Jason Moran: The Looks of a Lot
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston presents the documentary film Jason Moran: The Looks of a Lot April 10 at 7 p.m. This film follows jazz pianist and composer Moran as he prepared his multimedia project Looks of a Lot, which was performed at the Symphony Center in Chicago in May 2014. The film follows the project’s collaboration between Moran and his trio The Bandwagon (with drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen), artist Theaster Gates, musicians Ken Vandermark, Katie Ernst, and the Kenwood Academy High School Jazz Band. The film offers an in-depth behind-the-scenes look into the project, which connects Moran’s improvised blues compositions and Gates’ thought-provoking stage constructions made out of recycled materials as they trace the artistic history of Chicago. A Q&A with RoundO Films’ filmmakers takes place after the screening.