Nick Zoulek – Photo credit Vontography

Video Premiere: Nick Zoulek’s Leafless Against the Gray Sky

Nick Zoulek‘s name might ring a bell. We’ve featured the saxophonist’s music on a past mixtape and some of his videos are on our .TV site. To start off the new year, we’re premiering Leafless Against The Gray Sky (for Bass Saxophone) from Rushing Past Willow (Innova 953)—Zoulek’s debut album.

Leafless Against the Gray Sky is the fourth installment of the Rushing Past Willow film series, and has already garnered some nice awards: Best Experimental Film at The ModCon London Film Festival, Best Experimental Film at the Largo Film Awards, nominated for Best Experimental Film at the International Monthly Film Festival.

Leafless Against the Gray Sky derives its title from a quote by Gert Eilenberger, a German physicist, who pursued research in nonlinear science. The quote reads: “Why is it that the silhouette of a storm-bent leafless tree against an evening sky in winter is perceived as beautiful…The answer seems to me, even if somewhat speculative, to follow from the new insights into dynamical systems. Our feeling for beauty is inspired by the harmonious arrangement of order and disorder as it occurs in natural objects…”

Leafless Against the Gray Sky was composed, filmed, recorded, and performed by Nick Zoulek.