St. Paul’s, Worthing
£5.00 + Booking Fee
James Heather, an acclaimed pianist, is a true 21st century modernist. And he’s coming to Worthing this autumn.
Theartsdesk.com said of Heather, “The likes of Ludovico Einardi, Max Richter, Joep Beving and Nils Frahm offer rich, mostly keyboard-led sounds, carefully, unobtrusively painted with electronic technology. James Heather’s debut album announces him as a future heavyweight in this world.”
The album in question, ‘Stories From Far Away on Piano’ appeared last year on the Ninja Tune-affiliated Ahead Of Our Time label and was immediately called “astoundingly beautiful” (DJ Magazine) and “stunning” (XLR8R), with further praise in Mojo and Clash.
“We have always had an interest in lush ambient soundscapes,” said Jon More of electronic dons Coldcut, “When we heard this album it seemed a perfect fit with our newly revived Ahead Of Our Time label. We highly recommend that you tune in for a journey into an emotive piano landscape.”
‘Stories From Far Away on Piano’ is centred around James Heather’s interpretations of real world new stories such as a Paris terror suspect who had a change of heart at the last minute, the undiscovered remains of a disappeared Malaysia Airlines jet in the Indian Ocean, and a Los Angeles man freed after 16 years of wrongful imprisonment. He translated these and others into musical forms, placing himself firmly among the new school of ‘post-classical’ artists whose work offers a contemplative, beautiful space amid the high speed whirl of contemporary life.
Raised in Southampton, James Heather’s grandparents taught him how to manipulate piano tunings and access the improvisational qualities of the instrument. Initially inspired by Debussy and Beethoven, he started composing is own work. He would go on to be hugely influenced by swathes of underground electronica, bringing that textural feel into his musical vision.
In 2008 James nearly died in a terrible traffic accident, leaving him in a coma in intensive care, followed by a prolonged period off work. One finger was skewed in the crash and he was unsure he’d ever play properly again. But it was also this period of isolation and transformation that partly pushed him towards exploring his art more seriously, eventually putting tracks online in 2012. A Glastonbury Festival appearance followed, and his Modulations EP hit over one million plays on Spotify.
In a 2018 exclusive south coast performance, James will be performing ‘in the round’ at St Paul’s on Thursday 8th November.
Support comes from Linden Pomeroy, a Worthing artist whose new album ‘Spirit Replica’ (Third Kind Records) was referred to by Mixmag as taking “spooked, folk-ish singer-songwriting and drowning it in found sounds and musique concrete.” Well worth seeing in his own right, Linden is one of the rising faces of Worthing’s electronic underground. This evening he will be very much in ambient mode.
This is a double bill not to be missed.
Listen to James Heather on Bandcamp: https://jamesheather.bandcamp.com/
Listen to Linden Pomeroy on Bandcamp: https://lindenpomeroy.bandcamp.com/