INTERPLAY ! BERLIN

Free Jazz & Improvisation in Film - Kunst - Konzert - Workshops

June 2 - 5, 2006

Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin

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Program


Friday, June 2


from 11 am on (Foyer)
Accreditation of Workshop-participants and Get-together
Opening of film library

6.30 pm (Foyer)
EXHIBITON: WORKS ON MUSIC
Opening of exhibition with works by Günter Christmann (photo-series, cover art-work), Gunter Hampel (oil paintings, cover art work), Helge Leiberg (paintings), Jeff Schlanger (drawings/paintings), Michael Snow (audio work), Strawalde (paintings)

8 pm (Studio)
Music + Dance
GUNTER HAMPEL`s MUSIC + DANCE COMPANY
Gunter Hampel (vib, bcl, fl) / Johannes Schleiermacher (ts, as ) / Bernd Oezsevim (dr)
Hichem / Prince Alegs (Breakdance/ Free Style)
Music and dance performance by Gunter Hampel´s company which was formed in 2001 and is gaining wide recognition ever since.

9 pm (Studio)
Film
ORNETTE COLEMAN: MADE IN AMERICA
Directed + edited by Shirley Clarke
USA 1965/85, 80 min., 35 mm, OF
"A film for those who believe in dreams" (Shirley Clarke). 20 years in the making, film footage from two decades of performances, stills, abstract and surrealist video-imagery are combined with interviews with Coleman, his friends and admirers, as well as the sights and sounds of New York and Coleman´s native Fort Worth.

10.30 pm (Studio)
FILM MUSIQUE IMAGINAIRE

Wolfgang Fuchs (cbcl, bcl, ssi) / Barre Phillips (b)
Peter Klinkenberg (sound effects)
An imaginary film music will be created by this exceptional trio of sound sculptors which performs for the first time in this line-up.


Saturday, June 3


11 am (Studio)
Filmmatinee
SMITH, JAMES O. - ORGANIST USA (Teil I + II)
Film by Klaus Wildenhahn
Germany 1965, 97 min., 16mm
Documentary film in two parts about jazz-organist Jimmy Smith, shot during a tour of the Jimmy Smith trio through Europe and the USA. A classic among German music documentaries.
The director will be present for Q/A.

2 pm (Studio)
THELONIOUS MONK: STRAIGHT NO CHASER
Film by Charlotte Zwerin
W/ archive-material by Christian Blackwood
Music: Thelonious Monk feat. Charlie Rouse (ts), Johnny Griffin (ts), Phil Woods (as), Larry Gales (b), Ben Riley (dr), u.a.
USA 1988, 35 mm, b/w and color, 89 min.
This documentary about the late jazz great Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) uses footage taken from 14 hours of European concert performances filmed in 1967 by Berlin-born filmmaker Christian Blackwood. It took director Charlotte Zwerin another twenty years to complete the film with additional material in its present form.

4 pm (Clubraum)
Film
ESCALATOR OVER THE HILL
Film by Steve Gebhardt
Music: Carla Bley, feat. Jeane Lee, Sheila Jordan, Charly Haden, Don Cherry, Gato Barbieri, John McLaughlin u.v.a.
USA 1970/1999, 83 min., DVD, OV
German première
When it was released in 1971, Carla Bley´s monumental jazz opera with lyrics by poet Paul Haines was hailed as a masterpiece. Filmmaker Steve Gebhardt captured the live performances in 1970-71. The film, premiered in 1999, is an unprecedented opportunity to see how this complex recording was assembled.

6 pm (Studio)
Concert
PIANO-SOLO-CONCERT
Solo-concert by pioneering pianist Irène Schweizer whose birthday we celebrate on June 2.

7.30 pm (Studio)
Film
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER
Film by Gitta Gsell
Music: Irène Schweizer feat. Joëlle Léandre, Maggie Nicols, Co Streiff, La Lupa, Pierre Favre, Louis Moholo, Hamid Drake, Fred Anderson, Han Bennink u.v.a.
Switzerland 2005, 75 min., Beta SP, OV w/ German ST
German première
In her film, Gitta Gsell gets some rare one-to-one time with the internationally renowned Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer, whose music has roots in Jazz and improvised music. The film gives a fascinating insight into the life of a great artist, rushed between foreign tour dates and rehearsals, between inspiration and creation.
The director and pianist Irène Schweizer will be present for Q/A.


9.30 pm(Studio)
Interaction between Film, Music and Dance
INTERLINEAR LINGOO
Films/concept: Günter Christmann
Projection: Elke Schipper
Günter Christmann (cello, tb), Wolfgang Fuchs (bcl), Barre Phillips (b), Michael Griener (dr), Florian Bilbao (dance)
Experimental films by Günter Christmann conceived for live music and dance. The exchange and transformation of gestures and sounds, the back and forth between music, movement and projection, create a free floating balance of illusion and reality.
Films (among others): "all along the line" (1992), "la mémoire et la main" (1985), "explico" (1984), "cellophan" (1982).
"Christmann`s work is like the idea of jazz and life: it is humane, sensual and political " (Michael Rieth).

11 pm (Studio)
Film
FEMMES DU JAZZ / WOMEN IN JAZZ
Film by Gilles Corre
Format: Beta SP
German première
Music: Susie Ibarra (dr, perc), Ellen Christi (voc), Akua Dixon-Turre (cello), Myra Melford (p), Myia Masaoka (koto), Ingrid Jensen (tp), Maria Schneider (comp), Marilyn Crispell (p), Jane Ira Bloom (sax), Jeanne Lee (voc) and others
A stunning film portrait about twenty female musicians shown in concerts, rehearsals, music classes, recording studios or at their home, mostly in New York City.
The director will be present for Q/A.


Whit Sunday, June 4


11.00 am (Studio)
Filmmatinee
KONZERT IM FREIEN
Film by Jürgen Böttcher
Music: Günter ´Baby´ Sommer, Dietmar Diesner
Germany 2001, 88 min., 35 mm
Centered on historical ground in Berlin, the monument Marx-Engels-Forum was erected in the 80´s by the GDR and is a hotspot for tourists today. In his experimental documentary film director Jürgen Böttcher combines his footage from 1981-86 with new material presenting drummer and percussionist Günter ´Baby´ Sommer and saxophone-actor Dietmar Diesner. Like Böttcher both are former residents of the GDR.
The director will be present for Q/A.


6 pm (Studio)

Multimedia Performance
PDQ^D
Petra Dolleman (live images)
Peter van Bergen (live music)
Prepared visuals (photos, drawings, animation, video) and live images created by Petra Dolleman interplaying with acoustic and electronical sounds created by Peter van Bergen.
"I combine prepared sources with live images, drawing, video and picture, with the possibility to mix them together. Old and new techniques are both fascinating to me.
Last winter we decided to start a duo, developing a live performance with our own images and sounds, looking for the essentials in between" (Petra Dolleman).

8 pm (Studio)
Multimedia Performance
GOKAN
Helge Leiberg (Overheadprojektion, Noisepainting)
Lothar Fiedler (g, e-g, live electr), Dietmar Diesner (ss)
Fine Kwiatkowski (dance)
GOKAN has been founded by painter Helge Leiberg, guitarist Lothar Fiedler, saxophone-actor Dietmar Diesner and dancer Noriko Wada who invented the name meaning ´the senses´. Since 1995 dancer Fine Kwiatkowski is a steady member of the group.
Together they create an improvised art performance by mixing live painting with sounds and movement.

10.00 pm (Studio)
Film
NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL
Film by Michael Snow
Music: Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock, Sonny Murray
USA 1964, 34 min., 16 mm
"Conceived, shot and edited by myself in 1964. I selected the group of musicians, one of the greatest ´jazz´ groups ever. The music used on the soundtrack was recorded prior to the shooting.
The film contains illusions of distances, durations, degrees, divisions of antipathies, polarities, likenesses, complements, desires. Acceleration of absence to presence. Simultaneous silence and sound, one and all" (Michael Snow).

MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER
Film by Kasper Collin
Music: Albert Ayler
w/ Donald Ayler, Sunny Murray, Gary Peacock, Mary Parks
Sweden 2005, 79 min., Beta SP
German première
The film is a collage of archive material, rare concert recordings and interviews with Albert Ayler´s father, his brother Don Ayler and his closest collegues. Ayler´s own voice runs through the whole film. He was found dead in the East River, New York, 1970, just 34 years old. The film was made in his hometown Cleveland and in New York, Chicago, London, Stockholm and Arvidsjaur between 1988 and 2004.
The director will be present for Q/A.


Whit Monday, June 5


11.00 am (Studio)
Filmmatinee
DAYBREAK EXPRESS
Film by DA Pennebaker
Music: Duke Ellington Orchestra
USA 1953, 5 min., 16 mm
"I wanted to make a film about this filthy, noisy train and it´s packed-in passengers that would look beautiful, like the New York City paintings of John Sloan, and I wanted it to go with one of my Duke Ellington records, ´Daybreak Express´ (DA Pennebaker).
A music-classic of great charm.


RISING TONES CROSS
Film by Ebba Jahn
Music: Charles Gayle, Peter Kowald, John Betsch, Marilyn Crispell, Ellen Christi, Jeanne Lee, Irène Schweizer, Rüdiger Carl, Roy Campbell, Maria Mitchell (dance), Don Cherry and Sound Unity Orchestra, Billy Bang´s Forbidden Planet, William + Patricia Parker Ensemble, Charles Tyler Quintet, Jemeel Moondoc Sextet, , John Zorn, Peter Brötzmann Ensemble
Germany/USA 1985, 16 mm, 119 min.
A documentary composition of new jazz, New York as the city that generates it, and the
musicians playing it. The thoughts of saxophonist Charles Gayle and bassists William Parker and Peter Kowald accompany the film.
20 years after its first release, RISING TONES CROSS has become a valuable historical document for some and a nostalgia piece for others - a cult film.

6 pm (Clubraum)
Filmrarities
DON CHERRY
Film by Steina + Woody Vasulka
USA 1970, b/w, 20 min.
This rare film by video-pioneers Steina + Woody Vasulka, co-founders also of the legendary New Yorker performance-theatre ´The Kitchen´, is a document of Don Cherry performing by himself outside in New York City, on the roof of a building, playing his cornet to the buildings and the streets below, and on the street where his playing mixes with the sounds of traffic.

AMBITUS. CECIL TAYLOR À PARIS
Film by Luc Ferrari und Gérard Patris
France 1968, 45 min., Beta SP, original version w/ French ST
An invaluable document and since long a cult film, produced by Pierre Schaeffer and Luc Ferrari in collaboration with Gérard Patris for the TV-Series ´Les Grandes Répétitions´ portraying Messiaen, Varèse, Stockhausen, Scherchen and: Cecil Taylor.
The piano genius talks about his musical concepts and the importance of improvisation.

CECIL TAYLOR: ALL THE NOTES
Film by Christopher Felver
USA 2004, 72 min., DVD, original version
Christopher Felver managed to capture, in breezy fashion, key essences of one of the true giants of post-war music, a man whose playing Glenn Gould once described as ´the most formidable pianism my ears have heard: This is the great divine of American piano playing´.

8.30 pm (Studio)
Music + Dance
NEW MUSIC + DANCE FROM NEW YORK
Roy Campbell (tp, fl), Peter Giron (b), John Betsch (dr), Maria Mitchell (Tanz)
A performance by trumpeter and flutist Roy Campbell, dancer Maria Mitchell, bassist Peter Giron and drummer John Betsch, witnessed and documented by painter Jeff Schlanger.

10 pm (Studio)
Presentation of the Workshops and grand finale.

11.30 Uhr (Studio)
Film
IMAGINE THE SOUND
Film by Ron Mann
Music: Paul Bley, Bill Dixon, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor
Canada 1981, 90 min., 16 mm
In his first feature Toronto filmmaker Ron Mann brings together mind expanding interviews and singular dramatic performances the prime innovators of the once-controversial free jazz movement of the 60´s. IMAGINE THE SOUND is an important chapter in the history of jazz documentary "and maybe the best documentary on free jazz that we have" (J. Rothenbaum).

Concept + Realization:

Helma Schleif
FMP FREE MUSIC PRODUCTION Distribution & Communication
Ebba Jahn
FilmPals



Admission fees:

Workshop 1: Workshop on Improvisation w/ Roy Campbell € 65
Workshop 2: Big Band Workshop w/ Gunter Hampel € 65
Workshop 3: Jazz On Film w/ Ebba Jahn € 65
Workshop 4: Making Music For Movies w/ Barre Phillips € 25
Workshop 5: Double Bass Master-Class w/ Barre Phillips € 40
Workshop 6: Dance-Workshop w/ Maria Mitchell € 25
Workshop 7: Drawing-Workshop w/Jeff Schlanger € 25
   
Festival-Pass (all concerts and films): € 75
Festival-Pass (reduced for workshop-participants and students): € 59
   
Single day ticket (06/2 and 06/5): € 18
Single day ticket (06/3 and 06/4) € 23
Per concert € 11
Per film € 5
   
Clubroom-Screening
(admission free for festival-pass owners and workshop-participants)
€ 2

Registration for Workshops via Fax or letter

Registration for Workshops via E-Mail

Ticketreservation via E-Mail oder Fax: 030 - 324 94 31


Infos/Contact/Ticketreservation/Workshop enlistment:

fmp.distribution@t-online.de or interplay@berlin.de
Tel. +49 30 323 75 26 / Fax +49 30 324 94 31
FMP FREE MUSIC PRODUCTION Distribution & Communication
Markgraf-Albrecht-Str. 14, 10711 Berlin

Ticket Sale:
Akademie der Künste

Festival Venue:
Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin
Germany
Tel. +49 30 20057-2000

Public transport:
U-Bahn Hansaplatz
S-Bahn Bellevue

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Embassy of Sweden

The New York State
Council on the Arts

Embassy of the
United States of America

City of Zurich

Reck Filmproduktion

Vega Film

Berufsverband Bildender Künstler Berlins e.V.

Stiftung Stadtmuseum
Berlin

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Thanks to Michael Snow