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FILM REVIEW IN TIME OUT (FEBRUARY 7-13 2007)

“Kasper Collin’s excellent, sad documentary film is a tender and slightly unsettling love letter to iconic avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler.” The film is marked as a critics’ choice. Read more

BUZZ ABOUT THE FILM FOR NEXT YEARS OSCARS

The A-list writes about My Name Is Albert Ayler: “…It’s been called “one of the most starkly beautiful and moving documentaries ever made about a jazz musician.” Look for My Name is Albert Ayler, directed by Kasper Collin, to open worldwide Feb. 9th. The Swedish film focuses on 34-year-old jazz innovator, saxophonist Albert Ayler who was found dead in 1970 in New York’s East River. There’s already buzz about it for next year’s Oscars. See for yourself and remember The A-List told you first.” Read more

MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER IS BEING RELEASED IN UK ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2007

The fim opens at the ICA Cinema in London on Friday Feb 9 and screens daily until Thursday Feb 15. The first evening director Kasper Collin will introduce the film and take part in a post-screening Q & A session, hosted by The Wire’s editor-in-chief Tony Herrington. Presented by ICA and The Wire magazine. ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH. Nearest tubes: Piccadilly/Charing Cross. Box Office: 020 7930 3647, www.ica.org.uk

FULL PAGE ARTICLE IN TIME OUT

Full page article in Time Out (Nov 8 - 15, 2006): “… punk-jazz icon Albert Ayler who, 36 years after his death, finds himself at the centre of this year’s London Jazz Festival”.

THE WORLD IS READY FOR AYLER - AT LAST

Full page article on My Name Is Albert Ayler in The Sunday Times (Nov 5, 2006) by Stewart Lee: “Coltrane’s heir was so ahead of his time that we’ve only just caught up… 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…” Read more 

MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER AT THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

On Nov 11 2006 the film is being screened at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the London Jazz Festival. The screening will be followed by an onstage panel discussion with the legendary bass player Henry Grimes and the film’s director and producer Kasper Collin. The discussion will be led by journalist and broadcatser Kevin LeGendre.

MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER AWARDED AT MOFFOM IN PRAGUE

At the MOFFOM Festival in Prague (October 18-22, 2006) My Name Is Albert Ayler won second prize in the Audience Award competition for the best new music documentary. Read more

ARTICLE ON MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER IN THE GUARDIAN

The UK daily newspaper The Guardian publishes an article on My Name Is Albert Ayler (April 15, 2006) by John Robinson: “An excellent documentary film … about artistic integrity in the face of poverty, and of commitment to a musical vision.” Read more

LONDON PREMIERE AT ICA!

ICA and The Wire magazine present: My Name Is Albert Ayler

Director Kasper Collin will introduce the film and take part in a post-screening Q&A session, hosted by The Wire’s editor-in-chief Tony Herrington. A special club night in the ICA bar will follow the cinema event, featuring an exclusive DJ set from Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) plus The Wire Sound System DJs. Venue : Cinema 1. London ICA, 18 April, 6:30pm, 020 7930 3647, www.ica.org.uk

 

THE WIRE MAGAZINE OPENS ITS LEADER WITH WRITING ON MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER

In the April issue 2006 The Wire’s editor Chris Bohn opens the magazines leader with writing about the film: “This month, Masthead goes to the movies. First up is My Name Is Albert Ayler, the UK premiere of which The Wire is co-presenting at London’s ICA. … By turns illuminating and heartbreaking, Collin’s film documents Ayler’s formative period in Sweden before he returned to the USA to fire up free jazz amid frighteningly impoverished conditions … completely alters the way you hear and feel the music.”