Guitar virtuoso and innovator Al Di Meola is set to perform on February 7, 2017 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina. Al Di Meola talks about his upcoming concert:
You’ll be starting the Elegant Gypsy Tour 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. What’s the repertoire you’ll present there?
As this is the 40th anniversary of Elegant Gypsy we revisit the hay day of fusion with songs from Elegant Gypsy (obviously), Casino but also some Return to Forever pieces and newer compositions.
Which musicians will accompany you on this tour?
Philippe Saisse who was in my first solo band will be back on keyboards, I have my friend over 30 years Gumbi Ortiz on percussion, Luis Alecia on drums, Elias Tona on bass and violin prodigy Evan Garr on violin
What guitars will you be playing?
I change between Gibson and PRS. For the acoustic set in between, I play a Conde Hermanos cutaway.
You collaborated with Paco de Lucia in the past. Is there any chance you’ll collaborate with the new generation of Spanish flamenco players?
Yes, I do and I often include Flamenco players in my shows in Spain. But so far I never found the magic again that Paco and I shared when we were playing.
In addition to your new album Elysium, what other projects are you working on?
I’m working on new music, I’m writing in my studio in Miami and will be recording later in the year.
Progressive rock band IZZ is set to perform at the Music at the Mansion music series in Westchester, New York on Saturday, January 28th, 2017. This will be IZZ’s first live concert of 2017 and the band will present new music as well as songs they have not performed live in a long time.
IZZ is known for its captivating vocals and memorable guitar and synthesizer solos.
IZZ was formed by brothers Tom and John Galgano in 1996. The lineup includes percussionist Greg DiMiceli, guitarist Paul Bremner, vocalist Anmarie Byrnes, vocalist Laura Meade, and drummer Brian Coralian.
Progressive music acts Echotest and Jane Getter Premonition featuring Adam Holzman are set to perform on Friday, February 3, 2016 at Roxy & Dukes in Dunellen, New Jersey.
Bass-centric ensemble features Echotest Julie Slick on bass; Marco Machera on bass; Alessandro Inolti on drums; Zach Lopresti on guitar and vocals; and Jenny Founds on vocals. Their album is titled Le Fil Rouge.
Jane Getter is an jazz-rock and progressive rock electric guitar maestra. Her lineup includes Jane Getter on guitars and vocals; Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson, Miles Davis) on keyboards; Randy McStine (The Fringe, Lo-Fi Resistance) on guitar, vocals; Dave Johnsen (Project Object, Grandmothers of Invention) on bass; and Rocky Bryant (Peter Frampton, Dianne Reeves) on drums.
Multi-faceted progressive rock musician and producer Fabio Zuffanti and his group Zband are set to perform on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Raindogs House in Savona.
Fabio Zuffanti will perform excerpts from several of his various progressive rock projects, including solo works, Finisterre, Maschera di Cera and Höstsonaten. As usual, Zuffanti will be accompanied by ZBand, featuring Giovanni Pastorino on keyboards, Simone Amodeo on guitar, Paolo “Paolo” Tixi (Tempio Delle Clessidre) on drums; and Martin Grice (Delirium) on saxophone and flute.
In the next months, Zuffanti will be working on his new album (scheduled for autumn 2017) and will also organize the annual Z-Fest that will take place on March 31, 2017 in Milan. Then in May he will fly to Canada and the United States for a series of gigs.
Jazz-rock fusion masters Snarky Puppy are set to perform at GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach. The festival will take place February 10-12, 2017. Artists scheduled to perform include Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Laura Mvula, John Medeski, Chris Thile, Charlie Hunter, Shelly Berg, Terence Blanchard, and Pedrito Martinez.
The 2016 Rock in Opposition (R.I.O.) Festival will take place September 16-18 in France. This three-day festival is dedicated to artistically-uncompromising rock music. The festival specializes in the avant-garde forms of progressive rock as well as Zeuhl.
The 2016 lineup includes:
Apollonius Abraham Schwarz (Switzerland)
Half the Sky (Japan)
Jump for Joy (England, Germany, Netherlands)
Nippon Eldorado Kabarett (Italy, Japan)
No Noise No Reduction (France)
Richard Pinhas & Arthur Narcy (France)
Upsilon Acrux (USA)
Uz Jsme Doma (Czech Republic)
NJProghouse will present Rikard Sjöblom Band with special guest Necromonkey on October 15, 2016 at at Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse in Dunellen, New Jersey.
Rikard Sjöblom is the multi-instrumentalist and vocalist of the now-legendary progressive rock band Beardfish. Sjöblom recently released a solo album titled The Unbendable Sleep (2016). Unlike his entirely instrumental 2006 debut album Cyklonmannen, The Unbendable Sleep showcases Sjöblom’s extraordinary vocal range, complex-yet-catchy keyboard melodies, and guitar work.
In addition to his solo work, Sjöblom is the most recent addition to English progressive titans Big Big Train, having performed keyboards, guitars, accordion, and backing vocals on the band’s 2016 album Folklore.
The lineup will include Rikard Sjöblom on guitar, keyboards, and vocals; Petter Diamant on drums; and Rasmus Diamant on bass.
Necromonkey is the project of founding (and former) member of the much-admired Swedish progressive rock band Änglagård, drummer and multi-instrumentalist Mattias Olsson, and multi-instrumentalist David Lundberg of the eclectic Swedish progressive band Gösta Berlings Saga. The discography includes A Glimpse Of Possible Endings, Show Me Where It Hertz, and Live At Pianos, NYC.