Bell Orchestre

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."[1]

Bell Orchestre
Bell Orchestre perform in Montreal in July 2006.
Bell Orchestre perform in Montreal in July 2006.
Background information
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active2002–present
LabelsErased Tapes
Associated actsArcade Fire, The Luyas
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.

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.[2] It was recorded in Soma Electric Studios in Chicago, Illinois. The album since won a Juno Award for best instrumental album.

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 on their website that they had signed to the British indie record label Erased Tapes.[3][4]

Band relationsEdit


Studio albumsEdit


  • Who Designs Nature's How (2009)



  1. ^ "Bell Orchestre Interview". The Red Alert. 2005-06-26. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  2. ^ "Arts & Crafts - Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows". 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  3. ^ "WATCH: A new video heralds the return of Montreal's Bell Orchestre". Cult MTL. 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  4. ^ bellorch. "Big news | Bell Orchestre". Retrieved 2020-11-03.

External linksEdit


  Media related to Bell Orchestre at Wikimedia Commons