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Soundscapes Concert Series to Present Synthesist Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins
The Soundscapes Concert Series returns to the Nazareth Center for the Arts on Friday, March 23, with Mark Jenkins of the UK.

A leading figure in the UK’s electronic music scene for over 20 years, Mark Jenkins has performed as a member of White Noise and with singer Arthur Brown and members of Can, Gong, Van Der Graaf Generator, and Tangerine Dream. He is the author of the acclaimed book and CD “Analog Synthesizers” and is the first musician in the world to release a CD created entirely on the Apple iPad.

Mark has created music for concert performances, advertising, TV and CD releases and has performed at the London Planetarium, London Royal Greenwich Observatory Planetarium, London South Bank, Carnegie Science Center Pittsburgh, National Theatre Brazil, and in France, Holland and China.

Doors open at 7:30 pm and the concert is at 8:00 pm. The concert is free. Donations are requested to support the musician and to enable the Nazareth Center for the Arts to pay operating expenses. The NCA is located at 30 Belvidere Street, Nazareth, Pennsylvania 18064 just off of Route 191 on the southwest corner of Belvidere Street and South Spruce Street. Check the NCA site for parking information.

The Soundscapes Concert Series is the concert companion to the Galactic Travels radio program on WDIY-FM and to Thought Radio on WMUH-FM and presents electronic music to the Lehigh Valley.

Future concerts:

Sunday, April 22: Wave World (Netherlands)
Friday, May 11: Broekhuis, Keller, and Schonwalder (Germany)

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Anglagard Added to Summers End Prog Festival in UK

The first ever UK appearance of legendary Swedish symphonic progressive rock band Anglagard with take place at Summers End Festival at Lydney Town Hall in Lydney, (Gloucestershire) on September 28-30, 2012.

Anglagard was a pioneer of the 1990s progressive rock revival, with a sound drenched in the 70s, and released two excellent albums, Hybris and Epilog. Their live shows are legendary, with three festival appearances in the USA particularly well remembered. After reuniting briefly in 2003, 2012 will mark the long awaited release of album three and a return to live activity. This may be the only opportunity to see the band live in the UK.

Summers End also announced the performance of Knifeworld. Led by guitarist and vocalist Kavus Torabi (The Cardiacs, North Sea Radio Orchestra, Guapo) the band mixes superb pop hooks with dense arrangements which blend progressive rock and psychedelia into an unique recipe.

Other announced artists include Manning (UK), K2 (USA) and Sunchild (Ukraine)

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Unidos Por Ritchald Tribute Concert to Feature Leading Peruvian Prog Bands

On February 16th, a large concert will be held in Lima (Peru). Titled “Unidos Por Ritchald,” the festival will feature Peruvian progressive rock legends Frágil and one of the best prog bands of the new generation, Kharmina Buranna. Other acts scheduled include Jingo, La Negra, Fever Disco Band, Jorge Pardo, and Peluka Núñez.

Ritchald Rodrich is an essential figure in Peruvian rock. He managed some of the most important rock bands in the South American nation. Now that he is having health problems, musicians got together to give him a worthy tribute.

Venue: Tres Joyas
Address: Av. Arnaldo Márquez, 1600 (intersection with Húsares de Junín) – Jesús María, Lima (Peru)
Time: 8.00 PM
Tockets: S/. 25 (as a donation)

Celtic Rockers Tempest to Present Real Time Internet Concert March 10th 2012

Celtic rock band Tempest will be presenting a live, interactive concert. The event will be broadcast in real time and brought directly to home computer screens via their new UStream channel “Tempest-Live” on March 10th, 2012. Times are 7:00 PM PST / 10:00 PM EST.

The group will perform songs from its latest release “Another Dawn” CD including the single “Let’s Live For Today” as well as material from previous CDs.

Multiple cameras and high end pro audio, staging and lighting will put you the web user right in the center of the action. The chat feature allows audience members to actually talk with each other in real time, as the concert is being watched, making it a unique and totally shared interactive experience for the viewer.

Tickets are ordered directly from the Tempest-Live UStream channel using PayPal at . Anyone who misses the show in real time can at any point purchase a ticket and watch it at their own convenience. Tickets are $10 if ordered before the show airs, and $15 after.

A limited digital download of the concert will also be available for $25. If you are local to the Modesto area and would like to be part of the studio audience, your seat is free with the purchase of the digital download.

Those wishing to purchase the digital download should go to PayPal at and using the “send money’ tab, send $25 to . if you do not have a PayPal account, set up is easy and takes less than ten minutes. You will be emailed a receipt for the download and an admission ticket to the event within a few days of payment.

Seats are limited and will be issued on a first come first serve basis. Simply state in your PayPal payment that you are requesting a seat. If you are requesting a seat you must state that on your PayPal payment. Download instructions will be emailed to you within 30 days following the concert.

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German Schallwelle Electronic Music Awards Online Voting

Erik Wollo - Photo by Knut Bry
Electronic music fans can vote for their favorite German and international electronic music artists at the Schallwelle Award website.

For the fourth time, the German electronic scene orchestrates the Schallwelle awards, where the best national and international albums and artists will be honored for their particular achievements in 2011. The event takes place on March 10, 2012 at a well known location: the Planetarium of Bochum. And the lifetime achievement award for 2011 goes to and will be personally received by the special award winner.

The jury of seven will also elect the Newcomer of 2011. Votings for best albums and best artists will be combined from the jury’s votes and the audience votes at 50% each. Voting is still open until January 31st 2012, online at the Schallwelle website, where each fan and lover of this genre can choose his or her favorite for 2011.

Three concerts accompany the event, this time supported by the new impressive technology of the planetarium.


– Frank van Bogaert (Belgium)
– Erik Wøllo (Norway)
– Michel Huygen – Neuronium (Spain/Belgium)

The hosts are Sylvia Sommerfeld and Stefan Erbe, who will welcome all visitors to the exclusive and atmospheric event with many renowned national and international guests from the electronic music scene.

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Tickets are available for order via the website of the Planetarium of Bochum or via NRW ticket for 25 Euros plus booking fees (concessions for members of Schallwende e.V.: 22 Euros). It is recommended to book early, as only a limited number of tickets are available.

Earth Frequency 2012 Music Lineup Announced

Australian music festival Earth Frequency returns in 2012 with a wide spectrum of music styles, including reggae, dubstep, techno, progressive, world music, psytrance, folk, funk and down-tempo/chill. All genres will sit alongside each other harmoniously in a 4 day mix of music for all tastes.

The diverse line-up of electronic music artists includes Robert Rich, Tipper, Talpa, ill.Gates, Audio Injection, Electrypnose, Janover, Opiuo, Spoonhead, Protonica, Spoonbill, Tetrameth, Kalya Scintilla, Circuit Bent, Suncontrolspecies, Sun:Monx, Sensient, Dysphemic & Miss Eliza Feat MC Heinz, OneTastyMorsel, Sun In Aquarius, Meat Axe, Jigsaw, Mote, Lubdub, Merkaba, Blunt Instrument, bumble, Closer Apart, Goosebumpz, Interval, ShifteQ, Blatwax (Live), Xenoscape, Dusty Fungus, Instrumental Asylum.

The live band line-up includes well established and upcoming acts from the South East Queensland and New South Wales regions: Dubmarine, Kingfisha, Kooii, Wild Marmalade feat Si Fixion, Darky Roots, The Upsteppers, Temple Step Project, Fyah Walk, The Mank, Youngtree, Ali Baba, Mystic Beats, One Dragon Two Dragon, Euphonix, CC the Cat, Lore Crew, Imandan, Lady Abundance Project, Beatrice, Jekks And The Priests of Heka, Pagan Love Cult and Channelfree.

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Birdsongs of the Mesozoic to Perform at ProgDay 2012

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Photo by Claire Folger
ProgDay has announced that American band Birdsongs of the Mesozoic will be performing at the 2012 edition of the festival. “Progday is very pleased to host a long-overdue performance by these masters of contemporary prog.” ProgDay 2012 will take place on Saturday, September 1st, and Sunday, September 2nd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Birdsongs is an instrumental quartet created in 1980 as a more classical/New Music, keyboard-oriented side project of Boston’s famed post-punk rock band, Mission of Burma. Desiring an outlet for his piano music, in 1980, Burma’s guitarist Roger Miller embarked on collaboration with keyboardist and studio producer Erik Lindgren, the former composer and keyboardist of Moving Parts, the Boston art-punk band that had spawned Burma.

To play a short, live set of Birdsongs’ music for the sampler’s 1981 record release party, Miller and Lindgren invited “tape-manipulator-turned–guitarist” Martin Swope, Miller’s co-member in Burma, and keyboardist Rick Scott to perform. Although originally assembled only for a one-shot performance, the quartet became Birdsong’s regular working lineup. The four skilled composer/musicians operated Birdsongs as a composers’ collective, with each member contributing pieces and having equal say in the group’s artistic direction.

Roger Miller left the Birdsongs in 1988 on very friendly terms. Since 1989, when Birdsongs of the Mesozoic signed to DC-based Cuneiform Records to release its 4th recording, Faultline the band has released over 10 albums and earned well-deserved, international recognition for its innovative, cross boundaries sound.

ProgDay is the longest running progressive rock festival in the world. For more information, and to hear music from this year’s bands, visit

Progressive Rock festival OhioProg Adds Glass Hammer and Kinetic Element to 2012 Festival Line-Up

Glass Hammer
In a press release distributed this week, organizers of progressive rock festival OhioProg announced that two leading American bands have been added to the 2012 festival program.

Glass Hammer is an American symphonic-progressive rock band. Multi-instrumentalists Steve Babb and Fred Schendel formed the band in 1992 and will be celebrating their 20th anniversary at OhioProg 2012. The band recently released their 14th studio album Cor Cordium which is a follow-up to last year’s highly acclaimed If. Glass Hammer is deservingly one of the most well-known and highly regarding progressive rock acts over the last 20 years and will be featured as a headliner alongside FM, Nightingale and Arena. They will play ahead of FM on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Kinetic Element
Kinetic Element hail from Richmond, Virginia and released their debut album Powered by Light in 2009. The band formed as an outlet to perform the solo material of composer and keyboard player Mike Visaggio. The group quickly created their own identity and began playing alongside some of today’s foremost progressive rock acts including Circa and IZZ. Kinetic Element will perform in the first slot on Sunday, September 9, 2012. The Kinetic Element artist page will be updated with audio tracks soon.

OhioProg is set to take place September 7th, 8th & 9th of 2012 at the Canton Palace Theatre in Canton, Ohio. The updated performance schedule now features 15 bands representing 5 countries.

Friday, September 7, 2012 “A Tribute to the Classics” Pre-Show

• 5:00pm – 6:30pm Going for the One perform the music of Yes (USA)
• 7:00pm – 8:30pm Gende’s Giant perform the music of Gentle Giant (USA)
• 9:00pm – 11:00pm Script for a Jester’s Tour perform the music of Marillion and featuring original Marillion drummer Mick Pointer and Nick Barrett of Pendragon (UK)

Saturday, September 8, 2012 “Main Event”

• 11:00am – 12:15pm Orphan Project (USA)
• 1:00pm – 2:30pm Persephone’s Dream (USA)
• 3:30pm – 5:00pm RC2 (Spain)
• 7:00pm – 9:00pm Glass Hammer (USA)
• 10:00pm – 12:00am FM (Canada)

Saturday, September 8, 2012 “After-Party” at The Auricle

• 12:45pm – 1:15am Dag Swanö (Sweden)
• 1:20am – 2:00am Gravity (USA)

Sunday, September 9, 2012 “Main Event”

•11:00am – 12:15pm Kinetic Element (USA)
• 1:00pm – 2:30pm After the Fall (USA)
• 3:30pm – 5:00pm Cryptic Vision (USA)
• 7:00pm – 9:00pm Arena (UK)
• 10:00pm – 12:00am Nightingale (Sweden)

Tickets are available now and until January 2, 2012 for the OhioProg 2012 festival through Kickstarter. It is important to note that if the funding goal is not met the festival will be canceled. All of the ticketing info and additional event info can be found on the ticketing page and on the OhioProg website.

Sweden Prog Fest 2011

Progressive rock festival Sweden Prog Fest 2011 took place yesterday, November 26th, 2011 at Bryggarsalen in Stockholm. The event featured five of Sweden’s finest progressive rock acts: Agents of Mercy, Coste’s Cosmos, Gösta Berlings Saga, Brighteye Brison, and The Kingdom.

Agents of Mercy is the progressive rock/hard rock project of guitarist Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, Kaipa), singer Nad Sylvan (Unifaun), virtuoso keyboardist Lalle Larsson (Weaveworld, Karmakanic), bassist Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic) and drummer Walle Wahlgren.

Coste’s Cosmos is one of the new projects of guitarist Coste Apetrea, who started his career in 1972 with legendary progressive group Samla Mammas Manna and later played with the Jukka Tolonen Band.

Brighteye Brison is a band influenced by the classics on the 1970s. The current line-up includes
Linus Kase, Per Hallman, Kristofer Eng, Johan Öijen and Erik Hammarström.

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The 9th Annual Colorado Progressive Music Festival

The 9th Annual Colorado Progressive Music Festival is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, November 20th, at The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. in Denver. The event is a gathering of Colorado musicians performing original music and progressive rock classics.

New acts include cosmic band HU and the Crimsonesque heaviness of The Michael Zucker Band. Guitar virtuoso Charles Brown is back after a too-long absence. Progfest veterans like ZED and Daokou are also scheduled. Other artists include The teens from Littleton, Jamie Krutz with an all-star band, Every Waking Hour, Mark Bradford and Jamie McGregor, and the Kansas tribute.


3:30-3:55 HU
4:05-4:30 Michael Zucker Band
4:35- 4:50 Charles Brown & Co. Acoustic Set
5:00-5:25 Daokou
5:35-6:00 Littleton Conservatory of Rock
6:10-6:35 ZED
6:45-7:10 Jamie Krutz, new music with special guests Jamie McGregor,
Gretchen Kunz, Jonathan Patch and Scott Clelend.
7:20-7:45 Every Waking Hour
7:55-8:20 Mark and Jamie dare you to call it prog!
8:30 -8:55 Kansas Tribute Finale

4-9pm, doors 3:30pm
The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St., Denver
Sponsored by the Colorado Art Rock Society
Doors open at 3:00pm. The show rocks from 3:30-9pm.
Food is available at the venue.
Tickets only $7 at the door

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