The Language of the Unknown

documentary | 58 min | D 2013


When Wayne Shorter founded his own first jazz band at the turn of the millennium, he already had made a world career. The saxophonist and composer is always keen to explore new musical territories. Our documentary gives a deep and personal insight into the work and artistic approach of The Wayne Shorter Quartet. Working closely with his fellow musicians, Wayne has developed a form of communication that he calls „Zero Gravity“.


Press-Kit (PDF)




London Jazz Festival (Homepage)

Jazztopad Warschau (Homepage)

Monterey Jazz Festival (Homepage)

script writer

Guido Lukoschek (*1975) studied film studies, American studies and music ethnology in Mainz and Zurich. After an internship for the ZDF editorial department for debut filmmakers  ”Das kleine Fernsehspiel“, the passionate trumpeter worked there as lector and press officer between 2003 and 2008. During that time he worked for various film festivals, such as Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and the Munich Film Festival and he ran the FILMZ Festival of German cinema in Mainz. Since 2008 Guido Lukoschek works as a management consultant for the Academy of Film in Baden-Wuerttemberg, where he lectures film analysis and is responsible for international cooperations. Guido Lukoschek is a member of the committee of FBW (since 2012) and FSK (since 2005). After a series of experimental short films „The language of the unknown“ is his first directorial work for a documentary.


director: Guido Lukoschek

executive producer: Norbert W. Daldrop

producer: Ümit Uludag

editing: Helmar Jungmann

cinematography: Timm Kröger, Christine Lüdge, Felix Meinhardt,

Roland Mönch, Thomas Schadt

sound: Bertin Molz

dramatic consultant: Thomas Schadt

sounddesign/mixing: David Rädler

grip: Jörg Rambaum

concert mixing: Rob Griffin

production assistant: Lauren Grall

motion graphics: Pauline Branke


project details

script/directing: Guido Lukoschek

cast: Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Danilo Perez, Carolina Shorter

production: avindependents

co-production: SWR/arte, in cooperation with FILMAKADEMIE BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG

funding: funded by Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG)

TV-premiere: 25. August 2013, um 23:20 Uhr, arte