Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance (1982) is a collaboration between Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass. This hypnotizing documentary explores the relationship between people, nature and technology. In the Hopi language, Koyaanisqatsi means ‘life of madness, life in turmoil, life out of balance, disintegrated life, a way of life that calls for another way of life’. To show how the rapid increase in technological innovation and urban life affects nature, the film takes us on a journey to places where the relationship between people, technology and nature has been brought out of balance.
Over the past year, GoGo Penguin has toured frequently with the album Man Made Object (2016), released by Blue Note, on which the Manchester trio approaches entirely acoustic sounds from triphop and dance. Now their genre-defying music is starting to appeal to a wider audience. The Wall Street Journal praised the band for its courage and energy. ‘We recreated electronic music on acoustic instruments,’ commented pianist Chris Illingworth.
‘GoGo Penguin creates jazz in the same vein as Robert Glasper: It’s a piano-driven blend with all the traditional aspects you’d expect from the genre while still scanning as something refreshingly vibrant and contemporary.’ – Pitchfork
‘… three young men making music with jazz instruments, rock dynamics and circumscribed dance-music strategies. You’ll soon hear about them.’ – New York Times
‘Jazz, techno, hip-hop and dubstep are glimpsed here, but for all the looping motifs and dance floor vibes, this is the work of three sure-footed improvisers with deep jazz roots.’ – The Guardian
Chris Illingworth – piano
Nick Blacka – contrabas
Rob Turner – drums
The ninth Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) takes place from 4 to 8 October at LantarenVenster. With over one hundred international documentaries, feature films and short films, as well as various debates, lectures and seminars, the world’s biggest architecture film festival provides a platform for discussing architecture, the city and the future of spatial development.
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