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.
The music combines all the different musical traditions Joe has been involved in – years of Classical training (composing from an early age, singing in choirs and playing in orchestras), whilst at the same time playing in all manner of bands and ensembles, DJing and producing, and performing live improvised experimental music.
By tapping into the energy of virtuoso drum solos and adding the elements of other music that are dark and beautiful, he creates Electronic music made with acoustic instruments, drums, field recordings and natural sounds – intense, beat-driven Classical textures with layers of energy, emotion and atmosphere.
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.
The Hidden Orchestra project 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.
The music of Hidden Orchestra has been broadcast all over the world, including numerous live sessions for the BBC (UK), WDR (Germany), and Radio 1 Prague, as well as many interviews on national radio and television networks throughout Europe. The music showed genuine cross-appeal by appearing on all of the BBC’s main music and speech networks in 2013 – Radio 1 (Gilles Peterson), 2 (Jamie Cullum), 3 (Late Junction), 4 (Something Understood/Book of the Week), and 6 (Cerys Matthews/Lauren Laverne/Stuart Maconie/Nemone/Huey Morgan/Gideon Coe).
It has also been widely used on television, on everything from mainstream dramas through to Heston Blumenthal’s cookery shows and Match of the Day.