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13 Nov 2015 19:30

Clarinet Factory at Hidden Orchestra Live AV set

We are pleased to welcome the exceptional Czech clarinet quartet Clarinet Factory who will perform as special guests at the Hidden Orchestra Live A/V show in St. John’s Hackney. Clarinet Factory is considered to be one of the most unique local ensembles to feature on the Czech scene over the past twenty years. Their style hovers between contemporary and classical music, jazz and world music, however also features electronic and multi-genre projects. Part of EFG London Jazz Festival.

Tickets: £15.50
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“Imagine a music workshop or laboratory, spiced up with some clarinet art, classic musical training, a touch of world music, jazz and minimalism.  You then supply the desire to improvise, purchase the latest electronics and technology, invite along some interesting guests and start exploring, creating and, above all, communicating with your listeners. The environment you have created generates space for your own particular genre to flourish; a style which certainly has something in common with crossover as a term, but which is better expressed as ‘music without borders,’” This is how Clarinet Factory members, who frequently cooperate with percussionist Alan Vitouš, describe their interesting musical concept. Examples attesting the group’s international reputation include scooping up first place at the prestigious American International Songwriting Competition (2005, USA) and receiving an invitation to perform alongside Bobby McFerrin.

Clarinet Factory have also composed film music (e.g. Hidden Things), as well as compositions for theatre and ballet performances (latest cooperation with VerTeDance – CORRECTION won the most prestigious Czech award in the field of contemporary dance: the Dance Piece of the Year award - 2014.) They also work closely with the singer Lenka Dusilová and the artist and performer Petr Nikl. 

Separate (as well as the latest) chapter in Clarinet Factory’s story is the latest outstanding double album Worx and Reworx (*2014). The album not only maps out the creations of Clarinet Factory’s imaginary “best of” but also contains twelve “best of” remixed tracks from leading foreign and local artists on the electronic and experimental music scene including Hidden Orchestra, Sylvain Chauveau, Christopher Willits and Floex.

Band web page: www.clarinet-factory.cz/en/
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ClarinetFactory
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clarinet-Factory/137073206307550

Clarinet Factory, Alan Vitouš and Petr Nikl at Church of St. Mary of the Snow, Prague

Clarinet Factory and Bobby McFerrin, Photo: Katka Svobodová

Clarinet Factory, Photo: Michal Hradecký


”One of the most impressive things you can see live“

Hidden Orchestra will take to the ethereal setting of St. John’s Hackney to perform a live site-specific set, coupling the innovative and eclectic creations of multi-instrumentalist composer Joe Acheson with projection-mapped visuals.

The band bring an abundance of energy to each live show, combining the various styles and genres Acheson has immersed himself in throughout his career. Utilizing two drummers and a host of guest musicians to reproduce the dark and beautiful atmospherics of their records, Hidden Orchestra’s live show is an enthralling exercise in controlled experimentation and stunning visuals.

It is a rare chance to see the group’s mesmerizing site-specific A/V set, using projection-mapped visuals, the band will fill St. John’s already grand setting with an engrossing visual display. The venue is quickly becoming synonymous with stunning sets, as St. John’s Sessions has transformed the space into London’s home of the best ambient, electronic and experimental musicians from around the globe.

On the back of some incredible shows last year at the likes of Glastonbury and Simple Things, it is a welcome and exciting return to the capital for Acheson’s lauded ensemble

‘Always going to deliver a great live show – they are one of the most consistent avant-garde live acts in the UK.’ – AAA Music

Flight - Hidden Orchestra - Union Chapel - 17th October 2014

Hidden Orchestra - Antiphon

Hidden Orchestra, Photo: Edmund Fraser



St John at Hackney, Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 0PD


13 Nov 2015 19:30


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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