‘Shanghai’, promo DVD-R, no label, no release date (ca 2003-2005).
Total time: 41:39
Mpeg file, 422Mb
Urban Sax is a french saxophone ensemble founded by Gilbert Artman in 1973. At first comprising 8 sax players, it now includes more than 50 saxophones of all types with additional keyboards, drums (Artman is a drummer), vocals, dancers, etc. Their shows are multimedia events involving lighting, costumes, pyrotechnics, etc. Their music is usually a continuous sound (if I am correct, usually in E♭) passing from one group of players to the next, creating a panoramic effect, intended to interact with the venue where the show is taking place. The Wikipedia page has an apt description of the band.
This home-made DVD-R was probably intended for promotional use while Urban Sax was planning several concerts in China, negotiations starting as early as 2003 and ensuing shows taking place in 2005. The feature film is a retrospective of past Urban Sax events from the 1980s to the 21st century, to show local authorities what it is all about. It starts with archive footage from various european TV channels (with a rather bad image quality, getting much better afterwards). Costumes and stage design are really amazing, even including Michel Moglia’s fire organs (see previous post) at some point.
[I tested the above link and it took me 1½ hour to download the film.
If anyone want me to upload this on any other server, just let me know]