Fuaim is Solas - Douglas Robertson Photography, Edinburgh, Thu 4 Apr 2013 (4 stars)

Film and live music combine at event from Screen Bandita collective

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Fuaim is Solas - Douglas Robertson Photography, Edinburgh, Thu 4 Apr 2013

With the location shrouded in mystery until the last minute, those who sought out film collective Screen Bandita’s intriguing Fuaim is Solas joined a winsome crowd on stools and scatter cushions. Hypnotic mastery from singer/songwriter Gareth Dickson set a wonderstruck tone, disseminating chatter with breathy vocals. Then followed Lau accordionist Martin Green, harpist Una Monaghan and composer Tim Matthew behind a gossamer sheet screen. Synergising their soundtrack to the click and whirr of dual projectors, resuscitated 16mm film wove a nuanced and emotive journey on screen. Shorts included Forth Rail Bridge construction, pastoral tribes and lithe gymnasts, and a Technicolor film of sealife. Sonic samples – whistling, an ocean gush – echoed visual themes, while harp strings were woeful, and powerful accordion bellows disquieting. Climaxing with a surreal, bright kaleidoscope, the mesmerising music built to a frenetic crescendo.

Absorbing, thought-provoking and beautiful, Fuaim is Solas proved well deserved of its extended applause.

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