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Ars Nova Workshop presents the New Paths Festival: On Film

Musician

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Sunday 4/27
5:00 pm
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dir. Daniel Kraus, 2004, DVD, English, color, 76 min.

In preparation for the New Paths FestivalArs Nova Workshop is proud to present a day of documentary films at International House. These three films turn the lens on musicians, but keep the camera rolling after the performance ends. The result is three visually arresting views into the creation process of jazz and improvised music, exposing both the quotidian struggles of life as a working musician and the rich anecdotal histories of these musicians. These films are artistic endeavors in themselves, but also exist as historical documents of the development of the avant-garde over the last forty years. 


New Paths Festival has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


"A masterpiece...Among the most significant efforts of the year - or any year this decade, for that matter” (Movieline). Part of Daniel Kraus' critically-acclaimed Work series, Musician takes a cinéma vérité approach to Chicago saxophonist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Ken Vandermark's story. Among avant-garde musicians and fans, Vandermark's work ethic is the stuff of legend; he spends more time on the road than he does at home and has released over 100 albums with nearly 40 ensembles. True to the series, Musician captures the dichotomy of Vandermark's artistic practice: “Vandermark loves what he does, but because resources for the improvising musician are so limited, he can never rest” (Chicago Reader).  Forgoing interviews and voice-overs, Kraus captures what it means, at least for Vandermark, to be a working musician, allowing the audience to see the entire process, from quotidian struggles to triumphant performances.