Formerly known as Joe Acheson Quartet, Hidden Orchestra combine two live drummers and deep basslines with strong jazz and classical influences, to make cinematic, emotive, percussive, next generation music using traditional instrumentation and organic samples. The band may occupy a musical stratum all on their own, but you can detect influences as diverse as Aphex Twin, Debussy, Xploding Plastix, Radiohead, Squarepusher, Madlib and Gene Krupa.
Hidden Orchestra’s debut album, Night Walks, showcases the energetic originality with which they emulate electronic music via acoustic means. The album was funded by the Scottish Arts Council, and features a selection of distinguished Scottish jazz/folk/classical guest musicians. It is due for release on Brighton-based independent label Tru Thoughts in September.
The band have shared stages with The Bays, Bonobo, Jaga Jazzist, Aim, Red Snapper, and Gilles Peterson. Their beautifully-crafted, explosive live show, where the core quartet is augmented with visuals, cello and brass has cemented their reputation as one the UK’s most unique up-coming outfits.
Their genuine cross-genre appeal can be seen from their winning of the guitar-band-dominated T-Break competition to play at T in the Park 2008, at the same time as being listed in the A-Z of the greatest Scottish jazz artists of all time by Radio Scotland.
The band is founded on Acheson’s exceptional musical upbringing and career as an established composer, music producer and radio documentary maker, with credits on numerous radio TV and film documentaries and dramas, ranging from BBC Radio 4 through to 1Xtra.