Silent Film



Through film scores and song form, Anne Watts and Boister explore themes of birth, death, transcendence, love, play, and war.


The band hails from Baltimore, a city that has spawned a host of musical characters: from Cab Calloway and Billie Holiday to Frank Zappa, Philip Glass and David Byrne. Boister has won accolades for playing music that, as producer Jim Dickinson put it, “makes Tom Waits sound like a sissy.” Baltimore’s City Paper described the group as “devastating [and] refreshingly radical,” and awarded Watts Best Pop Composer in 2014.


The band’s film scores for classics by D.W. Griffith and Buster Keaton have been hailed by film critics Roger Ebert, Michael Sragow, and The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday.  Commissions have included the Virginia Film Festival (Keaton’s Seven Chances); the Walters Art Museum (Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr.); The Maryland Institute College of Art (Griffith’s Intolerance); the Maryland Film Festival (Love, starring Greta Garbo); and Evergreen House at Johns Hopkins University,
in conjunction with the Creative Alliance at the Patterson Theater (Keaton’s Our Hospitality).


Boister has been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition” (“Music From Madness”),
in an interview that focused on the unlikely sources of inspiration for Watts’ eccentric songwriting style.


Across the Atlantic, Boister can be heard on the airwaves from Ulster to Macedonia.


Jim Dickinson on Boister


Warren Boes

Craig Considine

John Dierker

Jim Hannah

Lyle Kissack

Chas Marsh

Anne Watts

Glenn Workman



bass clarinet







Past shows

american visionary art museum, baltimore, md•magpie studio, baltimore, md•the kitchen, new york city•an die musik, baltimore, md • artisphere, arlington, va • the world cafe, philadelphia • the nxne festival, toronto • the virginia film festival • the millennium stage at the kennedy center, washington, dc • the philadelphia museum of art • the maryland film festival • the ottobar, baltimore • tall trees concert series, towson, md • 1919, fell’s point, baltimore, md • wild bill’s, memphis, tn • meyer auditorium, freer/sackler galleries, smithsonian • covenant college, lookout mountain, ga • the john michael kohler arts center, wi • the rock & roll hotel, washington, dc • the avalon theater, easton, md • the prince theater, chestertown, md • the baltimore museum of art • the charles theater, baltimore, md • the creative alliance at the patterson, baltimore, md • the walters art museum, baltimore, md • the contemporary, baltimore, md • afi silver, silver spring, md • baird auditorium at the smithsonian, washington, dc • falvey hall, brown center, maryland institute college of art • clarice smith performing arts center, university of maryland • hoff theater, university of maryland • inscape theater, stevenson university, stevenson, md • the crocodile club, tokyo