A small but perfectly formed documentary of discovery, Keyboard Fantasies is shot by Posy Dixon as she sets out to track down the source of the wonderful music she’s heard.
In Canada, she finds the calm wisdom of Beverly Glenn-Copeland and gets him to tell his story, of which his own journey of identity as a black transgender artist is a small part. His Buddhist outlook is tremendously centring and he’s a magnetic talker – just to spend time in his company on screen is a pleasure.
But then we get to hear this gorgeous music, a voice with ethereal qualities that can soar with anger like Nina Simone and float like a Smokey Robinson falsetto. There’s a bit of Joan Armatrading in there too, although I sense he’s never listened to any of those and creates something entirely original.
The final part of the film follows Glenn on a mini-tour with a new band, Indigo Rising, a bunch of young kids, as they play gigs in London and Utrecht, and this hidden genius finds a whole new audience after years of obscurity. The whole thing, the film, story, the man, is utterly heartlifting and soul-nourishing and watching it made me warm inside. And now I’m all about the music of Beverly Glenn-Copeland and can’t wait for his next gig.
Find out how and where to see it on ModernFilms.com and you can hear me talking to director Posy Dixon on my latest Totally Wired Radio Show.