Darrel Treece-Birch (Fleetwood, Lancashire, England, UK)
Darrel was taught piano at an early age of 7-10 years old. His first piano performance was on stage at Fleetwood Marine Hall in 1975. He bought his first synthesizer (Korg DW6000) at age 17, inspired by the early electronica music of Oxygene and Equinox of Jean-Michel Jarre and the ambient orchestration of Vangelis. With a love of rock and especially progressive rock music, inspired by bands such as Marillion, Yes and Genesis, he joined his first band a few years later Fleetwood based ‘Purple On the Storm’. Since 1986 the band names have changed but the personal has remained fairly constant especially with his main writing partner Alan (Spud) Taylor and guitarist Martin Walker.
Today Darrel plays keyboards with the British Hard Rock/Melodic Rock band TEN, and also writes/records and performs with original progressive rock band Nth Ascension. The solo recordings however complete the circle directly back to those earliest inspirations, pictorial/art inspired movements and story-telling at his musics core.
It is difficult to label his musical style as Darrel moves effortlessly between his ambient synthesizer based work like “Celestial’ to the more deliberately eclectic offerings as delivered on ‘No More Time’, which weaved through Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Melodic Rock, Instrumental Ambience, Folk and Classical.
Whatever the direction is going forward one can be sure to expect the unexpected and to be taken on a journey that will stir the soul and awaken the dreamer.
Ambient and Transient, Atmospheric, Esoteric, Emotive and Transportive, Progressive, Aggressive, Instrumental, Lyrical.