New film features footage from spectacular January 2020 charity concert for ‘Channel Aid’ at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, when orchestra joined pop band Bastille on stage
Berlin 10 February 2021. The Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi star in a new documentary released today on Amazon Prime Video. ‘ReOrchestrated’ is a feature-length film exploring how British pop pand Bastille redefined its sound and the musical experience for its fans by experimenting with orchestral arrangements. The documentary features extensive performance and behind-the-scenes footage from a spectacular charity concert at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie on 4 January 2020, when the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi joined Bastille on stage to perform special reorchestrations of the band’s songs. The concert, in support of YouTube charity channel Channel Aid, was a wild success, with 2,100 music fans packing the Elbphilharmonie, and more than 10,000 following a livestream of the performance on YouTube. Bastille lead vocalist Dan Smith said on the collaboration with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic: ‘It was a real privilege to play with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi. To collaborate on stage with so many brilliant musicians was such an incredible experience and one that we’ll never forget.’ A trailer of the documentary is available on the Baltic Sea Philharmonic YouTube channel.
The ‘Bastille – ReOrchestrated’ documentary traces the evolution of the band’s ‘ReOrchestrated’ project, from its origins with a string quartet and choir at London’s Union Chapel in 2017, to Bastille’s huge show with choir and orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018, and finally to the Elbphilharmonie in 2020 and the collaboration with Kristjan Järvi and the full Baltic Sea Philharmonic. Alongside amazing footage from the Hamburg concert, the documentary also features an interview with Kristjan Järvi.
In the run-up to the release of the ‘Bastille Reorchestrated’ film, on 15 January Amazon Music released a new single, ‘Warmth ReOrchestrated’, which was recorded live at the Elbphilharmonie concert. The new track is a supercharged version of Bastille’s song ‘Warmth’, which first appeared on the group’s 2016 album Wild World. A video to accompany the ‘Warmth ReOrchestrated’ single has been released on Amazon Music Unlimited and on Bastille’s social media channels.
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic takes the orchestral concert experience to a new dimension. Every performance is a voyage of musical discovery, as the musicians perform the entire programme from memory, creating a one-of-a-kind artistic journey. Each concert is a unique spectacle of sound, light, visual art and technology, and under the electrifying baton of Music Director and Founding Conductor Kristjan Järvi every performance has a special energy that’s absolutely infectious. But even more than this, as a community of musicians from ten Nordic countries, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic transcends boundaries and has become a movement for bringing people together. Embodying all that is innovative and progressive about the Nordic region, this visionary ensemble is taking the traditional orchestral model further than ever before. ‘It is a living breathing creature, with boundless energy and enthusiasm for the new – an adventure in itself,’ says Kristjan Järvi.