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Chucho Valdés to Present Irakere 40 in North America

Chucho Valdés
Chucho Valdés


Sensational Cuban keyboardist Chucho Valdés will present Irakere 40 in North America. Performances include dates in New York City on November 10 and Durham, North Carolina on Monday, November 16.

Chucho Valdés is one of the most influential musicians in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. Valdés and his newly expanded Afro-Cuban Messengers will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his legendary group Irakere, an essential fusion band that combined Afro-Cuban ritual music, popular Afro-Cuban music, jazz and rock.

The Cuban artist will be presenting his new recording Tribute to Irakere – Live in Marciac on Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi.

“Chucho Valdés is undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians in Latin Jazz, and this concert will be a truly unique occasion,” says World Music Institute’s Artistic Director Par Neiburger. “He and his young group, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, will perform and reinterpret the groundbreaking music of his original group Irakere in honor of their 40th Anniversary. Irakere was one of the most important and influential groups in the history of Afro-Cuban jazz. It is always a treat to be able to see Chucho perform but this concert will be particularly special.”

Irakere’s recordings available: The best of Irakere, 1978 World Tour, Live at Ronnie Scott’s, Birmingham, Misa Negra, and Cuba Libre.



Tour Lineup

Chucho Valdés – Piano

Gastón Joya – Bass

Rodney Barreto – Drums

Yaroldy Abreu – Percussion

Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé – Batás & Vocals

Manuel Machado – Trumpet

Reinaldo Melián – Trumpet

Carlos Sarduy – Trumpet

Ariel Bringuez – Tenor Sax

Rafael Àguila – Alto Sax

Thursday, November 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street

Monday, November 16 | 7 pm
Duke University
Page Auditorium
402 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708

Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera USA 2015 Tour Announced

Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
Celebrated progressive rock artist Ian Anderson will present 8 shows only in the United States beginning September 2015.

The shows communicate the story of the original Jethro Tull’s life, re-imagined as if in the near future and illustrated with Anderson’s best-known songs from the rock band Jethro Tull repertoire.

The performance will be presented in a quasi-operatic structure with virtual guests on video and some additional newly-written songs to round off the elements of the story.

Songs such as Heavy Horses, Farm On The Freeway, Songs From The Wood will be performed together with Aqualung, Living In The Past, Wind-Up, A New Day Yesterday, The Witch’s Promise, Locomotive Breath and other favorites – often with slightly re-written lyrics to better tell the tale.

The lineup includes David Goodier on bass, John O’Hara on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar, Scott Hammond on drums and surprise virtual guests. Ian Anderson will begin the touring schedule in the UK followed by Russian, European and South American dates before the end of the year.

USA dates:

November 1: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL

November 3: Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI

November 5: CITI Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA

November 6: Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY

November 7: Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA

November 8: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT

November 10: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

November 11: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ

Magma to Begin 2015 North American Tour


Iconic French progressive band Magma will be touring North America in April 2015. Formed in 1969 by Christian Vander, inspired by a “vision of humanity’s spiritual and ecological future” the group is well known for having started a new subgenre within progressive rock, a music style called Zeuhl. Magma’s vocalists sing in their self-invented language, known as Kobaïan, in which the group interweaves ancient and apocalyptic tales.

Magma’s latest album is Slag tanz. Some of their most iconic releases include Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh, Live 1975, Udu Wudu, and Kohntarkosz. The moderately priced boxed set Trilogy contains Magma Live/Hhai (1975), Udu Wudu (1976), and Attahk (1978).

Magma is happy to return to the United States to play for Americans,” says Magma’s founder Christian Vander. “We know you are passionate, respectful and curious about music. We find you to be generous and open. It will be a joy for us to see you this year.”

April 2 – Venue Nightclub – Vancouver, BC
April 3 – Crocodile – Seattle, WA
April 4 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
April 6 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
April 8 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
April 10 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
April 11 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
April 13 – Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY

Guitarist Rez Abbasi Announces West Coast Tour

Rez Abbasi
Rez Abbasi


Guitarist Rez Abbasi will be touring the West Coast of the United States in support of his new CD titled Intents and Purposes.

The new recording re-imagines 1970s jazz-rock classics such as Weather Report’s “Black Market,” Tony Williams’ “There Comes a Time,” Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly” and Pat Martino’s “Joyous Lake.” Abbasi extracts the essential elements of these jazz-rock classics and transforms them into acoustic pieces.

Abbasi’s renowned group, Raaq, includes Bill Ware on vibes; Stephan Crump on acoustic bass; and Eric McPherson on drums.


Tour Dates

Feb. 12th – Kuumbwa Jazz , Santa Cruz
Feb. 13th – The Piano Kitchen – Santa Barbara
Feb. 14th – Alva’s Showroom, San Pedro
Feb. 17th – The Addition, SF (formally Yoshi’s)

United Progressive Fraternity Announces Dutch Tour

United_ProgressiveAustralian progressive rock band United Progressive Fraternity has announced a series of concerts in the Netherlands scheduled for the fall in 2014.

Even though celebrated Australian progressive rock group Unitopia decided to disband, the musical spirit still lives on in the newly formed United Progressive Fraternity (UPF). The new band featured former Unitopia members Matt Williams on guitar, Dave Hopgood on drums, Tim Irrgang on percussion and the ever magical voice of Mark ‘Truey’ Trueack. In addition to his Australian colleagues, Mark has recruited progressive rock heavyweights in the form of keyboard player, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Guy Manning (Manning, The Tangent), Jonathan Barrett on bass (The Tangent) and on the first UPF album and also on their up and coming tour of the UK and Europe later in the year, wind player Ian Ritchie (renowned for his work with Roger Waters).

On March 31, UPF released music video “The Water”, from the debut album ‘Fall in Love with the World’ (due for release in October 2014) and which includes a collaboration with former Yes frontman Jon Anderson and input from former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett. Steve Unruh will also appear as a special guest on the album, playing the violin and flute.

The band will be touring the UK and Europe in the autumn and have already secured a place at the prestigious Summers End Festival as the Special Guest slot on Saturday night.


David Hopgood (Drums/Vocals) [Unitopia]
Guy Manning (Keyboards/Guitars/Mandolins/Vocals) [Manning, The Tangent]
Ian Ritchie (Sax, Flutes./vocals) [Roger Waters, Steve Hillage and Robbie Neville]
Mark (truey) Trueack (Vocals) [Unitopia]
Matt Williams (Guitars/Vocals) [Unitopia]
Jonathan Barrett (Bass/Vocals) [The Tangent]
Tim Irrgang (Percussion) [Unitopia]

Special Guests: Jon Anderson, Steve Hackett, Steve Unruh, Mary Katherine, Brittany and Holly Trueack.

Tourdates UPF (United Progressive Fraternity):

October 3, 2014 – Poppodium Nieuwe NOR (Heerlen, The Netherlands)
October 5, 2014 – ‘t Blok (Nieuwekerk aan de IJsel, The Netherlands, start 16:00)
October 7, 2014 – Bluescafe Apeldoorn (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands)
November 28, 2014 Spirit of 66 Verviers Belgium
November 29, 2014 De Boerderij Zoetermeer NL

Prog Band Sound of Contact Reveal North American 2014 Tour

Sound of Contact
Sound of Contact
Progressive rock band Sound Of Contact will be on tour this spring, playing in north America and at various music cruises. Performances include headline shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and Quebec City, RoSFest in Gettysburg (Pennsylvania), Cruise to the Edge and on The Moody Blues Cruise.

Sound of Contact is a multinational band led by vocalist and drummer Simon Collins, the song of Genesis drummer Phil Collins. The band released a critically acclaimed debut album titled ‘Dimensionaut‘ in 2013.

The live band features Simon Collins on vocals, drums; Bill Jenkins on keyboards, vocals; Matt Dorsey on bass, vocals; Randy McStine on guitars; and Ronen Gordon on drums.

Confirmed tour dates:

Wednesday – April 2, 2014 Moody Blues Cruise
Thursday – April 3, 2014 Moody Blues Cruise
Friday – April 4, 2014 Moody Blues Cruise
Saturday April 5, 2014 Moody Blues Cruise
Sunday – April 6, 2014 Moody Blues Cruise
Monday – April 7, 2014 Moody Blues Cruise / Cruise To The Edge
Tuesday – April 8, 2014 Cruise To The Edge
Wednesday – April 9, 2014 Cruise To The Edge
Thursday – April 10, 2014 Cruise To The Edge
Friday – April 11, 2014 Cruise To The Edge
Saturday – April 12, 2014 Cruise To The Edge

Saturday – April 26, 2014 Los Angeles, CA, America – SIR Studios
Wednesday – April 30, 2014 Quebec City, QC, Canada – Le Cabaret du Capitole
Thursday – May 1, 2014 Toronto, ON, Canada – Rock Pile East
Friday – May 2, 2014 Chicago, IL, America – Reggies Rock Club
Saturday – May 3, 2014 Gettysburg, PA, America – RoSFest

Buy Dimensionaut

Progressive rock Band Goblin, Masters of Italian Movie Soundtracks Will Tour North America in October 2013

Goblin, an Italian progressive rock band with a cult following worldwide is embarking on its first ever North American tour. The tour will begin October 1st in Atlanta (Georgia) and will conclude with a two night run of performances in Austin (Texas) at the Housecore Horror Film Festival on October 25 and 27. Goblin specializes in soundtracks for popular Italian films.

The band will perform all of their classic cuts, including movie scores from Deep Red, Suspiria, Tenebrae, Dawn of the Dead, Phenomena, Sleepless and other songs that are highlights among progressive rock followers. The repertoire will also include songs from Roller, Il fantastico Viaggio del Bagarozzo Mark, and most recently Back to the Goblin. Other famous scores never performed live anywhere will be included on this tour.

In the 1970s Claudio Simonetti (keyboards) and Massimo Morante (guitars), along with Fabio Pignatelli (bass guitar) and Walter Martino (drums) had a band called Cherry Five that released a self-titled progressive rock album. After that, they changed the name to Goblin. The group started composing soundtracks for Italian horror films directed by Dario Dargento. The group’s discography includes a regular studio albums such as Rollers and many movie soundtracks, with a progressive rock foundation. Goblin disbanded in the late 1970s.

The group reformed in 2000 and reunited again 8 years ago when Massimo Morante and keyboardist Maurizio Guarini (who joined goblin in 1975), together with other members of Goblin, released a new album titled Back to the Goblin, after a long absence. Goblin felt it was time to expose the music to new generations of fans and invigorate their loyal following.

In 2009, Goblin started touring the world, visiting major European cities including Berlin, Rome, Paris, and many others. In 2010 Claudio Simonetti re-joined the band

Goblin’s tour was a great success, and the fan base kept growing, bringing back the old enthusiastic crowds of the seventies and converting new fans of all ages along the way. To follow this up, in 2011/2012 the band ventured to Japan and Australia and met the same enthusiasm. This led to an increased desire to come to North America as a full band for the first time ever.

The tour will include a small amount of VIP ticketing, allowing fans to meet the band, get up close, see part of the soundcheck, and walk away with commemorative poster. Also, during the tour the band will be selling an exclusive tour EP put out by Death Waltz Records. The EP features brand new versions of Classic Goblin tracks re-recorded by the recently reunited band. The EP will be pressed on blood red 180g vinyl and feature an exclusive cover design by poster artist Graham Humphrey’s (Evil Dead, A Nightmare On Elm Street).

The lineup for this tour will include original members since 1975 Claudio Simonetti and Maurizio Guarini (keyboards) and Massimo Morante (guitar). The band is rounded out by drummer Titta Tani and bassist Bruno Previtali who joined in 2010.

Support on the tour (up to October 20) will come from the Northern California based Secret Chiefs 3, formed by Mr. Bungle founding member Trey Spruance. Secret Chiefs 3 have developed quite a cult following of their own over the last 15 years with their blend of other worldly psychedelic rhythms and melodies.


Profondo Rosso O.S.T. (1975), Roller (1976), Perché Si Uccidono (O.S.T. with the name Reale Impero Britannico) (1976), Suspiria (1977), Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark (1978), Zombi – Dawn of the Dead (1978), Amo non amo (1979), Squadra Anti-Gangsters (1979), Patrick (1979), Contamination (1980), Volo (1982), Tenebre (1982) , Notturno (1983) , Phenomena (1984) , La Chiesa (1989), Solamente Nero (1996), Phenomena – The Complete Soundtrack (1997), Buio Omega (1997), La Via Della Droga (1999), Non Ho Sonn (2001), BackToTheGoblin 2005 (2006).

Tour dates:

Oct 1 Atlanta, GA – The Loft
Oct 3 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Oct 4 Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar
Oct 5 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Oct 6 Brooklyn, NY – The Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 9 Boston, MA – Sinclair
Oct 10 Montreal, QC – Le National
Oct 11 Toronto, ON – Opera House
Oct 12 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
Oct 13 Chicago, IL – Metro
Oct 15 Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre
Oct 18 Seattle, WA – Neumos
Oct 19 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Oct 20 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Oct 22 Los Angeles, CA – Beyond Fest at The Egyptian Theater (with a screening of Deep Red)
Oct 25 Austin, TX – Housecore Horror Film Festival
Oct 27 Austin, TX – Housecore Horror Film Festival

Guitar Maestro John McLaughlin Reveals North American Tour scheduled for June 2013

John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin
Renowned guitarist John McLaughlin announced his first U.S. tour in three years, set for June 2013. The tour will begin June 11th in Durham, North Carolina. It includes performances in Asheville, North Carolina; Washington DC; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Boston; and a 3-night stand in New York City at the Blue Note before ending in Toronto on June 23rd. McLaughlin and his legendary 4th Dimension band will also play at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee on June 14th.

Since I last visited the US, there has been a change in my band ‘The 4th Dimension’. Ace drummer Ranjit Barot became a permanent member of the band and I know our friends and listeners over there will be thrilled to see and hear him with Etienne M’Bappe, Gary Husband and myself,” said McLaughlin. “We recorded a new CD a short while back called ‘Now Here This‘, and I’m very, very happy with this recording. This is another reason I’m delighted to bring this new lineup to the US since we’ve played all over Western and Eastern Europe and had such enthusiastic audiences.”

After celebrating his 70th birthday year, McLaughlin released Now Here This (Abstract Logix) last October. Our affiliated world music site has just published an exclusive interview with John McLaughlin.

Now Here This – 2013 North American Tour itinerary:

June 11 – Carolina Theater Durham, NC
June 13 – The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
June 14 – Bonnaroo Festival Manchester, TN
June 16 – The Howard DC Jazz Festival Washington, DC
June 17 – MusikFestCafe/River Jazz Festival Bethlehem, PA
June 18 – Blue Note Club (2 sets) New York, NY
June 19 – Blue Note Club (2 sets) New York, NY
June 20 – Blue Note Club (2 sets) New York, NY
June 22 – Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA
June 23 – Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto, Canada

Buy Now Here This

Legendary Prog Band Camel to Return in 2013

Band leader Andy Latimer
Band leader Andy Latimer
Legendary British progressive rock band Camel has officially announced that it will be touring in 2013. The first confirmed date is in London, England, at The Barbican, 28th October 2013

Camel will perform their masterpiece The Snow Goose for the first time since the Royal Albert Hall show in 1975, in loving memory of keyboardist Peter Bardens and in celebration of Camel’s long and memorable musical career.

A new album is in the works.

Tickets on sale here

Jon Anderson to Take Solo Show to Australia and New Zealand

Jon Anderson
Jon Anderson
jonBritish singer-songwriter and composer Jon Anderson, well-known for his work as lead vocalist for Yes for many years, has announced his upcoming solo tour of Australia and New Zealand.

This will be the very first time that Jon will perform solo in either country. Throughout the tour, Jon Anderson will deliver a mixture of material from his prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic Yes songs, along with pieces from his latest CD ‘Survival & Other Stories’ and new compositions, highlighted by humorous and enlightening stories told by Jon.

I’m very excited to bring my show to Australia and New Zealand,” says Jon. “I enjoy the show that I do, and people really seem to have a great time.”

Tour Dates:


Mar. 28 – Powerhouse, Brisbane –
Mar. 30 & 31 – Byron Bay Blues Festival –
Apr. 03 – Lizottes Supperclub, Newcastle –
Apr. 06 – Factory Theatre, Sidney –
Apr. 10 & 11 – The Corner, Melbourne –
Apr. 14 – The Gov, Adelaide –

New Zealand

Apr. 17 – Sky City Theatre, Auckland –
Apr. 20 – St James Theatre, Wellington –

Jon Anderson’s ‘OPEN’ digital download is available at

Jon Anderson ‘Survival & Other Stories’ is at