The Composer: Matthew Shipp, Barb Januszkiewicz





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Uploaded on Sep 28, 2011

The Composer: An Independent Film

Witness creative genius as it materializes: the pure, organic composition of a pianist caught on film. The Composer project is a unique artistic and musical collaboration, combining multi-sensory experiences from dazzling cinematography to the juxtaposition of atmospheric sounds with the carefully composed piano score. This project presents an incredible auditory and visual storytelling experience, devoid of the hindrances of language or unnecessary conversations to distract the viewer from the compositions. The film itself and stills from the project will be fit to be made into a museum installation or private collection, as well as being exhibited in jazz festivals and alternative cultural art venues. This fusion project delves into the intimate process of the composer coming to the piano and working out a musical composition, and ultimately the moment of inspiration that arises between artist and instrument. The fascinating relationship between Shipp and an exquisite, rare Fazioli piano, a piece of art in and of itself, is truly spellbinding.  It highlights the dialogue between the music of the incredibly talented, NYC based underground jazz pianist Matthew Shipp and Barbara Januszkiewicz's artistic expertise, the melding of two creative mediums in a breakthrough expressive tandem.
Pianist Matthew Shipp persists as a resilient independent force, maintaining strong ties to NYC's free-jazz community even as he assails its orthodoxies. He stays true to his own voice, refusing to be swept into mainstream stylistic norms, and courageously ventures into new territory in both composing and performing. His abilities are unmatched and appreciation of them is growing rapidly as his vitality and talent continue to shine.
Barb Januszkiewicz is an award winning DC multimedia artist/filmmaker. Her art has  consistently advocated spreading art outside of preconceived boundaries, to inspire creativity in all areas of life, similarly to the style of Joseph Beuys. She is driven to take risks and see opportunities in alternative approaches and expressions

The Fazioli: The co-star, the piano itself, has a life of its own. The Fazioli and Shipp make an iconic pair: one of the most renowned jazz pianists playing on the most exquisitely crafted pianos; contemporary jazz music pouring out of an elegant, unique vessel with a clear, pristine sound. Shipp's spellbinding skill emanates from the piano, which serves as both his inspiration and and his mode of expression.     No words, only sound, movement and music... with a surprise ending! The Fusion of the artistic visions of two gifted artists.

Photo use in Movie Trailer by Juan-Carlos Hernandez, stage Jazz Photographer, see

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matthew shipp, barbara januszkiewicz ,fusion, piano music jazz,Imagine , creative genius,,moxie, Barb Jan, compositeur, Watson,Pianist ,Matthew Shipp , independent force, + NYC's free-jazz community + not mainstream jazz
Barb Januszkiewicz , Barbara Januszkiewicz, DC multimedia artist/filmmaker. outside of preconceived boundaries, Joseph Beuys. alternative approaches and expressions
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