“The Sound of Us” illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.
Music gives us life, music gives us hope and music gives us each other. Music was made for moments like these, and as the world grapples with uncertainty, the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not alone. In an extensive exploration of what music means to humanity, “The Sound of Us” is a film about the uniquely universal, unifying power of music. We need these stories to be told. We need these songs to be sung. We need these performances to be heard.
Filmed over the course of 2.5 months, across five countries, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, this groundbreaking film helps define the magic of music, in an epic celebration of hope, humanity and unity. It aims to give voice and sound to the inexplicable, exploring not only the impact of music on our current environment and existence but also its historical impact through varied seasons of humanity.
“The Sound of Us” weaves inspiring stories about the beauty and goodness of music with interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, Avery*Sunshine, Eric Whitacre, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hiromi, Antonio Sanchez, Butch Walker, Will Wells, Patti Smith, Sekou Andrews and many more. Combined, these powerful vignettes illustrate how music heals us, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our heritage and history alive, allows us to have the most difficult of conversations, sheds light on current struggles, and continues to invite us back to the thing that unites us all – music.
|Chris Gero, Sara Bachler, Ben James
|Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, U.S.A.
Chris Gero is a 12-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award-nominated record producer, well-known for his visionary style in the music industry. An accomplished composer and director, “The Sound of Us” is Gero’s second documentary feature film. Gero previously directed the 2014 award-winning feature length documentary, “Nathan East: For the Record.” Prior to his documentary directorial debut, Gero produced and directed Elton John’s full length concert film “The Million Dollar Piano,” which screened worldwide.
As founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group, Gero oversees the management and branding of Yamaha’s global roster, having signed more than 5,000 artists to date. Also known for his large-scale concert productions, Gero has produced live concert events for some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Tony Bennett, Michael McDonald, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and John Legend.
Gero resides outside of Franklin, Tennessee with his wife and four children.