“A gathering and a series of pieces shot through the prism of my Chicago collaborators, shedding light on our flaws and our virtues.” —Jason Moran
This documentary film follows jazz pianist/composer Jason Moran as he prepares his new multimedia project Looks of a Lot, performed at the Symphony Center in Chicago in May 2014, with Bandwagon (drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen), Chicago sculptor Theaster Gates, reedist Ken Vandermark, Katie Ernst, and the Kenwood Academy High School Jazz Band. The film offers an insider’s view of the artists’ collaboration and their process as Moran’s improvised blues compositions play off of Gates’s inventive stage sets built from salvaged materials. 2014, DCP, 61 minutes.
Presented in conjunction with the Walker’s US-exclusive performance on May 2, featuring Moran and Robert Glasper, two of today’s most influential and virtuosic contemporary jazz pianists who are changing the face of American jazz in the 21st century.