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Jordan Klapman is a multi-talented pianist, accompanist, bandleader, popular music lecturer, arranger, composer and music producer. He has over thirty years’ worth of experience performing multiple genres of music including jazz and swing standards, The American Popular Songbook, Broadway, Latin, R&B, Klezmer, and Jewish music of all kinds. He also regularily performs with the Wintergarten Orchestra. He is equally at home in festivals, clubs, concert halls and theatres, and has appeared throughout the Toronto area and internationally, on CBC national television and radio, and JazzFM as a guest co-host with the late Jeff Healey.
Jordan leads several of his own bands and performs and records with many award-winning jazz, cabaret, and pop musicians including Judy Marshak, Sharon Smith, Tanya Wills, Tony Quarrington, Tom Skublics, Henry Heillig, Glenn Anderson, Ted Atherton, and many others.
He has recently added silent film accompaniment to his repertoire. He is the regular pianist for the Toronto Jewish Film Society, the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Silent Revue, and the Vintage Film Festival.  He made his debut with the Silent Film Festival in 2014 and was a key member of the team of musical accompanists for the  2014 Canadian premiere of the Hitchcock 9.
Ben Model, New York City

Ben is one of America’s leading silent film accompanists, and performs on both piano and theatre organ. Ben works full-time presenting and accompanying silent films in a wide variety of venues around the USA and internationally, carrying on a tradition he learned from silent film organist Lee Erwin (1919-2000).
Over the past 30+ years Ben 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. His indie DVD label Undercrank Productions has released several discs of rare/lost silent films, including films preserved by the Library of Congress.
Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. , South Korea 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 20th season in NYC. Ben has composed film scores for both orchestra and concert band accompaniment to films by Chaplin and Keaton. These scores are performed around the U.S. every year by both professional and school ensembles.


Bill is well known in Toronto as the co-artistic director for the annual Organix Concert Festival, and as staff cathedral organist at St. Michael’s Cathedral. He has worked on hundreds of silent films here in Toronto on behalf of the Toronto Silent Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Cinematheque Ontario, Nuit Blanche,  the Toronto Film Society, and is a sought-after performer at the National Gallery, Pacific Cinematheque, and at the world’s largest silent film festival, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, in Pordenone, Italy. Bill’s busy freelance career as a soloist and choral and silent film accompanist has taken him to festivals and concert series throughout North and South America, Great Britain, and Europe, for over 30 years.

CLARK WILSON - East Liverpool, Ohio

Clark is internationally recognized as a recording artist for silent films, accompanying them on theatre organs across North America. He has performed in this fashion at the Fox Theatre in Atlantis, LA’s Disney Hall and UCLA and in New York City. Clark’s skills as a toner and finisher of theatre and classical organs are in high demand, as is his creativity and virtuosity as a performer. Clark is one of a small number of skilled touring accompanists on the theatre organ and as such has become a regular favourite for Toronto Silent Film Festival & Toronto Theatre Organ Society (TTOS) silent screenings Clark’s knowledge base extends beyond accompaniment, as his pre-screening talks on silent film are both informative and entertaining.
As one of the most prominent and recognized scorers of silent photoplays on the theatre organ in North America, Clark has researched and developed accurate and historic musical accompaniments as they were originally performed in movie palaces during the heyday of the silent film.
Heavily influenced by one of the original masters of film accompaniment, Chicago native John Muri, Clark’s style was that of utilizing fine music as a basis for developing a score. If the original score is no longer extant, a new one is prepared from the organist’s library and is transferred to a cue sheet – somewhat of a “road map” of suggested themes and notated screen actions that keep the organist fully on course and the musical style of the time remains intact. Most important of all, the film remains the focus and star of the performance.


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