This Must Be The Place: Keaton Henson

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Crash Ensemble perform with British singer-songwriter Keaton Henson at the National Concert Hall. 

Keaton Henson, who rarely performs live, will be accompanied by his 16-piece sinfonietta for his Irish debut on 15th of August.

Recognised for his fragile voice and delicate melodies, Henson creates a mesmerizing landscape of almost unbearable grief. His debut album, ‘Dear...’;  a collection of simple, tender songs, stripped to the marrow was released quietly in late 2010, in a limited edition run, hand-made by Keaton, selling out immediately. Fast forward to September 2011 and BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe is threatening to play ‘You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are’ twice in a row, triggering a frenzy of investigations into Keaton’s identity. Ahead of the release of his third Album ‘Birthdays’ Keaton takes tentative steps into the live performing space, giving one-on-one performances for fans from within a dollhouse, as part of an art gallery exhibiting his work. Then, eventually, he started to play conventional gigs - but in unconventional venues (the first was in a dusty old cinema museum in South London). Unannounced, tickets sold out in a little over an hour, and were greeted with 5-star reviews.

Turning to orchestration and instrument writing, Henson produced ‘Romantic Works’, his first collection of classical compositions. It was made available without prior warning on the same day as his biggest show to date; headlining London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall at the personal request of UNKLE’s James Lavelle for Meltdown Festival (with Keaton’s show selling out in a morning). More recently he scored ‘Young Men’, a full-length ballet for Balletboyz and choreographer Iván Pérez, which premiered in January 2015 at Sadler’s Wells. A fully immersive production of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ – billed as Keaton Henson presents Cellophony – sold out two nights at London’s Oval Space, in association with The Barbican. He recently launched ‘Crooked Darlings’, his range of homewares on the theme of self-loathing, and is currently putting the finishing touches to his first book of poetry. Plus he is at work on his third album!

Presented by the National Concert Hall.