“Taking The Dog For A Walk” is a fascinating documentary about improvisation by Luxembourg director Antoine Prüm.
An in-depth exploration of the British free improvisation movement, from Derek Bailey to the present, Taking the Dog for a Walk goes to the heart of a committed, unique music community.
Partially shot in and around Hackney, a home for this particular musical form both historically and now, Antoine Prüm’s film doubles as a kind of comment on the role of East London in shaping important creative movements, as well as providing the most loving and detailed tour around the highways and byways of free improvisation in Britain, celebrating its major figures, and led by interviewer Stewart Lee.
Following the film, after a short break, the audience can enjoy live music performances from the likes of sax percussion duo John Butcher and Mark Sanders; pianist and electronics performer Steve Beresford; a trio comprising Tony Bevan on bass saxophone, Rhodri Davies on electric harp and Mark Sanders on drums percussion; and drummer Steve Noble performing with double bass player John Edwards and guitarist Alex Ward.
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