Those were the first sketches, for the opening sequence of Ben Mergelsberg documentary “Meine Oma in Schlesien”. I first tried to associate the idea of road movie, with that nice old gypsy feel. I wanted to avoid getting too pathétique, by overly emphasizing the already sad voice-over text. So I seeked a happy-sad compromise with the swing feel.
We had the pleasure to meet Columbian violonist Gloria Marcela, last week. This is a short audio Soundcloud snapshot of our first encounter.
I was pleased to score for Ben Mergelsberg and Clara Hahn’S documentary “Mein Oma in Schlesien“.
Ben is a cameraman and director who runs Wrangelfilm in Berlin.
It was great working with / for Ben. It only took a little while for us to tune into the same wavelength, so to say. And then it was just great fun.
Here is a first version of the main theme I proposed.
The documentary revolves around Ruth, Clara’s grandmother, as they drive back to Schlesien: Ruth’s native region.
“Der Film will nicht belehren, nichts Erklären, sondern zeigen was passieren kann wenn eine Enkelin die Oma fragt: Woher kommst Du ?”
I invited some of my new acquaintances and favorite musicians to participate on some parts of the soundtrack, such as Florian Kolditz and Nir Sabag, respectively on bass and drums. Daniel Weltlinger – photographed with his violin – from Australia, blessed us with some awesome violin playing. I had not heard Daniel before that studio session. I had met him once over a year ago, and I just knew. Sometimes you just know, you don’t even need to hear the cat play. The vibe, and a nice conversation are enough. And even then, I was happily surprised…
In any case, thanks to all of you musicians, and Ben and Clara for the chance to work on this lovely project.
I am pleased to start the Segal Music WordPress blog.