Lori Goldston – The Passion of Joan of Arc

Release Date: November 14th 2018

Lori Goldston with Aidan Baker and Andrea Belfi - The Passion of Joan of Arc

As a follow up to her work inspired by contemporary and historical films with her collection of non-oficial and interpretative scores entitled: “Film Scores” (first published in 2013 by the Belgian label Sub Rosa); Lori Goldston returns with a brand new musical interpretation of the celluloid; this time, inspired by: “The Passion of Joan of Arc”, the legendary 1928 silent film, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, about the condemnation and punishment of the young french martyr -and feminist icon- Saint Joan of Arc.

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Lori Goldston, the renowned American cellist from Seattle, best know for playing in some of the most visible rock acts from Seattle as: Earth, Nirvana, The Black Cat Orchestra, brings us a new jewel of contemporary and alt-classical music at it’s untamed and organic side; this time accompanied by two of the most notable artists in avant-garde music worldwide: The ambient/experimental music guitarist: Aidan Baker, and the percussionist, drummer and Italian sound artist: Andrea Belfi.

The Passion of Joan of Arc is an album that evolves slowly letting glimpse small variations, while growing in intensity to reach a strong climax, transiting through the sonorities of experimental chamber music, alt-classical, minimalism, free-improv and ambient music with a special organic feel. An album recorded live at the Christuskirche in Bochum, Germany, an evangelist church from the XIX century, capturing the natural reverb of the place .

With an evolving improvisational composition they give us an extremely organic work, full of variations, textures and nuances, taking the expression to the limit, introjecting and projecting in a liminal way, looking to create a sound space of acoustic images.

Substrata proudly presents a special and limited edition digipack.

The album was recorded at the Christuskirche, an XIX century curch in Bochum, Germany and is edited, mixed and mastered by the renowned sound engineer: Mell Dettmer (The Melvins, Sunn O)), Godflesh, Earth, Boris, Stephen O ‘Malley, Eyvind Kang, John Zorn, Jessica Kenney, Wolves in The Throne Room among others.)

The cover artwork is a painting:  An abstract interpretation (and a layering) of some scenes of the film “The Passion of Joan of Arch”,  made by the Mexican visual artist: Mariana Ortizalbo.


First Movement
Second Movement
Third Movement
Fourth Movement
Fifth Movement
Sixth Movement
Seventh Movement
Eighth Movement
Ninth Movement
Tenth Movement
Eleventh Movement
Tuelfth Movement
Thirteenth Movement

© & ℗ 2018 Lori Goldston, Aidan Baker, Andrea Belfi | Substrata

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Composed and performed by: Lori Goldston
Guest Musicians:
Aidan Baker (Electric Guitar)
Andrea Belfi (Drums and Percussion)
Recorded at: Christuskirche, Bochum, Germany by Christoph Scheidel
Edited and mixed by Mell Dettmer
Mastered by Mell Dettmer
Cover and Layout by Mariana Ortizalbo

© & ℗ 2018 Lori Goldston| Substrata

Presskit – click here





Lori Goldston

Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer, composer and teacher from Seattle. Her voice as a cellist, amplified or acoustic, is full, textured, committed and original. A relentless inquirer, she wanders recklessly across borders that separate genre, discipline, time and geography.

She accomplished in a wide variety of styles, including classical, contemporary experimentation, experimental rock, avant-garde music and free improvisation. she came to prominence as the touring cellist for the grunge band Nirvana from 1993–1994 and appears on their live album MTV Unplugged in New York.
She was a member of Earth, the Black Cat Orchestra, and Spectratone International, and also performs solo.

Current and former collaborators and/or bosses include: Mirah, Jessika Kenney, Ilan Volkov, Eyvind Kang, Stuart Dempster, David Byrne, Terry Riley, Jherek Bischoff, Malcom Goldstein, Matana Roberts, Dana Reason, Lonnie Holley, Cat Power, Ellen Fullman, Mike Gamble, Mik Quantius, Embryo, Secret Chiefs 3, Marisa Anderson, Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto, Ô Paon, Tara Jane O’Neil, Natacha Atlas, Broken Water, Ed Pias, Byron Au Young, Christian Rizzo, Threnody Ensemble, Cynthia Hopkins, 33 Fainting Spells, Aidan Baker, Andrea Belfi, Vanessa Renwick, Mark Mitchell and Lynn Shelton among others.

Aidan Baker

Aidan Baker is a musician from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who has released numerous records both as a solo artist and as part of various side projects, including Nadja, ARC, Caudal and Mnemosyne.

He has also written several books of poetry.

Aidan Baker utilizes a very experimental style of playing guitar, developing his style with extended guitar techniques and is influenced by artists such as Caspar Brötzmann, James Plotkin, Kevin Shields, and Justin Broadrick. Influences on his musical structures and sound include Sonic Youth, Swans, Sunn O))), Red House Painters, Godflesh, Codeine, and PJ Harvey.

His guitar works are strongly organic but atmospheric, melodic and dissonant at the same time creating long ambiental phrases, based upon the layering of notes giving as result soundscapes and highly textural themes.