Ron Geesin: An Improvised Life

Something different, but I’m sure of interest to many, is a new documentary by Tom McInnes about the incomparable Ron Geesin, perhaps best known for his tremendous contribution – as co-composer and orchestrator – to Pink Floyd’s experimental 1970 Atom Heart Mother album and, more recently, the delightful aphorisms that kept plenty of us giggling long after leaving London’s Cadogan Hall back in June 2008.

David features in the film, along with Nick Mason, Robert Wyatt, Peter Gabriel, Pete Townshend and others.

There is also exclusive footage from said Hall, where the ‘Atom Heart Mother’ suite was performed in all its glory by Mun Floyd, accompanied by David, choir, brass ensemble and the wonderful Caroline Dale on cello.

The film is being screened at the Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly, as part of the Doc’n Roll Film Festival, on Saturday 3rd October at 5pm, followed by a Q&A with Ron and the film’s director/producer, Tom McInnes.

Short listed for the festival’s Best Documentary Award, it sounds like a fascinating story about a fascinating man. All the details can be found here.

If you go along, do let us know how you enjoyed it.

Lastly, don’t forget to tune in to BBC2 this evening at 10pm (later in Northern Ireland) for Later… with Jools Holland. David will be performing live. The extended edition follows on Friday at 11.30pm.