Although The Colorist Orchestra had initially planned to “re-color” only seven of Torrini’s songs, she was so enthralled by what she’d heard that she convinced them to work with her on fifteen of her previously-released tracks. Jespers and Proesmans pulled together a new eight-piece ensemble to create live re-envisionings of the works.
The group created a new world out of the music, and while Torrini admitted that she could barely recognise many of her own songs in the rearrangements, the collaboration came together organically and beautifully. Torrini’s talent elevates The Colorist Orchestra’s creativity, and the group help her rediscover the joy and the power within her own songs and within new light.
The Colorist Orchestra is a Belgian ensemble founded by Aarich Jespers and Kobe Proesmans in 2013. They re-envision the repertoires of established musicians from across genres using traditional classical instruments and arrangements, along with a variety of their own musical inventions to contribute innovative, never-before-heard sounds and grooves to their compositions and re-compositions.
Emilíana stopped working with her band 2 years ago, and instead played with whoever contacted her. Those adventures led her to play with gypsies in Cordoba, with an experimental jazz band in Berlin and she performed two sold out shows with the 60 piece Icelandic symphony orchestra in Reykjavík to name a few. When Jespers and Proesmans, fans of Torrini’s rich catalogue, invited her to collaborate on a series of live concerts, she was intrigued, and asked them to re-compose one of her songs to see what their concept was all about. The result, a wholly novel rendition of 'Animal Games' from her most recent album Tookah convinced Torrini that working with the group was a creative opportunity that she shouldn’t dare miss.
The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini
2. Blood Red
4. When We Dance
5. Speed Of Dark
7. Today Has Been OK
8. Jungle Drum
9. Thinking Out Loud
12. Light Of Day