Nov 02, 2011
(Vipal Monga, 2010, USA, DigiBeta, 59 min)
Black February chronicles an unprecedented series of concerts performed in New York City by legendary jazz composer and conductor Lawrence D. ‘Butch’ Morris. Butch put on the series in February 2005 to celebrate 20 years of Conduction, his revolutionary technique for leading live improvisations. More than a simple portrait of those 28 days or a biography of an enigmatic and complex legend of the avant-garde, Black February is a film about how music is made and what it means. It’s about the struggle of artists trying to distill the purest essence of themselves into their work, and the scope of a musical theory that could redefine what it means to make music.