barbs-squareJapan and Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri set to release new studio album Planets + Persona via Kscope on 3rd March 2017

Watch the album teaser with clips from all seven tracks above

For live dates and tour poster, see below

The Japan and Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri releases his most sonically expansive work to date, with a brand new album entitled Planets + Persona. It 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. Take, for example, Night of the Hunter – inspired by Charles Laughton’s only directorial movie , the piece moves through subtle shifts of atmosphere and emphasis, through melodic, dream-like sequences through to harsher tones; it’s a piece that builds to a profound cumulative effect. Elsewhere, Solar Storm shifts gears artfully, with Percy Jones’ sometimes percussive bass work contrasting to the smoother synthesiser textures incisively. Barbieri’s purely solo Interstellar Medium shows that his ability to develop and realise a theme under his own auspices that underscores his innate creativity. It’s but one aspect of a thoroughly engrossing and immersive album.

Pre-order the album on CD, double vinyl and digital for the 3rd March from the official store.


Richard Barbieri announces live dates in London, Birmingham and Exeter

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Thursday 16th March 2017 (Doors 8PM)
Richard Barbieri and very Special Guest Grice

Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS

Sat 25th March 2017
A morning with… Richard Barbieri
Masterclass / Synth Workshop / Q&A / Talk

9:00AM (curfew 12PM)
The Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS

Sun 26th March 2017
An afternoon / evening with… Richard Barbieri and very Special Guest Grice

1:30PM (curfew 5PM) / 6:30pm (curfew 10PM)
The Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B18 6AD

Tuesday 28th March 2017 (Doors 7PM)
Richard Barbieri and very Special Guests 
Lisen Rylander Löve (voices, electronics, saxophone) and Grice
Gandy Street, 130 Hoxton Street, London  N1 6SH
Box Office 020 7684 0060  hoxtonhall.co.uk

For professional inquiries contact Richard at info@richardbarbieri.net