Way Out West

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

About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, performer, and playwright, John Biscello, has lived in the high-desert grunge-wonderland of Taos, New Mexico since 2001. He is the author of four novels, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, Nocturne Variations, and No Man’s Brooklyn; a collection of stories, Freeze Tag, two poetry collections, Arclight and Moonglow on Mercy Street; and a fable, The Jackdaw and the Doll, illustrated by Izumi Yokoyama. He also adapted classic fables, which were paired with the vintage illustrations of artist, Paul Bransom, for the collection: Once Upon a Time, Classic Fables Reimagined. His produced, full-length plays include: LOBSTERS ON ICE, ADAGIO FOR STRAYS, THE BEST MEDICINE, ZEITGEIST, U.S.A., and WEREWOLVES DON’T WALTZ.
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