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Film Screening: Milford Graves Full Mantis
Start Date: 11/5/2019Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Date: 11/5/2019

Event Description:
Watch a film screening of Jake Meginsky's Milford Graves Full Mantis. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Meginsky and Hugh Glover, Harris Eisenstadt, and Professor David Font-Navarrete​.

Location Information:
Lehman College - Music Building
Room: 306 (Recital Hall)
Contact Information:
Name: Music Program
Phone: 718-960-8247
Full Mantis
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"...As much a visual poem as it is a documentary."

" of the best jazz documentaries ever assembled... a singular viewing experience."
Byron Coley, The Wire : Adventures In Modern Music


The film is the first ever feature-length portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves that explores 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.

Composer/performer/filmmaker Jake Meginsky (b. 1976), a New Music USA award winner and Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in filmmaking, has collaborated and performed with an extraordinary range of musicians including Milford Graves, Alvin Lucier, Joan La Barbara, Vic Rawlings, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Paul Flaherty, Arthur Brooks, and Bill Nace.

Saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Hugh Glover performed and recorded with Milford Graves' seminal ensembles for nearly four decades, including a performance at the Antwerp Music Festival in 1973 which is featured in "Milford Graves Full Mantis." He has also performed in numerous other ensembles, including the Lehman College Latin Jazz Band.

Brooklyn-based drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt (b. Toronto, 1975) is known for his “deep-sighted and elastic view of improvised music in settings that are both small-scale and expansive” (The New Yorker). As a writer and radio producer, he has contributed to National Public Radio, Public Radio International’s AfroPop Worldwide, and John Zorn’s “Arcana XVIII:
Musicians on Music.”

David Font-Navarrete is a musician, artist, and ethnomusicologist. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre, and Dance at Lehman College CUNY.
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