"Siren voice, virtuosic piano and extensive arrangements: Magnified, the debut album from the London trio Beatrix Players convinces with dark, emotional tunes and the versatile application of classical instruments. The piano, the cello, the violin and flute create a prevailing mood, intensified with the expressive voice of the singer Amy Birks. The topic of the songs differ. Roses tells about the moment a relationship finally breaks down, why Lady Of The Lake describes the communication between women and men. With the massive piano and the art of the singing, a comparison with Tori Amos and Kate Bush is not far away. But Beatrix Players have their own style, special and individual. The album – a wonderful mixture of folk, jazz and classic – is a must have for fans of heavenly women’s songs."
Sonic Seducer April 2017
Rushlight, the opener on Magnified, performed by the British-Spanish trio Beatrix Players starts as if piano player, Jess Kennedy listened to a lot of Ralph Towner, the composer of the US-chamber music jazz combo‚ Oregon‘. The piano of the Beatrix Players is delicately chiseled and dripping; just amazing. Then, Amy Birks' voice is starting and opens the door to fairytale land – the female wonderland sound where Kate Bush is reigning since Wuthering Heights. Beatrix’ music is fairylike – beautiful singing and glimmering piano, grounded and infused by the warm cello of, Amanda Alvarez. In this dark meshwork the singing and the piano shine even more intensive. The high contrast cover with the three ladies with their dark eyes is pure synesthesia. Music for folk, classic and jazz lovers
We are super excited to announce that the wonderful voices of the SOUND choir will be joining us for a few of the Magnified tracks @ Hoxton Hall on May 11th. Check out their video and just think... Thomas Tallis & Muse, mixed with a great dollop of Beatrix Players. We were blown away by them and think you will be too! See you on the 11th! https://www.hoxtonhall.co.uk/beatrix-players-magnified-tour/
Chamber music under the magnifying glass
On their debut album ‘Magnified’ Beatrix combine classical music with superior piano pop
The trio Beatrix Players, existing of three young ladies, lives in London but they all come from totally different parts of the world. “I am English from Stoke-on-Trent” tells us the charming singer Amy Birks in a good mood – but our cello player Amanda is from Madrid and Jess, the piano player is Australian.” They all met in London and decided to form a band, in the beginning on a much more conventional level. “We had a drummer and a guitar player, we were a rock band with a lot of cello. But we realized that the magic entered our playing whenever we played as a trio. Sometimes we have more musicians on stage when we play live and even on the record we have drums on some tracks. We differ in our live performances: chamber music evenings and bigger shows with more musicians.”
Besides the emotional and touching songs it is the superior sound of the album that takes the listeners under the spell and gives all tracks the room for development needed. We asked who was sitting behind the musical control knobs, Amy is laughing: “we did it ourselves” she is telling us full of pride: “we thought we will achieve the best results if we are doing it ourselves as we know how our sound should be. But we had someone professional mixing it, I have to admit”.
Their name doesn’t come from some historical or mystic figure. All three wanted to emphasize all strong female characters who had the additional name Beatrix ( in Latin: Viatrix). From holy women martyr all the way to Tarantino’s female killers.
No wonder the themes in their lyrics are extensive and global: “my stories are inspired by classical literature – I do admire the Bronté sisters a lot – but the stories are also quite normal due to experiences, lover’s grief and heartbreaking stories and of people I know. I do process both.”
Talking about their musical idols, some names are mentioned more often. Everyone expects Tori Amos or Kate Bush as the sound and songs remind a bit of them but Amy talks about Natalie Merchant, telling us that her dark folk is a big inspiration and she is also mentioning the singer/songwriter Don McLean and the Trip-Hop Band Mazzy Star. “Of course, these influences will be found in our songs but also the classical education Amanda has had as a cello playeris very important for our composing.” And all songs are, proven by Beatrix Players on Magnified are inventive, original and exquisitely enchanting.
Very happy to see that we have some friends over in Germany. Some lovely reviews - Super chuffed!
Preparations are under way for our Hoxton Hall gig in May. We are delighted to announce that not only will we be joined by Robyn Hemmings on double bass, Jez Haughton on French horn, Maria Kroon on Violin plus percussionist (also further announcements to be made around who or what will be sharing the stage with us...), we will also be graced with the wonderful sounds of King of the Opera. Here's one of his wonderful videos: https://youtu.be/0kbdl3fLqq4
Tickets available here: https://www.hoxtonhall.co.uk/book/35403/
PB: You have drawn a lot of comparisons with Kate Bush and Tori Amos, yet none of you grew up listening to either of these artists. Has that surprised you?
BEATRIX PLAYERS: Not especially.
Amy adds, "I did listen to Tori Amos through my uni days and my father played 'Hounds of Love' on numerous occasions, so, although not an intentional influence, it must have had some sort of an affect. You can't ignore the brilliance in tracks such as 'This Woman's Work' and 'Silent All These Years'. Pretty sure these ladies have had some sort of impact on the majority of the female artists over the past two decades. We feel very flattered to draw these comparisons."