The unusual pairing of Flea, Glenn Close, a transgender country-rocker, Afrobeat and a new Lava/Republic singer gave Sunday night’s “A Celebration of Music in Film” one its most varied lineups.
Organized by music supervisor Tracy McKnight and Sundance Film Music Program director Peter Golub, the evening began with a tribute to the film “Low Down,” the story of bebop pianist Joe Albany told through his daughter’s perspective. The film’s stars, Close and Elle Fanning, read passages from Amy Jo Albany’s memoir while the film’s composer, saxophonist Ohad Talmor, improvised with Flea on bass and a pianist.
Two documentaries supplied two of the other acts, Rae Spoon from “My Prairie Home” and the Fela! Band from “Finding Fela.” Fela! Band singer, and star of “Fela!” on and off Broadway, Sahr Ngaujah, instructed the seated audience at the Kimball Arts Center to clear the floor of chairs and closed the evening with a dance party of Fela Kuti music.
Jetta, former backing vocalist for Paloma Faith and Cee Lo now signed to Lava/Republic, performed four songs with a guitarist between Spoon and the Fela! Band.