18

An evening dedicated to legendary saxophone player Archie Shepp and the mythical 1st PanAfrican Festival, organized in Algiers in 1969. We start things off with the projection of a rare documentary film in the presence of director Théo Robichet (who was a member of the revolutionary Medvedkine group, a memorable feat of militant cinema in the 1960s and 70s). In this short film we see Shepp and other free jazz warriors (Alan Silva, Sunny Murray, Clifford Thornton, Grachan Moncur III) improvise together with traditional Tuareg musicians. Today the encounter stands as one of the most riveting in the history of jazz. Since he has not seen it yet Archie Shepp will discover the film on the spot in our presence. Afterwards he will explain to Philippe Carles (co-author of the book Free Jazz, Black Power) why the festival was so important, not only to him, but also to the free jazz movement, the Afro-American community (which at the time was involved in a quest for its roots), and the culture of the Arab world. A short but intense solo concert by Archie Shepp will round things off.

This event was programmed in collaboration with Fabrizio Terranova and is an unexpected follow-up to the Great Black Music / Free Jazz & Cinema project, organized in Cinema Nova in April 2004.