Soteria Bell

Soteria Bell

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ARIA award winning world music group Soteria Bell perform music inspired by ancient & modern cultures. Soaring, intricate vocal harmonies with cello & viola, their music has been described as hypnotic & cinematic. Mia Shaw & Linda Laasi's voices feature in the - film 'Jindabyne' - with Paul Kelly.

Biography

Vocalists Mia Shaw &Linda Laasi met when working with the Melbourne Women’s Bulgarian choir, ‘Petrunka’ & quickly realised they had a vocal chemistry that has become their trademark.
Instrumentalists as well as vocalists, in late 2005 after Petrunka, they decided to continue working together & created a group that would very soon feature on the soundtrack to a major Australian film.

In 2006 Soteria Bell were handpicked by none other than Australian music icon Paul Kelly to collaborate with him on the soundtrack to the feature film ‘Jindabyne’ – this collaboration went on to win numerous awards both nationally & internationally, most notably picking up the ARIA Fine Arts award for Best Original Soundtrack.

This incredible achievement quickly bought much-deserved attention to the group, with an invitation from The National Gallery of Victoria to perform a residency during their ‘Art After Dark’ program in 2007. They also played The Maldon & Electundra Music Festivals,
& performed at Wineries & Art Galleries in Melbourne.
Again in 2009 The NGV have invited Soteria Bell to perform as part of ‘Late Night Thursdays’ at Federation Square, & they will perform at 2009 The Apollo Bay Music Festival.

Intricate vocal harmonies, strings & strong, innate musicality are the features of Soteria Bell.
Third member Emily Williams is a highly regarded composer, cellist & vocalist, who brings years of experience & incredible musical skill & innovation to their sound.

As well as original music, the group draw inspiration from ancient & modern cultures & explore & re-interpret the music of regions such as Estonia, Mongolia & Northern Japan to name a few. Merging tradition with technology, lush layers of strings & voice &with accomplished songwriting & arranging, Soteria Bell are an exciting Australian group, continuing in the tradition of The Necks & Dead Can Dance.

Passionate about independent music & without label backing, Soteria Bell continue to forge a path for themselves with their uncompromising original, cinematic sound.

Discography

'Jindabyne' Soundtrack Album featuring Soteria Bell (2006)
'Halo' Promotional Sampler (2007)
'44 Sunsets' - Album (2008)

Set List

Setlist can vary from 45-60 mins, depending on what's required.
Setlist incorporates all songs from 44 Sunsets, as
well as at least 6 new pieces from unreleased 2nd album.