Ben Model, silent film
              composer accompanist historian

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Ben Model is one of the nation's leading silent film accompanists, performing both piano and theatre organ. Over the past 30+ years he has created and performed live scores for several hundred silent films films lasting anywhere from one minute to five hours. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theatre. His recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD/Blu-Ray releases, on TCM and on his YouTube channel.  Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and in Norway, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 18th season in NYC. Ben's composed ensemble scores for films by Chaplin and Keaton are performed around the U.S. every year by orchestras and by concert bands. Ben has co-curated a number of film series for MoMA, and also programmed two recent DVD box sets of Ernie Kovacs television shows.

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Ben Model recently posted this silent film with his piano score on his YouTube channel:
a scene from Colleen Moore in "Ella Cinders", available on DVD with his score





Here's Ben Model accompanying a scene from Buster Keaton's "The Scarecrow",
live in performance on a 1927 Robert Morton movie palace theatre organ