Prog Rock Star Roger Waters to launch his North American Us + Them Tour on May 26

Roger Waters

Roger Waters, the musician and composer famous for his work with Pink Floyd, will be touring North American in the next weeks. Waters will be performing material from Pink Floyd classic albums such as Dark Side of the moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall as well as new material. Waters has a new album titled Is This The Life We Really Want?.

Roger Waters Us + Them North American Tour 2017

05/26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
05/28 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
05/30 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
06/01 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
06/03 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
06/04 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
06/07 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
06/10 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
06/12 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
06/14 Phoenix, AZ Gila River Arena
06/16 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
06/20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
06/21 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
06/24 Seattle, WA Tacoma Dome
06/27 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
07/01 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
07/03 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
07/06 Houston, TX Toyota Center
07/08 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
07/11 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
07/13 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
07/16 Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Arena
07/18 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
07/20 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
07/22 Chicago, IL United Center
07/23 Chicago, IL United Center
07/26 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
07/29 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
08/02 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
08/04 Washington, DC Verizon Center
08/08 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
08/09 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
08/13 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
09/07 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
09/11 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
09/12 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
09/15 Uniondale, NY The New Coliseum
09/16 Uniondale, NY The New Coliseum
09/19 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
09/21 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
09/23 Albany, NY Times Union Center
09/24 Hartford, CT XL Center
09/27 Boston, MA TD Garden
09/28 Boston, MA TD Garden
10/02 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
10/03 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
10/06 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre
10/07 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre
10/10 Ottawa, ONT Canadian Tire Centre
10/16 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
10/17 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
10/22 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
10/24 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
10/28 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

Calculated Risk

Force of Progress – Calculated Risk

Force of Progress – Calculated Risk (Progressive Promotion Records, 2017)

Force of Progress is what is described as a progressive rock project put together by four German multi-instrumentalists. It’s a very keyboard-centric album, with great synth and piano work, although throughout Calculated Risk the band adds hard rock and heavy metal guitars.

There is way too much hard rock and metal riffing for this album to be seriously regarded a progressive rock album. Toning down the guitars would have helped a lot.

The lineup includes Hanspeter Hess, Dominik Wimmer, Chris Grundmann and Markus Roth.

 

 

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The Eighth Hour of Amduat through the Prism of Chamber Jazz

Dave Soldier – The Eighth Hour of Amduat

Dave Soldier – The Eighth Hour of Amduat (Mulatta 035, 2017)

Music experimentalist Dave Soldier has been composing and putting together music orchestras that explore and combine unexpected genres. This time he presents an avant-garde opera that mixes classical music with various forms of jazz. The Eighth Hour of Amduat is inspired by ancient pharaoh-era Egyptian mythology.

The Eighth Hour of Amduat mezzo-soprano Sahoko Sato Timpone, an orchestra, jazz musicians, including Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra), and a choir.

The lineup includes Dave Soldier on water bowls, electronics; Sahoko Sato Timpone on vocals; Marshall Allen on alto saxophone and electronic valve instrument (EVI); Rebecca Cherry, Akhmed Manedov, and Juana Pinilla Páez on violin; Olivia Gusmano on viola; Carolina Diazgranados on cello; Dani Bash on harp; Dan Blacksberg on trombone; Nick Millevoi on guitar; Michael Winograd on clarinet; Enrique Rivera-Matos on tuba; Anthony di Bartolo and Thomas Kolakowski on percussion; and a choir featuring Chace Simmonds-Frith, Natasha Thweatt, Sophie Laruelle, Xioming Tian, Eugene Sirotkine, Alicia Waller, and Melinda Learnard.

With The Eighth Hour of Amduat Dave Soldier continues to break musical boundaries disregarding trends.

Buy the digital version of The Eighth Hour of Amduat. The CD is available from www.mulatta.org.

Roger Waters to Release “Is This the Life We Really Want?” June 2017

Roger Waters – Is This The Life We Really Want?

Bassist and singer-songwriter Roger Waters, one of the creative forces behind progressive rock band Pink Floyd, has announced the release of his first rock album in 25 years. Titled, “Is This The Life We Really Want?” (Columbia Records), the album will be released internationally on Friday, June 2, 2017. Water also announced a North American tour that will run from May through October, 2017.

The musicians that appear on “Is This The Life We Really Want?” include Roger Waters on vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, Nigel Godrich on arrangement, sound collages, keyboards, guitar, Gus Seyffert on bass, guitar, keyboards, Jonathan Wilson on guitar, keyboards, Joey Waronker on drums, Roger Manning on keyboards, Lee Pardini on keyboards, and Lucius on vocals with Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor.

Keyboardist Don Airey Launches His Pre-Sale Campaign For “K2 – Tales of Triumph and Tragedy” Limited Edition Box Set

Iconic keyboardist Don Airey, known for his work with acclaimed rock band Deep Purple has launched a pre-sale campaign on PledgeMusic for a very special limited edition Deluxe Box Set of his progressive rock solo album “K2 – Tales of Triumph & Tragedy,” to be released on Gonzo Multimedia in June 2017.

“K2” was recorded in 1988 at Sarm East Studios, London, and originally released worldwide on MCA Records. The album was inspired by a news article written by climber Jim Curran about his stressful experiences on the 1986 expedition to K2 in the Himalayas that claimed the life of 12 climbers. The music was finalized after Don met Jim at his house in Sheffield where he talked of his friends Al Rouse and Julie Tullis, who both died in a snowstorm at the peak.

The album also features guest appearances by celebrated rock musicians Gary Moore, Cozy Powell, Colin Bluntstone, Chris Thompson and other artists.

There will only be 100 of this deluxe Box Set manufactured and each will contain a signed and numbered certificate. There will also be additional signed items and exclusive merchandise as part of this pre-order campaign.

You are going to get something that will please everyone and hopefully you’ll like the music too!,” says Don Airey.

For more information and to pre-order visit: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/donairey

Alluring Etheric Anomalies

Pepe Maina – Etheric Anomalies (Pepe Maina, 2016)

Italian multi-instrumentalist Pepe Maina has recorded a mesmerizing instrumental double album titled Etheric Anomalies. He defines his music as ambient prog and this a very accurate way of classifying his sound.

Pepe Maina develops marvelous soundscapes. While sometimes the music is ethereal, it’s not syrupy new age. He adds soaring and sometimes fiery electric guitars, symphonic and world music elements that make his music entrancing and appealing.

Together with the electronic atmospheres and looped instruments, you’ll hear pastoral sections that recall Anthony Phillips; ethnic sounds that take you into terrain similar to Jade Warrior; early Steve Hillage influences; and much more.

Pepe Maina develops his music at his own workspace called Nonsense Studio. Maina plays synthesizers, samplers, flutes, guitars and percussion.

Etheric Anomalies showcases a set of finely-crafted music pieces that cross the boundaries of progressive electronica and world music.

 

 

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Le Orme Recreated in Classicorme

Le Orme – ClassicOrme

ClassicOrme is a recreation with classical music instruments of some of the most iconic songs of Italian progressive symphonic rock band Le Orme.

The song selection includes Gioco di bimba, Una dolcezza nuova, La porta chiusa, Storia o leggenda and several more.

The vocal parts will be performed by tenor Eero Lasorla (Finland) and soprano Marta Centurioni (Italy). The instrumental sections a string quintet with 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass plus a classical pianist.

This album will be a numbered limited edition of 1000 units.

The Return of the Iconic Moog Synthesizer IIIc

Moog Music has announced the return of the Moog Synthesizer IIIc model. This special synth will be in production for a very limited time.

Every Synthesizer IIIc will be manufactured using all-original records, art, and circuit board files. Each instrument includes thirty-six hand-stuffed, hand-soldered modules, including ten 901-Series audio oscillators, the 984 Matrix Mixer, and the 905 Spring Reverb. All modules are securely mounted into two hand-finished, solid walnut console cabinets at the Moog factory in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Moog Synthesizer IIIc production will be highly limited. Only 25 units will be produced and sold worldwide.

Accordo dei Contrari Releases Violato intatto

Accordo dei Contrari – Violato intatto

Italian progressive rock band Accordo dei Contrari has a new album titled Violato intatto. The band added saxophonist Stefano Radaelli and the album features guests such as Alessandro Bonetti of Deus Ex Machina.

The new album features a mix of rock and jazz and was recorded live in the studio with few overdubs.

Masterfully Crafted Pop Meets Prog Rock

Mancunian Candidate – Mancunian Candidate (Pancake Repairs Music, 2017)

Mancunian Candidate is the new project of British-born, San Francisco-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Matthew Swindells. He was the drummer and vocalist with much-admired American progressive rock band Moth Vellum. Swindells was also lead vocalist for Matt Bissonette’s Raising Lazarus project and live tour drummer for celebrated English electronic music act Fila Brazillia.

The album Mancunian Candidate has a relatively short song format. The first half of the album sounds as if pop band The Police had gone progressive. The vocal style and part of the song structures are definitely closer to pop, but the arrangements and instrumental sections are totally different. In those parts, Mancunian Candidate delivers highly-skilled, masterfully crafted and climactic symphonic progressive rock, inspired by the great masters like Genesis and Yes.

One of the highlights of the album is track 5, “AnikusDominuscrappedonfactor” that has a progressive rock-era Yes flavor with notable drumming, keyboards, bass and guitar.

Another high point is “Circle lies Unbroken,” where Mancunian Candidate opens with a fabulous Mahavishnu Orchestra-style intro. It’s great to hear jazz-rock fusion added to the mix. Overall, one of the most “progressive” pieces in the album.

Other highlights include “The Air Has Changed” and the climactic “Fanfare for the Dammed,” where Matthew Swindells uses vocals that lean heavily towards progressive rock instead of pop. There is even a fabulous church organ section that recalls Rick Wakeman’s masterful work.

The last song is another goodie. It’s a progressive rock reprise of “Garden Party” with wonderful mellotron and an outstanding guitar solo.

 

 

The remarkable lineup includes Matthew Swindells on drums, vocals, keyboards and acoustic guitars; Matthew Charles Heulitt on electric guitar; Johnny Heyes on guitar; Andy Shepley on bass; Neil Fairclough on bass; Ollie Collins on bass; Jon Evans on bass; Matt Bissonette on bass; and Jasper Wilkisnson on mandolin.

Mancunian Candidate is an impressive recording that straddles pop and progressive rock and I look forward to listening to more of the progressive side of Matthew Swindells.

 

The album is available from MancunianCandidateMusic.com.

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