This Saturday Balboa Amusement Company Orchestra (BACO) will perform their original score composed for the classic German expressionist film Nosferatu (1922), being presented at Sunnyside Cemetery this Saturday by The Frida Cinema and Lola’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine.

The orchestra was formed in 2013 by local composers Ellen Warkentine and Alyssandra Nighswonger, to create an original score for a screening of Oscar winning silent film ‘The Artist.’ The resounding success of their first production and partnership with Long Beach Cinematheque (also directed by Frida Cinema founder Logan Crow) inspired the teams to collaborate on several more pairings of classic films and live music.

The current lineup of BACO is a collection of incredible Long Beach musicians. Composer of the live score for Nosferatu is the group’s conductor, composer, arranger, and musician Ellen Warkentine. In addition to being the creative force behind several live productions for Frida Cinema, she is also a member of the groups LN & Allies of WWIII, Sex! Money! Power!, Lolpera, and the award winning Lark Theatre.

Alyssandra Nighswonger is a Long Beach treasure of many artistic disciplines, but mostly known for her solo work as an indie singer-songwriter.  She regularly performs in collaborations with numerous local bands when she is not working on her own music with The Dovelles, Lucky Penny and Alyssandra and the Daymakers.  Also to her long list of credits she is the host of the city’s longest running open mic at Viento y Agua Coffeehouse every Thursday.

The orchestra also includes guitar and vocals by John Zell and percussion by Josiah Miller; both from the collaborative band MOVE. All members of the band MOVE, and their varying cast of guest stars, are well versed in the process of putting together huge themed performances for their monthly artist in residency at The EXPO during First Fridays at Bixby Knolls.

Founding member of BOCA Sumner LeVeque, will be on hand to play French horn and trumpet. LeVeque is also a photographer, actor and assistant director of the films A Romance of Evil Intentions and The Evil Within II. In addition to his work with BOCA, he performs with Warkentine as a member of the band LN & Allies of WWIII.

When not providing musical support for BOCA, Gino Martez is the guitarist for one of Long Beach’s most notable and experimental bands, King Kang; who recently released their debut EP ‘Summer of Fire.’

Psyolinist Tallulah Kidd is easily recognizable around Long Beach for her blue electric violin, and well respected for her talent as a psychedelic improvisationist. On Saturday Kidd will be masterfully playing all of the ethereal and spooky violin accompaniments for the score.

And last, but certainly not least, are the contributions of another original member of BOCA, George Madrid. Madrid is a longtime Long Beach musician who was classically trained at CSULB before playing bass and guitar of the bands No Hablo, MARKER, and Bootlegs of the Untitled Band. Madrid will again be playing bass and pedal steel guitar for this Saturday’s show.  

The event is a fundraiser for the historic Sunnyside Cemetery and Frida Cinema, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In addition to bringing a picnic, low back chairs, and your neck, please consider making a tax deductible contribution to these organizations to help them to continue providing quality entertainment and creative projects for the wealth of musical talent in Long Beach. 
Sunnyside Cemetery is located at 1095 East Willow Street. 
Tickets for the event can be purchased here:

To learn more about The Frida Cinema please visit their website

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Jewell Faamaligi

Jewell Faamaligi is an arts and culture activist affiliated with several nonprofit organizations in Long Beach. She also serves as the Downtown Council Area Representative for the Long Beach Music Council.

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