CLARK WILSON - East Liverpool, Ohio
Clark is internationally recognized as a recording artist for silent films, accompanying them on theatre organs across North America. He has performed in this fashion at the Fox Theatre in Atlantis, LA’s Disney Hall and UCLA and in New York City. Clark’s skills as a toner and finisher of theatre and classical organs are in high demand, as is his creativity and virtuosity as a performer. Clark is one of a small number of skilled touring accompanists on the theatre organ and as such has become a regular favourite for Toronto Silent Film Festival & Toronto Theatre Organ Society (TTOS) silent screenings Clark’s knowledge base extends beyond accompaniment, as his pre-screening talks on silent film are both informative and entertaining.
As one of the most prominent and recognized scorers of silent photoplays on the theatre organ in North America, Clark has researched and developed accurate and historic musical accompaniments as they were originally performed in movie palaces during the heyday of the silent film.
Heavily influenced by one of the original masters of film accompaniment, Chicago native John Muri, Clark’s style was that of utilizing fine music as a basis for developing a score. If the original score is no longer extant, a new one is prepared from the organist’s library and is transferred to a cue sheet – somewhat of a “road map” of suggested themes and notated screen actions that keep the organist fully on course and the musical style of the time remains intact. Most important of all, the film remains the focus and star of the performance. www.clarkwilson.net