Larkhall is a composer, pianist, and new media artist. His live algorithmic visuals react in real time to the individual nuance of each performance, unfolding in time with the structure of each composition. Recently named one of the Creative Industries Council’s ‘CreaTech Ones To Watch 2021’, his practice has grown throughout the 2020-21 pandemic to include collaborations with artists including James Yuill (Moshi Moshi), Jo Quail (Poppy Ackroyd, Mono), Jay Chakravorty (Bright Light Bright Light, Ellie Golding) and Simeon Walker (Brudenell Piano Sessions).
In 2019, his debut album The Sea Was Never Blue reached #2 on the iTunes Classical UK chart, with a launch concert at St George’s International Keyboard Festival (Bristol). His work since then has won support from Help Musicians, Arts Council England, the WECA Growth Fund, TEDx, and Britten-Pears Arts.
Growing frustrated with the stylistic constraints and cultural baggage tied to ‘institutional’ classical music composition, he spent several years honing his craft in bands, playing in and touring with Chicago bands Le Concorde, Canasta, Please Please Wait and “nuevo-tango” ensemble Truco. He joined London band Paris Motel to perform at SXSW, and toured to CMJ Festival with Le Concorde. Continuing to work in the classical new-music world, he created a live reactive spatial sound design for Grammy-Award-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird’s debut at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Seeking greater expressive control over the technical side of his work, Larkhall taught himself how to code. While studying for a masters’ degree at University of Cambridge Centre for Music and Science, he created SingSmash, a game controlled by singing. This enabled him to start a concurrent career as a software developer, working to build music-recognition app Shazam. His technical work has seen coverage in the Guardian, NY Times, Salon, BBC, NPR, and MTV and has been downloaded over a billion times.Ultimately, Larkhall’s experiments with technology and music led him to his signature style: entwining reactive digital art with postclassical piano.
We are delighted to be working with Larkhall on a press campaign around his forthcoming album, Say You’re With Me, out on 24 June.