Tuesday, 19 January 2016

December 2015 saw four original films directed by composer Flint Juventino Beppe available worldwide from The FJB Fingerprint

Flint Juventino Beppe (formerly known as Fred Jonny Berg) http://fjbfingerprint.com  started creating music in his childhood with songs, instrumental works, electronic music and orchestral works. Having no political preferences, Beppe has nevertheless always felt powerful liberalistic undertones valuing an individual freedom that permeates all his art, dreaming of a world without religions and violating politics.

To date, Beppe's catalogue of compositions numbers around 200 works, many of which are commissions, and include works for piano, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, string orchestra and orchestral works, including flute concertos, piano concertos and symphonic poems. Beppe has also written ballet music, electro acoustic works, film soundtracks and songs.

Beppe's works have been performed around the world including the USA (The Kennedy Center), Russia, England (St. John's, Smith Square), Finland and Japan. He has collaborated with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Emily Beynon, Mark van de Wiel, Sir James Galway, Ralph Rousseau, Leonard Slatkin and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Beppe is also a scriptwriter, director and producer for an on-going art film production labelled Symbiophonies™. Flint Juventino Beppe works are published by The FJB Fingerprint™.

Four films featuring music by composer Flint Juventino Beppe have been released on Video On Demand https://vimeo.com/fjbfingerprint/vod_pages . More information about the concept of the films can be found at www.fjbfingerprint.com/multimedia/vam_statement.html

Exhaling music is an award-winning documentary featuring Flint Juventino Beppe who has captured the heart and minds of the international music scene. This 56 minute documentary made in 2009, in Norwegian and English with English subtitles, was produced by News on Request AS and directed by Trond Eliassen. It features such internationally renowned artists as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Emily Beynon and James Galway and charts Beppe’s career from the first piano solos that he sent to Ashkenazy through to the rehearsals with the great conductor.

There are many insights into the composer and his connection with nature. ‘I never compose music’, Beppe says, ‘the tones just float around inside my head. When they get too loud, I have to breathe them out.’ This insightful, often compelling film tells of Beppe’s traumatic loss of Christian faith at the age of seventeen and his fight to express himself, which he achieved through music. His breakthrough came with Flute Mystery, the subject of the recording sessions featured on this film. Emily Beynon talks of her enjoyment working with the composer and the Chairman of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Alistair McKay, speaks of Beppe’s unique voice.  Ashkenazy talks of the development of Beppe’s music from the early works that he received from the composer and of the honesty of his music.

This documentary also reveals some of the creative process between Ashkenazy and Beppe during recording sessions and the stresses of recording, particularly when Ashkenazy falls sick and the composer, who has never conducted an orchestra before, successfully takes over.

Above all it is Flint Juventino Beppe’s innate modesty and sheer natural musicianship that shines through.

Flint Juventino Beppe is both composer and director of Montagna con Forza (duration 56 minutes) an art film that has no commentary, just the wonderful music of Beppe and stunning images of the Norwegian landscape. In this film we follow a wooden boat’s venture across a lake and, in the composer’s words ‘we will be exposed to the vast array of temperate sensations, sensitive harmonies and visions – freed from the conventions of time…also the brutality and mercilessness of life are the central elements, in combination with eleven closely connected parts and originally written music…this production is respectfully dedicated to the fragile world we all live in.’

The film takes us soaring over mountains and snow covered peaks, the little wooden boat is shown drifting alone. There are wonderful colours and images, swirling mists, close ups of natural world, snowscapes, colourful rock features and some exquisite underwater photography revealing the real beauty of nature and always returning to the little boat, all with Beppe’s unique and atmospheric music.

The ideas behind Vicino alla Montagna (duration 54 minutes) are described by Beppe with the following words ‘Nature is constantly present…music perpetually sounds from beyond the mountains…humankind arises from the earth…while Music is directing the cycle of life Nature is the impartial arena. What happens when Humankind cannot relate to this unified energy of Nature and Music.’

Again with no commentary this art film brings more beautifully filmed and directed scenes from nature. Female forms appear out of the natural landscape as humankind arises from the earth. Beppe uses some black and white images to add effect.  There are some quite stunning visual images particularly of a snow swept landscape with a large moon above and of ice flows. This film is much about the human relationship with nature with, towards the end, the female figures walking into the water to be submerged before the conclusion arrives with a glorious sunset and with the equally glorious music of Flint Juventino Beppe. Please note that although the film contains nudity for artistic purposes, the Norwegian Media Authority has awarded it a general certificate, which means that it is suitable for all ages.

Captured in a Gaze is a short film directed by Flint Juventino Beppe of around nine minutes duration from ideas by the composer which shows a gathering of young people talking and going about their usual activities. One of the girls looks at a photograph on the wall of an old man. She starts drawing and finds herself caught between dream and reality as she starts to communicate with a portrait on the wall. This brings some most inventive and unusual animations against an original and quite captivating Flint Juventino Beppe electronic soundtrack.

There is much more to Montagna con Forza and Vicino alla Montagna than the beautiful images that are captured, immensely enjoyable though they are. There is a narrative running through these films that holds the attention. In the director and composer’s own words ‘This is not music set to film. This is film set to music.’
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