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Tom Surgal kickstarter to fund free jazz documentary

White Out’s Tom Surgal has started a kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary on the history of the free jazz revolution

A kickstarter campaign has been started to help fund a documentary about the free jazz revolution. The film is directed by Tom Surgal, co-leader of the improvisational ensemble White Out, and produced by his regular collaborators, guitarists Thurston Moore and Nels Cline (Wilco), as well as the documentary maker Dan Braun.

Called Fire Music, the documentary tells the story of the history of free jazz through footage and recordings of key musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Sam Rivers, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Dave Burrell, Marshall Allen, Prince Lasha, Sonny Simmons, Rashied Ali, Evan Parker, Paul Lytton and more, as well as the jazz historian Gary Giddins.

Most of the work on Free Jazz has already been done, however Surgal now needs money to cover production costs such as sound mixing, clearance rights and editing, to finish the film. You can get more information on the campaign and see a live performance clip of Marshall Allen at Arkestra House at the Fire Music Kickstarter page.

At the time of writing, the campaign has reached $17,375 out of its $37,500 target, with 21 days to go.