1. WHAT‘S THAT 53’
features trumpeter, flutist, and player of flügelhorn & small, noisy things ROY CAMPBELL. JOHN BETSCH is literally stick throwing on drums in synch with dancer MARIA MITCHELL, joined by the versatile double bassist BARRE PHILLIPS.
Maria Mitchell moves in and out of sight, gives the musicians their space, joins them when the spirit calls and takes hers, while they observe and respond to her moves. After a subtle five- part journey through lyrical jazzy improvisation, the piece culminates in a playfully spoken word encounter, which leads to the title WHAT‘S THAT.
Painting music witness in the dark of the first row is artist JEFF SCHLANGER known throughout the jazz world through his incredible live-performance paintings of which many have graced the covers of many albums. With pens and brushes in both hands he creates vibrant, colorful depictions, finishing his portraits of groups of musicians inside their music as the last notes are ringing in the air – some can be seen in this video, including his depiction of WHAT‘S THAT.
2. SPIRITWORLD 12‘
illuminates through Jeff Schlanger‘s 'testimony' his way of working and shows more of his musicWitness paintings and sculptures around his studio.
3. LA MÉMOIRE ET LA MAIN 7‘ Barre Phillips, b
CELLOPHAN 7‘ Günter Christmann on cello
GÜNTER CHRISTMANN is a free-improvising European trombonist, cellist and artist, who created several films for live performances with music and dance, which he also directs. While Günter Christmann plays the cello, his assistant Elke Schipper works two film projectors. These two short films are part of the series ‚interlinear lingoo‘, to be presented on FilmPals DVD 03 in Fall 2008.
4. BASS QUARTET 20‘ Master & class on double bass is an after-workshop performance led by Barre Phillips, joined by three bass players from Berlin: JAN RODER, BERIT JUNG, KONRAD GRÜNEBERG
Filmed at INTERPLAY ! BERLIN
Total Running Time: 100 minutes
Format: Double sided DVD -10, NTSC & PAL
Comes with the original musicWitness card 'Preach / Gayle' from 1993.
Video directed, edited, produced
by Ebba Jahn - FilmPals, Berlin/New York
log on to www.EbbaJahn.com for more info
FilmPals DVD 01: RISING TONES CROSS (1984/2005)