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El Trombon de Bomba, William Cepeda's Jazz
Year:  2002
Running Time:  65 minutes
Country:  France/ Puerto Rico
Genre:  Documentary
Showtime:   Friday, March 14, 2003 @ 09:35 PM
Director:  Louise Ernst

Description:
  This story comes from the West Indies at the crossroad of several worlds, Hispanic, American, African, between Puerto Rico and New York. Our main guide is William Cepeda, a powerful trombonist. Called first by Dizzy Gillespie to join the "United Nation Orchestra", he settled in New York, and now is creating his own musical flavor, a fusion of authentic traditional Portorican music and the most " avant-garde" Jazz, highlighting the strong rhythm of the Bomba which originates from Africa. To follow his footsteps gives us an opportunity to delve deeply into portorican culture. We meet and enjoy characters, at the crosspoint of multiple identities, both in his hometown, Loiza, or in the street of New York. Each character provides a new element to understand the goal for this cultural fusion between African heritage, American jazz, and Hispanic flavor, in a way that is accessible to the non specialist viewer. In New York, Cepeda''s challenge is to transmit the essential elements of his music to other musicians coming from different cultural background. The images portray this exiting exchange between musicians. Donny, from California, and Martillo from Loiza will have to find their own common language, in music. Louise Ernst''s film is the result of 6 years of encounters and discovery. As the film unfolds, we understand Cepeda''s in-depth, creative quest and his research and experiments with a cross cultural music form heading towards the future.

Winner of:

Best film "Fine arts discipline" XVII Black International Cinema Berlin 2002, Germany.
"Best documentary upon Caribbean theme" at the San Juan Cinemafest, Puerto Rico.

This film is preceeded on Friday, March 14 by the short films,

"Take the A Train."

"Blink."

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