The Cinematic Orchestra

The Cinematic Orchestra, a U.K.-based electronic and jazz group, was founded in late 1990s by Jason Swinscoe. It records on Ninja Tune’s independent record label. Tom Chant (saxophone), Phil France, Luke Flowers (drums), Nick Ramm(piano), Stuart McCallum [guitar], and Jamie Coleman (trumpet), T. Daniel Howard on drums, Alex James (piano), Patrick “PC” Carpenter on turntables are other members. The Cinematic Orchestra uses a live band that improvises with Swinscoe and other electronic elements. Swinscoe often mixes live source material into studio recordings to create a seamless blend of jazz improvisation and electronics. It is hard to tell the difference between the production and the improvisation. The Cinematic Orchestra’s sound is different from traditional jazz in that traditional solo instruments like piano and wind instruments are not used. Instead of being a part of complex solos, they create a mature environment for accompaniment and allow the drums and double bass to play a leading role. The Cinematic Orchestra is known for their score to Dziga Vertov’s 1929 Russian film Man with a Movie Camera. Two other scores were also recorded by them. They also recorded tracks for “Ils se marierent et eurent viel d’enfants”, (2004), and composed the music for “The Crimson Wing”, a Disney Nature movie. On 7th May 2007, The Cinematic Orchestra released Ma Fleur, their latest album. Lou Rhodes, Fontella Bass, and Patrick Watson sing on the album. Their compilation Late Nite Tales was released in 2010. Motion Audio Records is their own label. Lou Rhodes has released one record. Lou Rhodes will release more records, including Grey Reverend. Official Fan Site Text User-contributed text can be found under the Creative Commons By–SA License, and could also be available under GNU FDL.

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