Enzo Avitabile Music Life

Release date:October 18, 2013

Studio:Shadow Distribution

Director:Jonathan Demme

MPAA Rating:N/A


Starring:Enzo Avitabile, Eliades Ochoa, Naseer Shamma, Daby Touré, Trilok Gurtu


Plot Summary:

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia," "Stop Making Sense") turns his camera on Enzo Avitabile, a renowned Neapolitan saxophonist and singer/songwriter. This project is the fruit of the two artists' reciprocal esteem for one another. It is also the result of many years spent following the musical artistry of Enzo Avitabile, a well-known figure on the world music scene recognized for his passion for research and experimentation. With this documentary, one of the world’s great directors tells us not just about the music of a singular artist in its fusion of Neapolitan world music (and especially Arab music, with performances by Naseer Shamma and Palestinian singer Amal Murkus) and jazz, but also of a city, Naples, with all of its treasures and contradictions. The film follows Enzo, as he creates amazing new music with collaborators from all over the world, including Eliades Ochoa of Buena Vista Social Club, Naseer Shamma, Daby Touré and Trilok Gurtu.

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