Archive of films Soldier of the Road: A Portrait of Peter Brötzmann / Soldier of the Road: A Portrait of Peter Brötzmann

France
2011, 93 min

Section: 2012: A Musical Odyssey

Portrait of a European jazz legend, maverick saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, who shifted the American influence of free jazz towards a high-impact, vociferously energetic type of performance also appreciated by aficionados of punk, noise and style-free experiment. Brötzmann’s volcanic sound is as formidable as ever, even in the artist’s 70th year.


Synopsis

"I wanted to film the sound,” says Bernard Josse of his film portrait on saxophonist Peter Brötzmann. This German musician has been a leading figure of European jazz since his album Machine Gun (1968). Brötzmann shifted the American influence of free jazz towards a high-impact, vociferously energetic type of performance also appreciated by aficionados of punk, noise and style-free experiment. Brötzmann’s volcanic sound is as formidable as ever, even in the artist’s 70th year, when the film was made. Josse notes: "One question became central to the making of this film: how have musicians developed so much energy over the last 50 years? What sustains it? Peter is always seeking, finding, transforming [...] He is never self-satisfied, always exploring new paths. I consider him a true creator.” Various prominent artists perform and speak on camera, such as Evan Parker, Han Bennink and Ken Vandermark.

About the director

Bernard Josse (b. 1956, France) worked as a cameraman and editor on a number of documentaries directed by the likes of Dominique Dubosc, Stefan Jonot, Jean Labib, Christian Povéda, Cristian Rouaud, Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir, Jacques Sarasin and Richard Vargas. KVIFF presented his film I’ll Sing for You (Je chanterai pour toi, 2002), which he also edited, in 2004. Thirty years after meeting saxophonist, bandleader and artist Peter Brötzmann, he decided to make a film about him. The project emerged over a five-year period, completely independently, without a budget and only with the collaboration of journalist Gérard Rouy.

Contacts

Bernard Josse
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France
E-mail: info@soldieroftheroad.com

About the film

COLOR, Blu-ray

Section: 2012: A Musical Odyssey
   
Director: Bernard Josse
Dir. of Photography: Gérard Rouy
Music: Peter Brötzmann a další / and others
Producer: Bernard Josse
Cast: Peter Brötzmann, Conny Bauer, Evan Parker, Fred Van Hove, Fred Lomberg-Holm, Han Bennink, Jeb Bishop, Joe McPhee, Johannes Bauer, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love
Contact: Bernard Josse
   
www: www.soldieroftheroad.com

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