Jazz on 3 makes the film-improv connection tonight

The Beeb is pretty keen on cinema at the moment, and especially the music that goes along with it. The recent Film Music Prom was a big hit a few weeks back.

 Jazz on 3 is doing its bit and has chosen to explore the fruitful relationship between film and improvised music.  So this evening they’ve a session in which four London-based musicians improvise freely while watching a selection of short silent films.

Films? On the radio? Well, hold your horses – they tell me the films, synced with the resulting music, will be available to watch while the programme is on air, and then also after broadcast on the programme’s web page.



The session features three films – starting with a 1920s educational sci-fi Trip to the Planets, followed by two contemporary abstract films.

The musicians are Alison Blunt (violin), Viv Corringham (vocals), John Bisset (guitar) and David Leahy (double bass) – all of whom have worked extensively with silent films before.

In addition to the live film improv, Kevin Le Gendre will be discussing the new CD releases with Jez Nelson.

So tune in this evening from 11pm, or listen on the iPlayer for the next seven days from tomorrow.

Find out more and enjoy the films here.

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