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Backwood Philosopher (Pessi Levanto)

Original score from the 2009 drama comedy feature film directed by Kari Väänänen, starring Kai Lehtinen, Tommi Korpela and Kati Outinen, produced by Matila Röhr Productions and released by Nordisk Film (Finland). Original title: Havukka-ahon ajattelija.

THE STORY: Self-taught philosopher Konsta Pylkkänen guides a group of researchers through Finland’s Kainuu wilderness in the hopes of having a “sinistä ajatusta” – an idea out of the blue. While firing upon a hybrid of the hazel grouse and the western capercaillie, kinds of birds, he indeed makes a scientific discovery.

THE SCORE: “In this score, I really wanted to focus on the peculiar character of the home-grown philiopsher, so the music aims to illustrate his colorful musing about life, space, and nature in a quirky, yet whimsical fashion.”Pessi Levanto

THE COMPOSER: Finnish composer Pessi Levanto is the first to be featured in the MovieScore Media Portfolio series. He has scored around twenty full-length feature films, thirty short films and documentaries plus miscellaneous spots and commercials. He has released seven records of his own and played in and done arrangements for dozens of others. Besides his film work, Pessi is a sought-after arranger. His project Classical Trancelations with the Helsinki Philharmonic, had sold-out shows of orchestral versions of club music classics. His scores for Oma maa, Swingers, Psychosia and recent TV series Piece of My Heart are also available from MovieScore Media. Among Levanto’s upcoming scores are the one he wrote for the Norwegian thriller, The Innocents, directed by Eskil Vogt and in competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival – the score album for this film is also set to be released by MovieScore Media later this year. 

MMS21057 MovieScore Media Portfolio
BACKWOOD PHILOSOPHER (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by PESSI LEVANTO
Release date (digital): July 9, 2021

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