Skip to main content

MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER

Sweden, 2005 (MIFF 2007, Backbeat)

Director: Kasper Colin

MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER


"...an extraordinary portrait of an extraordinary musician." - SIGHT & SOUND (UK)

"...one of the most starkly beautiful and moving documentaries ever made about a jazz musician." - JAZZ TIMES (USA)

The prophetic free jazz saxophonist, Albert Ayler, recognised as one of the most important innovators in jazz, was obsessed with his radical music and that, one day, people would understand it. In 1962, he recorded his first album in Sweden. Eight years later, he was found dead in New York's East River aged 34. “[Kasper] Collin's film is a haunting mesh of old cine footage, paint-stripping live performances, and interviews with surviving friends and family. A strange shot of a semi-naked Ayler, staring silently into the camera, threads through the film, as if the subject is daring you to dismiss him…” - Sunday Times (UK)

mynameisalbertayler.com

D/P/S Kasper Collin WS Swedish Film Institute L English, Swedish w/English subtitles TD betaSP/2005/79mins

See also...

THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975

A fascinating, musically driven nine-year journey through a period of major social upheaval in the US. ... A treasure trove of archived film reels, rescued from the vaults of Swedish television, form ... More »

COSMIC PSYCHOS BLOKES YOU CAN TRUST

They were adopted by grunge nobility, but the main reason Cosmic Psychos frontman Ross Knight wore the flannel shirt was because he's a farmer. ... Commercial and music video director (and musician ... More »

NE CHANGE RIEN

“The film is a sensorial exaltation… feast on the liquescent black and white cinematography, while Jeanne Balibar purrs her way through the recording and performing of an ensemble of musical ... More »

SUNNYBOY, The

Following the Sunnyboys' enigmatic frontman Jeremy Oxley from the band's origins, breakthrough success and his subsequent 30-year battle with schizophrenia, The Sunnyboy is one man's inspired story ... More »

THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE

"A touching portrait of two kooky, kinky lovebirds who sought to become one 'pandrogynous being'." - Variety ... There's no doubt that Genesis P-Orridge - outlandish performance artist ... More »

Lou Barlow: Goodnight Unknown

A revealing and intimate glimpse into the creative process of indie rock pioneer Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh and Folk Implosion. ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director