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Directed by Jørgen Leth & Andreas Koefoed
What does it mean to be a musician? The stars of Music for Black Pigeons can’t answer that question –with words, anyway. They respond instead by making music – in the studio, with the camera rolling.

Filmmakers Jørgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed followed the Danish guitarist and composer Jakob Bro in his musical encounters with heroes of contemporary jazz such as Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano and Midori Takada.

The unspoken, but plainly visible joy and admiration they express when greeting each other says everything they can’t put into words. And when the sounds of their instruments fill the room, something magical happens – something the mus
icians themselves find it difficult to explain. Moving along calmly, the film, like Bro’s compositions, is an invitation to reflect. What is clear throughout is that the love of music is universal, and differences in nationality, gender, color and age are of no concern.

"A compelling window into what it means to live a life totally devoted to music."
- Yasmine Shemesh, The Georgia Straight

"Illuminating, revelatory...intimate camerawork, inventive in its use of available light, reactive in its continual focus adjustments, mirrors the improvisational quality of the music."
- Lee Marshall, Screen International
Directed by Jørgen Leth & Andreas Koefoed
92 minutes | color | In English, Danish & Japanese | 2022

Jakob Bro, Lee Konitz, Thomas Morgan, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Mark Turner, Joe Lovano, Andrew Cyrille, Palle Mikkelborg, Jon Christensen, Manfred Eicher & Midori Takada

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