marching band bass clarinet love!
Kinshasa the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo is no ordinary city and at first seems an unlikely place to have an orchestra of two hundred musicians playing to Beethoven Ninth –Freude schöner Götterfunken. “Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste” isthe only symphony orchestra in the Congo has been in existence for 15 yrs. Riddled often with power strikes, even on performance nights, seems the least of the worries of this symphony. Kinshasa Symphony directed by Martin Baer, Claus Wischmann is a study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavour: a symphony. The film is about the Congo, the people in Kinshasa and the power of music.
The film closely follows a few of the band members and gives a view of their personal lives, how they make a living and struggle to make it to almost daily practices. We get to see the symphony overcome odds as they prepare for an open concert with thousands attending.
The DRC does not stop with these classical musicians all self taught amateurs or trained by other musicians unfamiliar in classical training with instruments like the cello, cello bass or violin. Kinshasa continues to stand out with its remarkable musicians forming this indie breed of rudimentary collectives that play with scrap yard instruments yet seem to stand on stages from Brooklyn to Paris. Other bands I should make note of are : Konono Nº1 who collaborated with Bjork on the song earth intruders and more recently with Herbie Hancock and Baloji. Also take note of Kasai All Stars.
Kinshasa Symphony has made its rounds in the theatre circuit and is available on DVD. Its playing as part of the featured screenings next week, in New York’s College music festival CMJ.
Here is the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_vTk0XsgZV4
Info via, African digital art
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Phantom Regiment 2008- Spartacus
Phantom Regiment’s Spartacus is quite a spectacular show not only because of the performance but also because of its sudden success at its final performance. Throughout the entire season up until finals, this show consistently got 8th and 9th place in every competition at which the Phantom Regiment performed it. However, at DCI World Class Finals, they corps somehow just magically pulled this performance out of thin air; everything about the show just went perfectly and the corps ended up moving up eight slots and winning first place for the season. And really, who could be surprised? It’s an incredible show.
Although the music isn’t all that much better than any other corps’, the story the show tells combined with the dedication and intensity given by every member of the corps makes the show a hundred times better than any other show. From beginning to end, the whole corps constantly puts forth 110% of their effort in every aspect. Especially, dedication and intensity. In the pre-show, the drum major, acting as the head general in the show, enters standing on the podium as the guard (his slaves) push him in. For those of you who have never stood on a drum major podium before, it’s pretty unnerving. And that’s when it isn’t moving so I’d imagine it took some guts to enter that way. An even better display of this corps’ dedication occurs during the gladiator fight about 1/3 of the way through. In the short fight scene, the unnamed gladiator loses to Spartacus so the guard member playing him acts like it. However, this isn’t just acting; when Spartacus kicks him down and throws him a few feet, the guard member doesn’t hold back anything in the way of performance. He lets himself be thrown and doesn’t stop his head from hitting the ground as it would were he not acting. These performers’ dedication to this show is so wild it makes it appear almost as if this is real. Two even better examples of this dedication are two more deaths: the death of Spartacus’s girlfriend and that of the head drum major. When the girlfriend dies, it’s because the evil assistant drum major kills her. After killing her, he lifts her body up and simply drops her to the ground. And he doesn’t do it gently either. However, the guard member playing the girlfriend doesn’t hold anything back either and lets herself fall. In fact, when she hits the ground, her head hits equally hard and actually bounces up. Next, at the end of the show, after the good assistant drum major incites a rebellion, he takes a spear and, running up to the podium, stabs the head drum major and takes his place. When the head drum major gets stabbed, he, just like everyone else, gives the performance 110% and lets himself fall, full force onto the podium as his killer climbs up, takes his place, and starts conducting the corps with his foot stepping on the now dead head drum major. In this show, as in all their others, the Phantom Regiment puts on an incredible performance through their music, precision, and extreme dedication to the performance.
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