"The Composer" with Matthew Shipp Launches its Kickstarter Campaign


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A planned film collaboration between Matthew Shipp and Barbara Januszkiewicz has entered its initial search for funding via Kickstarter.

The American Jazz Museum has graciously agreed to extend its support to this collaboration so that supporters will be eligible for a charitable deduction.

The Project: An independent film highlighting the relationship between a musician, jazz great Matthew Shipp, and his instrument, the piano. It will be scripted to last between 45 and 60 minutes and produced to the highest standards with an avant-garde flair.

The Team: The production team for this film consists of a top pianist, Matthew Shipp, and the independent filmmaker, Barbara Januszkiewicz. This fusion of two incredible artistic talents give this film great potential to become a breakout art piece.

The Originality: The film will be created by 2 artists solely committed to their crafts and the independent nature of this project will allow them to express themselves in the most honest way. Imagine witnessing creativity in its highest form, both in execution and subject matter.

The Distribution: Januszkiewicz and Shipp plan to explore three avenues for the distribution of the film: international independent film festivals, the viewing theatres of art galleries, and jazz festivals.

The Fazioli: The co-star, the piano, has its own life. The Fazioli and Shipp will be an iconic pair: one of the most renowned jazz pianists playing on the most beautifully crafted piano with a clear, pristine sound. The spotlight between the two is shared equally. The genius eminates from Shipp, with the piano as both his inspiration and and his mode of expression.

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