"I cannot stress enough how good and professional they are, a real gem hidden in Devon and Cornwall. They richly deserve a wider audience and bigger venues." Anson Welsh, author.
"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 are a critically acclaimed five piece band from South East Cornwall who have been specialising in adding live soundtracks to silent films since 2006.
Our set up includes classical and steel guitars, bass guitar, djembes and drum kit, mixed percussion, keyboards, clarinet and four vocalists. Our wide ranging repertoire includes original, pop, contemporary, classical, jazz and klezmer music, giving us the flexibility to choregraph to fit the mood of every part of the film; our time keeping is to the second and each score takes many hundreds of hours to develop before it is performed. We use a sound engineer to ensure that our sound is always well balanced.
The The films we offer include A Cottage on Dartmoor, by Anthony Asquith; a thriller of love, jealousy and hairdressing.
Pabst's extraordinary and shocking movie DIARY OF A LOST GIRL, FW Murnau's classic SUNRISE, and the British film PICCADILLY, one of the great transition films between Silent and Sound pictures, directed by Ewald Andre Dupont. For more information on each film, please visit our Films Page.
"The music was expertly chosen to run seamlessly with the film. It enhanced the experience. It reflected mood and added nuance. The musicianship was excellent. The performance fitted superbly with the images...Why does Wurlitza work? Because they bring magic. And that is never a bad thing." - Ian Craft ‐ Calstock Arts
We are also on Spotify, ITunes and Soundcloud.
What a year 2018 has been. Kath broke her wrist in July, leading to a frantic rearrangement of the Cottage on Dartmoor score to accommodate a stand in guitarist for Port Eliot Festival. This led to some interesting experimentation with a slide guitar, but we were all pretty relieved when Kath regained use of her wrist. So now we still have two fully functioning classical/ jazz/ pop guitarists and Lizzy can relax without on the piano fill and concentrate on mastering the scizzors.
Among our most memorable and sold out performances was St Bart’s Church in Lostwithiel where we received perhaps our favourite accolade yet; "I would travel to another continent to see Wurlitza." We had another northern tour, thoroughly enjoying returning to Oscars in Ludlow. We surpassed ourselves in the beautiful Regal in Tenbury Wells. The sound was superb, the venue was beautiful, the audience intimate and we all agreed it was the best Sunrise performance ever.
2019 is another development year; very few performances while we concentrate on a new repertoire focusing on short films, which we are debuting at Glastonbury Festival with further performances in the autumn and spring of 2020. Watch this space! If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please add your email to the form on the left of the page. We will be launching a CD of our soundtrack to A Cottage on Dartmoor in the near future.
“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
We very occasionally take on functions and are
able to offer a great range of music to suit all kinds of event. We can play
light classical music; Spanish guitar duets and trios, jazz sets and solo piano, as well as a full band set and disco. However we are more likely to recommend our friends The Wireless.
The Wurlitza CDs 'Dance the Night Away', 'Diary of A Lost Girl' and 'A Cottage on Dartmoor' are available by post for £10, including post and packaging. Go to the repertoire page to listen and for more details.|
Please follow this link to visit our Films Page.