A portrait of jazzdrummer and composer Sunny Murray
A film by Antoine Prum

Price : 27,50 €
(2-DVD-Set) + postage

2 DVD-9 / PAL 16:9

Running time DVD 1: 108 min.
Running time DVD 2: 182 min.
Purchase Order No. : DVD 016

Luxembourg 2008, 108 min., colour
Format: HD Video/35mm, Dolby SR
English/French/German, w/ engl. ST

Production: Paul Thiltges, PTD Luxembourg
Co-Production: La Bascule, Frankreich
supported by Film Fund Luxemburg

A film by Antoine Prum

Photography: Camille Cottagnoud, Carlo Thiel
Sound: Gilles Laurent, Alex Davidson


ALGER ´69 (16 min., a film by Théo Robichet
Interview Sunny Murray (80 min., English)
Interview Daniel Caux (37 min., French, w/ engl. ST)
Interview Robert Wyatt (39 min, English)

Shot on location in London, Paris, New York, Philadelphia and Dudelange.
Featuring (among many others) the Sunny Murray Trio with Tony Bevan (bs) and John Edwards (b).

Among the interview partners for SUNNY`S TIME NOW are Tony Bevan (ts, bs), Bobby Few (p), Fritz Novotny (cl, fl, oboe, ss), Grachan Moncur III (tb, b), Tony Oxley (dr), William Parker (b), Cecil Taylor (p), François Tusques (p), Jacques Bisceglia (jazz-photographer), Daniel Caux (musicologist, journalist, homme de radio and festival organiser; † 12 July 2008), Tony Herrington (editor-in-chief and publisher of The Wire Magazine), Ekkehard Jost (musicologist, writer and saxophonist), Edwin Pouncey (music writer and cartoonist), Delfeil de Ton (writer and columnist of ´Nouvel Observateur), Val Wilmer (jazz-photographer and writer) and Robert Wyatt (dr, voice).

The documentary feature SUNNY`S TIME NOW recounts the public career of an outstanding avant-garde musician: American jazz drummer and composer Sunny Murray, one of Free Jazz´s most influential figures in the 1960s and 70s. More than just a historical approach, the film depicts Murray´s current agenda by following him on his gigs while showing the daily struggle to perpetuate a musical genre that is to a certain extent still ignored by the public at large.
By interviewing a number of important figures of the so-called ´New Thing´ scene who, at one time or another, have crossed Murray´s path from the beginning of the 1960s to this day, the documentary follows the changing symbiotic relationship between the libertarian music movement and the political events of an era when social claims found a particularly creative echo in the realm of music.
With libertarian ideas wearing out and quieting down in the following decades, the most radical forms of musical expression were soon to disappear from the spotlight. But while the rock scene was quick to adopt a more pragmatic stance to suit its financial interests, the New Thing diehards ultimately found themselves excluded from the big production and distribution networks.
In its attempt to capture the main protagonist´s life and career, the film dwells on the small and near-clandestine community of unrepentant Free Jazz aficionados who go on worshipping the gods of their musical youth. Their unfaltering support has permitted this music scene - of which Sunny Murray is one of the few still active figures - to live on. (Production note)

´Quarterly Critics´ Choice ("Bestenliste") of the German Records Critics´ Award
"And when I play they know I exist, and it leaves a space when I go." (Sunny Murray)

Archive material: Copenhagen, October 1968, Tivoli Paris, March 1970, Theatre de la musique Mister Freedom (William Klein), ARTE Video Alger 69 (Théo Robichet) Concert recordings: London, November 2006, Red Rose Paris, March 2007, Atelier Tampon Paris, October 2007, Triton de Lilas Vienna, October 2007, Porgy & Bess/Alte Schmiede Dudelange, November 2007

Director Antoine Prum Born 1963 in Luxembourg, lives in Berlin. Objects, Installations, Films. Has been awarded the Prix d´Encouragement aux Jeunes Artistes in 1990 and artist- in-residence scholarships, among them by Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Since 1994 many exhibitions and art objects in Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Japan, Australia. Participant of Manifesta 2 in Luxembourg (1998), Casino Luxembourg (1999 and 2001), Magazin4, Vorarlberger Kunstverein (2004), Biennale Venice, Luxembourg Pavilion (2005). Extensive bibliography. Films: 2008 SUNNY´S TIME NOW Portrait of the legendary Free jazz drummer Sunny Murray and more generally on the filiations between American Free Jazz and contemporary European free improvised music. HALBERSTADT Essay on the ´Stendhal syndrome´ in relation to the discovery of the Halberstadt Cathedral, one of the most outstanding examples of the Gothic period architecture in Northern Germany´. STADT DER JUSTIZ A portrait of Luxembourg-born architects and urbanists Léon and Rob Krier, internationally renowned advocates of a post-modernist streak of historicist-oriented urbanism. 2005 MONDO VENEZIANO Splatter art movie for the Luxembourg Pavilion at the 51st Biennale of Venice 2004 TOUR DE FORCE Documentary on the World´s Strongest Man on tour in Russia. Visual arts projects and exhibitions: 2005 Group exhibition: PEACE gerollt - euroPART Öffentlicher Raum, Vienna Group exhibition: Art Sheffield 05 2004 VetgUrv aUI Ib torrv bru! A proposal for a film on the life and work of John W. Weilgart, the inventor of the Language of Space 2002 Hercules Goes Outback Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Western Australia Planet B Magazin4, Bregenzer Kunstverein 2001 Men of STIHL Forum d´art contemporain, Luxembourg Oh Pardon, sind Sie der Graf von Luxemburg? Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin Kein schöner Land (in collaboration with Boris Kremer) Skulpturbiennale Münsterland 2000 Drewen on Tour (in collaboration with Boris Kremer) Brandenburgische Kunsttage, Drewen Poëzie aan het Volk! Storm Centers, Watou, Belgien Wenn der Zufall zum Unfall wird / When incident becomes accident Kölnischer Kunstverein 1999 Deep Blue S.M.A.K. Extras muros, Ghent 1998 Y a-t-il un adulte dans la salle? Galerie Beaumont, Luxembourg La cour des miracles Manifesta 2, Luxembourg 1997 Verein für die Gestaltung der geistigen Lebensqualität im ländlichen Raum I.K.O.B. Ostbelgien, Eupen 1996 Les donneurs d´organes Forum d´art contemporain, Luxembourg FRAC Lorraine, Metz 1995 Ailleurs c´est toujours mieux Galerie Beaumont, Luxembourg Casus Belli Watari-Um Museum, Tokyo 1994 Are you still living with your parents? / Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken


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