New film exploring Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders’ new album and Julie Mehretu painting to premiere this month

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Last month, Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders released their new collaborative album, Promises, which comprises one continuous, beautiful piece of music over several movements. Now the album is being featured as part of a film, Promises: Through Congress, that also explores visual artist Julie Mehretu’s 2003 painting Congress. The film, made by Trevor Tweeten on location at The Broad during winter 2021, will virtually premiere on April 24 through a partnership between the Broad in Los Angeles and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City. For more information or to RSVP, head to the Whitney or The Broad websites.

Floating Points’ Sam Shepherd says in a press release, “I wanted to perpetuate this idea of being centered in the middle of the painting with its details swirling around you and this film is an extrapolation of that idea, of being in the middle of this perfect storm which only slowly reveals itself.” Watch a trailer for the film below.

Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders’ Promises is one of our favorite albums of March.

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