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Pat Metheny Named 2018 NEA Jazz Master

The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) has named groundbreaking guitarist Pat Metheny a 2018 NEA Jazz Master. The other honorees are Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, and Dianne Reeves. The NEA, in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will host a free concert in their honor on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET in Washington, DC.

The concert will be hosted by Jason Moran, pianist and Kennedy Center artistic director for jazz, and include remarks by the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters, as well as Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Deborah F. Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center.

There will be performances by Terri Lyne Carrington, Nir Felder, Sullivan Fortner, James Francies, Pasquale Grasso, Gilad Hekselman,Angelique Kidjo, Christian McBride, Camila Meza, NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri and the Eddie Palmieri Sextet, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Antonio Sanchez, Helen Sung, and Dan Wilson.

Dewa Budjana Releases Free Download Compilation ‘Postcard from Bali’

Dewa Budjana – Postcard from Bali

Indonesian guitar wizard Dewa Budjana has released a free sampler digital download album titled ‘Postcard from Bali.’ The album includes an impressive cast of guest musicians from the jazz, fusion and progressive rock world: Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Johnson, Antonio Sanchez, Joe Locke, Ben Williams, Tony Levin, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Husband, Peter Erskine, Dave Carpenter, Bob Mintzer, Larry Goldings and some of the finest Indonesian musicians: Shadu Rasjidi, Saat Syah, Indra Lesmana.

The album is available at dewabudjana.bandcamp.com/album/postcard-from-bali-free-download

ProgDay Announces Changes and Additions to 2017 Program

Hedersleben

ProgDay 2017 organizers announced today that Peruvian band Flor De Loto has cancelled its concert. Two additional bands, Hedersleben and Ephemeral Sun have been announced.

Hedersleben is a multinational space rock band with roots in the early progressive rock and krautrock sound.

Ephemeral Sun is an American group that combines progressive rock and electronica with heavy metal.

The other bands set to perform at ProgDay 2017 include Bubblemath (USA), Shylock (France), Sonar (Switzerland) with special guest David Torn, and iNFiNiEN (USA). Two more acts will be announced in the next weeks.

The festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more details go to www.progday.net.

PFM to Release Emotional Tattoos in October 2017

Legendary Italian progressive rock group PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi) has announced the release of its new album Emotional Tattoos in October 2017 on the InsideOutMusic label. Emotional Tattoos is expected to feature PFM’s trademark sound.

The current lineup includes Alessandro Scaglione on keyboards, Hammond organ, Moog; Lucio Fabbri on violin; Patrick Djivas on bass; Franz Di Cioccio on lead vocals and drums; Marco Sfogli on guitars; Roberto Gualdi on drums; and Alberto Bravin on keyboards, backing vocals.

Mars Hollow Becomes Life After Mars

American progressive rock band Mars Hollow has changed its name to Life After Mars. The group will be recording a new album after a nearly 5-year hiatus. The most recent studio effort from the group was the track “So Far Away,” which also had a video release and was included on the Mars Hollow Live album. The album, also available on DVD, documented the band’s ‘Church of Prog’ spot at RosFest, 2011 and was released in Fall of 2012.

Life After Mars’ debut album release is tentatively scheduled for Summer, 2018.

The lineup includes John Baker on lead vocals and guitars; Don Schiff on NS stick, various basses and string instruments; Lisa LaRue on keyboards; and Emily Dolan Davies on drums.

Life After Mars

Keyboardist Don Airey Launches His Pre-Sale Campaign For “K2 – Tales of Triumph and Tragedy” Limited Edition Box Set

Iconic keyboardist Don Airey, known for his work with acclaimed rock band Deep Purple has launched a pre-sale campaign on PledgeMusic for a very special limited edition Deluxe Box Set of his progressive rock solo album “K2 – Tales of Triumph & Tragedy,” to be released on Gonzo Multimedia in June 2017.

“K2” was recorded in 1988 at Sarm East Studios, London, and originally released worldwide on MCA Records. The album was inspired by a news article written by climber Jim Curran about his stressful experiences on the 1986 expedition to K2 in the Himalayas that claimed the life of 12 climbers. The music was finalized after Don met Jim at his house in Sheffield where he talked of his friends Al Rouse and Julie Tullis, who both died in a snowstorm at the peak.

The album also features guest appearances by celebrated rock musicians Gary Moore, Cozy Powell, Colin Bluntstone, Chris Thompson and other artists.

There will only be 100 of this deluxe Box Set manufactured and each will contain a signed and numbered certificate. There will also be additional signed items and exclusive merchandise as part of this pre-order campaign.

You are going to get something that will please everyone and hopefully you’ll like the music too!,” says Don Airey.

For more information and to pre-order visit: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/donairey

The Return of the Iconic Moog Synthesizer IIIc

Moog Music has announced the return of the Moog Synthesizer IIIc model. This special synth will be in production for a very limited time.

Every Synthesizer IIIc will be manufactured using all-original records, art, and circuit board files. Each instrument includes thirty-six hand-stuffed, hand-soldered modules, including ten 901-Series audio oscillators, the 984 Matrix Mixer, and the 905 Spring Reverb. All modules are securely mounted into two hand-finished, solid walnut console cabinets at the Moog factory in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Moog Synthesizer IIIc production will be highly limited. Only 25 units will be produced and sold worldwide.

The Enid Announces New Releases

Progressive symphonic rock band The Enid has announced that the release Resurgency is on the brink of completion. This album is described as a new vision of music from the Journey’s End Trilogy.

Later in the year, The Enid plans to release Tempest, an album of brand new recordings, which is still in progress.

The Enid also announced “Robert John Godfrey & The Enid – 70th Birthday Concert”, at Union Chapel, London on Saturday, August 5th, 2017.

headline photo: Robert John Godfrey, founder of The Enid