What Miles Davis can teach an actor... (Miles Davis photo portrait by Annie Leibovitz)
I remember someone asking Miles Davis why he played his trumpet with a mute. Miles told him that it created a sound that was the closest he could come to the human voice. As one who sees a correlation between playing music and performing dialogue in acting, this answer stuck with me. As best I can, I try to get actors with whom I work to understand this and insinuate as many musical elements into their speaking voice as possible--phrasing, pitch, cadence, tonality, inference and even 'quoting'. These jazz concepts are all fundamental to my Action/ReAction technique, which I continue to develop.
Here are a few more quotes from Miles that can definitely apply directly to an actor in performance, approach and attitude. In a session, I would guide the actor to understanding how these quotes would apply to them personally, but here I'll leave the reader to ponder them and arrive at his or her own conclusions as to how they might apply. "The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas." (Continued in comments) #milesdavis#actor#acting#actinginfilms#brandingforactors#filmakerslife#action /reaction
New Miles Davis Doc Coming In 2019
#Repost from @jazzandbluestoday - “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool”, a documentary about the famed trumpeter and bandleader, will debut at the Sundance Film Festival, which runs Thursday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 in Park City, Utah. The movie is directed by the respected documentarian Stanley Nelson, who previously helmed the four-time Emmy-winning Freedom Riders, among many others.
In making the film, Nelson had full access to the Miles Davis estate, and Birth of the Cool contains some footage that has never been seen before, along with studio outtakes from recording sessions and interviews with such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Clive Davis, Wayne Shorter, and Ron Carter.
“Miles Davis is an undisputed musical legend, but what I hoped to discover was the man behind the myth,” Nelson said in a press release. “By unpacking his upbringing, his methodology, his relationships, and his demons, we begin to understand the man who would redefine the original American musical genre, jazz, and has influenced generations of musicians in rock, funk, and hip-hop.”
The film is scheduled for global theatrical release in the summer of 2019. It is also slated to have its U.S. broadcast premiere on PBS—as part of the network’s American Masters series—and its U.K. broadcast premiere on BBC2; dates for those premieres are still to be announced.
Miles Davis: The Sorcerer
"Imperfection can often be the spark that brings life to a masterpiece. Don’t be afraid of a flaw in your project or creative work. Call on the spirit of Miles and spin that off note into gold. Go boldly into experimentation and take the risk: Sometimes we must fail a hundred times to achieve one brilliant brew. If you’re at an impasse with your work, try taking away elements and see what happens when it’s stripped down. Look at the issue from an angle you haven’t before. Let go of your expectations, or the fear of what others may think, and just riff. As Miles would say to the musicians he worked with, play your instrument like you don’t know how to play. If you feel you’ve completely hit a brick wall with your project or creative work, maybe it’s time to say goodbye to your game plan and improvise."
– Excerpt from the Rock & Roll Oracle Guidebook. Order today for the music lover in your life!! Link in bio.
Acordava assim, todos os dias, numa casa virada para o mar... Enquanto isso não acontece, uma dica para enfrentar o dia-a-dia, especialmente aos que já se sentaram a trabalhar:
inale | exale
respirar torna-nos mais fortes. Já pensaram nas vezes em que, para ganharem coragem inspiram e expiram com força, como se deixassem algo para trás? Agora pensem em todas as vezes que respiram sem pensarem nisso... respirar com intenção dá-nos um poder e força que pensamos não ter, permite-nos regressar à calma e abandonar tudo o que não interessa. Meditação, yoga ou qualquer exercício à parte, experimentem estar conscientes da vossa respiração. Aposto que vai sair muito dióxido de carbono e que a vossa semana começa muito melhor!
Namaste e let’s get’em tigers 🐯🐯🐯
Mais sobre isto às 11:00 na @nit_fm com uma música linda a acompanhar #milesdavis
Since I have a diverse taste in music it has always been rather difficult for me to choose a favourite album but when I recently got asked by @recordstores.love to pick one specific vinyl it had to be Birth of the Cool by Miles Davis. Simply because it is at the transition from bepob to cool jazz and therefore quite possibly my favourite period of jazz music 🎶
So today's post is from my other life as a record seller. Have a look into @recordstores.love and their interesting project. Also the blouse I am wearing is available at @veconavintage
5. 🎵Let's Work:
📌... plays drums on the extended portion of the Dance Remix, and that Prince and Morris Day switched drumming duties live as the tape was running. The Dance Remix contains sampled clips from Private Joy, Annie Christian and Controversy, the first time a Prince song sampled another of his songs (something he has done often ever since).
5. 🎵19 (Jailbait):
📌The band also played them regularly on Davis' 1991 tour. After Davis died in 1991, Warner Bros. asked Prince to add some post-production to the studio version of this track (as well as Can I Play With U?, Penetration and A Girl And Her Puppy) to include on Davis's first posthumous album, Doo-Bop, but Prince was not interested in ...
6. 🎵The Time - Evolution:
📌The band was assembled under a clause in Prince's contract with Warner Bros. Records that allowed him to recruit and produce other artists for the label. Allegedly inspired by the 1980 film The Idolmaker, about the life of music promoter and producer Bob Marucci (the Svengali figure behind such 50s/early 60s teen idols like Fabian and Frankie Avalon), ...
6. 🎵Vanity 6 - Line Up - Evolution:
📌Whilst on tour Prince met Denise Matthews, a young Canadian model and aspiring actress. It is often reported they met at the American Music Awards in January 1982, but according to photographer Allen Beaulieu who was traveling on the tour she harassed the crew for backstage passes on various tour stops and eventually Beaulieu introduced her to Prince, ...
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