Hidden Orchestra

Hidden Orchestra


Widely regarded as the most exciting live band in Edinburgh, JAQ's audiovisual shows regularly pack out venues full of a wide variety of music fans who've come to appreciate the epic energy of two drummers, deep bass lines, classical textures, live visuals, and jazz/rock/electronic influences.


Joe (bass/samples), Poppy Ackroyd (violin/keyboards), Tim Lane (drums) and Jamie Graham (drums) formed the quartet in Edinburgh in 2005. At home in clubs, festivals, classical concerts and jazz venues, the Quartet have developed an expanding base of support from a wide variety of music fans for their distinctive brand of dark and soulful electronic jazz. With their unique blend of acoustic and electronic instruments, including two drummers and regular guest performers, they have a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands in Edinburgh. Since April 2008 they have been collaborating with film-maker Iván Torres Hdez, who creates and manipulates cinematic visuals live on stage. The group is currently recording, with support through funding from the Scottish Arts Council. The album features various other distinguished Scottish jazz/folk/classical musicians - Su-a Lee (SCO/McFall's - cello), Fraser Fifield (saxophone, whistle), Marcus Britton (Orkestra Del Sol - horn, trumpet).

Previous gigs include performances with Bonobo, Jaga Jazzist, Red Snapper, Aim, Alice Russell, Gilles Peterson, and Zero dB. Festival appearances include Triptych, T in the Park, Knockengorroch, Dialogues, Spectrum, Dunstaffnage, The Graffiti Project, and SOUND festivals. Airplay includes Radio 1, XFM, Radio Scotland, Radio Magnetic, other stations and podcasts in the UK, USA, Belgium, Italy, Finland, and live sessions on BBC Radio 1 (Scotland), and BBC Radio Scotland.

Tracks have been released on compilations from Alex Tronic Records (Edinburgh, May ‘07), and DDE Records in Italy (Dec ’06), including a remix of London–based Lautrec. Other remixes include Found, Great Ezcape, Kinetic Fallacy, and an interactive software remix for Coldcut.


Tracks have been released in the last couple of months on innovative new download service www.TenTracks.co.uk - also on compilations from T in the Park, Alex Tronic Records (Scotland) and DDE Records (Italy).
Scottish Arts Council-funded album due for release in 2009.

Set List

We regularly perform sets from 30 mins to an hour and a half.
All original material.