The blood of a poet
This 55 minute, solo electric guitar score accompanies the brilliant 1932 masterpiece by Jean Cocteau. Originally commissioned by the Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival, Anna has performed this score across the U.K and will continue to tour it throughout 2018-2019.
The fall of the house of usher
This avant-garde operatic-rock score accompanies the 1928 Jean Epstein take on the dark Edgar Allen Poe story. Originally commissioned by the Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival with improvisational interludes by Ithaca-based TZAR, this piece is currently being arranged as a multi-media theater production to debut on March 30-31 at the Cherry Artspace in Ithaca, NY.
Aelita, Queen of Mars (with TZAR)
Commissioned by the Cornell Cinema in and performed in March 2016, this incredible early-Soviet film (which includes a Communist uprising on Mars) is historically fascinating, and was both an incredible challenge and a joy to score.
About the scores
After more than a decade touring as an award-winning Americana songwriter, Anna Coogan found a fresh voice scoring (nearly) one-hundred-year old silent films. A trained opera singer who also studied evolutionary biology and worked as a fisheries biologist, Anna uses ambient guitar and soaring vocals to create unique and timeless pieces. Solo and together with Ithaca-based Tzar, Anna has scored The Fall of the House of Usher (1928), Aelita, Queen of Mars (1929), and The Blood of a Poet (1932). She has also provided a score for the multi-media theater project "Tess of the Storm Country" and is currently working on a new score to accompany episodes of Beatrix Fairfax (1916), a serial filmed in Ithaca, NY. Anna has performed her scores across the US, UK and Europe.
Interested in a performance or original score?
Anna is available for scoring original films,multi-media events, and silent films. If you are interested in a new or existing score for your event, please contact email@example.com
film score press
The North Wales Pioneer (UK)
The prolific US indie songstress is following up her visit to the Old Colwyn venue last October – when she showcased her fuzzy, electric wah-wah operatic rock of her new album, The Lonely Cry Of Space & Time – with a brilliant new soundtrack for the 1932 avant garde Jean Cocteau film, The Blood of a Poet, performed live.
The Ithaca Journal
By Jim Catalano
Just back from a successful European tour, local singer-songwriter Anna Coogan will debut her latest project at the Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival at 6 p.m. Friday at Cinemapolis. She’s created a 50-minute solo guitar piece for the 1932 French film “The Blood of a Poet,” which is “terrifying and exciting and I can’t wait to share,” she said.
This is Coogan’s third live soundtrack since 2015 — she did live scores for “Aelita, Queen of Mars” and “Fall of the House of Usher” in collaboration with Brian Wilson and Michael Stark. But this time she’s going it alone.
“It’s so different,” she said, noting that she opted to forgo drawing on her opera background that she utilized in the previous projects. “I decided pretty early on to do a guitar piece. Which for me is the utmost challenge because while it is becoming my primary instrument, it didn’t start as my primary instrument.
“I wouldn’t say it got easier, but I put parameters on it that made it more challenging: It’s just me and the guitar, with no vocals.
“It’s more on the ambient side. The film itself is very avant garde and for me the best way to enjoy it is to not try to make heads or tails of it, and just let it wash over you. Plotwise, there isn’t much of one — it’s more of a meditation. So I have some ambient stuff in there, trying to use a lot of sound effects. I’m always inspired by Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot and Mary Halverson — I watched a lot of their stuff, but I don’t have that jazz background, so it’s more by ear for me at this point.”
She added: “For me it’s been getting comfortable with the concept of this being a guitar piece. I’m well aware that the world is filled with amazing guitar players, and a lot of this project is the mental letting go of what other people can do with it and saying ‘This is what I can do with it.’”
For more information about the Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival, which continues through Sunday, including a full schedule of films and events, visit ithacafilmfestival.com.
Secret Meeting (UK)
Anne Coogan is an American singer-songwriter with several studio albums under her belt. Here though, she is performing a soundtrack she composed for Jean Cocteau’s 1930 debut film, Le sang d’un Poete (The Blood of a Poet). Armed with a Fender Stratocaster, a pair of Fender amps, a tambourine and an array of guitar effects pedals, she provided the atmosphere for this avant-garde masterpiece. With a powerful sense of dread, soaring yet jarring melodies and hints of French nursery rhyme Frere Jacques, Coogan was able to create an emotional backbone to Cocteau’s stunning black and white visuals. It was a truly captivating experience.
Premises: A classic and timeless retelling of the Edgar Allen Poe story of loss, pain and more in the House of Usher.Hats off to Barbier and the IIFFF crew for having this gem of performance flood the Cinemapolis with timeless storytelling on a bed of music. The entire 62 minute performance showcased great musical talent and emotion as the trio of Anna Coogan and Tzar blew away the crowd with this original score and angelic vocals by Coogan.Hats off to the fans who came out and packed the theater to experience this timeless story of macabre love and the music that brought it to life.