Edward Ratliff – Barcelona In 48 Hours
Barcelona In 48 Hours
(Strudelmedia – 2004)
by Paula Edelstein
Barcelona In 48 Hours is the soundtrack for a short film of the same name by Anja Hitzenberger and Edward Ratliff. The film centers around the choreographer, teacher and dancer David Zambrano and is both an impressionistic portrait of a contemporary dance artist and a meditation on movement. The music features the diverse influences of a wide array of masters and styles including the tango, Bartok, high-tech Jungle style grooves, atmospheric electronic dance beats and North African rhythms.
With shades of Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s Nuevo tango scene and the sensuality and melancholy of Barcelona, Spain woven throughout the soundtrack, the sparse, minimalist music enhances the black and white film scenes through the simpatico playing of Michael Attias on alto saxophone, Sam Bardfeld on violin, Charlie Giordano on accordion, John Herbert on bass, Kevin Norton on drums, Edward Ratliff on cornet, celest, Fender Rhodes, and trombone, and Seido Salifoski on dumbek. Additional music from Andy Biskin on bass clarinet, Doug Wieselman on guitar and Chris Kelly on programming, guitar and drums intensify the moods and feelings the listener is in store for. Barcelona In 48 Hours now for more great jazz on film.
For more information on the film, the photography of Anja Hitzenberger or the music of Edward Ratliff, please visit www.strudelmedia.com.