Wurlitza are a five piece band from South East Cornwall who offer a great range of music to suit all kinds of functions, from weddings to birthday parties and anniversaries, as well as offering live soundtracks to silent films. Our set up includes classical and steel guitars, bass guitar, djembe and cahon drums, mixed percussion, keyboards, clarinet and four vocalists. Our wide ranging repertoire includes original, pop, contemporary, jazz and klezmer music, giving us the flexibility to perform as the occassion requires. We use a sound engineer to ensure that our sound is always well balanced and also offer lighter classical music; Spanish guitar duets and trios, jazz sets and solo piano, as well as having a solo singer songwriter in our midst.
We pride ourselves on our onstage look, in striking black and white, and are the perfect band to provide music that will appeal to all ages.
Silent Film Soundtracks
"Wurlitza are quite amazing, their music closely follows and complements the movie so that the combination comes alive in a remarkable way. Their playing is excellent and their ability to hit visual cues is first class...people spoke to me positively fizzing with enthusiasm." - John Hall - film producer and festival organiser.
Wurlitza have been performing live music soundtracks to silent films for several years. Our scores are very carefully choreographed to fit the mood of every part of the film - requiring time keeping accurate to the second. The repertoire used is wide ranging from jazz and blues classics to classical pieces to modern anthems and some of our own compositions.
This season we are mainly touring SUNRISE, an exceptional movie by FW Murnau, made with an unlimited budget and often cited as the greatest film of the silent era. We are also continuing to tour PICCADILLY. This was one of the great transition films between Silent and Sound pictures, directed by Ewald Andre Dupont. It features the last good work of several distinguished 1920's figures and is one of the true greats of British silent films, on a par with the best work of Anthony Asquith or Alfred Hitchcock in the period. In the film the Piccadilly nightclub is in danger of decline when manager Valentine sacks his star attraction. But his discovery of talented Chinese dancer Shosho begins a chain of events leading to tragedy. See our film page for more including some samples.
“Blending contemporary musical themes in a unique and seamless performance, this entertaining hybrid offers a fresh approach to this genre. A musical and visual treat that is not to be missed."
- Paul K Joyce - Composer/Producer
“What I particularly admired was Wurlitza's skill in fitting the music to the films from both a timing point of view but also choosing just the right type of music. Whistling Take Five was a masterstroke!"
- Nick Bailey - Classic FM
"I loved Wurlitza's pop to classical mix" - Badaude, the Guardian
Saturday 9th March - Sunrise at Helland Village Hall with Carn to Cove
Sunday 10th March - Piccadilly at Wadebridge Cinema with Carn to Cove
Sunday 26th May - St Germans May Tree Fayre Celebrations