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Directed by Michael Wehmeyer
98 mins | Germany, 2019 | German with English subtitles
For 50 years, the German music collective EMBRYO has been building bridges between jazz and Indian, African and Arabic sonic worlds, as pioneers of 'World Music'. On their travels from Europe to Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, Egypt and Morocco, EMBRYO played with local musicians, – including jazz greats Mal Waldron, Charlie Mariano and Fela Kuti. EMBRYO keyboarder and film director Michael Wehmeyer opens a treasure chest of previously unreleased film footage, interviews and photos to convey five decades of a new way of making music, independent of existing social and cultural norms. EMBRYO has a way of making the world small and the music big.The film is truly a cinematic jam session across the globe.
Michael Wehmeyer born in 1954 is a keyboard player and composer for theater, film and TV productions. For 18 years he was the pianist for the band EMBRYO and later went on to co-found the music group Dissidenten. He has over 30 LPs and CD releases under his belt and is also currently the leader of the jazz band Rhythm4wind. He has worked in various capacities including cameraman & editor on documentary films such as Vagabond Caravan, Sonic Youth, KifKif to name a few. He is based in Berlin.
Producers Michael Wehmeyer, EMBRYO
Director of Photography Michael Wehmeyer
Sound Michael Wehmeyer
Editor Michael Wehmeyer
Music by EMBRYO
Artists Involved Christian Burchard, Roman Bunka, Michael Wehmeyer, Uve Müllrich,Edgar Hofman, Dave King, Marja Burchard, Dieter Serfas, Chris Karrer, Jens Pollheide, Lothar Stahl, Mick Quantius, Valentin Altenberger, Mal Waldron, Charlie Mariano, KCP, DunDun, Kabul Orch, Ramesh Shottam, NNCK, Xhishi Nie, M.+M. Gania, Marty Cook and many many more from all over the world.
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