Award-winning British songwriters, composers, and multi-instrumentalists, Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.
One of the must-see bands of 2018, the pioneering duo blends musical styles in a non-conformist way, seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create their unique, highly individual, emotion-drenched music. 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 80’s synthesisers and classical influences. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, their stage has been described as a ‘musical spaceship’ or ‘laboratory’ where they are to be found continuously changing from electric & acoustic guitars, 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, the next it’s a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerizing live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, praise from musical giants, and placements on TV commercials and films.
Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals, and the multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington, reflects their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that take you with them on their deep musical journey into the human psyche.
“A mesmerizing powerhouse – Mostyn’s vocals are a force to be reckoned with” XUNE MAG
“Expect the unexpected, a refreshing lack of boundaries” Louder Than War
An Evening Menu will be available from 5.30pm. Booking is recommended, please call 01983 822490 to book a table. To view the Quay Arts Evening Menu please click the link (menu is subject to change).