Blackfield is a
collaboratory musical group between Porcupine Tree founder and lead singer
Steven Wilson and Israeli rock singer Aviv
Geffen, a fan of Porcupine Tree and Wilson, invited the band to
play shows in Israel in 2000. He struck up a friendship with
Wilson, leading to the two musicians recording together (for
example with Geffen's singing backing vocals on Porcupine Tree's
planned as an EP for a 2001 release, the band's debut album
blossomed into a full-length recording, and was released in Israel
and Europe in 2004, and the United States in 2005.In early 2004 the
band debuted live on a couple of promotional TV performances in
Israel. This line-up featured drummer
(drummer of Porcupine
Tree from 1993 to 2002), who was replaced by Tomer Zidkyahu
, brother of Nir Zidkyahu
(former touring member of Genesis
) for a European tour that followed in
the Autumn of 2004.
Apart from seven original songs, the band also covered three of
Geffen's earlier songs ("Scars", "Cloudy Now" and "Glow" ,
translated into English by Wilson), and Porcupine Tree's "Feel So
Low", with Geffen singing the first verse in Hebrew (he had been
performing this song during his live shows).
Wilson and Geffen recently recorded a follow up album, Blackfield II
, released in February 2007
in Europe and March 2007 in the United States. In 2007, keyboardist Daniel
left the band to continue his successful solo career.
was replaced by Eran Mitelman, former
keyboardist for popular Israeli hard rock band HaYehudim.
In January 2009 Geffen went on a small tour of Europe with the full
Blackfield live band (including Wilson billed as a special guest).
Half of he set consisted of songs from the then yet to be released
first English language solo album by
while the rest was a selection of Blackfield songs.
Wilson appears on two tracks from the Aviv Geffen album
2008 to present
In a recent interview
in 2008 Steven Wilson discussed
"I think we’re going to tentatively start working
on some new songs and that’s as far as we’ve got regarding
I think there almost certainly will be another
As with No-Man and my other projects, there’s no
reason to stop doing them as long as the music keeps
||My Gift of Silence