THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA
Enchanting Progressive Electronica/Folk/Pop
Diving for Roses Tour 2017
(With support from Paul Armfield)
The Blackheart Orchestra are award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalist duo Chrissy Mostyn & Richard Pilkington.
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Combining fragility and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra’s experimental approach combines acoustic instrumental dexterity and 80’s synthesisers with classical composition, blending musical styles in a non-conformist way, sidestepping boundaries to create their unique, highly individual, emotion-drenched music.
“Beautiful and powerful. Their music is inspiring.” - Steve Hackett, Genesis
Their song I’m Yours is the soundtrack for new Best Director and Best Actress winning sci-fi epic Charlie and Me.
“The next best thing to a reunion of Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel. But neither ever made an album as perfect as this.” - Peter Bradley, Fatea
One moment their sound is minimal and fragile, weaving melodies and atmospherics with silence to create ethereal musical landscapes that leave audiences and critics describing their music as haunting, enchanting and captivating. The next they build a mountain-like wall of sound with vast energetic symphonic climaxes.
“Stunningly beautiful, this duo are on the fringe of true greatness.” - Kensington & Chelsea Today
Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, The Blackheart Orchestra can be found on stage with a multitude of instruments as they continuously change from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica. The duo have seen their 3 previous albums, extensive touring across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and over 1000 live shows amass a large and loyal following resulting in the pledge campaign for their new album surpassing its target within days.
“They remind us why music lifts us up.” - Dalton Delan, American Public Television
Voted Best British Duo at London’s Exposure Music Awards and scoring second place in the Album of the Year Category in the US Indie Music Awards, the band have drawn comparisons to Kate Bush, Ellie Goulding, London Grammar, Pink Floyd, Steve Reich and Ludovico Einaudi.
“Fantastically creative. Utterly magical.” - BBC
Support tonight comes from PAUL ARMFIELD (Folk Noir).
Paul is a singer and songwriter of lilting, lovelorn, literate songs delivered with an intimate, yet strong, velvet voice.
Find a quiet place and listen: https://soundcloud.com/paul-armfield/you-will-be-loved-again
In 2004 Paul’s debut album ‘Songs Without Words’ was released to wide critical acclaim, ‘He ought to become a huge star’ wailed The Telegraph. Ten years on saw his fifth album ‘Up Here’, but far from being a huge star The Mirror now hails him as ‘A hidden treasure, heir apparent to deathless troubadours such as Tim Hardin’.
Owing as much to the French chansonniers as anglo/american folksters, Paul’s performances of Jacques Brel songs have been included alongside the likes of David Bowie, Scott Walker and Nina Simone. Managing a bookstore by day and playing double bass with anyone who will have him (Michael Kiwanuka most recently), Paul has still found time to put together a superb band of multi-instrumentalists for his new album, adding kora, sitar, pedal steel, saw and oud to the more traditional singer-songwriter palette of sounds. As The Scotsman says ‘A Revelation!’
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Our Director Paul Bickmore (better known as Bik) spends a lot of his time tracking down a varied, interesting range of performances for us to host here at The Art House.
A seasoned musician himself (as well as being the man who does the sound engineering on the night - something he does extremely well), Bik hand-selects the very best acts to showcase in our gallery space - his criteria?
<-- They have to make him feel like this - and they will have the same effect on you, we promise.
We are a city centre venue and parking can be in short supply. If you are driving, please make sure you leave plenty of time to find a space click here for a map of where the nearest parking spaces can be found.
We recommend Kings Park Road car park:
We are about 10 minutes walk from Southampton City Centre train station (head up the hill toward the Guildhall clock tower) and on the route for most city centre buses (the Unilink U1 stops virtually outside.)
Events are generally suitable for adults, young people and older children - children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, however. Young children are also welcome to come along but be aware some poems and songs may contain adult content (although we try to keep these until after children have left!)
Most events are held on our first floor, accessible by a wide staircase with a sturdy banner. Comformatable seating is provided. We regret that, due to space and other constraints, we are generally unable to relocate our events to the ground floor for those who require ground level access - so sorry.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Events are open to all ages unless otherwise stated, however please note that our mission is to provide creative activity primarily to adults, therefore most of our programme is aimed at 16 years and over. Performances may include stronger language.
Life drawing classes are open to over 18s only.
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The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
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Experience world class, fringe and local acts up close and personal in our intimate gallery space.
Most timings for performances list the doors open time, which is usually 30 minutes before the performance starts.
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