Keith Taylor accompanies silent films

Film fest

Screen Shot 2018-04-10 at 11.11.57 AMBAKER CITY — The movies may be silent, but Keith Taylor infuses all the emotion he can while accompanying the films with his original score.

He will present a silent movie festival, which benefits Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre, April 13-15.

Each night features a different film. Tickets are $10 each, or $25 for all three performances.

Friday features “The Old Army Game” at 7 p.m. Saturday’s film is “Sally of the Sawdust” at 7 p.m., and the festival concludes Sunday with a 3 p.m. showing of Charlie Chaplin in “The Gold Rush.” Showings are at EORT’s Iron Gate Theater, 2101 Main St., Baker City.

Taylor, who lives in Haines, began piano lessons at age 5, and was composing music by the time he was 10. He grew up performing on youth tours, and playing piano in Alaska during his high school years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano from Willamette University, and did graduate studies in music composition at the University of Oregon and at USC. He received a masters in composition in 1964, and then taught music in public schools in Oregon and California — a career that supported his interest in composing and playing piano.

In the early 1970s Taylor’s style turned to ragtime. He can be heard every Friday, from
4 p.m. to 5 p.m., when he gives an informal performance in the downstairs studio at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave. He also plays piano for various EORT performances, and goes on tour around the West several times a year.

He’s scored about 20 silent movies.

“The first was ‘The Sheik.’ That got me hooked,” he said. “I’ve performed all of them at least once.”

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