for cello, piano, and original film
"Self-Portrait" is a multimedia work for cello, piano, and an original film. The musical score and film were created simultaneously with Brown writing the music and Canellakis directing and producing the accompanying film. The film features pianist Roman Rabinovich, who plays a painter haunted by his own creations, specifically his self-portraits. He becomes anxious and begins wandering the streets of New York City at night, frightened and perturbed by his surroundings. The score reflects the unsettled mood of the film and the two together create a haunting depiction of a restless and nocturnal New York.
Self-Portrait - A short film
Directed and edited by Nicholas Canellakis
Music by Michael Brown
Starring Roman Rabinovich
Musical score performed by Nicholas Canellakis, cello, and Michael Brown, piano
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