Sonic Mirror

Sonic Mirror
               Genre: Documentary, Music Film
  If you have a father who is a passionate pianist, if you are constantly on both road and at home is exposed to music, then it is no wonder that you yourself are a musician early on. So it is certainly with Billy Cobham, who was already eight years alongside his father on stage, and today, belongs at the age of 65 years, the most famous drummers of our time. His unique and powerful style between jazz, rock and funk has inspired generations of musicians – a music-loving and enthusiastic audience. The Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki has made about Cobham’s an impressive documentary.

Sonic Mirror takes the audience on a personal journey through Billy Cobham world of music. The journey begins, is where everything started for Cobham himself: with his family in New York City. Prior to his old house and while walking through his old neighborhood, he reminisces, circling constantly around the music. His father tells tales out of school. Because she had no babysitter, she always had her son take on evening events in which he played the piano. Cobham himself leads his passion for music back more on the radio, which played in his parents’ house from morning till night wonderful music. In marked contrast to today, would say.

The journey continues to Salvador de Bahia, a city of millions on the coast of northern Brazil, where Cobham music with an Afro-Brazilian group. Both in daily life as well as in culture and especially in the music of Brazil are still being acutely felt African influences. However, there are people of African descent still not easy in Brazil. Most belong to the poor and discriminated against by the “light-skinned” Brazilians. Portrays the culture Malê Debal group, whose music and dance combining African traditions with the Brazilian lifestyle. The project welds together the Afro-Brazilian community and serves mainly poor children, the opportunity to view over the music and gain a place in society. Every year the carnival, they show their skills and showcase their culture.

The journey ultimately leads to Switzerland, where Cobham music with autism. This part of the film is especially touching, because it is through the music with autism can often communicate better than on language. A concert with Billy Cobham and the band Okuta Persussian trying to lead a musical dialogue with people who can not bring her mental balance according to the expression. It is amazing what music it were awakened in them and how they react. Music as a rejuvenator for everyone, so to speak. Whether Brazilian favela or Swiss autistic home – music connects people and cultures that allow communication and exchange and expands the meaning of the power of sound.

For Mika Kaurismäki it was not the first encounter with Brazil and Brazilian music. In 1991 he went to Brazil, where he ran in Rio de Janeiro, a music club and his first musical road movie Moro no Brasil (shot 2002). In Moro no Brasil Kaurismäki shows a wide range of Brazilian musical styles. With the feature-length documentary Brasileirinho (2005) which was shown in the Berlinale Forum, is dedicated to the Choro Kaurismäki, an early Brazilian music style. Even with Sonic Mirror Kaurismäki proves once again that he has a flair for music and the people behind it. The Hollywood Reporter commented on the film as a “feelgood word music documentary with the potential to bet he next Buena Vista Social Club”. This opinion can join actually only.

(Katrin Knauth)

Title: Sonic Mirror Country of production: Germany, Switzerland, Finland Year of production: 2008 Length: 79 (Min) (# ) Distribution: Real Fiction Film Distribution

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