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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.

Pink Floyd Records to Reintroduce More Vinyl Reissues

Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother

Pink Floyd Records has announced the reintroduction ‘Atom Heart Mother’, ‘Meddle’ and ‘Obscured By Clouds’ on vinyl. The three albums have been remastered from the original analog master tapes and will be released on September 23rd, 2016. ‘The Wall’ and ‘The Division Bell’ are also back in stock on vinyl from August 26th.

Pink Floyd followed their 1960s albums with their fifth studio album, 1970’s ‘Atom Heart Mother’ featuring the classic lineup of Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason plus an orchestra. The LP went on to become the band’s first UK No.1 record.

In a short break from touring ‘Atom Heart Mother’, in 1971, Pink Floyd released the progressive psychedelic album, ‘Meddle’. The album included the epic 23-minute track Echoesthat occupied the entirety of the B-side of the record.

Pink Floyd’s seventh album ‘Obscured By Clouds’ was originally recorded as the soundtrack to the French film ‘La Vallée’ but it was eventually released as a standalone album in 1972.

ProgDay Announces 2016 Preshow Lineup

Abacab
Abacab

ProgDay 2016 has announced the names of the two bands that will perform at the Preshow at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro on Friday, September 2nd.

Abacab – The Music of Genesis

Formed in July 2015 by five skilled musicians in the Charlotte North Carolina metro area, Abacab includes vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Pete Lents, bassist and rhythm guitarist Cliff Stankiewicz, keyboardist Patrick Raymaker, lead guitarist andbassist Ryan Richard and drummer Jefferson Nunnery. Abacab pays tribute to Genesis.

Eclipse – The Pink Floyd Experience

Eclipse – The Pink Floyd Experience is a band presenting the music and visual atmosphere of Pink Floyd spanning the band’s most successful and iconic material. Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, members include Ryan Richard on guitar and vocals; Barry Hannibal on drums, percussion, electronic percussion and odd electronic sounds; Jeff Stone on bass and vocals; and Robert Geiger on keyboards, organ, piano, synthesizers.

ProgDay 2016 will take place on Saturday, September 3rd, and Sunday, September 4th, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The lineup this year includes Deus Ex Machina, Discipline, Bent Knee, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Eye, Luz De Riada, Ad Astra and In The Presence Of Wolves.

For more information go to www.progday.net.

Nektar Guitarist and Vocalist Roye Albrighton Dies at 67

Roye Albrighton
Roye Albrighton

Roye Albrighton, lead singer and guitarist of progressive rock band Nektar died July 27, 2016 in Dorset, England.

The passing was confirmed in the band’s official Facebook page: “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our friend, comrade, rock legend and father, Roye Albrighton, who passed away peacefully last night. May his six fingered chords and the warmth of his smile last eternal.”

Albrighton had just finished the text for a full-length book (co-written by Dave Thompson) about Nektar, the group he founded. The book follows the rise of Nektar from its creation in Hamburg, Germany in 1970 up to its early albums that concluded in the iconic Remember The Future album (1973).

Nektar - Remember The Future
Nektar – Remember The Future

Roye Albrighton left Nektar in the mid-1970s. The group disbanded after the release of its 1980 album Man in the Moon. Nektar re-formed in 2002 with original members Albrighton and Howden.

Albrighton participated Cleopatra Records’ projects such as Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute To The Doors and Songs Of The Century: An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp.

In 2012, Albrighton and founding Nektar drummer Ron Howden released A Spoonful Of Time, the first ever covers album from Nektar, that included guest performances by members of Yes, King Crimson, Symphony X, Dream Theater, Tangerine Dream and others.

Nektar’s studio album Time Machine was released in June of 2013. This was the band’s final album.

Moog Music Resumes Production of the Iconic Minimoog Model D

Moog Music announced today that after more than 30 years, production of the Minimoog Model D synthesizer has resumed. The Minimoog Model D was the first portable synthesizer and served as the standard for all electronic keyboards that followed.

Conceived as a response to the large-scale modular synthesizers of the 1960s, the Minimoog’s portability, accessibility, and expressiveness made it the go-to instrument for musicians looking to expand beyond the traditional sounds of the time.

The Minimoog Model D has been used by music innovators to give shape to the sounds of the future. Progressive rock and fusion luminaries like the late Keith Emerson (ELP), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Chick Corea (Return to Forever), Jan Hammer (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Jürgen Fritz (Triumvirat) and Peter Bardens (Camel) led the way. Later, Bernie Worrell used the Minimoog to develop Parliament Funkadelic’s futuristic funk sound.

German band Kraftwerk used the Minimoog on the pioneering concept electronic music album Autobahn. Gary Numan replaced his live band’s guitars with Minimoogs. The classic sound of the Minimoog Model D can be heard on Bob Marley’s “Catch A Fire” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Each Minimoog Model D is handcrafted at the employee-owned Moog factory in Asheville, North Carolina. This legendary 3-oscillator monophonic instrument is securely housed in a hand-finished aluminum chassis and locally-sourced Appalachian hard-wood enclosure. To realize the unmistakable sound of the world’s first performance synthesizer, Moog preserves the component placement and through-hole design of the original analog circuit boards, employs military-spec precision resistors and custom-reissued transistors to complete the circuit.

Even though no changes have been made to the original sound engine or audio signal path, the Minimoog Model D now includes a series of functional modifications to expand the instrument’s sonic capabilities beyond the factory specifications of a 1970’s production unit. These modifications include a premium Fatar keybed with velocity and after pressure available via top panel CV jacks, a dedicated analog LFO with triangle and square waveshapes, CV outputs for pitch, gate, velocity and after pressure, basic MIDI integration, and a mixer overload modification, which when engaged, allows the Minimoog Model D to conjure thicker and far more overdriven sounds than before.

Due to the complexity of the build process coupled with the demand for other Moog instruments, Moog Music is only able to produce a small number of Minimoog Model D units per month.

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More about Moog Music: www.moogmusic.com

United Progressive Fraternity Working on New Album ‘Planetary Overload’

Australian progressive rock group United Progressive Fraternity (UPF) is currently working on a new double album. The band’s philosophy goes beyond music, promoting awareness for the environment and social justice.

UPF band leader, Mark ‘Truey’ Trueack, (co-founder of the band Unitopia) describes this double set as ‘the most communicated album ever made’.

The ambitious project unites a team of international artists, including Steve Unruh (Samurai of Prog), with whom Mark is closely working with, writing music and arrangements.

Taking its name from the book by Epidemiologist Tony McMichael, the album is divided into two parts; ‘Planetary Overload’ (Loss) and ‘Songs of Hope’ (Hope) and centers on the problems we are already beginning to face on a troubled planet as it reaches ‘overload’ to the point of no return, and how we can reverse the point of catastrophe before it’s too late.

Contributing to arrangements and ideas are the full time UPF members Tony Schumacher, Matt Williams, David Hopgood and Tim Irrgang.

The writing process of Planetary Overload will introduce other producers such as Gordo Bennett, Colin Tench, Joanne St Claire, Ben Craven, Owen Lealan, Richard Chew and Dale Nougher.

Special guests on the album include Jerry Marotta, Steve Hackett, Nick Magnus, Hasse Froberg, and Phil Naro , just to name a few at this point who are collaborating with Truey to record this concept album.

Climate scientist Dr. James Hansen will appear as narrator throughout the album.

The album is scheduled for release in early 2018.

In 2014, UPF released its debut album ‘Fall In Love With The World’.

Professor McMichael sadly passed away just months before the birth of Planetary Overload; the album is dedicated to him.