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Saturday, May 29 • 2:05pm - 3:45pm
In My Mind

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IN MY MIND is high-energy performance-based nonfiction telling the story of rising jazz pianist Jason Moran's 50th Anniversary tribute to Thelonious Monk's historic 1959 Town Hall concert in New York City. Lending its title to the documentary, Moran's concert was commissioned due to the unearthing of photographer and audiophile Eugene Smith's recordings from wiring his building for sound in the fifties and sixties to document the 'Jazz Loft.' Monk is brought back to life through his own voice.Staying true to Monk's ingenuity, Moran makes his own rules - combining improvisation, collaboration, performance art, multimedia, and history to reinvent a legendary show and uphold the integrity of the music. The film does the same, using Moran's performance as the bass-line to a jazz story spanning fifty years. Eschewing simplification, the stellar performance is infused with interviews from each player, exhibiting in detail the rarely exposed process of artistic and musical collaboration, and tackling what makes playing Monk's music so daunting, fun, and momentous. Moran invades the audience with jazz by taking it off the stage and into the lobby in his encore; the film brings viewers intimately on stage and into the spaces and minds of the performers.Featuring Moran and the Big Bandwagon, collaborating visual artists Glenn Ligon and David Dempewolf, Monk's original french horn player Robert 'Brother Ah' Northern, and Eugene Smith's archives, IN MY MIND reveals the layered personalities of music and artists from two of the finest jazz shows, half a century apart.

Saturday May 29, 2010 2:05pm - 3:45pm

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