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Time, No Changes: Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet

In production – Available for coproduction

Selected at the IMZ Pitching Session at Avant Première 2022
Pre-selected at the Sunny Side of the Doc & the PiXii Festival

In 1962, Miles Davis was one of the major forces in music worldwide, and his artistic influence extended far beyond jazz. In 1964, he found four dynamic and up-and-coming musicians: Wayne Shorter on saxophone, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums. Subsequently, all four went on to become musical icons.

This group of younger musicians, orbiting one of the greatest artists of all time, pushed the boundaries of improvised music, and the group came to be known as Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet. Fifty years later, their experimental approach to music is unmatched and may be the most influential force in jazz today.

The documentary focuses on the Quintet’s musical landmarks and unfolds the inspired magic that made it all happen. It is a deep dive into the recordings, live performances, band dynamic, and how it all came to an end in 1968. The film features three of the surviving members — Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Ron Carter — along with other musicians the band has influenced.

This is the story of Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet.

Genre: Jazz
Director: Christian D. Bruun
Duration: 75′
Format: HD, 4K

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Iannis Xenakis

 

Discovering the life and work of Iannis Xenakis, a musical pioneer of the 20th century, who was at the same time a composer, architect and engineer. This film was made on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the composer’s death. How is the work received today? What does it have to tell us?

 

 

Extracts from the works

Persephasa
Jonchaies
1977 – Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Direction: Arturo Tamayo

Nuits
Synaphaï
1977 – Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Piano: Hiroaki Ooï
Conductor: Aturo Tamayo

Zyhos
Dmaathen
Nomos Alpha
Mikka’s
Okho
Pleiades
in rehearsal at the CNSMD of Lyon

Herma
recorded at the Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris
Stephanos Thomopoulos
Metastaesis A
in rehearsal
National Orchestra of Lille / Nord-Pas de Calais Region
Conducted by Arturo Tamayo

Rebonds
Polla ta dina
in rehearsal Festival Radio France Montpellier
Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra of Istanbul
Conducted by Gürer Aykal

Genre: Documentary contemporary music
Director: Martin Fraudreau
Duration: 52′
Format: HD, 4K

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Songs: Ensemble Correspondances

 

Like a beautiful anthology, these songs trace the art of singing well in the English manner, where France and its delicacy are never far away, where Italian extravagance is envied and imitated. From the great tales of William Lawes to the seductive melodies of John Blow, it is the whole English sound universe that is shaped before our eyes and that will build over the years the inspiration of the young Henry Purcell.

 

MUSIC
Go happy man – John Coperario (1570-1626)
Care-Charming sleep – Robert Johnson (1583-1633)
Suite n°1 – Consort for four parts – Matthew Locke (1621-1677)
Give me my lute – John Banister (1624-1679)
Whiles I this standing lake – William Lawes (1602-1645)
O precious time – Martin Peerson (1571-1651)
Powerful Morpheus – William Webb (1600-1657)
No more shall meads – Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666)
Loving above himself – John Blow (1649-1708)
Amintas – John Banister
Howl not, you ghosts and furies – Robert Ramsey (1590-1644)
Miserere mei, Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Excerpt from the Epilogue : “Sing sing me Ye muses” John Blow

Musical direction by Sébastien Daucé
Stage direction
by Samuel Achache
Genre:
 Musical theatre play
Director: Julien Condemine
Duration: 105′
Format: HD, 4K

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Love Cantatas by Georg Friedrich Haendel

 

Music by Georg Friedrich Haendel
Musical Direction by William Christie
Les Arts Florissants orchestra

Haendel’s music, as in all his Roman cantatas, shows a young composer exploring the full extent of his means. His score flows with invention, a series of memorable arias that he would later reuse in his operas Agrippina and Rinaldo, virtuoso and brilliant writing for singers and instrumentalists, and unexpected orchestrations.

He held in high esteem the freshness of his inspiration during his Roman period: almost all his 160 secular cantatas have a love theme and were the laboratory from which he drew for the composition of his very many future works, operas and oratorios.

Genre: Opera
Director: Stéphane Lebard
Duration: 88′
Format: HD

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Jazz sous les Pommiers 2021

 

With: Franck Tortiller, Yves Rousseau, Bojan Z, Louis Winsberg, Andy Sheppard, Thomas de Pourquery, Airelle Besson, Anne Paceo, Théo Ceccaldi and Fidel Fourneyron, Manu Katché with Erik Truffaz and Sandra Nkake, Gauthier Toux & Nils Petter Molvaer

Genre: Jazz
Director: Laurent Hasse
Duration: 115′, 81′ or 97′
Format: 4K

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Jazz à la Villette 2021

 

With: Shai Maestro, Bachar-Mar Khalifé & Bojan Z, Vincent le Quang, Anthony Joseph, Neue Grafik Ensemble, Emma Jean Thackray, Louis Cole, Laurent de Wilde & Ray Lema, Thomas de Pourquery

 

 

Genre: Jazz
Director: Samuel Thiebaut
Duration: 45′
Format: HD

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