Blackfield is the acclaimed collaboration between Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and the respected Israeli artist Aviv Geffen. The duo are currently working on their third album together which is due to be released in March on Kscope and they have just announced a series of live dates in April to support the release.
The band will be playing Leamington Assembly (6th), Manchester Academy 2 (7th) and London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (8th). There will also be a performance at Amsterdam’s Paradiso venue on the 10th.
These will be the first dates they have played together as Blackfield for over three years due to both artists’ hectic recent schedules.
Over the past few years Wilson‘s Porcupine Tree have made the transition from solo project to genuine international stars, recently playing sold out gigs at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Radio City Music Hall. However, Porcupine Tree is just one of a collection of guises that Wilson records under.
Alongside his work with his other projects including Blackfield, No-Man and Bass Communion, Steven is also a highly sought after producer and re-mixer working with the likes of Opeth, King Crimson and Yoko Ono.
During this period Aviv has released his first English language solo album (produced by Trevor Horn) and has supported U2 and Placebo. The son of esteemed Israeli poet Yehonatan Geffen and the nephew of Moshe Dayan, Geffen is Israel’s leading counter culture rock musician. A huge star in his native country, while his frank political views have caused huge controversy his records have been greeted with equal amounts of adulation, earning him a string of gold albums. An outspoken peace campaigner, he controversially refused to do compulsory military service and his lyrics have been fiercely critical of the Israeli military and their actions.
Aviv has worked with various artists, including Elbow and Belle And Sebastian, throughout his career but it has been his partnership with Steven that has proved the most fertile and both artists have been keen to return to their work with Blackfield. Formed after a meeting in 2000, the partnership blossomed into a cross-cultural collaboration that has already spawned two albums (2004’s ‘Blackfield‘ & 2007’s ‘Blackfield II‘).
Tickets are £20 for the Manchester show and ££22.50 in London. They are onsale now at www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 005.
6 – Leamington Assembly
7 – Manchester Academy 2
8 – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
10 – Amsterdam Paradiso
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