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Louis Sclavis
Dans La Nuit, Music for the Silent Movie by Charles Vanel

Louis Sclavis clarinets
Jean Louis Matinier accordion
Dominique Pifarély violin
Vincent Courtois cello
François Merville percussion, marimba
 
Dia Dia
Le travail
Dans la nuit
Fête foraine
Retour de noce
Mauvais rêve
Amour et beauté
L’accident
Le miroir
Dans la nuit
La fuite
La peur du noir
Les 2 visages
Dia Dia
Dans la nuit

Recorded October 2000
ECM 1805
 
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As well as being France’s most highly-regarded contemporary jazz musician Louis Sclavis has a long history as a film composer, and this richly melodic album presents his original score for the restored version of a classic movie from the silent era. At the invitation of Bertrand Tavernier, Sclavis wrote new music to accompany Charles Vanel’s 1930 film, “Dans la nuit”. He assembled an exceptional band for this project, employing former colleague violinist Dominique Pifarély to interact with Vincent Courtois, cellist from the current Sclavis band. Drummer François Merville is featured on marimba as well as percussion, and the blend of sonorities is very special. “Dans la nuit” continues the great tradition of Music for Film on ECM.