Adventure 13: Artists Communicating Together Without Words

Duke Ellington: "Improvisation for Miro"

Another stunning clip from Norman Grantz's Improvisation. Here, the painter and sculptor Joan Miro (apologies in advance to the punctuation police) and jazz composer Duke Ellington meet for the first time for an improvised jazz session. I've witnessed similar unusual artistic collaborations myself- I produced a rock video for Bjork (more apologies!) that was designed and animated by John K. Parties at my house are always interesting interactions between cartoonists, musicians and creators of all stripes. Sometimes these sorts of things don't work out- Walt Disney and Salvador Dali's "Destino" was never meant to be (and when it finally was completed, it was even worse than it started out!). But when two great creative minds in different disciplines can work in tandem, wondeful things can happen. I'm sure there are more unusual collaborations between artists. If you can think of some, tell me about them in the comments.