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Jordan Rudess From Bach to Rock European Tour 2018 Announced

Acclaimed keyboard player and composer Jordan Rudess, member of the progressive metal band Dream Theatre, will be touring Europe this spring. Rudess will be presenting a solo performance titled From Bach To Rock: A Musician’s Journey.

Rudess’ solo concert will travel through his captivating musical journey, from classical music to rock. Rudess was a young Juilliard piano prodigy destined for a classical music career and he evolved into a keyboard rock star marvel. While Rudess’ work in Dream Theater is within a heavy metal context, his solo work tends to be more classical and progressive rock oriented.

Of his journey, Jordan says: “When I left the conservatory, I remember my mother weeping, handing me the letter from the college president warning me that I had made a terrible mistake. I didn’t know where to go from there, but I was certain that I needed to discover myself in an unconventional musical path. The journey has been rocky at times but, when music is your muse, practice teaches you how to master difficult passages.”

Rudess’ solo discography includes: Arrival (1988), Listen (1993), Secrets of the Muse (1997), Resonance (1999), An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess (2000), Feeding the Wheel (2001), 4NYC (2002), Christmas Sky (2002), Rhythm of Time (2004), Prime Cuts (2006), The Road Home (2007), Notes on a Dream (2009), All That Is Now (2013), Explorations (2014) and The Unforgotten Path (2015).

In addition to playing in Dream Theater, Jordan has worked with a wide range of artists including David Bowie, Jan Hammer, Enrique Iglesias, the Paul Winter Consort, Annie Haslam, LMR, his side project with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman, Liquid Tension Experiment, Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen, the Dixie Dregs, Rod Morgenstein, and Tony Williams, among others.

The first confirmed show will take place April 13, 2018 at Jahrhunderthalle Club in Frankfurt, Germany.

ECM Announces Thomas Strønen’s New Album Lucus

Thomas Strønen Time Is A Blind Guide – Lucus

ECM Records has announced the release of Time Is A Blind Guide – Lucus, a new album by Norwegian drummer and composer Thomas Strønen. The Lucus release date in January 19, 2018.

Lucus includes Ayumi Tanaka on piano; Håkon Aase on violin; Lucy Railton on cello; Ole Morten Vågan on double bass; and Thomas Strønen on drums and percussion.

Buy Lucus

Kit Downes To Release Obsidian

Kit Downes – Obsidian

British organist Kit Downes is set to release a new album titled Obsidian (ECM records) on January 19, 2018. Obsidian features Kit Downes on church organs and Tom Challenger on tenor saxophone.

In November 2016 producer Sun Chung followed Downes to three English churches: the Snape Church of John the Baptist, Bromeswell St Edmund Church and Union Chapel Church in Islington, London. Downes played the church organs in these very different acoustic spaces. Most of the album is solo organ work. He is joined on one piece, “Modern Gods” by saxophonist Tom Challenger.

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The Enid Releases Live At The Citadel

British progressive symphonic rock band The Enid has a new album titled Live At The Citadel, recorded in St. Helens, October 2017.

The live performance includes classic and recent the Enid musical pieces, including Mayday Galliard, Ondine, When the World is Full, Death, The Lovers, Cortege, Humoresque, Spring, Fand, and Chaldean Crossing.

The Enid live at the Citadel, October 2017

The lineup includes Robert John Godfrey on keyboards, Zachary Bullock on keyboards and Jason Ducker on guitars.

The album is available from www.theenid.co.uk

Goblin Releases Suspiria 40th Anniversary Edition Boxed Set

Italian progressive rock band Goblin, known for its memorable horror film soundtracks, has a new 40th Anniversary Edition boxed set of the iconic Suspiria album.

Suspiria was originally released in 1977. The new set is available in two versions, a standard edition and a limited 150 copy hand-numbered edition.

Both versions contain a faithful reproduction of the original soundtrack in LP format and MC; a 10-inch LP with rare and unreleased tracks on clear red vinyl; a CD + DVD set. The CD includes the original soundtrack with bonus tracks, while the DVD carries a documentary with interviews with Dario Argento and Goblin.

The set also features two 64-page books, in Italian and English language, with detailed analysis of the “Suspiria” movie and soundtrack, written by Fabio Capuzzo.

The limited ‘peacock version’ contains a foam interior exclusive design with a carved “Suspiria” logo; a certificate of authenticity; and an exclusive handcrafted ‘peacock feather stiletto,’ reproducing an object handled by the protagonist Suzy in the final scenes of the movie.

Buy the Suspiria 40th Anniversary Edition boxed set or the regular Suspiria 40th Anniversary Edition album

Supergroup The Sea Within to Perform at Night Of The Prog 2018

New progressive rock supergroup is scheduled to perform at Night of the Prog on July 14, 2018. The Sea Within includes acclaimed guitarist Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Flower Kings), Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, The Tangent), Tom Brislin (Renaissance, Yes Symphonic, Deborah Harry) and Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, UK, Joe Satriani).
The Sea Within is currently recording its debut album.

Night of the Prog Festival will take place from July 13-15, 2018 on the festival grounds of the Loreley Amphitheater in St. Goarshausen, Germany.

More details at www.nightoftheprogfestival.com

Tickets are available from: www.wiv-ticket-shop.com

headline photo: The Sea Within

Tiger Moth Tales to Perform at Night of the Prog Festival 2018

British progressive rock band Tiger Moth Tales is set to perform at Night of the Prog Festival on July 15th, 2018.

Tiger Moth Tales is an English progressive rock solo project from multi-instrumentalist Pete Jones. The group has Genesis, Big Big Train and Frost* influences. The debut album is titled “Cocoon.”

 

Tiger Moth Tales – Cocoon

 

Night of the Prog Festival will take place from July 13-15, 2018 on the festival grounds of the Loreley Amphitheater in St. Goarshausen, Germany.

More details at www.nightoftheprogfestival.com

Tickets are available from: www.wiv-ticket-shop.com

L’albero del veleno Releases Tale of a Dark Fate

Dark progressive rock band L’albero del veleno has a new album titled “Tale of a Dark Fate.” The Italian band is deeply inspired by horror movies from the 1960s through the 1980s and Italian bands like Goblin and various Italian horror film composers.

The current lineup includes Nadin Petricelli on keyboards; Lorenzo Picchi on guitars; Michele Andreuccetti on bass; and Marco Brenzini on flute.

 

 

L’albero del veleno’s debut album was “Le Radici Del Male.”

Avant-Progressive Rock Band Inner Ear Brigade Releases Dromology

Inner Ear Brigade – Dromology

American avant-garde progressive rock band Inner Ear Brigade has a new album titled Dromology.

The album features Bill Wolter on guitar; Chris Lauf on drums; Stephen Wright on bass; Melody Ferris on vocals; Ivor Holloway on tenor, alto and soprano saxophone; Eli Wallace on keyboards; Theo Padouvans on trumpet; Andrew Vernon on keyboards; David Shaff on trumpet; and Aheron Wheels Bolsta on tabla.

Earlier recordings include Rainbro and Belly Brain.

Esoteric to Release Atomic Rooster 4 CD Set “Sleeping for Years”

Atomic Rooster – Sleeping For Years ~ The Studio Recordings: 1970-1974

British label Esoteric Recordings has announced the release of “Sleeping for Years,” a 4-CD boxed of music by proto-progressive rock band Atomic Rooster. The collection comes in a clamshell packaging featuring all the recordings made by Atomic Rooster on the classic albums Atomic Rooster, Death Walks Behind You, In Hearing of Atomic Rooster, Made In England and Nice n’ Greasy aas well as singles “Tomorrow Night” and “Devil’s Answer.”

Atomic Rooster was formed by former Crazy World of Arthur Brown members Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer. Their self-titled first album was recorded in 1970 with Nick Graham on bass, vocals & flute, but the band soon fractured when Carl Palmer departed to join Emerson Lake and Palmer. In his place came Paul Hammond on drums and guitarist and vocalist John Du Cann. This line-up recorded the successful hit singles Tomorrow Night & Devil’s Answer and the album Death Walks Behind You in 1971. Later that year, vocalist Pete French was added to the their line-up for the classic album In Hearing of Atomic Rooster.

Covering every track released by the band in the 1970s, Sleeping For Years is a newly re-mastered collection and also features six rare alternate versions and demos.

The boxed set includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay by Malcolm Dome featuring exclusive interviews with Nick Graham, Pete French, Steve Bolton and Chris Farlowe.

Buy Sleeping For Years ~ The Studio Recordings: 1970-1974 in Europe

Buy Sleeping for Years in the rest of the world.