by Don DiMartino

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The Dark Blue Overture "The Dark Blue Orchestra" steeps the listener in a cabaret-rock universe both broody and romantic, in the vein of Ziggy Stardust or Phantom of the Paradise. Musically, one hears Scott Walker, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and The Doors, all cleverly arranged with string orchestrations reminiscent of Debussy and Ravel. On stage and in the studio, The Dark Blue Orchestra features the semi-autobiographical story of two brothers in misfortune exchanged at birth: one being the hyper sensitive heir of a local mafia boss and the other one, the disillusioned son of a circus musician, who decide to combine their musical talents and compose requiems to make criminals retrieve their inherent sensitivity. The true story begins in 1997, when Don DiMartino and Salossin Freeman meet and decide to write together a body of work inspired by true events of their lives. Hyper-sensitive and certainly disillusioned by what is commonly accepted as “reality”, both blood brothers indeed compose requiems for the screen as for the stage. This is where The Dark Blue Orchestra truely shines and allowing each of its’ colourful character to bring his rather obscure past to the glimmering party. Some adventures later, here the first EP produced by Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Bill Laswell) and their first “cinematic" show, welcomed by the french public last summer at the “Satourne Travelling Festival” and recently at the first ever erotic cabaret, “Le Divan du Monde” in Paris. In addition, the history of Dark Blue Orchestra is the subject of a documentary-in-progress where we discover the complex personalities of its members and their grandiose ambitions, where reality is sometimes stranger than fiction, in an aesthetic that evokes Jim Jarmusch and the universe of gipsy travellers, moving forward into the mysterious journey called Life.

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"The Dark Blue Orchestra" steeps the listener in a cabaret-rock universe both broody and romantic, in the vein of Ziggy Stardust or Phantom of the Paradise. Musically, one hears Scott Walker, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and The Doors, all cleverly arranged with string orchestrations reminiscent of Debussy and Ravel. On stage and in the studio, The Dark Blue Orchestra features the semi-autobiographical story of two brothers in misfortune exchanged at birth: one being the hyper sensitive heir of a local mafia boss and the other one, the disillusioned son of a circus musician, who decide to combine their musical talents and compose requiems to make criminals retrieve their inherent sensitivity. The true story begins in 1997, when Don DiMartino and Salossin Freeman meet and decide to write together a body of work inspired by true events of their lives. Hyper-sensitive and certainly disillusioned by what is commonly accepted as “reality”, both blood brothers indeed compose requiems for the screen as for the stage. This is where The Dark Blue Orchestra truely shines and allowing each of its’ colourful character to bring his rather obscure past to the glimmering party. Some adventures later, here the first EP produced by Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Bill Laswell) and their first “cinematic" show, welcomed by the french public last summer at the “Satourne Travelling Festival” and recently at the first ever erotic cabaret, “Le Divan du Monde” in Paris. In addition, the history of Dark Blue Orchestra is the subject of a documentary-in-progress where we discover the complex personalities of its members and their grandiose ambitions, where reality is sometimes stranger than fiction, in an aesthetic that evokes Jim Jarmusch and the universe of gipsy travellers, moving forward into the mysterious journey called Life.
- Don DiMartino
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