Music for Black Pigeons

Andreas Koefoed, Jørgen Leth · 2023
92min · DCP
  • Saturday, Jul 20, 2024, 4:00pm
  • Sunday, Jul 21, 2024, 6:00pm

An informed and intimate portrayal of the jazz scene that offers revelatory glimpses for fans of the genre, MUSIC FOR BLACK PIGEONS strikes a universal chord in its pursuit of wider questions centered around creativity. How does it feel to play? What does it mean to listen? Is it even possible to put the emotions of music into words?

Paying tribute to the time-honored jazz tradition of simply "letting the tape roll", the filmmakers capture intimate, improvised moments between pioneers of experimental music at recording spaces in New York, Copenhagen and Lugano. Unpredictable live jams are interspersed with illuminating portraits of those participating, such as Danish guitar player and composer Jakob Bro, celebrated jazz saxophonists Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano and Mark Turner, innovative double bassist Thomas Morgan, guitarist Bill Frisell, avant-garde jazz drummers Joey Baron and Andrew Cyrille, trumpet player Palle Mikkelborg, percussionist Midori Takada, and many more.

In English and Danish & Japanese (with English subtitles).

“A compelling window into what it means to live a life totally devoted to music.” Yasmine Shemesh, The Georgia Straight

“Illuminating, revelatory… intimate camerawork, inventive in its use of available light, reactive in its continual focus adjustments, mirrors the improvisational quality of the music.” Lee Marshall, Screen International