Symphonic Prog Rock Band Renaissance Featuring Annie Haslam To Perform with 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra

Renaissance

Pioneering progressive rock band Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam has announced its upcoming tour of the US Northeast in October and November 2017. Titled “Symphonic Journey,” the tour will feature four very special concerts with a 10-piece chamber orchestra, a handpicked ensemble of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Concerts include October 26th at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT; October 27th at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA; Town Hall in New York City on October 28th; and The Egg in Albany, NY on October 29th. These concerts will be the first time in 40 years that Renaissance will perform on stage with a “live” orchestra.

Plans are currently being made for the group to film the October 27th Keswick Theatre show for an upcoming DVD release that will follow the success of its 2015 London Union Chapel DVD. A crowd funding campaign has been started to raise the significant funds to produce the new live DVD.

The band keeps getting stronger and stronger and the addition of the chamber orchestra will be the most exciting event for the band in years,” said Renaissance leader and singer Annie Haslam. “This addition of ‘live’ orchestral musicians will add an incredible dynamic to our big numbers like ‘Mother Russia,’ ‘Carpet of the Sun’ and ‘Song For All Seasons,’ all of which included an orchestra on the original recordings.”

Annie Haslam will be joined on stage by long time musical associate Rave Tesar on piano, together with Tom Brislin on keyboards, Mark Lambert on guitars, Frank Pagano on drums and percussion, and Leo Traversa on bass.

Tour dates:

Oct 26 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 27 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 28 – Town Hall – New York, NY (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 29 – The Egg – Albany, NY (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Nov 01 – City Winery – Boston, MA
Nov 02 – Rams Head on Stage – Annapolis, MD

Kotebel Announces the Release of Cosmology

Kotebel – Cosmology

Spanish progressive rock band Kotebel has announced the release of its new album titled Cosmology. The new recording will be available in early July.

Cosmology is dedicated to the musical representation of four concepts of the Cosmos. The album includes several parts of a cosmology suite and Cesar G. Forero’s “Mishima’s Dream.” Also featured, a remastered recreation of “Canto XXVIII,” a composition that Cesar wrote for Dante’s Paradiso, a concept album released in 2010 as part of Colossus’ Divine Comedy, a project that featured numerous progressive rock acts.

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Preorder here: www.kotebel.com/e-store/cosmology.php

Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan Announce Tour Dates

Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan

 

Guitar maverick Bill Frisell and virtuoso bassist Thomas Morgan will be touring North America in the next weeks to present their new album Small Town.

 

Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan – Small Town

 

 

Tour Dates

June 23 – Ottawa, ON at Ottawa Jazz Festival
June 24 – Toronto, ON at Toronto Jazz Festival
June 25 – Rochester, NY at Rochester Jazz Festival
June 27 – New Haven, CT at Firehouse 12
June 28 – Pawling, NY at Darryl’s Place
June 29 – Bay Shore, NY at Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
June 30 – Brooklyn, NY at Roulette
July 1 – Evanston, IL at SPACE
July 2 – Montreal, PQ at Montreal Jazz Festival

The Continuing Journey of Rahul Mukerji’s Guitar

Rahul Mukerji – Ma De Re Sha (Rahul Mukerji, 2017)

Ma De Re Sha is a great electric guitar album by Rahul Mukerji, an Indian musician living in the Washington D.C. area. Mukerji combines powerful rock guitar hero licks with jazz-rock fusion, Middle Eastern beats and Indian music influences. He also uses a note bending technique that gives it a South Asian flavor and sets him apart from western guitar players.

The lineup includes Rahul Mukerji on guitars, guitar synth, e-bow, sampling, tabla and drum programming; Bruce Ng on additional drum and percussion programming on all tracks; Ruben Rubio on bass.

Buy the CD from rahulmukerji.bandcamp.com/releases

Best of Arthur Lipner

Arthur Lipner – Two Hands, One Heart, Best of Arthur Lipner

Arthur Lipner – Two Hands, One Heart, Best of Arthur Lipner (Malletworks Media, 2015)

Two Hands, One Heart is a double CD set by vibraphone and marimba virtuoso Arthur Lipner. Disc 1 contains acoustic tracks, while disc 2 features an electric set. Although Lipner ventures into straight ahead jazz on occasions, most of the material on this album falls into the smooth jazz category.

On some pieces, Lipner adds Caribbean steelpans, Brazilian rhythms and melodies, and Argentine tango.

The album is available from store.cdbaby.com/cd/arthurlipner

Stick Men Announce Prog Noir Chapter 4 Tour Dates

Prog rock band Stick Men has revealed the fourth phase of its Prog Noir tour. The concerts will take place in North America from August 12 to September 4, 2017. The album Prog Noir was released in late 2016.

 

Stick Men – Prog Noir

 

Stick Men includes Tony Levin on stick and vocals; Pat Mastelotto on acoustic and electronic drums and percussion; and Markus Reuter on Touch Guitars AU8, soundscapes and keyboards.

Prog Noir Chapter 4 Tour:

Sat, Aug 12 – Schenectady, NY (The Van Dyke)
Sun, Aug 13 – Asbury Park, NJ (The Saint)
Tue, Aug 15 – New Hope, PA (Havana)
Wed, Aug 16 – Newton, NJ (Newton Theater)
Thu, Aug 17 – New York, NY (The Iridium)
Fri, Aug 18 – Pawling, NY (Daryl’s House)
Sat, Aug 19 – Natick, MA (Natick Center For Arts)
Sun, Aug 20 – Portland, ME (One Longfellow Square)
Tue, Aug 22 – Northampton, MA (The Iron Horse)
Wed, Aug 23 – Burlington, VT (Higher Ground)
Thu, Aug 24 – Montreal QC, Canada (Cafe Campus)
Fri, Aug 25 – Quebec City, QC, Canada (Auditorium du Cégep Garneau)
Sat, Aug 26 – Ottawa, ON, Canada (The Rainbow)
Sun, Aug 27 – Toronto, ON, Canada (The Garrison)
Tue, Aug 29 – Buffalo, NY (Waiting Room)
Wed, Aug 30 – Cleveland, OH (The Beachland Ballroom)
Thu, Aug 31 – Indianapolis, IN (Irving Theater)
Fri, Sep 1 – Chicago, IL (Reggie’s)
Sat, Sep 2 – Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)
Sun, Sep 3 – Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI (Callahan’s)

The Mesmerizing Prog Rock Vampiric Tale Continues

Nad Sylvan – The Bride Said No (Inside Out Music, 2017)

Swedish singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Nad Sylvan has risen to the top of the progressive rock scene because of his solo work and collaborations with Steve Hackett and Roine Stolt. The Bride Said No is his new solo album and continues the story he initiated with the acclaimed Vampiric album Courting The Widow.

The Bride Said No still has plenty of first class symphonic progressive rock inspired by 1970s bands like Genesis and UK. However, The Bride Said No adds a music theater element and masterful vocal interplay between Nad and his guest lead vocalists Tania Doko and Jade Ell.

Nad Sylvan is a generous vocalist. His albums always provide plenty of space to the virtuoso instrumentalists that participate in his recordings. The most noticeable difference I find in The Bride Said No is that there is less mellotron than in the previous album. However, keyboard lovers don’t despair, Nad and his colleagues provide plenty of succulent synth solos and majestic keyboards throughout the album.

 

 

 

For prog rock guitar fans, track 5 ‘What Have You Done” is true delight. Nearly half the piece features two outstanding, hats off epic electric solos. The first is by the grand master of progressive rock guitar, Steve Hackett. The second solo is by the equally talented Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Asia, Erotic Cakes). But there is more. If you manage to filter out the guitars (which is hard to do because they’re so good), you’ll notice remarkable bass work underneath by yet another master, Tony Levin.

 

 

Although Nad Sylvan’s vocals are superb throughout the album, on track 6, ‘Crime Of Passion,’ Nad stands out even more, delivering all vocal parts, lead and backing vocals. Guitars also play a leading role with Steve Hackett again, along with another regular collaborator, one of the busiest and finest guitarists in the prog world, Sweden’s Roine Stolt.

Another favorite is ‘A French kisses in an Italian Café,’ a beautiful laid back song with a trip hop beat that captivates you right away. It’s enriched with beautiful orchestrations by Nad Sylvan, Steve Hackett’s fabulous guitar, Tony Levin’s masterful Chapman stick and bass, and the delightful backing vocals.

 

 

The final song on the album is the most theatrical, with attention-grabbing interplay between Nad Sylvan and his female guest vocalists. It’s prog rock meets neosoul. This track has a hidden song. There are over 2 minutes of silence and then a pop song appears.

The lineup includes Nad Sylvan on vocals, keyboards, guitars, orchestrations; Jade Ell on vocals; Sheona Urquhart on vocals and saxophone; Anders Wollbeck on keyboards, programming, orchestration and additional sound design; Tania Doko on vocals; Jonas Reingold on bass; Nick D’Virgilio on drums and percussion; Tony Levin on Chapman Stick and bass; Doane Perry on drums; Alfons Karabuda on waterphone; Steve Hackett on guitar; Guthrie Govan on guitar; and Roine Stolt on guitar.

The Bride Said No is another captivating forward-thinking progressive rock album by the multi-faceted and talented Nad Sylvan.

Buy The Bride Said No in the Americas and other territories.

Buy The Bride Said No in Europe

Ghosts Don’t Dance with Shoes

Tree Tops – Ghosts Don’t Dance with Shoes (indie release, 2017)

Ghosts Don’t Dance with Shoes is the debut album by a very promising rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee called Tree Tops. Their sound is an exciting mix of guitar-led jam rock, progressive jazz-rock, funk and even some occasional Frank Zappaesque humor and zaniness.

The band’s line includes Jon Mann on drums and percussion; Cory Smith on guitar and vocals; David Webb on guitar and vocals. Additional musicians: Chris Pope on keyboards and Jack Willard on bass.

 

 

Buy the digital download edition of Ghosts Don’t Dance with Shoes. The CD is available from treetopsmusic.bandcamp.com.

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.

 

 

Buy Calculated Risk

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