"A documentary feature on the extraordinary life and visionary music of the American guitarist and singer Robbie Basho."
Starring: William Ackerman, Robbie Basho, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Alex de Grassi, Eugene "ED" Denson, Glenn Jones, Henry Kaiser, Country Joe McDonald, Barry Melton, Max Ochs, Richard Osborn, Pete Townshend
83 min / 2015 / UK / Directed by Liam Barker
"The enigma of Robbie Basho was a question that was yet to be answered – until now. VOICE OF THE EAGLE explores the guitarist’s life through interviews with close friends and family. From the outside, Basho seemed to lead a private life, though his friends describe it as “vicarious.” Exploring his early childhood, the narrative follows his upbringing in Baltimore, Maryland, after he was orphaned and diagnosed with synaesthesia, a condition that allowed him to interpret sounds as colour. The film follows Basho through the release of his first albums, explores his family life and religion, and looks at the change in musical style which had been inspired by Indian classical maestro Ravi Shankar. As a man who never married and hardly kept any close relationships, Basho wholly dedicated his life to religion and music. The last portion of this documentary explores Basho’s death in 1986, after a visit to the chiropractor caused a fatal stroke, speaking to a colleague who explains what went wrong. This enlightening documentary about the American visionary sees those who knew him remember the virtuoso through their memories." (Raindance Film Festival)
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