Acclaimed guitarist and progressive rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis) is set to release a new album titled The Night Siren on Friday, March 24th 2017, through InsideOut Music (Sony).
As indicated in the title, The Night Siren is a wake-up call…the forewarning of a siren sounding in this era of conflict and discord.
The Night Siren presents Steve’s renowned guitar work as strongly as ever, together with with musicians from several different countries, who Steve invited to join him in celebrating multicultural diversity and unity.
The lineup includes singers from Israel and Palestine, who both actively campaign to bring Jewish and Arabic people together. There are also instrumentals from the USA and Iraq, and a wide range of sounds, including Indian sitar and Middle Eastern tar and oud, Peruvian charango, and the moving Irish uilleann pipes.
“This latest waxing represents a bird’s eye view of the world of a musical migrant ignoring borders and celebrating our common ancestry with a unity of spirit, featuring musicians, singers and instruments from all over the world,” says Steve Hasckett about his new album. “From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide. But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defenses. To quote Plato, ‘When the music changes, the walls of the city shake’.”
In addition to singers Kobi and Mira (Israeli and Palestinian), also featured on the album are American drummer Nick D’Virgilio, Malik Mansurov (Azerbaijan) on tar, Gulli Breim (Iceland) on drums and percussion), as well as regular Hackett collaborators: Roger King, Nad Sylvan, Gary O’Toole, Rob Townsend and Amanda Lehmann. Additional musicians who add to the multifaceted flavor of the album are Christine Townsend on violin & viola, Dick Driver on double bass and Troy Donockley on uilleann pipes.