The Blackheart Orchestra
With their new album Mesmeranto entering the official rock charts at number 18 , inspirational, award-winning electronic folk pioneers The Blackheart Orchestra take their music to a new, unexplored dimension. Described as “A mesmerizing powerhouse” “An avant-garde musical utopia” and “One of the most extraordinary voices singing anywhere today” vocalist Chrissy Mostyn and multi-instrumentalist Rick Pilkington combine their classical influences with vintage synthesisers and ultra contemporary electronicato create music that takes over the senses.
As emotionally charged as it is musically accomplished, expect sublime harmonies, virtuoso guitar, piano and synthesiser playing and songwriting and arrangements that take the audience ”from heartbreaking to uplifting in a single song”. With awards including Best British Duo, a Limelight Progressive Music Award Nomination andbeing voted in the UK’s Top 4 Best New Bands, plus performances at the London Palladium and Royal Albert Hall, The Blackheart Orchestra are two voices and thirteen instruments that create a unique musical experience that is truly ground-breaking.
“Ethereal” Daily Express
“A great band” BBC Radio 2
“Verges closer to an art installation than an album” Big Takeover Magazine USA
“So stunning and beautiful that it reaches areas of your head and heart that you never knew existed”
“Genuinely profound and evocative. A life-enhancing listening event” Louder Than War
Nominated for The Limelight Award
2018 Progressive Music Awards
Winner ‘Best British Duo’ Exposure Music Awards
Voted #4 Best New Band of 2018
PROG Magazine Readers’ Poll
No.18 Official UK Rock Album Chart October 2019
No.16 Official UK Independent Album Chart October 2019
“One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” Rock Society Magazine
“Their songs are all stand-alone masterpieces” Fatea Magazine
“One of the truly great song-writing partnerships” Kensington Chelsea & Westminster Today
“Phenomenally talented – a fantastic show” Uber Rock
“Everything else almost seems boring in comparison” Rear View Mirror (Australia)
“Captivating, graceful and elegant” Maximum Volume
“The band’s fresh new sound is delicate and fragrant” PROG Magazine
“Expect the unexpected, a refreshing lack of boundaries” Louder Than War
“Liberating and unconventional – an avant-garde musical utopia with an impeccable vocal capability sending you weak at the knees” No Depression
“Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” Steve Hackett, Genesis
“Wow…just wow!” Annie Haslam, Renaissance
Red Bazar formed in 2007 as an instrumental trio featuring Andy Wilson on guitar, Paul Comerie on drums and Mick Wilson on bass and keyboards. The line-up released two albums, ‘Connections’ and ‘Differential Being’, and a three track EP, ‘Beyond The Ice Storm’. The releases were well received by audiences and critics alike and the band developed a reputation for their live performances. To expand on the sound, the band recruited keyboard player Gary Marsh and soon after teamed up with singer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Jones.
This line up released the first Red Bazar vocal album, ‘Tales From The Bookcase’. The album was voted runner up in the Classic Rock Society album of the year awards 2016 and appeared in a number of top 10 album listings including magazines, radio stations and internet sites. Progressive Aspect reported ‘Red Bazar may just have released one of the Prog albums of the year’. The band played a large number of gigs throughout 2016 and 2017 and featured on a number of festivals and continued to develop their live performance and show.
2019 saw the release of the latest album ‘Things As They Appear’ which the band followed up with a series of gigs throughout the first part of the year. The album has retained the bands prog foundations but added a more direct and rockier sound which has broadened the fan base. Both the album and the live shows have received high praise resulting in Red Bazar being offered further gigs and festival appearances for 2020.
December will see the release of a live DVD filmed at the album launch of Things As They Appear at the Borderij in the Netherlands. The band is currently writing new tracks for the next album which will be released later in 2020.