Private Project

Momwow - Jamming with birds

This is an experimental art film and it contains live played guitar, spoken word and poems. It has some documental features and it is a recording session for Lp called Momwow. Film is conversation with birds; trying to communicate in their own language. Blackbirds in particular respond to melodies and sounds of their environment. They add their own twist as they respond, kinda like a jazz musician. It was filmed by one shot and at the same time was recoded the first audio track. For final film track was added the LP track with drums and another guitar. In this film composer mr. Christiansson plays guitar improvising with birds singing. This song is B-side for album and it is filmed and recorded in one weekend in june 2021. In Finland our summer is very light and this film has just natural lightining. Summer is short too and birds are singing with big passion and in hurry too. To final track(in LP) we had put birds track lower, their voice really cut trough. In this film birds are talking and singing who ever knows what. Maybe they have big visions and plans or then they just communicate in very common and practical issues.

  • Tomi Christiansson
  • NInel Grönholm
  • Tomi Christiansson
  • Ninel wash&clean
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 24, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    700 USD
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Director Biography - Tomi Christiansson, NInel Grönholm

Tomi Christiansson is Finnish self learned guitar player and composer. His main instrument is the electric guitar. He feels that rhythm and microtonality are the most important things in guitar playing. When he was a child, he heard Peer Günt´s dance of Mountain kings and danced like a dervish, when was alone at home. He have 20 000 vinyls and he has always listened a lot music as well as played with them, cause he cannot read the notes. That has forced him to develope ears and had lead to microtonality.
His music is same as his way see world as rhythms and microtonal moments. In this experimental film, he improvises and plays electric guitar with birds. Birds are catching very high notes and he got interested to reach high notes with guitar .This is LP recording situation. Tomi Christiansson and Ninel Grönholm are mainly doing music as a Matilda Mother band and they are interested to make music for some film. Meanwhile they do experimental filming, but always recording live music for their albums at same time. Mr. Christiansson is responsible from all the photos as well

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Director Statement

Black birds are master improvisers: they never repeat a phrase.