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Utmark Filmvisning: Milford Graves Full Mantis   Landmark  Film


This winter, in preparation for the new season of concerts beginning in 2019, we present a special screening of the new critically acclaimed film about the renowned American percussionist Milford Graves.

Tickets: 50,- / 35,-
Tickets available on the door
Free for memebers

Read more on 'Milford Graves Full Mantis' here

Utmark is Bergen Kunsthall's own concert series, where we present a wide range of artists within alternative, visionary and exploratory music – outside of the mainstream.

A sonic-visual ode to the ineffable magic of inspired and gracious living.
- Thurston Moore

This winter, in preparation for the new season of Utmark concerts, beginning in January 2019, we present a special screening of the new critically acclaimed film about the renowned American percussionist Milford Graves.

Join us for the Norwegian premiere of MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS, the first ever feature-length portrait of Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity.

Graves has performed internationally since 1964, both as a soloist and in ensembles with such legends as Albert Ayler, Giuseppi Logan and Sonny Sharrock. He is a founding pioneer of avant-garde jazz, and he remains one of the most influential living figures in the evolution of the form.

The film draws the viewer through the artist’s lush garden and ornate home, into the martial arts dojo in his backyard and the laboratory in his basement - all of this just blocks from where he grew up in the housing projects of South Jamaica, Queens.

Graves tells stories of discovery, struggle and survival, ruminates on the essence of swing activates electronic stethoscopes in his basement lab to process the sound of his heart, and travels to Japan where he performs at a school for children with autism, igniting the student body into an ecstatic display of spontaneous collective energy.

Oscillating from present to past and weaving intimate glimpses of the artist’s complex cosmology with blistering performances from around the globe, MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS is cinema full of fluidity, polyrhythm and intensity, embodying the essence of Graves’ music itself.

Jake Meginsky / Director
Neil Young / Co-Director

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