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Steve Hackett Releases Live Album with Hungarian band Djabe

Acclaimed progressive rock guitarist and composer Steve Hackett has a new album titled ‘Summer Storms & Rocking Rivers’ (Esoteric Antenna EANTCD21065) recorded with Hungarian band Djabe. It’s set for release in March 2017.

The two disc set includes a DVD featuring a concert in Bratislava in July 2011. It also contains a bonus documentary, the piece Jacuzzi / Overnight Sleeper (recorded in November 2013) with the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and the promotional video of the song Tears for Peace.

“Summer Storms and Rocking Rivers” includes Steve Hackett solo material such as The Steppes and Ace of Wands, together with progressive rock-era Genesis material such as Firth of Fifth, Blood on the Rooftops, In That Quiet Earth and Los Endos.

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Rising Progressive Rock Band Cellar Noise releases Alight

One of the progressive rock sensations of 2017 is Italian band Cellar Noise. The young group plays symphonic rock inspired by 1970s classic acts loaded with mellotron, organ, and synths interweaved with guitar. Their debut album is titled Alight (Btf – AMS).

Multi-faceted Italian musician Fabio Zuffanti is the artistic director of the project.

Maxophone Releases La fabbrica delle nuvole

Maxophone, one of Italy’s classic progressive rock bands is back with a new album after many years. The new recording is titled La fabbrica delle nuvole (the cloud factory) on AMS Records.

La fabbrica delle nuvole contains progressive symphonic elements as well as fusion. The lineup includes original members Sergio Lattuada on piano, keyboards and vocals; Alberto Ravasini on guitars, keyboards and lead vocals; along with Marco Croci on bass and vocals; Marco Tomasini on guitar and vocals; and Carlo Monti on drums, percussion and violin.

Maxophone is an essential name within the vast realm of Italian progressive rock. Like many other acts, they disbanded after only one self-titled LP, Maxophone that was released in 1975 and became a collector’s item.

Klaus Schulze Re-Releases Another Green Mile

Electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze has re-released Another Green Mile (Mig Music). This album was originally released in 2002 as part of the strictly limited and sold out 5 CD boxed set “Contemporary Works II”. The bonus track ‘Voice ‘n’ Harmony’ is from the 10th CD ‘Adds & Edits’ of the Limited Wooden boxed set ‘Contemporary Works I’.

Steve Hackett Announces New Album ‘The Night Siren’

Acclaimed guitarist and progressive rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis) is set to release a new album titled The Night Siren on Friday, March 24th 2017, through InsideOut Music (Sony).

As indicated in the title, The Night Siren is a wake-up call…the forewarning of a siren sounding in this era of conflict and discord.

The Night Siren presents Steve’s renowned guitar work as strongly as ever, together with with musicians from several different countries, who Steve invited to join him in celebrating multicultural diversity and unity.

The lineup includes singers from Israel and Palestine, who both actively campaign to bring Jewish and Arabic people together. There are also instrumentals from the USA and Iraq, and a wide range of sounds, including Indian sitar and Middle Eastern tar and oud, Peruvian charango, and the moving Irish uilleann pipes.

“This latest waxing represents a bird’s eye view of the world of a musical migrant ignoring borders and celebrating our common ancestry with a unity of spirit, featuring musicians, singers and instruments from all over the world,” says Steve Hasckett about his new album. “From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide. But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defenses. To quote Plato, ‘When the music changes, the walls of the city shake’.”

In addition to singers Kobi and Mira (Israeli and Palestinian), also featured on the album are American drummer Nick D’Virgilio, Malik Mansurov (Azerbaijan) on tar, Gulli Breim (Iceland) on drums and percussion), as well as regular Hackett collaborators: Roger King, Nad Sylvan, Gary O’Toole, Rob Townsend and Amanda Lehmann. Additional musicians who add to the multifaceted flavor of the album are Christine Townsend on violin & viola, Dick Driver on double bass and Troy Donockley on uilleann pipes.

Jethro Tull to Release ‘The String Quartets’

Jethro Tull’s founder, Ian Anderson, John O’Hara, and the Carducci Quartet are set to release Jethro Tull – The String Quartets, a selection of 12 re-imagined Jethro Tull classics, allowing Tull fans and classical music fans to enjoy the band’s extensive catalog in a new way. The album will be available in the United States on March 24, 2017 via The End Records/BMG. A 2017 global tour will accompany the release.

‘Ring Out These Bells’ was written for the Songs From The Wood album as a reference to the winter solstice pagan festival and the latter day transplanted Christian notional birth of the Biblical Jesus, but then the record company thought that we should release it as a Christmas single,” says Ian Anderson. “After a futile attempt to record a simpler, catchier version, we reverted to the original recording. It was released just too late to make the Top Ten charts in time for Christmas. But it has remained a radio play staple in the radio playlists for Christmas ever since.

This new string quartet version captures the spirit of the original recording but with a really authentic Christmas Classical interpretation with the flute and a bit of the vocal sections of the familiar version. I can just feel the mistletoe quivering in anticipation of a quick kiss and no tell.”

About The Carducci Quartet:

Winners of international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition, this Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Festival appearances include
Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. The Carducci Quartet are highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works.

David Marnay Releases Resonance

David Marnay – Resonance

French guitarist David Marnay has a new album titled Resonance. Originally from Mayenne, he draws his inspiration from a wide-range of sources such as classical music, jazz-rock fusion, flamenco (Paco De Lucia), Celtic music (Dan Ar Bras), progressive rock (Steve Hackett, Steve Howe) and even hard rock (Rush). The common factor that emerges from this mix is a love for the acoustic six-string guitar, in all its forms.

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Astrolabio Releases I paralumi della ragione

Italian progressive rock band Astrolabio has a new album titled I paralumi della ragione. This is the follow-up to the band’s much-admired debut recording “L’isolamento dei numeri pari” (2014).

Astrolabio is influenced by 1970s progressive band such as Rovescio della medaglia and Il Balletto di Bronzo, as well as Frank Zappa and Arthur Brown.
The lyrics examine everyday life and of the sociopolitical reality.