DJ Spooky & Matthew Shipp Trio: Freedom Now

DJ Spooky / Matthew Shipp Trio

DJ Spooky and Matthew Shipp represent the quintessence of contemporary New York sound. Their music is both sophisticated and untamed, a subtle blend of free jazz and hip hop. Their concerts exude an urban energy and tension that springs directly from street music, but with an element of historic, cultural and social conscience added in. What you hear and see during their concerts reflects the New York of today – a diverse megalopolis and cultural avant-garde of a traumatized America. A radical yet simple shooting method captures this bold energy: four hand-held cameras on stage with an interior, embedded point of view, caught up in a whirlwind of rhythms and hyper jump-cut editing that saturates the senses. A rather demanding musical and visual adventure that does a good job of rendering the tensions present in an America that – at the time of the film was shot – hadn’t yet attempted to revive its dream.

Bonus: interviews with DJ Spooky and Matthew Shipp.

DVD-R-Video — Surround (LH 010)

  • Label: La Huit Production
  • LH 010 / 2009
  • UCC 3760123561235
  • Total duration: 55:00
  • DVD case
  • 192 mm × 135 mm × 15 mm
  • 245 g