hotel’s Diamond Belle Saloon, where Adam is the resident pianist (following in the musical footprints of Adam’s hero, mentor and friend, the late Johnny Maddox, a ragtime legend, who was the Saloon’s pianist from 1996-2012). We will be releasing video clips of Adam’s performance later this week, but here are some photos that capture the spirit and joi-de-vivre of our time-capsuled night at the Saloon .
To find out more about our film, visit: igg.me/at/cuckoocinema
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello now lives in Taos, New Mexico. He is the author of three novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, and Nocturne Variations, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag.
His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, Kansas City Voices, and the Tishman Review. His blog--Notes of an Urban Stray--can be read at johnbiscello.blogspot.com. Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.