Bell Orchestre

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Bell Orchestre
Bell Orchestre perform in Montreal in July 2006.
Bell Orchestre perform in Montreal in July 2006.
Background information
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active1999-present
LabelsErased Tapes, Arts & Crafts Productions, Rough Trade Records
MembersRichard Parry
Sarah Neufeld
Pietro Amato
Kaveh Nabatian
Stefan Schneider
Mike Feuerstack
Bell Orchestre after a concert with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Aarhus (Denmark 2019.)
Conductor André de Ridder far left.

Bell Orchestre is a six-piece instrumental band from Montreal. It was formed in 1999 by multi-instrumentalist Richard Parry and violinist Sarah Neufeld. Both also joined Arcade Fire. They were joined in Bell Orchestre by Michael Feuerstack (steel guitar), Stefan Schneider (drums/percussion), Pietro Amato (French horn/electronics), and Kaveh Nabatian (trumpet/melodica). (Parry remains with Arcade Fire as well as Bell Orchestre; Neufeld left Arcade Fire. Amato is a member of the Luyas and Torngat, and a part-time member of Arcade Fire. Schneider is also a member of the Luyas. Nabatian is a member of Little Scream, as well as a film director whose films have included Vapor, The Seven Last Words and Without Havana.)

The band released the demo Bell Orchestre in 2002[1] then, in late 2003, they recorded their first album, at the same time and in the same studio where Arcade Fire recorded Funeral. Arcade Fire's popularity quickly grew, they went on tour, and the Bell Orchestre album release was put on hold. Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light was released in 2006.[2] The band toured Europe and the US to promote the album. At the Juno Awards of 2007, the album was nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year.

Bell Orchestre released its second album, As Seen Through Windows on March 10, 2009.[3] It was recorded in Soma Electric Studios in Chicago. At the Juno Awards of 2010, the album won the award for Instrumental Album of the Year.

On October 20, 2020 the band released a new single "IX: Nature That's It That's All." along with its music video. On the same day they announced that they had signed to the British indie record label Erased Tapes.[4][5] In 2021, they released the album House Music.[6]



  1. ^ "Bell Orchestre – Bell Orchestre". Discogs. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  2. ^ Schreiber, Ryan. "Bell Orchestre". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  3. ^ Raper, Dan. "Bell Orchestre: As Seen Through Windows, Mar 2009". Pop Matters. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  4. ^ "WATCH: A new video heralds the return of Montreal's Bell Orchestre". Cult MTL. 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  5. ^ bellorch. "Big news | Bell Orchestre". Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  6. ^ Rutherford, Gordon. "Bell Orchestre: House Music – album review, Mar 2021". Louder Than War. Retrieved 12 May 2022.

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