Films, talks & events
All That Jazz
9 September — 2 October 2022
Jazz greats like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon and Ornette Coleman have all made music for a film at one time or another. As musicians, they have contributed to works by idiosyncratic directors such as Louis Malle, Bertrand Tavernier and David Cronenberg.
All That Jazz: a scintillating programme on jazz and film featuring classics, live performances and a focus on exceptional avant-garde and activist filmmakers with a passion for jazz. From Miles Davis to Vincent de Boer, from Sun Ra to Ornette Coleman.
In All That Jazz, we get to see and hear what jazz musicians have meant to both early and contemporary films, whether as composers or performers of a live score. Examples include films such as Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Louis Malle, 1958), David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch (1991) or Whiplash (2014) by Damien Chazelle.
In addition to the screening of fifteen ‘jazz films’ in which we hear jazz as exciting, atypical film music, All That Jazz presents live performances of new jazz scores for silent films. Attention is also devoted to jazz musicians’ involvement in short films by avant-garde filmmakers such as Johan van der Keuken, Vincent de Boer, Len Lye and Lambart & McLaren.
Another exceptional element is the programming surrounding New York avant-garde filmmaker Shirley Clarke, who from the 1960s made films strongly influenced by jazz, such as The Connection (1961). We also devote special attention to Larry Clark, one of the leading lights of the L.A. Rebellion – a film movement made up of young Black filmmakers aiming to create a New Black Cinema. Larry Clark may well have made the ultimate jazz film in Passing Through (1977).
The opening night is on Friday 9 September, when London-based jazz formation Ill Considered will perform with the multimedia show Liminal Spaces: a sultry, punky jazz improvisation that will create a new audio-visual jazz artwork, live. The following weeks will bring specials including a focus on abstract animated film as a visual counterpart to free jazz improvisation (including work by the likes of Len Lye and Hy Hirsh) and the psychedelic sci-fi of the Afrofuturist cult film Space Is the Place (1975, featuring Sun Ra in the lead role).
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