Shani Diluka has the great honor to be the subject of a documentary portrait by the award winning film director Mark Kidel. He has made major films on Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, Ravi Shankar, Peter Sellars and John Adams to name a few.
He will follow Shani through her different projects in 2021 and 2022, including master classes in Mumbai at the Zubin Mehta Foundation, recordings with the Detroit DJ and Producer and pioneer of Techno Carl Craig, which will take place at London’s celebrated Abbey Road studios, sessions around Proust anniversaries in 2021 and 2022, with Natalie Dessay and Guillaume Gallienne.
Mark Kidel is a leading documentary film-maker, writer and critic specializing in music and the arts. He works mainly in the UK, France and Germany.
Some key films include “So You Wanna Be a Rock’n’roll Star”, “Rod the Mod Has Come of Age” (about Rod Stewart), “Kind of Blue”, an essay on melancholia, made with the American writer James Hillman, “New York: The Secret African City”, with the Africanist Robert Farris Thompson, “Something Rich and Strange: The Life and Music of Iannis Xenakis”, “Balthus the Painter”, “Boy Next Door” (about Boy George), “Naked and Famous” (about the black musician Tricky), “Free Will and Testament: The Robert Wyatt Story”, “Alfred Brendel: Man and Mask”, “Lessons of a Master: Leon Fleisher”, “Under African Skies: Rai”, “Ravi Shankar: Between Two Worlds”, “Les hôpitaux meurent aussi” (“A Hospital Remembers”), “Hungary 1956: Our Revolution”, ”Soweto Strings” and “Set the Piano Stool on Fire” (a two-year chronicle of the relationship between piano giant Alfred Brendel and his young pupil Kit Armstrong).
Over the years he has worked with a number of different production companies, notably Les Films d’ici and Agat Films in Paris, as a guest producer-director with the BBC and more recently through his own production company, Calliope Media. He has also co-produced a number of projects with French companies.
Mark Kidel has written widely, mostly about music, for many of the national newspapers, as well as for various weeklies. He was the founder rock critic of the New Statesman and a regular contributor to The Listener.
He was a co-founder with Peter Gabriel of the world music festival WOMAD.
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