The Language of the Unknown: A Film About Wayne Shorter

The Language of the Unknown betakes to the universe of one of the last living saxophone legends of jazz. However, Wayne Shorter, who celebrates his 80th birthday on August 25, 2013, does not bother to be celebrated for the numerous successes in the past. His maxim is to reinvent his music in each concert always again in the radical originality. A view on his restless tour schedule shows how he is inspired by this task besides his age. He himself is convinced to be in the most productivephase of his artistic creativity.

After his legendary work with the Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the second Miles Davis Quintet and the years with Weather Report, in the year 2000, Wayne Shorter formed the Wayne Shorter Quartet, the first stable formation under his own name. This group provides him with the freedom to reinvent and form his music always again, whereby he sees the celebrated soloists Brian Blade, John Patitucci and Danilo Pérez less as sidemen but rather as equal elements of an organism. They call their method ”Zero Gravity“, an original state of music which they always re-conjure in the interaction, and which is the basis of their explorative journeys into new musical territory.

The Language of the Unknown faces the great saxophonist and his band with a concert footage, which originated on November 3, 2012, in the Salle Pleyel in Paris and observes the effect of the music on their creators, who are normally much too busy with creating the new rather than to deal
with music already played. Thereby, surprising insights into the essence of their music open up, as well as the realization that true Creator-Spirit goes far beyond pure virtuosity.

Wayne Shorter, soprano and tenor saxophone
Brian Blade, drums
John Patitucci, bass
Danilo Perez, piano
Carolina Shorter
Herbie Hancock

Documentary / 56 min. / 1:1.78 (16:9) / HD / 2013 Germany

Guido Lukoschek, writer & director
Ümit Uludag, producer
Helmar Jungmann, editor
Timm Kröger, cinematographer
Christine Lüdge, Felix Meinhardt, Roland Mönch, Thomas Schadt, Bertin Molz, Boom operator
David Rädler, sound design / mix
Jörg Rambaum, grip
Salle Pleyel, Rob Griffin, concert mix
Lauren Grall, production assistant
Willem Bramsche, colour grading
Pauline Branke, motion graphics
Thomas Schadt, dramatic guidance
Norbert W. Daldrop, executive producer

Production & Distribution
avindependents – Film & Television GmbH

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