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Jazz fusion art film : Imagine witnessing the birth of inspiration.

Welcome to the The Composer Project Kickstarter campaign!

Jazz is relevant in present-day society and this project can only help spread awareness with this unique artistic musical collaboration.


 Barbara Januszkiewicz, a conceptual visual artist is working with Matthew Shipp  who is the coolest, most talented jazz pianist alive. Start by watching the trailer above to hear a bit of Matthew's sound and then read below about the concept. We have a great web site that has more info  www.thecomposer.info You can also read about the film below. And please visit our facebook page and "like"us!

Small project, Big Rewards

The Composer aims to influence people to act and think more creatively by creating a multimedia art work that brings a message about what creativity is, all without the use of words. An artistic film rather than a documentary profiling an artist, this film traces the development of noise and sound into compelling music, the building of a piano and it's waiting to be used, wanting to come alive.  There are multiple points of views in the story itself, including when the camera lens gives you the impression that you yourself could be the piano player. Part of the film illustrates the piano's perspective, waiting to take a breath,to come alive. It shows the suspense of how the piano waits for the moment where it is played, and given a purpose for being.The composer  project highlights pure talent, rather than personality, showcasing the music, rather than the life, of one of the hottest Jazz pianists living today.

The juxtaposition of a brooding, melancholy Matthew and the lively, joyous Barbara is breathtaking. Barbara has a thirst for life that can only be appreciated after having nearly tasted death multiple times. The hardships and danger she has overcome has given her the strength to fully throw herself into taking risks. Living through life-threatening situations infuses one with the joy of living every day. Matthew’s music is hauntingly beautiful, like a lingering nightmare, and brings a voice to the dark music in Barbara’s head. Working with another artist relieves the loneliness of a solitary artist’s life, and in this case heightens the idea of what creative vision is. Happy ideas, sad ideas, the idea of doing something new and taking a huge risk all define this concept.

 Barbara is working with Matthew because she believes jazz artists truly understand risk taking. For example, take a look at the musical called a trainwreck where one artist gets off tune from the others. Initially it sounds terrible, yet there is beauty to be found in the aggressive dissonance. Working together enables artists to truly understand their motives and inspirations. Barbara is working on this project out of love for filmmaking and what new worlds of ideas multimedia art can produce. She looks at this project as a composition, like a canvas painting where she has to consider all the elements. We have all the necessary ingredients for a masterpiece; the artist’s perspective, movement, texture, risk, danger, drama, problem solving skills, excitement, and emotions, all of which feelings can be brought up by viewing beautiful art. If you give us a chance we can put all these things together to make a breakout piece of art that celebrates the composer’s creative vision in working out a composition. Usually the audience only gets to view the final product, but in this unique scenario the viewer experiences the entire creative process from start to finish.

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing crowd-sourcing fundraising platform. We'll collect the funds only if we reach our goal by December 17th. The number of backers is as important as the amount raised in that it will help us prove there is an audience for this fuion of jazz,art and film project. So even if you can only donate a small amount, your contribution will be of great help.

The Composer: This avant-garde film is about hope, creative vision and extraordinary existential power of music.

Why a Fazioli in The Composer film with Matthew Shipp ? It is simply described as witnessing the realization of creative vision--an inspirational moment with an inspired artist and a piano. And not any piano but a Fazioli, arguably the greatest piano made today. A perfect fit for a talent like Matt Shipp. The film has no words--only sound and music.

 This groundbreaking work is a multi-sensory stimulating, thought-provoking experience! There is no dialogue. It is all sound and movement, experienced in real time, the composer coming to the piano and working out a musical dialogue. It highlights the dialogue between Matt's music and Barbara's artistic expertise, the melding of two creative mediums in a breakthrough expressive tandem.

Who is Matthew Shipp? Pianist Matthew Shipp is an incredible jazz pianist.  He has made a name for himself as an insane talent, maintaining strong ties to NYC's free-jazz community even as he assails its orthodoxies. His strengths lay in remaining uninfluenced by others and staying true to his own voice, and taking risk in both composing and performing.

THE COMPOSER: What is this project? This jazz film/art fusion project highlights the relationship between a musician, Matthew Shipp, and his instrument, the piano. Scripted for 45 minutes with an avant-garde flair following the journey of a piano.. It can be described as witnessing the birth and growth of a creative vision, the moment of inspiration between a pianist and his instrument- not merely any piano but an exquisite, rare Fazioli! This project can be showcased anywhere from museums, coffee shops, art galleries to jazz festivals. 

THE TEAM: The production team for this film consists of a top NY Jazz pianist, Matthew Shipp, and a mulit media artist/ filmmaker, Barbara Januszkiewicz. This fusion of two incredible artistic talents give this film great potential to become a breakout art piece.

THE ORIGINALITY: The film will be created by two artists committed solely to their crafts. The independent nature of this project will allow them to express themselves in the most honest of ways. Imagine witnessing creativity in its highest form, both in execution and subject matter with complete creative freedom. The entire musical score will be composed by Matthew Shipp. 

THE FAZIOLI: The co-star, the piano itself, has a life of its own. The Fazioli and Shipp make iconic pair: one of the most renowned jazz pianists playing on the most exquisitively crafted piano; contemporary jazz music pouring out of an elegant, unique vessel with a clear, pristine sound. The spotlight is shared between the two equally. Shipp's spellbinding skill emanates from the piano, which serves as both his inspiration and and his mode of expression. 

Your generous gift allows us the ability to bring this dialogue between different disciplines of art and reinforcement of music appreciation to the world.   We offer here a type of engagement and artistic freedom that simply cannot be rivaled.  Both Matthew Shipp and I are excited to create a juxtaposition of our talents, that perhaps our conceptual art and music piece can reach across preconceived borders, and bring life-altering inspiration to others.  Your 100% tax-deductible donation allows us the ability to explore and create new artistic ideals through innovative fusion jazz and art projects which salute and promote individual creative vision for the present and the future. Any charitable donations made to The Composer are 100% tax-deductible.

  • The American Jazz Museum celebrates and exhibits the experience of jazz through research, exhibition, education, and performance.

This year Barb had the wonderful fortune to be welcomed by the American Jazz Museum as a multimedia/ new-media artist mainly due to her work with  good friend and mentor, Dave Liebman, NEA  2011 lifetime jazz master.

What are we going to use the funding for?

 We are currently planning our production and looking for funding to complete this project by this winter. Your support would allow us to the quality time required to create this modern masterpiece so we can concentrate on making the best possible art film with a corresponding level of quality applied to its promotion and circulation.The funds will help us cover travel expenses, equipment, post production, music, and more music, editing assistance, sound mixing, graphic design, fees for showcases work and exploring the possibility of reaching out not only to cultural places but innovative situations where we can showcase our work and build upon it.

How do we contact you? Glad you asked! You can contact us directly at ArtBarb@me.com. We check it every day and will get back to you at our earliest convenience- guaranteed! 

 Read more about this project at our news page at www.thecomposer.info

Photo in Movie Trailer by Juan-Carlos Hernandez, stage Jazz Photographer

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