Black Heart Orchestra plus Guests The Dark Moon Ensemble

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Black Heart Orchestra plus Guests The Dark Moon Ensemble

Come and join us in an evening of beautiful original music. Featuring The Black Heart Orchestra and guests The Dark Moon Ensemble

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ACanteen 35 New London Road Chelmsford CM2 0ND United Kingdom

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The Dark Moon Ensemble

The Dark Moon Ensemble is a recently established group consisting of clarinet (Emma Francis) and piano/synths (Nigel Sanders), with the goal of using music to take people on a journey, communicating without words.

Words tend to restrict what we are trying to convey, so, without words, the members of DME aim to establish a connection with their deeper selves, the soul part of them, and channel it directly through music, working with communicating through feeling and emotion. They hope to use it to connect people, heal people, take them on a journey and leave uplifted in some way.

They work by laying out a soundscape, calming the mind, and communicating what comes through in that moment. This way of working means that each performance is unique.

There beautiful evolving sound is reminiscent of World, Jazz and Blues music with a Noir Ambient soundscape.

The Black Heart Orchestra

The Blackheart Orchestra is officially the smallest orchestra in the world. Two people playing 13 instruments. They perform in the centre of a circle of instruments that has been described as their ‘musical space station’ and ‘instrumental laboratory’. Their music combines ethereal vocals with multi-layered combinations of acoustic instruments such as guitar and mandola, rock instruments including electric guitar, bass and percussion, plus piano, organ, electronica, orchestral and symphonic sounds, omnichords and their collection of vintage synthesisers. The music is emotional with Metal Planet saying “Their music reaches areas of your head and heart that you never knew existed.”

They draw on their backgrounds in rock, folk, electronica and classical music to create a sound frequently compared to such diverse artists as Cocteau Twins, early Pink Floyd, Portishead and Kate Bush as well as contemporary composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

After 1000 gigs from Southampton to Sydney and 6 acclaimed albums, they’ve performed everywhere from intimate venues to London’s Palladium and Royal Albert Hall sharing stages with everyone from Hawkwind to Eric Clapton.

The band’s 2019 album Mesmeranto reached #16 in the UK Indie Chart, #18 in the UK Rock Chart, #4 in the USA’s Big Takeover Albums of the Year and was voted twice in the Rock Writers’ Top 20 Albums of the Year. They won Best British Duo. They were voted #4 Best New Band in the UK. Chrissy Mostyn was recently voted #5 Best Female Vocalist in PROG Magazine’s Readers’ Poll, and their lockdown online concert series The Big Armchair Concerts was voted #10 in Most Important Rock Events of 2020.

They have been described as “A mesmerising powerhouse” and “An avant-garde musical utopia”. Louder Than War declared their music “A life-enhancing listening event” Steve Hackett of Genesis described it as “Powerful and inspiring”and fan Phil Campbell of Motörhead described it as “******* beautiful”.

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