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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

Reconstituted Gong Alive and Well

Gong – “Rejoice! I’m Dead!” (Madfish, 2016)

Psychedelic rock collective Gong has released its first album since the death of its founder Daevid Allen. It’s hard to know who’s a member of gong at any given time, as the lineup changes frequently. This time, Gong has added guitarist and vocalist Kavus Torabi (Knifeworld), a multi-faceted musician who is involved in many different progressive music-related projects in the UK.

This version of Gong begins the album with three songs that seem to me like late 60s psychedelia. What I liked about Gong in the 1970s was its progressive rock spirit and the first three cuts on this album deliver a more rudimentary rock form with psychedelic outbursts here and there.

Things get much more interesting on track 4, “Model Village,” where the band adds trippy electronics, exotic flutes, laid back dreamy vocals and sound effects. It’s certainly a more progressive sound. This track also features an important Gong pioneer, French wind instrument master Didier Malherbe, who plays Armenian duduk.

The exploratory psychedelia continues on “Beatrix” with some jazz leanings.

On “Visions” the band takes into space music with mesmerizing gliss guitar and ebow intertwined with soprano sax.

Next comes ”The Unspeakable Stands Revealed” where the band goes into progressive psychedelic jam rock mode, delivering notable gliss guitar, regular electric guitar and soprano sax interplay.

Track 8, “Through Restless Seas I Come” slows down the space and takes you into the dreamtime zone with the mix of electronic, vocals and evocative duduk.

On the last track, “Insert Yr Own Prophecy” the band kicks up the rock side of things and develops into a great jam-like piece.

The lineup on ‘Rejoice! I’m Dead!’ includes Kavus Toravi on vocals and guitar; Fabio Golfetti on guitar and vocals; Dave Sturt on bass and vocals; Ian East on sax and flute; and Cheb Nettles on drums and vocals. There are also guest appearance by former Gong musicians Steve Hillage on guitar; Didier Malherbe on duduk; and Graham Clark on violin.

“Rejoice! I’m Dead!” is available on CD, a double LP and as a limited edition deluxe 3 disc hardback book edition featuring 44-page book, CD, DVD-AV & Bonus CD; and digitally as well.

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Progressive Rock Composer Carlos Plaza Launches Phaedrus Music Journal

Kotebel's Carlos Guillermo Plaza at ProgDay 2014 - Photo by Angel Romero
Kotebel’s Carlos Guillermo Plaza at ProgDay 2014 – Photo by Angel Romero

 

Carlos Plaza, leader and main composer of acclaimed European progressive symphonic roc band Kotebel has launched “Phaedrus Music Journal,” a digital magazine dedicated to Art Music in general and progressive rock in particular.

Phaedrus is much more than a digital magazine. It will offer its subscribers original music that will only be available through the journal. The music will not be available for sale anywhere else and subscribers will be able to download it in several formats, including lossless.

Phaedrus will also release a CD compilation – in carefully designed digipack – called “Phaedrus Music”, with a collection of the original works published in the previous six issues. On average, Phaedrus will release 2 albums a year, only for its subscribers, at no additional cost, not even shipping.

I want to take advantage of the fact that technology now allows the creation of very specialized niches, with enough critical mass to make projects economically viable,” says Carlos Plaza. “I want to offer high quality content, for exclusive and demanding fans that appreciate the kind of music that I have been writing for the past 16 years.”

In addition to original music, the journal will have sections such as:

  • Analysis of the Classic of the Month” – detailed analysis of progressive rock master works. Issue # 1 starts with a detailed analysis of “Close to the Edge”.
  • Kotebel Corner” with rarities, unreleased material, access to live video streaming of rehearsals, etc.
    “Article of the Month,” covering a wide range of topics
  • Recommendation of the Month,” based on a very simple principle: if you like the music of the artists featured in Phaedrus, you will probably like the music that they like.

Subscription starts as low as 2.83 € a month for a semester subscription.

You can learn all about Phaedrus at www.phaedrus.es

King Crimson’s Madrid Concerts Sold Out

King Crimson
King Crimson

Legendary progressive rock band King Crimson sold out one month in advance all tickets for its Madrid concerts on November 21 and 22. The trailblazing act will perform at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos. The only option left for Spanish fans is to head to Barcelona, where tickets are still available for the November 24 and 25 concerts at Auditorio del Forum.

The curent lioneup incluces Gavin Harrison on drums; Jeremy Stacey on drums; Pat Mastelotto on drums; Tony Levin on bass and vocals; Mel Collins on saxophone and flute; Jakko Jakszyk on guitar and vocals; and Robert Fripp on guitar.

Tickets are available at doctormusic.com, ticketmaster.es, Fnac, Viajes Carrefour and Halcón Viajes.

Prog Rock Artist Franck Carducci Releases Teaser Video

Prog Rock Artist Franck Carducci Releases Teaser Video
Prog Rock Artist Franck Carducci Releases Teaser Video

 

Progressive rock multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer Franck Carducci announced that he will release a live DVD by the end of 2016, shot during his band’s 2015 European tour. His most recent recordings are: Torn Apart and Oddity.

 

 

Carducci is running a crowdfunding campaign with pre-order and other goodies: https://www.kisskissbankbank.com/en/projects/franck-carducci-band-live-dvd

Pandora Announces New Vocalist, Emoni Viruet

Emoni Viruet
Emoni Viruet

Italian progressive rock band Pandora has announced the name of its new vocalist. Emoni Viruet, who collaborated with the band in the past, has now become an official member of Pandora.

Pandora recently announced its upcoming new album titled “Ten Years Like in a Magic Dram…” scheduled for release on November 30, 2016. Previous recordings include Dramma di un Poeta Ubriaco (2008), Sempre E Ovungue Oltre Il Signo (2011) and Alibi Filosofico (2013).

It’s always exciting to work with Pandora! I have been collaborating with them since 2010, and since then it has been a beautiful experience, creating and listening to the melodies that I would then translate with colors,” says Emoni Viruet. “On this album I was given the great responsibility to sing in important compositions and with great artists. I am extremely happy to be welcomed to be part of this family. ‘Ten Years Like in a Magic Dream…’ required a lot of energy and passion, and I believe that the final result is astounding! Hearing is believing!”

The Enid and Joe Payne Go Separate Ways

Joe Payne
Joe Payne

In a press release signed by Max Read, Jason Ducker, Dominic Tofield, Zach Bullock and the Enid household, British progressive rock band The Enid announced that vocalist Joe Payne and The Enid have gone their separate ways.

The Enid added that “it is time for something darker, heavier, more extreme and relevant to an impending tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, The Enid indicated that they are extending the popular “In the Region of the Summer Stars” this fall.