November 01, 2011
The new music documentary “Coals to Newcastle: The New Mastersounds, from Leeds to New Orleans”, chronicling the rise of UK jazz-funk phenomenon, The New Mastersounds, is now exclusively available at the iTunes store.
Based in Leeds, UK, The New Mastersounds tour non-stop across the globe, spreading their authentic raw combination of jazz-funk at major festivals including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Fuji Rock in Japan, and at incredible venues from the islands of Greece to Red Rocks Ampitheater in Denver, Colorado.
The film not only features live performances during the band’s first trip to the United States, but also takes a deep look into the lasting impact their trip to New Orleans’ Jazzfest, just months after Hurricane Katrina, had on both them and their music.
In a world experiencing times of conflict, this film offers a fresh optimistic perspective of extraordinary British talent honoring roots of American music and following their passion. As Peter Shand, bass player, is quoted in the film, “I think the world needs a bit of soul right now…”
Directed by filmmakers Marca Hagenstad & Aaron Dunsay, and distributed by Go Digital, the documentary has been screened in fifteen festivals in five countries. It’s world premiere was the first documentary to hold the coveted Opening Night screening at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and it received the Top Prize at the 2011 Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival in Louisiana.
NMS drummer Simon Allen humorously comments, “Coals to Newcastle doesn’t just represent an amazing achievement in independent documentary making - somehow it also made our band appear really interesting and likeable…”
About Aaron Dunsay and Marca Hagenstad: Aaron earned a degree in Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999, and Marca Hagenstad studied film at the Documentary Cinema Institute in Denver and together created Colfax Productions in 2004.
About GoDigital: GoDigital is an industry leader for music assets in the digital space. Nearly 500 million homes around the world can access GoDigital content on dozens of digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu.