Jazz Soup - Ein Film über "The Dorf" (music documentary in German with English subtitles)

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A fascinating band portrait in classic black and white (see below for further English description)

Den Filmtitel „Jazz Soup“ darf man ruhig wörtlich nehmen. Denn jedes Mal, bevor der Münsteraner Saxofonist, Komponist und Bandleader Jan Klare zum monatlichen Gastspiel seines rund 30-köpfigen Orchesters The Dorf im Dortmunder Domicil aufbricht, kocht seine Frau Margo zuhause eine Suppe, die die Musiker später vor dem Auftritt löffeln. Der Film begleitet gleichsam als „Road Movie“ die Fahrt der Suppe von Münster nach Dortmund – eine thematische Klammer also, auch um das Besondere und Einmalige des Orchesterexperiments The Dorf darzustellen. 2006 rief Klare The Dorf ins Leben. Seitdem treffen sich die Musiker einmal im Monat im Domicil für eine „öffentliche“ Probe. Bei den Konzerten von The Dorf geht es nicht nur um das musikalische Ergebnis. Vielmehr sollen Kommunikationsprozesse vorgestellt werden, ad hoc und aus dem Stegreif von den Instrumentalisten um Klare auf die Bühne gebracht. Denn The Dorf steht sinnbildlich für eine gewachsene Gemeinschaft, aus der einzelne Stimmen hervorstechen, ohne dass der Blick für das Ganze verloren geht. Vor allem aber sind die Konzerte dieser Band druckvoll, dynamisch und laut. Von all dem erzählt die von Jorgos Katsimitsoulias gedrehte und von Ilias Ntais produzierte Filmdoku „Jazz Soup – Ein Film über The Dorf“.

Trailer: youtu.be/9NPxP9bMBLc

Director Jorgos Katsimitsoulias' debut feature-length documentary is an intimate portrait in classic black and white of a band that is located somewhere between social sculpture and heart and mind opening sound battalion. The title "Jazz Soup" can be taken very literally here, as every time bandleader and composer Jan Klare heads from home to Dortmund's domicil for his orchestra's monthly club date there he lugs a huge pot of home-cooked soup along with him, food that will later serve as sustenance for the musicians of The Dorf after their rehearsal and before their concert together. With a wink and nod to the road movie genre, the documentary follows the soup's course from Münster to Dortmund, providing a thematic motif that sums up the special and singular nature of the band. Klare founded The Dorf in 2006. Since then, the collective's members have met once a month for a sort of public rehearsal, experimenting and in effect workshopping an ever increasing number of Klare's compositions. The ensemble is focused on more than just getting musical results: much more than that their work is about presenting communication processes, developing swarm intelligence together and finding the most effective or daring or selfless way to contribute on the spot. For, in the end, The Dorf represents a strong-knit community that has grown together over time, one from which individual voices can emerge and express themselves without diminishing the dedication to a collective vision. The live performances of this unique band are above all massive, dynamic, loud and moving, as the film's concert scenes attest. "Jazz Soup – A Film about The Dorf“, directed by Jorgos Katsimitsoulias, produced by Ilias Ntais, and packaged lovingly in a silk-screened sleeve, succeeds marvelously in translating all of this to screens both big and small.

"Jazz Soup" was featured at the 2014 edition of the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival and has been screened at a number of independent cinemas across Germany.

Available in German with English subtitles.

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