Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins to Perform at Roxy & Dukes


Innovative multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins are set to perform at Roxy & Dukes in Dunellen, New Jersey on Saturday, October 29, 2016. This concert also includes special guest Travis Larson Band and is produced by NJProghouse.

Mike Keneally (guitars, keyboards and vocas) has been playing with Joe Travers (drums) and Bryan Beller (bass) since 1993, when they were members of the Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa band Z. Throughout the 1990s, as Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins, they played frequently on the West Coast in support of Keneally’s solo albums hat., Boil That Dust Speck and Sluggo!

Even though Keneally has worked with countless brilliant musicians throughout his solo career, fans have long held a special appreciation for the high energy, humor, camaraderie and virtuosity of the Keneally/Beller/Travers triumvirate. Now finally, after more than two decades, this powerful trio version of MK/BFD is coming to states in the Midwest and Northeast of the US, and playing music covering the gamut of Keneally’s career, from those classic 1990s releases all the way up to the brand new Scambot 2.

Mike Keneally has played with Frank Zappa, Steve Vai and many others, in addition to his long-standing solo career. He and Bryan Beller currently play together in Joe Satriani’s band, and have toured extensively in the metal band Dethklok. Beller is also a member of the instrumental powerhouse The Aristocrats. Joe Travers, in addition to past drumming work with Zappa Plays Zappa and Duran Duran, has held the position of Vault administrator for the Zappa Family Trust since the 90s, exhuming unreleased Frank Zappa tapes for release to the public.

Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins will be touring with special guest Travis Larson Band. With six studio albums and two full-length DVDs, the award-winning TLB is firmly rooted as one of instrumental music’s premier acts, having worked on records with Steve Lukather (Toto), Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck), Dave LaRue (Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Dixie Dregs), Vinx (Sting, Herbie Hancock). Travis Larson Band will release a new album in 2016.

when: Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. show | 1:30 p.m.Doors
where: Roxy & Dukes, 745 Bound Brook Rd, Dunellen, NJ
Cost: Online Presale $27
Walk ups day of show $35 (Cash Only) Beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com

Audacious Armonite

Armonite – The Sun is New Each Day (independent, 2015)

Armonite is a great international collaboration between Italian keyboardist and composer Paolo Fosso and violinist Jacopo Bigi with British bassist Colin Edwin and Dutch drummer Jasper Barendregt.

The band’s sound is characterized by the electric violin of Jacopo Bigi who straddles the line between progressive rock, chamber music, jazz-rock fusion and occasional world music inclinations.

Paolo Fosso composes marvelous instrumental pieces where there is plenty of room for instrumental exploration and interaction.

The Sun is New Each Day showcases the talent of Armonite, one of the most audacious progressive rock bands in the European scene.

Paralyzed by Cyril

Cyril - Paralyzed
Cyril – Paralyzed

Cyril – Paralyzed (Progressive Promotion Records, 2016)

Paralyzed is the second album by German rock band. Although the album was released by Progressive Promotion Records, the majority of the album’s content is a mix of AOR melodic rock and hard rock. Multi-instrumentalist Marek Arnold adds some brief symphonic moments to the mix.

The lineup on Paralyzed includes Larry B. on vcals; Manuel Schmid on vocals; Marek Arnold on keyboards, saxophones and clarinet; Ralk Dietsch on guitars, mandolin, vocals; Clemens Litschko on drums and percussion; and Denis Strassburg on bass and programming. Guests: Susan Kammler on oboe, Herman Schade on viola, and Dan Stein on vocals.

A Beautiful Kaleidoscope of Electroacoustic Ambient and Tribal Sounds

Green Isac Orchestra – Green Isac Orchestra (Spotted Peccary, 2015)

Green Isac, a fabulous progressive electronic music duo from Norway, has expanded its project to a five-man ensemble called Green Isac Orchestra. Their new album Green Isac Orchestra presents an enthralling mix of electronic sounds with acoustic instruments.

There are mesmerizing, mysterious ambient music passages along with trance-like percussive segments, soaring space guitar, enchanting cello and distant melodies, as well as world music and cinematic elements.

The current lineup of Green Isac includes multi-instrumentalist Morten Lund and percussionist Andreas Eriksen along with the three new members: Frode Larsen on percussion; Tov Ramstad on electric cello and saw; and Jo Wang on piano, mellotron, therevox, and synthesizers. Elvind aarset appears on guitar.

Green Isac’s previous recordings include Passengers (2014), Etnotronica (2004), Groundrush (2001), Happy Endings (1997) and Strings & Pottery (1991).

Green Isac Orchestra is a beautifully composed album by one of the greatest progressive music acts in Scandinavia.

Buy Green Isac Orchestra

Jon Davis’ Musical Visions

Zhongyu – Zhongyu (MoonJune Records MJR078, 2016)

Despite the band name, the Chinese-style artwork and even some of the music, this is not a Chinese act. Instead it’s a progressive music project that brings together composer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Davis, three members of American progressive rock band Moraine and a jazz drummer.

The result is fabulous cocktail that crosses numerous music boundaries. There is electronica, progressive rock, avant-garde music, jazz-rock and world music with a Chinese edge.

Jon Davis delights the listener with his collection of multi-dimensional music instruments: Chapman stick, guzheng (Chinese zither), mellotron and synthesizer.
In addition to the music itself, Zhongyu also experiments with sound. Instrumentalist Jon Davis plugs the guzheng into a modular synthesizer and processes a bass clarinet through a wah-wah pedal.

The album lineup includes Jon Davis on Chapman Stick, guzheng, Mellotron, ARP 2600; Dennis Rea on electric guitar, resonator guitar; Alicia DeJoie on electric violin; James DeJoie on baritone saxophone, flute, bass clarinet; and Randy Doak on drums and percussion. Special guest: Daniel Barry on trumpet.

Zhongyu is an exceptionally good, multi-faceted progressive music album.

Buy Zhongyu

Finely Crafted Modern Jazz Guitar

Fabrizio Sotti Trio  - Forty
Fabrizio Sotti Trio – Forty

Fabrizio Sotti Trio Forty (Incipit Records, 2016)

On Forty, virtuoso jazz guitarist Fabrizio Sotti delivers safe zone jazz with a mix of melancholic guitar, swing, blues and a smooth jazz version of a bossa nova classic, “How Insensitive (Insensatez)”.

The highlights of the album are the ambient guitars sounds on “Intro to the Bridge” and the captivating blues piece titled “The Bridge” dedicated to his wife and the Ponte dei Sospire in Venice, where they got married.

The lineup includes Fabrizio Sotti o guitars; Bulgarian artist Peter Slavov on bass; and Cuban musician Francisco Mela drums.

Forty is a finely crafted modern jazz guitar album.

Masterful Prog and Beyond from Greece

Gravitysays_i – Quantum Unknown (Inner Ear Records, 2016)

Quantum Unknown is the third album by a fascinating progressive music band from Greece called Gravitysays_i. Their sound is a mix of epic progressive rock, Pink Floyd-style space rock, post rock, ambient electronics, experimental effects and world music influences. This makes Gravitysays_i one of the most interesting acts we’ve heard in recent months.

In addition to the usual rock band instruments, Gravitysays_i adds acoustic instruments like trumpet, Cretan lyra and the beautiful mesmerizing sound of the santur, a hammed dulcimer originally from Persia.

The vocals are in English and have a darkwave/post rock feel. Post rock has a tendency of meandering and not going anywhere. Thankfully, Gravitysays_i injects captivating electronic and prog rock arrangements and melodies that keep you engaged throughout the entire recording.

Gravitysays_i was formed in March of 2003 by Manos Paterakis and Nikos Retsos in Piraeus. Their debut album was “The Roughest Sea” (Sirius, 2007). The band’s second album was “The Figures of Enormous Grey and The Patterns of Fraud” (Restless Wind, 2011).

The lineup on the album includes Manos Paterakis on lead vocals, santur, lead and rhythm guitar, pocket piano, electric bass; Nikos Retsos on drums, synths, acoustic and electronic percussion, rhythm santur, 12-string guitar, Celtic harp; Mampre Kasardjian on double bass and electric bass and backing vocals; Alekos Georgoulopoulos on lead and rhythm guitar; Vangelis Katsarelis on trumpets and flugelhorn; Nikos Sotiropoulus on lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals; Costas Stergiou on keyboards and backing vocals; and Peggy Sarrou on vocals; and George Kontogiannis on Cretan lyra.

Quantum Unknown is a masterful progressive music recording showcasing the talent of some of the finest musicians from southern Europe.

Dutch Progressive Band Focus Releases 8.5 Beyond The Horizon

Focus - 8.5 (Beyond The Horizon)
Focus – 8.5 (Beyond The Horizon)

Acclaimed Dutch progressive rock band Focus has released a new album titled 8.5 (Beyond The Horizon)

Focus became popular with a series of popular songs and instrumentals that crossed over into the mainstream: “Hocus Pocus”, “Sylvia” and “House Of The King”. After the reunion of Focus and the release of the Focus 8 album, the band toured the world and was introduced to new musical styles and influences such as jazz and Afro-Brazilian music. The line-up on this album includes Thijs Van Leer, Pierre Van Der Linden, Bobby Jacobs and Jan Dum E.

The sessions for the album were all recorded in between South American tour commitments during 2005, and every track is a previously unreleased composition by the members of Focus or producer Marvio Ciribelli.

The album features all-star Brazilian musicians including Arthur Maia and Mario Seve.

8.5 (Beyond The Horizon)

Rick Wakeman, Brian Eno and Anathema to Perform at Starmus 2016 Festival


Rick Wakeman, Brian Eno, Hans Zimmer, Brian May, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and Anathema are scheduled to perform tomorrow July 1st at Starmus festival place in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain).

Starmus was born with the goal of making the most universal science and art accessible to the public. This year’s event, currently taking place in Tenerife, is a tribute to Stephen Hawking, with speakers including Brian May, Richard Dawkins, Alekséi Leónov, Col. Chris Hadfield, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Cox, and nine Nobel Prize winners.

On Friday, July 1st, the festival is holding the Sonic Universe Concert between 16:30 – 23:00 (local time). Along with speeches and medal ceremonies, the concert features the previously mentioned artists.

More at www.starmus.com

Steven Wilson at Be Prog! My Friend festival This Weekend


Iamthemorning, The Pineapple Thief and Steven Wilson are set to perform this weekend at the Be Prog! My Friend festival in Barcelona, Spain.

Headliners Iamthemorning and The Pineapple Thief will be performing on Friday, July 1st and Steven Wilson will be headlining on Saturday, July 2nd. Also appearing across the weekend are Opeth, Textures and 1970s innovators Magma.

Stage times here: www.beprogmyfriend.com

Progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, ambient electronic music and beyond