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An Enchanting Night With Bell Orchestre and SoCalled: St-James United Church May 18th

Posted by Sarah / May 18, 2008

Bell OrchestreI have so much to say about last night’s Bell Orchestre and SoCalled concert, I don’t even know where to begin. Like I said about my previous article, I was really excited about this one, but my hopes certainly weren’t at the height of what took place at St-James United Church on that rainy and humid Saturday night. I never really want to make statements like this, having been to so many concerts over the years, but this is probably the best one I’ve ever seen.

The venue was splendid and superbly fit for the occasion. The sounds traveled through the room in an enrapturing and delicate way that just crept up on me, wherever I was in the room.

SoCalledThe first part was SoCalled with his funkier beats and richly inspired music. SoCalled plays a lot with the grand piano and his little sampling machine. The sound of the piano traveled through the room in ways that made it stand out and really gave a different feel to his music. He was playing with some great musicians, including a fabulous violinist and his partner in crime, Katie Moore. He led those musicians like a conductor and their chemistry was excellent.

Then came the main event of the soirée, the return of Bell Orchestre. The band’s hiatus not only made them better musicians individually, but also seems to have brought them closer together. The band is so tight and great together, which is clearly demonstrated by their wonderful work in the more recent compositions.

Sometimes very dark and intense, the sounds of their various instruments were brought together with originality and style, with an exceptional sense of modulation.

Some songs kept closer to the classical style while others threw you down with a rock-solid intensity. Listening to them felt like walking through an enchanted forest.

I also finally wish to tip my hat off to the Montreal Chamber Music Festival for having put together such a wonderful evening.

Photos provided by SarahBrideau.com (see full-length review, photos)

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Jeff / May 18, 2008 at 09:44 pm
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wonderful ! sounds wonderful I wish I could have been there. I also wish we had more shows in Churches, the acoustics are just simply thrilling. Patti Smith POP last year - i cried happy tears
Sarah / May 19, 2008 at 12:52 am
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I agree. I don't think churches are appropriate for every type of show, but for stuff like this, it's simply wonderful.
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