World premiere "Geschwindigkeit"
by the David Kweksilber Big Band

Durham - 17 December 2017

On 31 December 2017 the David Kweksilber Big Band will present the world première of Richard Rijnvos' new composition, entitled Geschwindigkeit. The work accompanies a short film of the same name by Edgar Reitz.

Edgar Reitz (b.1932) is a renowned German filmmaker who gained world fame with his series Heimat, an epic lifetime achievement consisting of a total of thirty-two movies, released between 1984 and 2013. Its total length is 59 hours and 32 minutes, making it one of the longest series of feature-length films in cinema history.

Reitz's 1963 short film Geschwindigkeit ("Velocity") is a silent black-and-white cinematographic exploration, ignoring traditional techniques of narrative filmmaking. It eschews a traditional scenario or screenplay in favour of a score, as if a musical composition. The film confronts the viewer with bridges, harbours, cranes, construction sites, and countless other industrial images. Both the rhythm and the tempo of the images get faster and faster, to the point that a "long ride in a fast machine" gets squeezed into a mere few seconds.

The film music remake of Geschwindigkeit by Richard Rijnvos is a completely new score for big band. The first performance of the music, which is live and includes the screening of the movie, will take place in the BIMHUIS, the iconic Amsterdam concert hall for jazz and improvised music.