Dave Douglas & Keystone - Spark of Being A Film by Bill Morrison

Canadian Premiere of Spark of Being - A Re-Telling of the Frankenstein Myth

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival will present the Canadian premiere of Spark of Being (Tuesday, June 29 – Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre), a new multimedia production by Grammy Award Winner Dave Douglas and Filmmaker Bill Morrison that combines the screening of film with a live musical performance to tell the classic version of the Frankenstein story.

Filmmaker Bill Morrison re-imagines Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein using pieces from other films to create a new living, breathing film. Consisting of new, archival and distressed footage, Spark of Being begins just as Shelley’s novel does – with footage of a voyage to remote glaciered waters – but Morrison goes one step further, beyond simply reiterating the story. Blending sound synthesis, visual media and live performance from Dave Douglas & Keystone, this new multimedia project explores the intersecting relationship between art and technology within the context of the classic tale. The release of this production coincides with the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking Frankenstein film.

Two-time Grammy nominated jazz musician Dave Douglas is arguably the most prolific and original trumpeter-composers of his generation. A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and Artistic Director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre, Douglas has also led over a dozen ensembles over the years including Keystone. Combining electric jazz with electronica and other styles, Keystone was formed specifically to perform new scores for classic films.

Video / Film Artist Bill Morrison is perhaps best known for his film Decasia, a hypnotic collage of archival footage undergoing the process of decay. The Village Voice named Decasia one of its “Top Ten Films of 2003,” calling it “that rare thing: a work with avant-garde and universal appeal.” He has created films to accompany live performances of music by some of the most important composers of our time, including John Adams, Gavin Bryars, Richard Einhorn, Bill Frisell, Michael Gordon, Henryk Gorecki, David Lang, Harry Partch, Steve Reich, and Julia Wolfe.

Looking for more information including sound and video clips? Check out The Artistic Director's Guide to the Festival.

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