GLORY B + screening of the music documentary INTANGIBLE ASSET NO. 82
Doors: 8pm, donation entry
830 - 930: GLORY B
9:30 -11: FILM: INTANGIBLE ASSET NO. 82
GLORY B can be described as a progressive Neo-Soul group, infusing elements of jazz, funk, blues, rock, and latin.
Formed in 2005 in Goonengerry NSW, Glory B relocated to their hometown of Melbourne in 2009. Fronted by songwriter, singer and keyboardist Bryson Mulholland, the line-up is completed by drummer Daniel Brates, bassist Mimmo Panunzio and percussionist Salvador Castro.
Since its conception, the band has worked closely with producer and guitarist Christian Pyle, releasing their debut album, Puppies of Steel, in 2009, and the EP Sex Party in 2012 through Christian’s independent label, Prawn & Spanner. The band has a new album currently in production, due for release in 2017.
INTANGIBLE ASSET NO. 82:
A respected jazz drummer’s search for an enigmatic Korean Shaman becomes a rite of passage,
as he is inspired and transformed by the journey.
“Looking back now,
I don’t know how I lived like that.
But I believe in reincarnation,
and I believe I was born with this destiny.”
– Bae Il-Dong (Korean Pansori singer, recalling the seven years he spent living by a waterfall learning to sing)
What lengths will people go to for their music? How do they discover the tools of self-expression and develop an individual voice? Where does the calling come from? What does it mean to be a musician in modern times?
Australian singer Emma Franz explores these themes through the final stages of friend and colleague Simon Barker’s seven-year search for enigmatic Korean shaman, Kim Seok-Chul. Believing the shaman to be one of the world’s great, though largely unknown and undocumented, improvising musicians, Simon had committed to find and learn from the shaman. Yet despite his official designation as South Korea’s 82nd Intangible Asset, Kim Seok-Chul remained elusive. After seven years of setbacks and obstacles, and with the shaman now in his eighties, Barker’s commitment has intensified and he returns to Korea for a seventeenth time.
As they travel together through Korea, Franz casts a sensitive eye on Barker, revealing the inspirations and transformations that led him to become one of the most persuasive and individual voices in drumming today.
Meaningful practical and philosophical encounters with charismatic and exceptionally dedicated artists become a rite-of-passage, leading Simon to the shaman under portentous circumstances.
As Simon and the artists who have become immersed in his journey discover their growing influence on each other, they move naturally towards collaboration. The archetypal ‘hero’s journey’ becomes a layered story of the heroic yet humble music practice of all the main characters, providing intimate insight into music as a valuable tool for personal transformation and bridging cultural divides.
Intangible Asset No. 82 debuted at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil, where it was a finalist in the Audience Vote for Best Documentary. The film went on to win BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, BEST SOUND IN DOCUMENTARY at the 2009 AFI Awards Australia, and was voted runner-up for Most Popular Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It has screened in competition at some of the worlds most respected film and documentary festivals, including AFI SilverDocs and South By South West in the U.S.A., Hot Docs in Canada, and others in places as diverse as Argentina, Japan, Chile, China, Korea, India, Egypt and Israel. It was shortlisted for the Cinema Eye Honors in the U.S.A.
“Absolutely profound, visually, musically and otherwise…everything about this story and the way in which it was told and presented was truly miraculous. Absorbing and inspiring!” – Laurence Donohue-Greene (Editor of The New York City Jazz Record, formerly AllAboutJazz-New York)
“Intangible Asset Number 82 is a classic that will be here after we are all long gone.” – David Amram (Composer, Conductor & Multi-Instrumentalist)
“Intangible Asset #82 is one of the best music documentaries I’ve seen: Beautifully shot and recorded, but more importantly, a compelling and insightful narrative that explores music-making across cultures that captures the warmth of a buddy/road film which builds to an emotionally affecting climax.” – Bill Bragin (Public Programmer, Lincoln Center, NYC)
“Intangible Asset Number 82 is inspiring, fascinating and engagingly shot, a meditation on cultural relativism and the spiritual power of music to unite people from radically different backgrounds. It opened my eyes to another facet of the cross-pollination taking place in the melting pot art form known as jazz.” – Aidan Levy (Jazz writer Village Voice, Jazz Times)
“Like all great narratives, this one is complex and multilayered, and its presentation is reflective of the improvisational spirit of the music that you hear in the film. – Tom Staudter (Music Writer, New York Times, Downbeat)
“The idea of music as a universal language may be a well-worn truism, however few films manage to demonstrate the phenomenon so plainly and with such impact as Franz’s Intangible Asset No. 82. This is a beautiful film, as emotionally affecting as it is sonically and visually stunning – a truly unique and inspiring documentary.” – Brett Ham, Broadsheet Magazine, Melbourne
“Emma Franz uses a wonderfully varied, artful and personal style to capture the many aspects of this journey, Baker’s quest will probably resonate with artists in any form, struggling to connect their work to their deepest natural impulses.” – Jim Terr, KUNM-FM Radio, New Mexico
“This is a wonderful, 1-of-a-kind film… The point is very well-made here that music is a universal language, and that if any of us want to see for longer distances, we would do wisely to climb up the backs of those who are masters of their crafts.” – Drumscene
“The insights into musical expression and Barker’s genuine humility with the people he meets that make this memorable.” – Paul Kalina, Sydney Morning Herald
“Intangible Asset No. 82″ shows us that art occurs at the intersection of deep knowledge and compassion, where human self-knowledge is at one with the natural world. In a world where tangible assets are constantly being measured and compared, “Intangible Asset No. 82″ gives the viewer a visible demonstration of a musician seeking and achieving transformative oneness. It is indeed a profound and moving film.”
– Yo-Yo Ma (Cellist and educator, multi-Grammy Award winner)
“Intangible Asset Number 82 is a fantastic film. A look into a world I never knew existed. Totally inspiring. It blew my mind. Thank you.”
– Bill Frisell (Grammy Award winning guitarist)