Inuit meets Euphonium
Nanook of the North and Shirley Anne Hofmann
Nanook of the North became an instant worldwide success and cult movie. Since then, we’ve had a "Nanook" hit single, a famous chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar called the Eskimo Pie, a band called "Nanook of the North" and, of course, the well-known Frank Zappa song "Nanook Rubs It." In 1920, Robert J. Flaherty shot the first major documentary film in the history of cinema in the region north of Hudson Bay. For more than a year, he filmed the life of an Inuit family, focusing on their capacity to adapt, their survival instinct, their joyfulness, their daily courage and their innate nobility. Flaherty’s dynamic camera shooting and keen sense of observation revolutionized the documentary genre. To this day, Nanook has not lost any of its power to fascinate. On the contrary, in the face of global warming this film has become even more pertinent. Shirley Anne Hofmann combines her instrumental "universe" (euphonium, pocket trumpet, tuba, accordion and voice with live sampling techniques and brings a new and ingenious dimension to Flaherty’s unforgettable images. Her songs, improvisation, humour, naivety and love of life are all perfectly adapted to the filmmaker’s vision. A musical and cinematographical happening!
"Unpretentious. An imaginary 'Eskimo' folk music." Neue Zürcher Zeitung
"Her musical playfulness gives us a feeling of deeply felt 'Joie de vivre' Aargauer Zeitung
"Particularly moving." L’Express
"I love bizarre singing styles. Yodeling. I love that Swiss woman Shirley Anne Hofmann."
Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons Zurcher Tagesanzeiger