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Montreal’s fabled avant-garde outfit Bell Orchestre comes together in the beautiful Canadian woodlands to create a unique performance film.
The group consists of six musical mavericks, including Arcade Fire members Sarah Neufeld and Richard Reed Parry, who continue to shift the boundaries of instrumental music with their new record House Music — an immersive ecosystem of an album recently released by Erased Tapes, and by Envision Records in Canada.
With the legacies of improvisation-exploring greats like Talk Talk, The Orb, Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis and the late Ennio Morricone in mind, on House Music, Bell Orchestre captures the impulsive, connective, mysterious poetics of musical invention happening in real-time. Both the album and this visual counterpart, directed by band member Kaveh Nabatian, unfold as one long piece, a recorded-then-sculpted improvisation that vastly expands their work, coalescing classical and electronic instrumentation in the creation of genre-defying musical worlds.
Bell Orchestre is:
Pietro Amato: French horn, keyboards, electronics
Michael Feuerstack: Pedal steel guitar, keyboards, vocals
Kaveh Nabatian: Trumpet, gongoma, keyboards, vocals
Sarah Neufeld: Violin, vocals
Richard Reed Parry: Bass, vocals
Stefan Schneider: Drums
Duration: approx. 45 minutes
Director: Kaveh Nabatian
Executive Producers: Ryhna Thompson, Robert Raths
Cinematographers: Nicolas Canniccioni, Philippe Roy
Assistant Camera: Simon Larochelle
Production Manager: Brian Neuman
Editors: Kaveh Nabatian, Matthew Hannam, Namai Kham Po
Colourist: SJ Smith