Cat number DOCD03602
label – Disco-ordination
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release date 14 feb 2020 world
!st feb uk and France
Paris Marbrerie 8th February 2020
London – Hackney Old Baths, sat 15th February 2020
This is the second single from “The Bear And Other Stories“
Here are two tracks from different ends of the orchestras repertoire both fairly avant-guard in feel. Flow is by electronic artist Disasterpeace and Love in Outer Space by Sun Ra
1. Flow – Disasterpeace (P)
Flow is a great addition to our Acoustronica set – electronic music played on acoustic instruments – we discovered Disasterpeace through the soundtrack for the 2014 film “It Follows”. On hearing the videogame soundtrack album “Fez” we knew at once the tunes would be perfect arranged for orchestra and choir : it’s chock- full of exciting rhythms and memorable melodies. Doubly satisfying is that the original is entirely electronic, ensuring that our entirely acoustic version would be completely different from the original.
We’re also very pleased to have heard from Rich Vreeland (Disasterpeace) who says “I dig it! it’s always so affirming to see actual humans play my music :)”.
The video is made from footage from our encouraging performance at the very windy 2019 Paris Marathon.
2. Love In Outer Space – Sun Ra (P)
We discovered this tune on the excellent Sun Ra primer compiled by Gilles Peterson a few years ago and It’s an orchestra favourite to perform with its “love Love Love” refrain embodying perfectly the spirit of the fantasy orchestra.
Sun Ra included an instrumental version of the tune on 1970’s “Night Of The Purple Moon” album which was performed by a quartet, a small ensemble for sun Ra. We had great fun transcribing this and adding a choir part. Listen out for the violas emulating the original bongo part. There’s something cosmic about performing music as it was originally improvised trying to include an approximation of every squeak and toot heard on the original performance. – Just like Sun Ra did himself transcribing the performances by Fletcher Henerson among others.
It really is a special feeling for our amateur orchestra to recreate the flow of such cosmic musicians . We hope the Arkestra get to hear it. Rasha Shaheen sings lead.
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Live shows can include more than 80 performers of which there’s ample evidence on youtube.
The Fan-ta-sy is Fun-to-see!
The orchestra evolved organically round about 2012 from a run of theme events in Bristol and Paris called The Greatness Of The Magnificence.
These were often tribute nights and when we decided to celebrate Ennio Morricone an orchestra and choir was required. So we formed one Open to all. Soon we branched out into exotic music from the 50s by the likes of Dominic Frontiere and Les Baxter. From there we started on rock and pop orchestral arrangements (which the original acts possibly never played that way live ) “Life On Mars”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Nights In White Satin” – and a whole lot of Hendrix.
We play fantasy music (film soundtracks, computer game soundtracks, old Disney stuff); it’s my fantasy to run an orchestra; it’s your fantasy to sing or play with one….
We’re a community project we ask the audience to give up and join the band. Most years we organise a cycle tour, pedaling from gig to gig and camping. In 2018 we played the Mumbai Royal Opera House as well as taking part in a Hindustani talent competition. World Peace One Note At A Time!
One year we took part in and won the Bristol Eisteddfod Big Band competition (sadly pipping a band of teenage flautists to the post).
We play hits from round the world and round the genre. We play Bohemian Rhapsody, Moondog, Dance Of The Knights, Mehbooba and Anna Meredith. We play Radiohead. We get out the glitter, greasepaint, our grooviest garb and make a lot of cacophonous noise …usually fun to see!
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