William Parker & Jeff Schlanger
CHILE•NEW YORK•AfghanIRAQ (34:00) is a visual-sonic meditation on his Wall of 400 Faces. Portions of this massive work were first presented on 42nd Street, NYC during the month of May 1980 with accompanying sound environment created by saxophonist Julius Hemphill and percussionist Warren Smith. Sections of it have since been installed in more than forty public spaces across the U.S., and the entire work is now on permament installation on the outside walls & grounds of Schlanger's studio in New Rochelle, NY. This first DVD chapter combines video capture of the entire work, in multiple seasons, interwoven with music created live with the installation over the years.
SPEAK in CLAY: Jeff Schlanger Interview by William Parker (28:00)
FIRE of COMPASSION: William Parker Interview (30:00)
BLUE VICTOR: William Parker 3-Part Bass Solo (25:00)
A stunning solo bass performance with exemplary audio-visual capture.
Videographer/editor: Michael Lucio Sternbach
Packaged in 6-panel full-color fold-out DVD "digipak" style-case
Review in the NYC Jazz Record June 2014 issue, page 41
William Parker/Jeff Schlanger (Witnessimo)
by John Sharpe
DVD Live at CUE Art Foundation
William Parker, Oluyemi Thomas, Lisa Sokolov & Joe McPhee
View it on YouTube
SPIRITWORLD review CADENCE 2007 OCT-NOV-DEC
SPIRITWORLD features a 74 minute musical performance within an installation of paintings and sculptures by Jeff Schlanger.
Also included is a 30 minute documentary about his musicWitness® Project and a 7 minute sequenced picture gallery.
Jeff Schlanger is a familiar sight to anyone attending free improvisation concerts in New York City. In the front row
at such venues as The Stone, Tonic and during 11 annual Vision Festivals, with brushes and pens in both hands, he creates vibrant, colorful depictions of what has been called “ecstatic jazz,” finishing his portraits of groups of musicians inside their music
as the last notes are ringing in the air.
As he says in the Genesis & Testimony documentary on SPIRITWORLD, his approach is to work “as if attempting to embody
the whole experience of being in a dynamically-created musical event.” The DVD also presents a beautiful concert in its entirety, featuring bassist William Parker, vocalist Lisa Sokolov and horn players Oluyemi Thomas and Joe McPhee during an exhibition
of Schlanger’s “music Witness®” work at CUE Art Foundation in Chelsea. Schlanger is shown, like the musicians,
creating in real time.
Frank Rubolino, writing for the online music magazine One Final Note, said:
Jeff Schlanger … breathes sustaining visual life into fleeting musical moments in an attempt to refute through his own medium Eric Dolphy's statement that after hearing live music, "It's gone in the air. You can never capture it again.” He produces lasting documentation of the unique kinetic energy that surrounds each performance by transfixing the music's image into a spectrum of vibrant colors. His motivation is a deeply felt love for the music, and an equally strong love for painting and sculpture.
Spiritworld DVD documents the spirit of Jeff Schlanger, as he has so often done with the best of today’s jazz musicians.
These DVD's are available at AUMfidelity.com
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