Original score from the 2021 documentary feature film directed by Jordi Garcia Rodriguez, produced by No Solo Travel Chronicles (Germany).
THE STORY: Migration: Leaving everything behind in search of freedom. Escaping appalling conditions, relentless horror, famine and war. Walking hundreds of kilometers to reach the gates of paradise: Europe. Non-Citizens tells the story of the ones waiting in the Purgatory where hundreds of immigrants from Central Africa are fighting for survival – giving voice to their hopes and fears.
THE SCORE: “As an immigrant myself, I was really fascinated by the plot of the film. 20 years ago I came as an immigrant to Germany leaving behind my past in Belarus, so I had first hand experience about what it feels like to be a stranger and start your life from a scratch on the new ground. As always my ‘modus operandi’ is an old-school composing on paper, so I began to improvise and experiment sound fusion effects in order to express drama accompanying the life of the refugees. I wanted to use African percussion and mix it with modern classical music. As a result I composed six tracks with percussion sound elements. I was very happy to work together on this recording with my good friend and valuable colleague – an outstanding cellist Vytautas Sondeckis who enriched this soundtrack with his contribution.” – Leon Gurvitch
THE COMPOSER: Born in Belarus, composer Leon Gurvitch has been a resident of Hamburg, Germany since 2001. Coming from a classical musical background, he is working as an assistant professor at the Johannes Brahms Conservatory and has authored more than 300 compositions and arrangements. Some of his most important achievements involve scoring Menahem Golan’s 2001 film Death Game, conducting the premiere of Philip Glass’s opera “Les Enfants Terribles” in Hamburg, winning an international composition prize “Golden Chanukkia” in 2006 in Berlin and making his debut at Carnegie Hall as a pianist and composer in 2017. Gurvitch’s works are published by Boosey & Hawkes; his score to Noah Land was released by MovieScore Media.
MMS21039 NON-CITIZENS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by LEON GURVITCH
Release date (digital): June 25, 2021