Music for Silent Film Project

Fourteen musicians from all around the globe worked together for more than a year to create music for a silent film. At the core of this project lies the inspiring power of various musical traditions and sounds. The ensemble consists of musicians from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, France, Syria, Italy and also from The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Brasil. Based on improvisations and under the musical leadership of composer Simon Ho and pianist Emma Heijink, the group put together an experimental soundtrack, in which pop, jazz and rock influences are mixed with oriental ornaments into a groundbreaking musical adventure. In an innovative way, the music enters into dialogue with the silent comedy “Egged On” from Charley Bowers (1926) in which the protagonist attempts to build a machine to make unbreakable eggs.

Egged On | Charley Bowers | 24 mins | Comedy Short | USA, 1926 | FR inter titles with ENG subtitles | copy: Lobster Films, Paris
Simon Ho (rhodes), Hussein Rassim (oud), Saif Al-Qaissy (tabla), Walaa Saad (oud and voice), Arezoo Alimomen (daf and voice), Dahlia Mees (chinese violin), Teuk Henri (acoustic 12-string guitar), Mostafa Taleb (kamancheh), Hayder Abood (percussion), Adrien Behbodi Sakha (cello), Emma Heijink (piano), Juliette Lacroix (cello), Shahriar Sharifpoor (santur), Vera Cavallin (harp)
With the cooperation of:
Pedro de Filippis (percussion), Audy Zandri (electric bass), Nader Gharehdaghi (piano), Karen Schets (piano), Ahmadreza Rasuli (harmonium), Majid Zare (indian tabla), Milad Ahmadyaar (acoustic guitar), Tatjana Asarjiu (violin), Alejandro Rivas Cottle, Katrien Reist, Globe Aroma, Zinnema, Charleroi danse, Kunstenfestivaldesarts 

Composition and musical direction:

Simon Ho and Emma Heijink

Production and programming
Gawan Fagard and Gwendolyn Lootens, Cinemaximiliaan
Production team
Reza Panahi, Batul Hossini, Lubnan Al-Wazny, Ayman Al-Tawil, Bahzad Salhe, Abbas Alsajwari, Louay Daboos, Ebrahim Neissi, Solmaz Gharehdaghi, Omar Al Samarai, Abdulrahman Aljassem, Abdullah Fakhri
Set photography:
Louay Daboos, Gwendolyn Lootens, Omar Al Samarai
Project partners: 
Festival “Filmer à tout prix”, Cinema Nova, Cinema RITCS, Kunstencentrum Vooruit
Supported by
Flemish Community Commission (VGC)

Public performances


29 November 2017, 9:00pm: Filmer à tout prix, Cinema Nova, Brussels - avant-première
25 February 2018, 2:30pm: Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Gent
22 April 2018, 9:00 pm: MOOOV festival, UGC, Turnhout
15 June 2018, 8:00 pm: Charleroi Danses, Raffinerie Brussels


If you’re a programmer interested in booking this project, don’t hesitate to contact us.



Cinema Nova, Brussels, 19 November 2017

Vooruit, Ghent, 25 February 2018

Mooov Festival, Turnhout, 22 April 2018

Charleroi Danses, Brussel, 15 June 2018

Theaterfestival, De Monty, Antwerpen, 9 September 2018

De Factorij, Zaventem, 24 November 2018

Brigittines, Brussels, 2 February 2019

DeSingel, Antwerpen, 3 March 2019