May 12, VIFF, 9:15pm | May 13, the Cinematheque, 2:45pm
Like jazz, Music for Black Pigeons doesn’t follow a linear narrative, but improvises to the rhythms of the lives of some of the genre’s most influential and prolific players, anchored by their collaborations with Danish composer Jakob Bro. Shot across a span of 14 years, the film follows them as they buy soup and do morning lunges, answering existential questions in between sessions, recordings, and performances. It honours some of the greats who are no longer with us, like drummer Paul Motian and saxophonist Lee Konitz—who, with his endearingly acerbic sense of humour, is truly the heart of the film. It’s a compelling window into what it means to live a life totally devoted to music.
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