from Jumbie Journal, July 2006
Jumbie partner and Musica Mundi leader Terry Herald just returned from Munich, Germany where he attended the July 16 screening of Journey to Justice at the Munich Film Festival. Terry composed the original music for this powerful documentary. Journey to Justice tells the story of Howard Triest, who as a teenager escaped the Nazi domination of his home in Munich to later return as an American soldier involved in the liberation of Buchenwald and the rescue of his grandmother from Theresienstadt. Acting as the interpreter for the psychiatrists at the Nuremberg Trials, he interviewed the Nazi high command responsible for the deaths of his parents and close relatives.
Terry composed and recorded forty-five minutes of music for this important project using a chamber orchestra consisting of English horn, piano, guitar, solo violin and a 15-piece string section. Terry also conducted and performed classical guitar. The violin soloist and concertmaster for the recording was Musica Mundi member Sonia Lee. Sonia is a graduate of Julliard and former Principal Second Violin of the Toronto Symphony. Her soulful performances of Terry’s score perfectly capture the poignancy of this most personal story of courage, loss and redemption.
After receiving critical acclaim at several U.S. festivals, including the Sarasota Film Festival where it played at four sold out screenings, Journey to Justice has been giving a place of honor at the Munich festival, with a reception to follow this European premier. The film's producer, Steve Palackdharry, has garnered high accolades for his sensitive and moving treatment of this important story.
Now that he is back from Munich, Terry is scheduled to finish the mixing of the Musica Mundi CD.