Richard Barbieri & GRICE
Thu 16 March 2017 | doors 8pm | seated
Exeter Phoenix, Main Auditorium
Double bill featuring Richard Barbieri, formerly of the bands Japan, Rain Tree Crow and Porcupine Tree and art rock singer-songwriter GRICE.
The Japan and Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri releases his most sonically expansive work to date, with a brand new album entitled Planets + Persona which he will perform live at Exeter Phoenix on 16th March. As an ex-founder of the new-wave pioneers Japan, Barbieri was a leader in creating the ground-breaking synthesiser sound that defined the band and influenced the likes of The Human League, Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Talk Talk and a whole raft of artists to follow.
Planets + Personal is the third Barbieri solo album, but the first to feature such a wide pallet of instrumentation. Vintage analogue synthesisers combine with acoustic performances and jazz elements. Twisted voices are always present, though not in a language we can recognise. Barbieri skilfully utilises the talents of a pan-European core of musicians to produce an album that marries synthesised sounds with organic instrumentation to conjure up vivid, colourful and allusive soundscapes. It’s a skilful commingling of texture and tone, mood and musicality. Recorded in London, Italy and Sweden, this is Barbieri’s most ambitious solo work to date with a central theme of duality that runs through the album. The title alone – ‘Planets and Persona’ alludes to this, and the dialectic theme is a constant throughout the contrasting and shape-shifting sounds of the album.
Barbieri uses various vintage analogue synthesisers from the 70’s and 80’s alongside more contemporary technology. His work across five decades is defined by his unique approach to sound and atmospheric textures. Often minimal with the emphasis on evolving sound, Barbieri’s solo work more closely exposes the subtle electronics. Planets + Persona is released on 3 March 2017 via Kscope.
Electro-acoustic musician, singer-songwriter, has built his reputation as an art-rock artist since the release of his acclaimed debut album Propeller and his much anticipated second album Alexandrine which features Richard Barbieri as both musical contributor and co-producer and Steve Jansen (Japan). He will be playing tracks from his new release 'Refractions' and his solo albums and will be joined on stage by a full band featuring Duncan Chave (eigenharp, programming), Joe Breban (drums) and Al Swainger, bass/pedals).
A challenging cocktail of electronica, acoustic glitch and atmospheric artrock. The performance will be accompanied by projected visual backdrops 3-D films and 8mm films.