Award winning, mesmeric multi-instrumentalist duo
Described by the Daily Express as “Ethereal” – BBC Radio 2 as “A great band”
and by Genesis Legend Steve Hackett as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring”
If you want to cite influences, you could credit Mike Oldfield, Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, Michael Nyman, but the fact is The Blackheart Orchestra is unique, with a sound and style all of its own.
Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists, Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.
The pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral.
Well known for producing music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk. Fusing acoustic fragility and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instruments with ’80s synthesisers and classical influences.
Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, their stage has been described as a ‘musical spaceship’ where they are to be found continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures.
One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
A treat for the eyes as well as the ears: to witness two people become an “orchestra”; seemlessly, almost invisibly, switching vocals and instruments between them is as mesmeric to watch as their music is hypnotic to hear.
Voted #3 Best Unsigned Band of 2019 PROG Magazine Readers’ Poll