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.
Cherry Red Records has acquired a catalog of progressive music albums from Warner Music. The collection includes Chris Squire’s Fish out of Water, all the Curved Air albums on Warner, the Be Bop De Luxe (EMI titles that transferred to Warner Music), and Barclay James Harvest (all the old EMI recordings transferred to Warner).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Progressive rock band Yes will be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame. Yes is a highly influential band that pioneered progressive in the early 1970s, along with other British progressive rock bands like King Crimson, Genesis, ELP and Gentle Giant.
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.