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Published 10:00 pm Friday, September 30, 2016

The Hot Club of San Francisco

The Hot Club of San Francisco

Vibrant Gypsy swing and vintage silent films make an unforgettable pair at the Tryon Fine Arts Center’s Main Stage Series opener, Cinema Vivant, presented by the Hot Club of San Francisco, “one of the most cohesive and entertaining Gypsy swing bands in the United States.” (San Francisco Chronicle) Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930s.

Sometime before dark, a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening’s fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor.

The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, reviving this lost entertainment with an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live Gypsy swing. The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant at the Tryon Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.

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– article submitted by Michelle Fleming