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Blackfield Biography


Blackfield was formed by Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen in 2000.

Wilson, now a respected solo artist and Grammy-nominated re-mixer and producer, at the time was best known as the founder and frontman of Porcupine Tree. Geffen is Israel’s leading counter culture rock musician.

The son of esteemed Israeli poet Yehonatan Geffen, and the nephew of Moshe Dayan, he is huge star in his native country.  An outspoken peace campaigner and fierce critic of the Israeli military, his frank political views have caused huge controversy while his records have been greeted with equal amounts of adulation, earning him a string of gold albums.

At a peace rally in Tel Aviv in 1995, Geffen performed his ballad, ‘I Cry for You’, in front of over 300,000 people. After the show Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin congratulated Geffen backstage. Little did Aviv know but he would be the last person ever to embrace Prime Minister Rabin, as only moments later, yards from where Geffen stood, Rabin was gunned down. From that moment onwards Aviv became the national peace symbol for Israel's youth, and ‘I Cry for You’ would become an unofficial national anthem.

Aviv had discovered Porcupine Tree in the mid ‘90s and followed their career development. In 2000 he invited the band to perform some concerts in Israel and met with Steven in London to discuss working together. Before long they had collaborated on the first Blackfield song. In 2001 the two met in a studio in Tel Aviv with the intention of recording a one-off EP.

The results of the session were so impressive however, that the EP was cancelled and the decision was made to continue writing and recording a full length album. Over the next 18 months the pair fitted in Blackfield writing and recording sessions whenever they could between their other commitments and finally in October 2003 the debut album was complete.

The collaborative songs alongside songs written by each separately brought a unique meeting of cultures, which resulted in the self titled album, which was hailed at the time as 'hypnotically effective' (Classic Rock) and ‘another stroke of genius from Steven Wilson’ (Eclipsed).

Blackfield II arrived in February 2007. The pair’s return was greeted by a similarly enthusiastic media response with Clash describing it as ‘a lush but soulful mix of separate cultures, deep sounds and touching lyrics,’ and CMU proclaiming it as ‘simply another complete triumph from the duo.’

Blackfield toured in support of both albums a CD/ DVD set of a show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York (Blackfield Live in NYC) was released in late 2007.

The third Blackfield album, titled Welcome To My DNA, was released on Kscope in March 2011. Described by Prog as 'a timeless recording of rare beauty' and 'a thing of fragile beauty' by Metal Hammer, the album marked another step forward in Blackfield's evolution.

Since Welcome To My DNA, Geffen's profile has continued to rise and Aviv has worked with legendary producers Tony Visconti and Trevor Horn, played live with U2 and Placebo, and has been a judge on the Israeli TV show, The Voice. In August 2013 he returns with Blackfield IV.

Aviv contributed the writing and vocals on IV, with Steven - who also mixed the album into stereo and 5.1 surround sound - adding guitar and vocal parts.

The new album also includes guest vocal performances from Brett Anderson (Suede), Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) and Vincent Cavanagh (Anathema).

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