SERGEANT PEPPER’S LONELY CELLO BAND
Cello Octet Amsterdam will be rising to the challenge of performing an arrangement of one of the most influential albums of all time. In 1967, it broke just about every ‘law’ of rock & roll imaginable – no singles, but a concept album on which The Beatles recorded their musical experiments, knowing full well that they would never perform them live.
The arrangements were an enormous challenge, both technically and artistically. There was only one person we could ask to take this on – the Dutch-American composer, guitarist and pop singer David Dramm.
Photography: Merlijn Doomernik
Direction: Titus Tiel Groenestege
Design: Dieuweke van Reij
Original cover design: Jann Haworth and Peter Blake
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About the Octet
The octet has performed over 70 world premieres, most of which were especially written for and dedicated to the octet. Upon hearing the premiere of his first work for the octet, Arvo Pärt, who has become a close friend of the octet, said: ” This octet is a piece of gold, I’ve discovered this ensemble ten years too late.”
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