Reconciliation is a humble attempt to let go, yet with awareness and depth. This enhances the power of music which is not only able to heal but also to bring positive messages and transformation.
The album is structured in two parts: “Songs for my Ancestors” and “The Refugee’s Journey”. In the first part, the composer revisits each story behind his four grandparents. Each song is named after each one of them: Richard, Dora, Freddy and Jetty. In Richard we feel the need of a sense of overture, as a safe place to be brought to in order to dive into painful and difficult memories. With the composition of Dora, the composer is dancing with memories: “When I was composing this piece, I read the letters she received from her family after her emigration to Argentina. She had to leave her parents and her sister in Germany, since there was only money for one of the family to travel. The letters are heartbreaking. The first ones carried hope in them, wishing they would find the way to travel to Argentina as well, hoping the war would end soon. But as the dates advance, they are obliged to exile to Poland, and gradually everything is taken away from them. In the last letters received by my grandmother, the words are almost unbearable. I could then see her pain, feel her guilt. I tried to think how my personality would be transformed if I had to abandon my whole family and be a witness of how they slowly disappear. I could then understand her anger and her ways of dealing with such pain. It was compassion what drove me in this song. My father told me that even in her last days of life, lying in bed, she cried for her parents and her sister, asking for forgiveness. When I play this piece, I feel I help her liberate from such terrible guilt. It is a piece in which I leave a concrete space for improvisation. Sometimes anger comes out, sometimes relief and gratitude. Every time, something new emerges like waves on the shore.”
Olec Mün is fully capable of delivering this dimension of love and hope in his music and leaves us with a restored sense of a universal consciousness. When composing the album in 2019, he traveled to the hometowns of his ancestors in Germany and Austria. He visited their former homes and the local archives and libraries, which revealed informations about his family that were unknown till then. From November 2020 Olec Mün will present his LP Reconciliation starting from the small German and Austrian villages of his grandparents. This simple yet powerful act will restore the bonds of love between his family, his people and the places from where they were excluded.
As the process that brought this LP to life was a very slow one, this album will be unveiled through some months. The first single Dora will be released on May 8th, then Jetty will be unveiled on June 12th, Exile on July 10th and New Beginning on September 2nd. The full album will be released on September 25.