America’s Musical Journey
Celebrate the unique cultural diversity and innovation of America’s music in MacGillivray Freeman Films’ America’s Musical Journey. Starring Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor, Morgan Freeman, America’s Musical Journey opens exclusively at IMAX Melbourne on September 6.
Visiting such iconic cities as New Orleans, Chicago, New York City, Nashville, Memphis, Miami and more, America’s Musical Journey explores the collision of cultures that gave birth to such electrifying American art forms as jazz, the blues, country, rock and roll, hip-hop and more. As audiences join Blacc on this joyful, tune-filled tour, they’ll experience uniquely American adventures such as paddle-wheel boating up the Mississippi Delta, flash mob dancing in Chicago and skydiving with Elvis impersonators over Memphis in scenes shot exclusively for the giant screen.
Academy Award-nominated director Greg MacGillivray threads these images together to create an immersive experience of America’s cultural diversity, with a soundtrack that showcases the national passion for creative innovation at its purest. “America’s music has its roots in the diverse cultures that came together from different parts of the world, culminating in a unique blend of sound, culture and innovation unlike anywhere else in the world,” said MacGillivray.
“Music is an essential part of the human experience, and I look forward to helping audiences discover the unique cultural influences that gave rise to jazz, the blues, folk and other American musical genres,” said Aloe Blacc. “I love the freedom of expression in this country, which is a source of creativity and innovation unlike anywhere else.”
In addition to Aloe Blacc, audiences will meet other iconic artists, musicians and innovators who are shaping America’s culture today, including Jon Batiste, bandleader and musical director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Latin music stars Gloria and Emilio Estefan, New Orleans music hero Dr. John, Chicago jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, teenage banjo-playing phenomenon Willow Osborne, Memphis jookin dance star Lil Buck, the Detroit Youth Choir, Chicago footwork maestros Pause Eddie and Donnetta “Lil Bit” Jackson, the Bandaloop vertical dancers, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, the Beale Street Flippers, skydiving Elvis impersonators and many more.
“We are thrilled to bring this film to Melbourne,” said IMAX Melbourne General Manager Richard Morrison. “America’s Musical Journey is a very different kind of IMAX experience and we’re excited to see how our audiences react!”
Tickets go on sale on September 3 at www.imaxmelbourne.com.au. America’s Musical Journey is suitable for all ages and has a running time of 45 minutes.
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