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ACF Artist Equity Study Group: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

July 8, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT

For this month’s ACF Artist Equity Study Group, we will take a look at the Netflix documentary, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. The film explores the life of the American musical innovator who had a huge international impact, delving into his early work, the impact of American racism, and his ever evolving sound.

Date & Time: Thursday, July, 8, 2021 at 4 PM CT

From the producers:

Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart.

The central theme of Miles Davis’s life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star—it also made him incredibly difficult to live with, for the people who loved him most. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention—and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again. Miles’s bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. It made him an innovator in music—from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral music, jazz fusion, rock ‘n’ roll, and even hip-hop.

Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn.

Register for the event here.

ADA language: If you require an interpreter, closed-captioning, or any other accommodations to fully engage, please contact Laura Krider (lkrider@composersforum, 612.314.9228) at least 48 hours before the event.


July 8, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
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