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Ô Celli in America

Ô Celli

The ensemble Ô Celli is composed of 8 remarkable classical cellists who are interested in exploring various musical avenues. On this album, the focus is on American music.
Asked to illustrate the huge contribution of jazz to American music, Michel Herr wrote and arranged a medley that highlights the imperishable music of Duke Ellington. Titled "Duke's magic", this substantial medley contains no less than 9 of Duke's classics :
Take the A train, Satin doll, In a sentimental mood, Sophisticated lady, Caravan, African flower, Prelude to a kiss, Mood indigo and Rockin' in rhythm.
Plus short hidden quotes that connoisseurs will be challenged to identify.

Tracks :

1. Porgy and Bess Overture (G. Gershwin / arr. Sébastien Walnier)
2. Ethiopia's shadow in America (Florence Price / arr. Corinna Lardin)
3-5. American wanders (Harold Noben) (world premiere)
(One with Henry, One with Paul, One with Lenny) 6. Imagination (F. Livingston / arr. Corinna Lardin)
7. West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein / arr. Sébastien Walnier)
8. Duke's Magic (Duke Ellington but also Billy Strayhorn, Juan Tizol, Barney Bigard / arr. Michel Herr)

Musicians :

Sébastien Walnier - cello
Alexandre Beauvoir - cello
Shiho Nishimura - cello
Jean-Pierre Borboux - cello
Corinna Lardin - cello
Raphaël Perraud - cello
Yoori Lee - cello
Stéphanie Huang - cello

Arrangement of "Duke's magic" by Michel Herr.

"Duke's magic" was recorded on October 15, 2021 at the TRM (Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Fiocco hall, Brussels, Belgium).
Released on May 15, 2022. CD (Cyprès CYP8620) and available on digital platforms.

See a photo taken after the recording session.

Excerpt from the liner notes : "...And for our greatest happiness, the immense Michel Herr offered us a magnificent Duke Ellington medley"..

Extrait du texte de présentation : "...Et pour notre plus grand bonheur, l'immense Michel Herr nous a offert un magnifique medley Duke Ellington."

"The O-Celli ensemble brings together eight talented cellists, soloists, chamber musicians and concert performers. For their 10th anniversary, they combine their energies and share with you their vision of the American dream. Eight cellists come together in an astonishing program, in love with freedom, singing that everything is possible. Each arrangement is a challenge for them. It reflects an innate sense of pleasure in the service of music, inviting opera, jazz and blues. Composer Harold Noben offers them his vision of America through the triptych American wanders, while Michel Herr composes an astonishing Duke Ellington medley."

The website of Ô Celli.

The press / La presse / De pers


"Ô Celli - veelzijdigheid en diversiteit, the American way.
...Michel Herr schreef de bruisende Duke Ellington medley.
U hoort meeslepende charmante, haast filmische stukken met de nodige nostalgie naast de bruisende bronx. Acht cello's samen zorgen voor fijne muzikale zinnen, opbouwende passages en accenten. Helemaal geen bombastisch gedoe, maar een zekere zen in spelen zelfs. Hun boodschap van veelzijdigheid en diversiteit laat zich langs alle kanten op een zeer zalvende en deugddoende manier voelen."