“A soundtrack to introspection, abolutely beautiful.” – Muslim Alim (BBC Radio Scotland)
“Fuses the worlds of Jazz and Classical with explorative sampling techniques and a cinematic take on instrument based ambient electronic that is out of this world.” – Line of Best Fit
“A beautiful noise, switching from ethereal atmospherics and melodies to high tempo’d drum lead overload” – BBC Scotland
Hidden Orchestra is the solo studio project of multi-instrumentalist composer/producer Joe Acheson.
The albums and live shows feature a wide variety of guest musicians from all kinds of musical backgrounds.
Classical/Electronic styles of music made with acoustic instruments, drums, field recordings and natural sounds.
Beat-driven soundtrack soundscapes with layers of energy, emotion and atmosphere.
Experimental without losing accessibility, electronic and acoustic, complex and simple, dark and energetic whilst intricate and calm. (IDM/Classical/Dub/Electronica/Folk/Post-Rock/HipHop/DnB/Jazz)
The live shows feature a core quartet of Joe Acheson on bass and electronics, with Poppy Ackroyd on piano and violin, and Tim Lane and Jamie Graham on two full live drum kits.
Regular live guests include Phil Cardwell (trumpet) and a spectacular live audiovisual show by Lumen.
Hidden Orchestra has seen its star rise steadily and emphatically since the release of albums "Night Walks" (2010) and "Archipelago" (2012) on Tru Thoughts Records, with an organic buzz building through the highly in-demand live show at clubs and major festivals throughout over 30 countries in Europe and beyond.