Rêve d'Elephant Orchestra
Thierry Devillers (lyrics, vocals), David Hernandez (vocals, dance), Pierre Bernard (flute), Michel Debrulle (drums, big box, or Binche), Nicolas Dechêne (guitar), Jean-Paul Estiévenart (trumpet), Michel Massot (tuba, trombone, vocals), Etienne Plumer (tablas, drums, percussion), Stephan Pougin (bodhrán, tupan, congas, goblet drum, drums)
Their atypical orchestration, and the resultant unique sounds make the Rêve d’éléphant Orchestra immediately recognisable as a Belgian group. The group’s name instantly references Belgian surrealism, which appears in both internal Belgian politics and Belgian culture. This fact is also further expressed in the exuberant enthusiasm, grand generosity, natural freedom, and awesome joy on the stage that this quite large group of musicians exhibits. It is surprising music, in the best sense; music that is open to the world, and influenced by it. The Rêve d’éléphant Orchestra goes off on happy tangents, full of spontaneity and without any hint of pretence. In the spirit of Antoine Lavoisier’s, “In nature nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything changes,” the Rêve d’éléphant Orchestra puts its own special spin on music and lyrics dating from the 14th century to today in their Odyssée 14 album. Jazz, dance, spoken word, and singing are all colours on this new spectacle’s palette, richly inspired by authors and composers, including Jacopo da Bologna, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Marais, Marais, Faulkner, Picasso, Kerouac, Montaigne, and Burroughs. This group creates its own compositions and arrangements spurred on by a multitude of influences.
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