The documentary Charlie Haden: Rambling Boy will be screened tonight at the Bijou Theater at CalArts as part of the School of Film/Video’s Structuring Strategies class and screening series. Written and directed by Reto Caduff, the film traces the career of jazz bassist Haden, who established the jazz studies program at CalArts in 1982. Both Haden and Caduff are scheduled to attend and answer questions from the audience.
Rambling Boy follows Charlie Haden Family & Friends recording the country/bluegrass album of the same name, moving from Haden’s bluegrass beginnings in the Ozarks to the heart of the 1960s jazz movement, to his contributions to the avant-garde, small group, big band, world music, folk and gospel genres. The film also explores his collaborations with musicians like Ornette Coleman, Carla Bley, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny among many others. Woven into the film are music, stills and clips from Haden’s personal collection.
Although the Zurich-born Caduff formally trained in modern Swiss typography and graphic design, he is now working as a director for film and television (Big Brother, Popstars and MusicStar), corporate films, commercials and his deepest passion: feature-length documentaries. His film on the 80s hard rock legend Krokus won the 2004 award for best film at the Zurich Film Festival.
Structuring Strategies presents Charlie Haden: Rambling Boy
CalArts Bijou Theater
Tonight (May 4)