Danish percussionist Marilyn Mazur once said, “For me, music has to be open, I have to try it out. Every concert is a labyrinth for me. I take an entrance, but neither I nor any other musician knows where we will end up. This adventure, this uncertainty, must be there to keep the music alive.”
Her words represent much of what happens in jazz—and they are reflected in the films we’ve selected for the eighth edition of “Jazz’n’the Movies.” With the exception of Chico & Rita, the movies are documentaries that focus on music or a musical event. Because Canada is the guest country at this year’s jazzahead!, we were looking for works featuring Canadian artists. For example, among others, we selected the concert recordings Oscar Peterson – The Berlin Concert (D 2007) and Konitz – Portrait of the artist as a saxophonist (CDN 1987).
The series was curated by Ernst Steinhoff and Karl-Heinz Schmid. In cooperation with jazzahead! 2022, all films (except for Genius Within) will be presented on Wednesdays with an introduction.
from documentary to fiction, 67 min.