Sounds and Visions Session Seven

Chineke!: Waltz with Bashir

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For the finale of Sounds and Visions, Chineke! Orchestra – conducted by Fawzi Haimor – will perform Max Richter's score for Waltz With Bashir, alongside a screening of the film.

The Golden Globe-winning animated film is almost like a documentary in format. It follows creator Ari Folman’s attempts to recount memories of his time as a young soldier in the Israeli army, piecing together painful experiences from the 1982 Lebanon War. And like the film itself, Richter’s score is haunted and hallucinatory, moving between Baroque keyboard, skittering electronics and mournful string movements like scenes in a fever dream.

Performing it is the Chineke! Orchestra, Europe's first professional orchestra to be made up of majority black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians. Founded by double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, FRAM, who says: ‘my aim is to create a space where BME musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word. If even one BME child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.’

 

 

Please note this film has a BBFC certificate of 18.  

Post-show Q&A

Following the performance, curator Yulia Mahr hosts a discussion between composer Max Richter and director Ari Folman, recounting details of their highly regarded collaboration and taking questions from the audience.  

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Podcast : Sounds and Visions - Episode 2

We take a look at award-winning animated film Waltz with Bashir, speak to director Ari Folman about putting his own story onto the screen, and talk to Chineke! Orchestra founder Chi-chi Nwanoku about promoting more visibility for BAME musicians.

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