What Difference Does It Make?

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy invited award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg to create a full-length feature film. The result, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music, explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. Going beyond the standard effusive nightlife cliches and rags-to-riches adages, the film asks questions about life itself and the burning passion for creation that drives musicians.

Shot during the 2013 edition of the Red Bull Music Academy in New York, the film evokes the heady atmosphere of that event, in which fresh musical ideas tend to spark between artists representing different genres and generations. In a different city each year, 60 up and coming musicians from around the world participate in workshops with musical luminaries in a custom-fitted complex of studios and workspaces. By night, they perform in the city’s cult venues and concert halls, alongside contemporary and classic innovators as well as heroes and heroines of the local scene. Long after the last notes are played, the experiences and insights gained there tend to resonate deeply in the lives and practices of those who take part.

What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music is available to watch at rbma15.com


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