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MP3 G.S. MacLeod & MacLeod 9 - After the war with Hannelore - A Berliner war child's testimony 1945 to 1982

Euro-American musical interpretation of Berlin from 1945 to 1982.

10 MP3 Songs
BLUES: Acoustic Blues, JAZZ: Jazz-Rock

After the war with Hannelore Soundtrack

Produced by Ky Anto, Shaun Pilot and G. S. MacLeod
Sound engineering by Ky Anto
Mixing and Mastering Ky Anto

Featured vocal performances by Robin Gorn, Laure Péré, Josée Gagnon, Christina Sciascia and the Jubilee Kids Choir.

Ky Anto : Bass, electric guitar and piano
Joséane Brunelle : Saxophone
Alex Flores : Percussion
Philippe Mius d’Entremont : cello
Cassandra Norton : Violin
Tristan Tondono : Resonator Guitar and Spanish Guitar

Focus Statement

Accomplished international artist, musician and filmmaker G. S. MacLeod pays homage to Hannelore Scheiber by honouring her oral histories of post-war Berlin in a ten song soundtrack dealing with her Cold War experiences in Berlin from 1945 to 1982.


This soundtrack is a portrait of Hannelore Scheiber in post-war Berlin. The story follows a linear chronology from her birth in January 1945 to her family circumstances during the war and post-war era, contact with Russian soldiers, the Russian blockade, and the Berlin Airlift (Luftbrücke) from 1948 to 1949. The soundtrack documents her school years from 1951 to 1967, the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, meeting her husband Jean Devigne, their courtship and marriage, up through their crossing through Checkpoint Charlie in 1982. My intention with this soundtrack was to write a series of songs that honour Hannelore’s stories and memories through an historical context. My goal was to catch her emotions surrounding her experience growing up in post-war Berlin. The soundtrack reflects these emotions and are lyrically inspired by her stories.

These ten songs of Hannelore’s life are my way of reciprocating all that she’s given me in our friendship. I also believe very strongly that oral histories like her’s are valuable records documenting the post-war period and the Cold War years in Berlin, the epicenter of WWII in Europe. What makes these songs so special is that they are so personal. As we are confronted with war on an ongoing basis, I think there is value in narrative historical war soundtracks as that deal with the real and direct impacts of warfare on human beings. Personal testimonies offer a specific, concrete means for understanding the horrors of war. And because they are so personal and real, they avoid the abstraction and separation that are possible when war is discussed through the language of politics, operations, or policies. Soundtracks of this nature offer a unique opportunity for understanding.


G.S. MacLeod has over 100 exhibitions and 100 performances to his name and is a well-known Montreal interdisciplinary artist who works as a painter, photographer, musician and filmmaker whose work has addressed social-political issues and historical themes. He has traveled, studied, performed and exhibited across Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe. He has been involved in the Canadian music scene since 1985 as a songwriter and performer in folk, Celtic and rock bands—most notably as a member of This New Land, Trinity, Craic and MacLeod 9.

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