Rick Friend

Rick Friend

Pianist and Composer for Silent Film

An avid movie buff since childhood, Rick became interested in silent movies in his high school days, when, just for fun, he and his friends rented from the library a 20 minute version of Buster Keaton’s The GeneralWatching it in silence for a few minutes irked his curiosity to go over to the piano and start improvising for the film as it played. From then on, he was hooked on silent movie improv music. Serious improvisations began 20 years later at the Loyola Movie Palace in Los Angeles, California, where he accompanied international silent movies such as Faustand Madame Dubarry.

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