Friday, March 23, 2007

Library of Congress Jazz Film Series

April 2-30, 2007
Mary Pickford Theater
James Madison Building
Library of Congress

All programs are free, but seating is limited to 60 seats. Reservations may be made by phone, beginning one week before any given show. Call (202) 707-5677 during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm). Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 mins before show time, after which standbys will be admitted to unclaimed seats. Programs subject to change without notice.

Monday, April 2 (7:00 pm)
Cecil Taylor: All The Notes (2003)
directed and produced by Christopher Felver (73 mins)
This insightful portrait of the avant pianist, composer and poet Cecil Taylor finds the free-jazz firebrand playing, dancing, reciting, performing with a big band and talking about life, art, music and memories.

Monday, April 9 (7:00 pm)
Home (2005)
directed and produced by Dorothy Darr (72 mins)
Just two months before his death in 2001, drummer Billy Higgins visited saxophonist Charles Lloyd at his home where they recorded a series of duets eventually released as the two-CD set Which Way Is East. The artist and film maker Dorothy Darr rolled both audio tape and video, revealing an intimate celebration of spiritual connection between two musical giants.

Monday, April 16 (7:00 pm)
Keith Jarrett: The Art of Improvisation (2005)
directed and produced by Mike Dibb (85 mins)
Pianist Keith Jarrett discusses his creative life in music with rare clips, interviews and performances featuring his American and European Quartets, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, the Standards Trio and producer Manfred Eicher.

Monday, April 23 (7:00 pm)
Los Zafiros: Music From The Edge of Time (2004)
directed and produced by Lorenzo DeStefano (79 mins)
Music, emotion and rarely seen archival film clips from Cuban television fuel this bittersweet, award-winning tribute to the beloved vocal group Los Zafiros (The Saffires), known as the Beatles of 1960s Cuba. Thirty years after their breakup, the two surviving band members, Manuel Galbran and Miguel Cancio, reunite in Havana sharing songs, celebrations, memories and tears.

Monday, April 30 (7:00 pm)
Irene Schweizer (2005)
directed by Gita Gsell; produced by Franzika Reck (75 mins
Swiss pianist, composer Irene Schweizer has performed and recorded with many of the most important American, African and European improvisers. Since the 1980s, she's been associated with both the Feminist Improvising Group and the European Women's Improvising Group, as well as the collective trio Les Diaboliques, with Maggie Nichols and Joelle Leandre. Gita Gsell's stylized, visually stunning documentary features Schweizer talking about her work and performing with Les Diaboliques, Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, Han Bennink, Louis Moholo and others.

This screening is co-sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland.

Series curated by Larry Appelbaum
For press details or further information: lapp[at]loc[dot]gov


mark wallace said...
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mark wallace said...

I'm bummed that I'm going to miss these. That said, even when I did live in DC, I had to work late on Mondays, so even if I lived there now I'd still be missing them.