OFFBEAT is an events-based producer connecting jazz, improv & experimental music to the world of film and the moving image.


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  • Les Demoiselles De Rochefort + Lou Tavano 13 November 2017

    French new wave musical Les Demoiselles de Rochefort [The Young Girls of Rochefort] (1967), directed by Jacques Demy and starring Catherine Deneuve, will be screened as part of a very special event combining jazz & cinema at the Cine Lumiere in South Kensington on Monday 13 November. It’s preceded by an exclusive ‘live’ set by the charismatic young Parisian vocal sensation Lou Tavano (who made her debut on the prestigious ACT recording label in 2016) with her regular pianist Alexey Asantcheeff. The Paris-based chanteuse offers her own original interpretation of a selection of LeGrand’s songs from the film (including the jazz standard ‘You Must Believe in Spring’), giving them a unique contemporary twist with influences that range from Billie Holiday and Jacques Brel through to Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman. A Q&A discussion follows the screening and is hosted by BBC radio broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre in discussion with Lou Tavano and Jazzwise writer Selwyn Harris.

    The event is part of the ‘Jazz and the Image’ strand of the 25th edition of the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival (http://serious.org.uk/events/upcoming-events/2017/11) and organized by jazz/film events producer OFFBEAT in association with Cine Lumiere and Bureau Export

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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Screening, Cine Lumiere 2 July 2017
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    Screening of the visually intoxicating French masterpiece ” The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” preceded by live music and followed by a Q&A.

    Contemporary jazz vocalist Brigitte Beraha and pianist John Turville will offer their unique interpretation of the Michel Legrand soundtrack. The post-screening Q&A will be chaired by Sight & Sound magazine writer Michael Brooke with Brigitte Beraha and Jazzwise mag/Jazz on Film Records’ Selwyn Harris.

    Guy and Geneviève are very much in love. When they find out that Guy must leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, they share a passionate night. Pregnant and devastated by Guy’s absence, Genevieve must choose whether to wait for Guy or marry a wealthy diamond merchant. Demy’s musical with Michel Legrand’s memorable soundtrack won the 1964 Palme d’Or in Cannes.

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  • Lift to the Scaffold Screening + Live Set by Julien Alour and Q&A 30 April 2017

    As part of the global celebrations for the International Jazz Day, we present Louis Malle’s brash and mesmerising debut, featuring Miles Davis’s legendary score. ‘Nouvelle Vague’ before such a concept truly existed, this richly atmospheric thriller of murder and mistaken identity unfolds over one restless Parisian night. A preposterous slice of noir-suspense starring Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet. 
    The screening will be preceded by an exclusive live set inspired by Miles Davis’ soundtrack for the film, performed by Julien Alour in duo with a double bassist.
    Julien Alour is a Miles-influenced Paris-based trumpeter who’s at the forefront of an exciting new jazz generation in France. He is the trumpeter in renowned pianist Eric Legnini’s band.

    The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Julien Alour and jazz experts.

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  • ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT Screening + Q&A, CINE LUMIERE 11 December 2016

    News In!! We are hosting a screening of the French cult classic ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT to celebarte its 30th aniversary.

    Synopsys: Dale Turner is a fantastic saxophone player, slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, estranged from his family, and hanging on by a thread in the 1950’s New York jazz world. He gets an offer to play in Paris, where he meets a fan who wants to save him. Dale’s poignant relationship with the man and his young daughter re-kindles his spirit and his music as the end draws near.

    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
    Music by Herbie Hancock (original music)

    Starring:
    Dexter Gordon
    François Cluzet

    The Screening will be preceded by a 15 mins live concert by jazz multi-instrumentalist Tony Kofi and followed by a Q&A with jazz specialists Selwyn Harris (Jazzwise Magazine) and Kevin Le Gendre (Jazzwise Magazine and BBC Radio 3)

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  • L’Assassino Screening + Jazz on Italian Cinema Vinyl Launch, Barbican 19 November 2016

    OFFBEAT Fest’s sister company, Jazz on Film Records, launches the new vinyl collection ‘Jazz in Italian Cinema’, in collaboration with Barbican and the EFG London Jazz Festival. The launch will be accompanied by the screening of newly ditally restored L’Assassino (The Assassin), Elio Petri’s 1960 cult thriller starring Marcello Mastroianni.

    Directed by Elio Petri
    Music by Piero Piccioni

    Starring
    Marcello Mastroianni

    The event will be hosted by Jazzwise writer Selwyn Harris celebrating the launch of ‘Jazz in Italian Cinema’ who will discuss Piero Piccioni’s jazz score for such an iconic film.

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About us

The Connection jazz on FilmOFFBEAT  is a events-based producer connecting jazz, improv and experimental music to the world of film and the moving image. OFFBEAT is where film culture, both past and present, meets with the most  quintessentially offbeat music: jazz. Where there’s a jazz soundtrack you can guarantee what’s happening on the screen is going to be unconventional, improvisational, cool or just plain bad. From A Bout de Souffle to Alfie, from Bird to Birdman, the impact on independent-minded cinema has been huge. Through a diverse series of events, OFFBEAT looks to extend this concept to encourage a broader interaction between the worlds of creative music and the moving image in ‘live’ multimedia performance and education initiatives.

Run by Jazz on Film Records owner/jazz writer Selwyn Harris and Niccolò Cioni, OFFBEAT looks to stage events both creatively stimulating as well as enjoyable and accessible at many of the diverse venues and open-air spaces throughout London with an initial emphasis on Dalston, with its dynamic, creative diversity and pulsating jazz and experimental live music scene.

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