This movie projection is offered exclusively to KAUST community members, and is rated R (no one under 17 admitted without an accompanying parent or guardian).
How far can a student be pushed to achieve their dream?
‘Whiplash’ is a 2014 American independent drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons, this intense film depicts the relationship between an ambitious jazz student and an abusive instructor.
A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who does not hold back on abuse towards his students. The two form an odd relationship as the student wants to achieve greatness, and the professor pushes him.
James Tulley of the Jeddah Jazz Quartet will give a brief introduction to this film.
This movie is presented to you as part of the Enrichment in the Spring jazz festival.
Refreshments will be served prior to the screening from 6:45 pm.
This event is brought to you by the Office of Enrichment Programs in collaboration with Graduate Affairs, the Arts Office and the University Library.
James Tulley is a member of 'Jeddah Jazz Quartet'.
Whilst studying advanced level Percussion, James’s first drumming assignment was in the early 1980’s in his School (and Alumni) Orchestra - a Jazz/Swing ‘Big Band’ Orchestra called the ‘The Glenntones’, which was named after the famous ‘Big Band’ leader and Jazz Trombonist Glenn Miller. This early introduction to Jazz influenced James’s drumming and percussion style in his work in Musical Theatre in Scotland and also the various musical genres he played throughout the years from; Pop, Rock and even traditional Scottish Ceilidh music.
The Pop band James drummed with in the 1980’s recently released the album of songs on which James featured when they were originally aired nearly 30 years ago. Check out WHITE – 345 Pollokshaws Road on Spotify here. A chance conversation with Paul Riker made the Jazz connection and after 3 years of musical retirement at KAUST, James could not resist the chance to return to the drum kit and to playing some Jazz with some great musicians in the JJ Quartet.
James is a Learning and Development Specialist in the Human Resources department at KAUST.
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