Come see magic at work Friday night, at 8:00 pm, in Royce Hall, as Dengue Fever’s  eclectic mix of  Cambodian pop rhythms and rock beats serve as delightful accompaniment to the onscreen action of The Lost World.  The silent film classic is based on Sir Conan Arthur Doyle’s 1912 novel of the same name, in which a group of Londoners takes a trip to South America and discovers in the heart of the Amazon dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts. UCLA student tickets cost $15 and space is running out fast! Attendees will also have a chance to meet the band in an after-party held in the Royce Hall West Lobby immediately after the two hour show.

What is rather enchanting about this dual film-music experience is the unique group set up of its host band. Dengue Fever’s lead singer is Cambodian Chhom Nimol, while five Americans accompany her with bass, drums, guitar, brass, and the Farsifa organ, among them the creators of the band, brothers Ethan and Zac Holtzman. And what this cross cultural fusion creates is a very spirited, soulful music, which the group has been creating since its inception in 2001.

Below is a clip of just one of their many performances, entitled “Woman in the Shoes.”

As for the film, its roaming dinosaurs do well to transform on the screen Sir Arthur Doyle’s imaginative leaps as a writer. The Lost World’s pioneering of stop motion special effects would later prove invaluable for the production of the original King Kong of 1933. Directed by Harry O. Hoyt and featuring Wallace Beery as Professor Challenger, the explorer whose claim that living dinosaurs exist in South America is only ridiculed until it proves to be true, the film is sure to delight even the audiences of this day and age. And during Friday’s show, I would imagine that the grandeur of the film’s prehistoric creatures are swallowed not in silence, but amplified all the more by Dengue Fever’s playful, multi-layered music.

Visit the UCLA LIVE website for more information about tickets and the upcoming show!

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