Time for Video - Oxford Improvisers

Oxford Improvisers is a group of musicians from diverse backgrounds who meet together regularly for the pleasure of each others' company in acts of collective improvisation. Most of our work is spontaneous group playing, and it is the intuitive interaction in improvisation that is most highly valued by the group.

When we discussed collaborating with Ebba Jahn we were in lockdown and for many months had only played together online. Ebba suggested that we each document the space in which we worked, our instruments and our view of the outside world. Each of us responded to this in a different way. From these resources Ebba constructed a collage of our separate lives, which was enhanced by interlacing with Mano Kinze’s dramatic and passionate “Recent Paper Pairs”.

The music we made to Ebba’s film is a continuous improvisation, a multi-layered texture that was played as we watched the film together in our separate spaces, whilst listening closely to one another. We each recorded our individual soundstream in high quality, so Gero Kempf was able to create a perfect mix of all the layers in sync with the film just as we had played them.
Lawrence Casserley

  • Ebba Jahn
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2021
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  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Lacuna Art Festivals_Clash 2022
    Canary Islands
    July 1, 2022
    Spain Premiere
    Official Selection
  • NIFF LONDON - New Indie Film Festival of London
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
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  • Ebba Jahn
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Ebba Jahn

Ebba Jahn graduated from the Film and TV Academy Berlin (DFFB) and has worked as a 16 mm filmmaker and cinematographer. She moved to New York City from 1991 until 2010, where she also studied towards a BA in Fine Arts.

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Director Statement

Since 2018 Ebba Jahn is focused on creating short poetic video collages, made with original sound and contemporary music, own and found footage, photos and poetic texts. These short films, poetic music videos and poetry films are shown by intl. film festivals as well as art programs and in exhibitions.