Soldier of the Road: A Portrait of Peter Brötzmann

Soldier of the Road: A Portrait of Peter Brötzmann

How do you become Peter Brötzmann? How do you become what you are: a painter, a musician, an absolute artist? Europe was nothing but a ruin and shame possessed the heart of the young Germans. They needed to invent, scream, regain a lost brotherhood. Overcome this silence! That’s how some young German, British, Dutch, Belgian… musicians made Europe exist long before Maastrich and have kept on cherishing, imperturbably, their freedom! They are no longer twenty-year-olds, but others have followed. They set themselves one constraint: reinvent everything every time. A way to take the very instant into account, to let the unexpected in, to match to the world.

"Soldier of the Road" is a documentary about saxophonist/clarinetist Peter Brötzmann, directed by Bernard Josse in collaboration with journalist and photographer Gérard Rouy, who has been following Brötzmann since the early 1970s. It looks at Brötzmann’s live performances and artwork, and takes in interviews and performances with Han Bennink, Evan Parker, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Joe McPhee, Michael Zerang, and many others. There will be two screenings of "Soldier of the Road" on Thursday, May 22nd at 7 PM and 9 PM to celebrate the June 7th concert featuring Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, and William Parker at Dreamland, brought to you by Dreamland, KMAC, Louisville Experimental Festival, and The Other Side of Life. ONE LUCKY WINNER AT EACH SCREENING WILL WIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO SEE Brötzmann/Drake/Parker ON JUNE 7th!


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