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Fire Music: The Story of Free Jazz

Sat, Oct 16 / 7pm
Sun, Oct 17 / 6:45pm
Tue, Oct 19 / 9:15pm
Fri, oct 22 / 7 pm
Directed by Tom Surgal
2018, USA, 88 min

Although the free jazz movement of the 1960s and ‘70s was much maligned in some jazz circles, its pioneers – brilliant talents like Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and John Coltrane – are today acknowledged as central to the evolution of jazz as America’s most innovative art form. Fire Music showcases the architects of a movement whose radical brand of improvisation pushed harmonic and rhythmic boundaries, and produced landmark albums like Coleman’s Free Jazz: A Collective Inspiration and Coltrane’s Ascension. A rich trove of archival footage conjures the 1960s jazz scene along with incisive reflections by critic Gary Giddins and a number of the movement’s key players.

Presented in partnership with send+receive: a festival of sound.

Reviews

As a fan of improvisational music myself, the 88 minutes of this movie constituted a too-short heaven on earth. I'd binge on an expanded series, honestly.
– Glenn Kenny, New York Times
It's a no-brainer for anybody who listens to experimental music. But the film's success isn't just about content; it's about how this challenging music is translated to a visual medium.
– Pat Padua, Spectrum Culture
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