Over Christmas I finally got to see Wim Wenders’ film Pina, a tribute to Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal. I saw them on stage in 1982 at Sadlers Wells, but never again until this wonderful movie. It had felt then that she brought the gravitas of Tarkovsky to dance, though from the evidence of this film she did lighten up a little in the intervening 30 years. I wish I had seen more of her.

The soundtrack to Pina is full of well chosen pieces, and it led me to discover this by Hazmat Modine.

They are the only band I know to be fronted by two harmonica players. Their sound has been described as Ry Cooder meets the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. I think they’re my new favourites.

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