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Bell Orchestre perform in Montreal in July 2006.
|Origin||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Labels||Arts & Crafts, Rough Trade|
|Associated acts||Arcade Fire, The Luyas|
Bell Orchestre is a six-piece instrumental band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In late 2003, they recorded their first album, at the same time and in the same studio that Arcade Fire recorded Funeral. However, Arcade Fire's popularity was just beginning to break when they asked Bell Orchestre to tour with them in the fall of 2005, delaying the release of their album. Regarding finishing the album, Bell Orchestre said: "We regrouped and we did this residency at an arts center in Canada in the mountains. We actually finished [the record] there, we did a few overdubs and went home and sequenced it and mastered it."
Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light was finally released in 2005. In March 2006, Bell Orchestre launched a tour of Europe and the US to promote the album.
The band released a follow up to Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light, entitled As Seen Through Windows with Arts & Crafts Records on March 10, 2009. It was recorded in Soma Electric Studios in Chicago, Illinois. The album since won a Juno Award for best instrumental album.
- Pietro Amato is a member of the Luyas and the three-piece instrumental band Torngat and part-time member of Arcade Fire.
- Stefan Schneider is also a member of the Luyas.
- Sarah Neufeld and Richard Parry are full-time members of Arcade Fire.
- Mike Feuerstack makes music under the pseudonym Snailhouse.
- Kaveh Nabatian is a member of Little Scream.
- Bell Orchestre, (Demo, 2002)/
- Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light, (Album, 2005)
- As Seen Through Windows, (Album, released on March 10, 2009)
- Who Designs Nature's How, (EP, released on August 25, 2009)
- "Bell Orchestre Interview". The Red Alert. 2005-06-26. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
- "Arts & Crafts - Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows". Arts-crafts.ca. 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
Media related to Bell Orchestre at Wikimedia Commons
- Concert photos by Laurent Orseau
- Interview with Sarah Neufeld in Canadian Geographic
- "Bell de Jour - Montreal's Bell Ochestre Catching Fire" by Sarah Liss in Now Magazine
- Interview with Richard Parry at Torontoist.com
- Bell Orchestre article[permanent dead link] March 2009
- Collected Sounds article on Bell Orchestre
- Pitchfork article
- CTV article