Mingus Erectus (The film)


Documentary / 75 min

Un film written and directed by Amaury VoslionProduced by Gaëlle Jones


Mingus Erectus is poem collection written by Noel Balen, a declaration of love in 30 texts and 4 defintions, to Charles « Chazz » Mingus. In the jazz poetry tradition, he decides to adapt 14 of the texts as songs and to make a record that would accompany the collection. Then, he calls upon Etienne Gauthier and they invite a galaxy of talents to offer their voice or a solo on the compositions. And they deliver a record of 18 tracks that is released with the book, edited by the Castor Astral Editions.


This is this record that constitutes the soundtrack of the film


A pen scratches a notebook, rotary presses print a book, a double bass against the light. This is the film where words becomes music…

By following the narrators and the musicians recording the album in the studio, under the direction of Noel Balen and Etienne Gauthier, a strange magic is working. Is it the authenticity of the characters, the fact that music is photogenic ? Words tell about Mingus and are also an invitation to dream, like interludes where emotions guide us. Because the camera captures the emotion felt by the characters  and transmits it to us. Song after song, poem after poem, Charles appears and disappears, as a ghost that would come visit us. The double bass is his totem, Noel and his joyful band, the messengers. Then appear the weaknesses and torments of Mingus, his joys and what he loved, his faith in music and his brothers in arms. And in the shadow of the film, he still enlightens us.

Intimate portrait, Mingus Erectus is a film on the process of creating music, where we simultaneously discover the work of an artist and how it was conceived.



Irène Jacob, Viktor Lazlo, Liz McComb, Jean-Luc Debattice, Michel Jonasz, Kohndo, Mike Laad, David Linx, Passi, Dominique Pinon, Thomas de Pourquery, Arthur Ribo.


Philip Catherine (guitars), Ricky Ford (tenor sax), Steve Potts (soprano sax), Géraldine Laurent (alto sax), Stéphane Belmondo (trompet), David Enhco (trompet), Glenn Ferris (trombone), Michel Portal (bass clarinet), Bojan Z (piano), Thomas Enhco (piano), Jacky Terrasson (fender rhodes), Emmanuel Bex (organ), Marius Atherton (funky guitar), Danny Kendrick (drums), Etienne Gauthier (keyboards, piano, drums, programming), Noel Balen (double bass).

Partnerships with Bolid Records, Lomography and Le Castor Astral, and with the support of the Galerie 24B

With the support of SACEM.