THOMAS CHAPIN

NIGHT BIRD SONG
 THE INCANDESCENT LIFE OF 

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY ASBURY PARK

 2017

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER

2017

BEST STORY NICE, FRANCE 2016

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL 2016

 a music documentary by EMMY-winning filmmaker Stephanie J. Castillo

presents

Jazz at Lincoln Center
“Night Bird Song flows with remarkable fluidity. The timing feels flawless.  This is a superbly assembled work..”
"Night Bird Song tells the sad but inspiring story of the boundary-blasting saxophonist."
"This documentary film reminds jazz fans of what a potent force Chapin was on the ’90s jazz scene."

REVIEWS

 
 
 

          An intimate and engaging documentary, NIGHT BIRD SONG: THE INCANDESCENT LIFE OF THOMAS CHAPIN tells the fascinating story behind the life and music of jazz great Thomas Chapin. A virtuoso from NYC’s downtown scene in the 80’s and 90’s, his brilliant compositions and work in a broad breath of music explorations, left critics and fellow musicians alike, amazed at his ability to bend the genre of jazz with innovative originality.

      A versatile multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and composer, Thomas Chapin led a trio performing his own music playing in New York City’s downtown scene, and at festivals and clubs around the world. An outstanding composer of larger works as well, he sometimes augmented the trio with strings and horn ensembles.

         Though leukemia tragically ended his life in 1998 at age 40, Thomas Chapin left behind a legacy of superb recordings and performances, and a reputation as one of jazz’s more extraordinary musicians – one of the few musicians to exist in both the worlds of the downtown, experimentalist scene and mainstream jazz.

         He continues to be a highly influential and inspirational force to those who knew him and to those who continue to know him through his music and example.

FILM SYNOPSIS

RANDOM MEDIA presents 

a film by STEPHANIE J. CASTILLO in association with ‘Olena Productions

Music by THOMAS DURFEE CHAPIN   performed by the THOMAS CHAPIN TRIO

Narrated by KATHRYN IZON

Photography by HUGH WALSH  IGOR ANDREVSKI  RICHARD DEAN     

Executive Producers TED CHAPIN  TORRENCE BOONE

Associate Producers  DEAN SENSUI  MARIO PAVONE  ABBY LONDON-CRAWFORD  MICHAEL DORF

Written & Produced by STEPHANIE J. CASTILLO   NOEL M. IZON

Directed & Edited by  STEPHANIE J. CASTILLO

Our fiscal sponsor, AKASHA INC.,

is a legacy foundation for the preservation and promotion of Thomas Chapin and his music.

For more information about the making of the film, go to www.thomaschapinfilm.com

Credits

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