Historical Prog Band Returns with More Andalusian Essence

Cai - Metaforas de Luz
Cai

Metaforas de Luz (Bujio BJ201, 2010)

Cai was one of the legendary Andalusian progressive rock groups of the 1970s. In 2007 they came back with a double CD titled Mucho Mas Alla De Nuestras Mentes Diminutas, a reissue of their first CD with bonus material. Three years later, they released their latest studio recording, Metaforas de Luz (Metaphors of Light). The album brings back the captivating elements that made Cai such an essential band in Spanish progressive rock history. With Metaforas de Luz, Cai once more delivers a passionate mix of Flamenco, symphonic rock and jazz forms.

Cai is down to a trio on the album. Missing from the line-up is renowned keyboardist Chano Dominguez. He lives in another part of Spain now and is currently a worldwide famous jazz pianist. Without Chano, the lead instrumentalist is masterful guitarist José Antonio Fernandez Mariscal “El Niño”, who plays acoustic and electric guitars as well as bass.

Founding member Diego Fopiani continues to provide drums and the Flamenco-influenced vocals that characterize Andalusian rock bands. Blas Lago, a younger musician, plays keyboards. Bassist Salvador Otero plays with the live version of the band.

Metaforas de Luz is a fine example of symphonic progressive rock with a Spanish flavor by a legendary band that still sounds fresh and creative.

CD:

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Stick Virtuoso Guillermo Cides Releases Live Album

Guillermo Cides
Renowned Argentine musician Guillermo Cides, who is one of the best Stick performers in the world, has released a new album after returning from his tours throughout Mexico and Spain. This recent concert was broadcast live on Facebook and Myspace. Meanwhile, he is preparing a new collaboration with Truey Mark’s project featuring Jon Anderson (Yes).

The live performance celebrated Cides’ 20 years of experience with the Stick. The concert was captured through a web camera located in a theater in Tarragona, Spain. Now this recording is released in CD format, signed by the musicians and sent directly to their fans.

Cides, who removed his CDs from the recording industry years ago, returns now with a live album in “a world without record companies, intermediaries and a real independent music” according to his official Facebook statement from where people can get a copy of the new album.

The album was recorded with drummer Alex Leys drummer and mastered by Tonica Studios in Buenos Aires. It is a limited edition and it is numbered and signed like “a simple object for collector,” says Cides.

Meantime he is preparing a new collaboration with Australian Truey Mark and Jon Anderson, former Yes frontman. This project directed by Truey Mark will born in 2012 under the name “Hope”.

Ohioprog 2012 Requesting Additional Pledges for Festival Tickets

Progressive rock festival Ohioprog 2012 announced that there are 2 weeks left to pledge a ticket to the OhioProg festival on Kickstarter. Roughly 45 tickets have been pledged so far and another 350-400 need to be pledged at the various ticket levels in order to reach the goal and hold OhioProg 2012.

Organizers explained that the process is like pre-ordering a ticket, except that the order is canceled if the goal is not met. The goal date is set to January 2, 2012 at 11:59PM (EST).

It is important that everyone who is going and is planning on going pledge their ticket,” said the press release. “ We’d like to consider alternatives to move forward but that depends on what the final number is on Kickstarter. All the ticketing info and additional event info can be found on the Kickstarter page as well as the festival website.”

OhioProg 2012 is set to take place September 7th, 8th & 9th of 2012 at the Canton Palace Theatre in Canton, Ohio. The tremendous 15 band lineup represents 5 countries.

Friday, September 7, 2012 “A Tribute to the Classics” Pre-Show

Going for the One perform the music of Yes (USA)
Gende’s Giant perform the music of Gentle Giant (USA)
Script for a Jester’s Tour perform the music of Marillion and featuring original Marillion drummer Mick Pointer and Nick Barrett of Pendragon (UK)

Saturday, September 8, 2012 “Main Event”
Orphan Project (USA)
Persephone’s Dream (USA)
RC2 (Spain)
Glass Hammer (USA)
FM (Canada)

Saturday, September 8, 2012 “After-Party” at The Auricle

Dag Swanö (Sweden)
Gravity (USA)

Sunday, September 9, 2012 “Main Event”

Kinetic Element (USA)
After the Fall (USA)
Cryptic Vision (USA)
Arena (UK)
Nightingale (Sweden)

More information at:

tickets.ohioprog.com
ohioprog.com

Spanish Prog Band Absente H Releases Vagalume

Absente H - Vagalume
Vagalume (Musea Parallèle) is the title of the new album by Madrid-based progressive rock band Absente H. Absente H plays original symphonic progressive rock, inspired by bands such as Genesis, Yes, Camel, Pink Floyd, The Flower Kings and Porcupine Tree.

Absente H produced and recorded the album on its own and licensed it to Musea for worldwide distribution. Band members include David Pérez on vocals, Juan Pedro Miralles on keyboards, Jesús González on drums, Alfonso Pazos on bass, María José Izquierdo on flute & backing vocals, María Sánchez on violin & backing vocals, and Víctor García on guitars.

The lyrics include topics such as environmental issues, nostalgic poems, mythology and exploration of the time and space domain.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Remastered

Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Capitol/EMI, 2011)

The first album by legendary progressive rock band Pink Floyd
, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, is now available digitally remastered. The album can be purchased individually or as part of a box set.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was originally released in 1967 and shows Pink Floyd in its pre-progressive rock period. Pink Floyd’s members at the time were Syd Barrett, who was the main songwriter, on guitar and vocals; Roger Waters on bass; Rick Wright on keyboards; and Nick Mason on drums.

In 1967, Pink Floyd was fully immersed in psychedelia. Barrett’s unconventional lyrics sent the listener to a world of fantasy, childlike rhymes and surreal creations. Barrett’s songs were the product of a musician experimenting with music and mind altering drugs.

Barrett also experimented with his electric guitar, using a series of effects that made Pink Floyd’s sound much more exploratory than other British bands of the time.

The album’s title, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, came from the seventh chapter of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In The Willows. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn was recorded in Abbey Road’s Studio 3 and produced by EMI resident producer, Norman Smith, while the Beatles were in the studio next door working on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The Piper at The Gates Of Dawn is an album by a novice Pink Floyd with dreamlike lyrics and music experimentation by one of the leading songwriters in the rock underground of the late 1960s.

Circa Goes AOR

Circa - And So On
Circa

And So On (2011)

Rock band Circa was expected to be one of the great new progressive rock bands in recent years. With two former Yes members, Tony Kaye on keyboards and Billy Sherwood on guitars and vocals, there is definitely a strong Yes connection. The band has a formidable rhythm section formed by Ronnie Ciago on drums and an excellent bassist that does not appear in the credits. Guitarist Johnny Bruhns is the fourth member of the band.

I used the term rock band because there is little progressive rock in And So On. The album begins with a strong piece, with rich instrumentation that will remind the listener of early Yes. However, the vocals are weak (literally) and the songs are better described as 1980s-style AOR and hard rock. The best instrumental work on the album is provided by the lead guitar and bass.

‘And So On’ is the 4th release by Circa. “Although the album was not written as a concept record, the songs are somehow tied together and are all symbiotic,” Billy Sherwood explains, “it’s really just an evolution of Circa: music. This is our 3rd Studio release.”

The album is available for circahq.com/CircaStore/index.php

Emerson Lake & Palmer Release Live At the Mar y Sol Festival ’72

Emerson Lake & Palmer - Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival '72
Live at the Mar y Sol Festival ’72 (2011) is another archival release of live music by legendary progressive rock band Emerson Lake & Palmer (ELP). This is the first-ever official release of this Emerson Lake & Palmer legendary concert. The Mar y Sol Festival was a Woodstock-like rock music festival that took place in Manatí, Puerto Rico, on April 1–3, 1972.

The album features the classic ELP line-up with Keith Emerson on keyboards, Greg Lake on bass and vocals and Carl Palmer on drums.

Tracks

1 – Hoedown
2 – Tarkus
3 – Take A Pebble
4 – Lucky Man
5 – Piano Improvisation
6 – Pictures At An Exhibition
7 – Rondo

Space Music for Apollo

Synth.nl - Apollo
Synth.nl

Apollo (2011)

The new album by Dutch artist Synth.nl is an electronic music tribute to the Apollo Moon project. The musician behind Synth.nl is Michel van Osenbruggen. His music has the melodic sensibility of Vangelis and the spacey atmospheric environments of Tangerine Dream.

Synth.nl illustrates the Apollo Moon missions with a rich palette of dramatic, melodic and ambient synthesizers and electronic beats. He also uses NASA audio archives with voices from mission control, the astronauts and the people behind the project.

Michel van Osenbruggen provides information about each piece and details about the various Apollo missions. “For this album, I was inspired by the Apollo Moon missions, undertaken by NASA during the 60’s and 70’s of the previous century,” says van Osenbruggen. “Since I was born in 1969, the same year that Neil Amstrong set foot on the Moon, I have always felt a very strong connection to this event. Listening to this album will take you on a voyage from the Earth to the Moon and back again.”

Michel van Osenbruggen was born in The Netherlands on the 23th of April 1969. He started collecting synthesizers in 1990 because of his fascination with electronics. “Even though I produced a lot of sounds back then, I first started producing my own music in 2005 when I was at home with a burn-out from work.”

Synth.nl has released four solo albums so far: ‘AeroDynamics’ in 2007, ‘AtmoSphere’ in 2008, ‘OceanoGraphy’ in 2009 and ‘Apollo’ in 2011. In 2010, he released a collaboration album called ‘Refuge en Verre’, together with his good friend Ron Boots. Ron also runs the Groove Unlimited label that releases all of Synth.nl ‘s music.

Apollo is a skillful blend of space music and melodic electronic music by one of the finest acts in the current European electronic music scene.

Import CD (North America)

Digital download

Synthesist Robert Rich Announces Australian Tour

Robert Rich
Robert Rich will be bringing his ambient and global electronica sounds Australia in January-February 2012.

Robert Rich, one of the leading musicians in the electronic music scene, has a new CD titled Medicine Box.

A California native, Rich began experimenting with electronics at a young age. By the early 1980s he was recording and performing his own sustained sound environments and improvised music.

Tour dates

Friday January 27-30 – Rainbow Serpent Festival (Melbourne)

Wednesday February 1 – Lecture at SAE Melbourne

Friday February 3 – Harmonic Spaces Exhibition – Byron Bay
Venue: Byron Bay Community Centre.
Time Slot: 6-8pm

Saturday-Sunday February 4-5 – available
Tuesday February 7 – Lecture at SAE Byron Bay
Wednesday February 8 – Lecture at SAE Sydney

Friday February 10 – Sydney – Independent Theatre
Ultima Thule 23rd Anniversary Concert
Tickets: theindependent.org.au/whats-on/
$49.95/ $29.95
Venue: Independent Theatre 269 Miller St, N. Sydney NSW
Starts at 8:00 PM

Saturday February 11 – Melbourne
Venue: Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High St Northcote 3070
Information: chalice.org.au/
Times: Artist talk 4pm,
Evening performance, doors open 7.30pm, RR slot 9.30pm

Wednesday February 15 – Lecture at SAE Brisbane

Saturday February 18 – Earth Frequency Festival – Brisbane
Sunday February 19 – Earth Frequency Festival – Brisbane
Monday February 20 – Earth Frequency Festival – Brisbane
Time Slot: Saturday 18th Feb 4-5pm, chill stage late night

Allan Holdsworth Announces 2012 Tour Dates

Allan Holdsworth
Jazz fusion legend Allan Holdsworth will be touring with Jimmy Haslip and Virgil Donati. The muscular jazz-rock fusion power trio is set to perform some older material from the Holdsworth’s classic repertoire as well as new tunes of his own and a few pieces of Virgil Donati.

Marbin will open the concerts in the East Coast of the United States. The band is led by Dani Rabin (guitar) and Danny Markovich (sax). They’ll be touring with Ian Stewart on bass and Justyn Lawrence on drums. Their critically acclaimed album “Breaking The Cycle” includes two legendary musicians that worked with Pat Metheny, Steve Rodby on bass and Paul Wertico on drums.

Donati/Holdsworth Band
With Virgil Donati drums, Allan Holdsworth guitar, Dennis Hamm keyboards, Jimmy Haslip bass

January 20 – Anaheim, CA (Sheraton Park Hotel)
SABIAN Night at The NAMM Show
www.sabian.com

January 22 – Studio City, Los Angeles, CA (Baked Potato)
www.thebakedpotato.com

Allan Is Back – USA Tour One Dates 2012
Allan Holdsworth with Jimmy Haslip bass and Virgil Donati drums

January 13 – San Diego, CA (Brick By Brick)
www.brickbybrick.com

January 14 – Whittier, CA (Community Theater Whittier)
www.calprog.com
Opening band: MoeTar

January 16 – Phoenix, AZ (Rhythm Room)
www.rhythmroom.com

*March 11 – Sellersville, PA** (Sellersville Theater)
www.st94.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 12 – Annapolis, MD (Ram’s Head Tavern)
www.ramsheadtavern.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 14 – Newton, NJ (The Newton Theater)
www.TheNewtonTheatre.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 15 – New York, NY (The Iridium)
www.theiridium.com

March 16 – New York, NY (The Iridium)
www.theiridium.com

March 17 – New York, NY (The Iridium)
www.theiridium.com

March 20 – Teaneck, NJ (Mexicali Live)
www.mexicalilive.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 21 – Northampton, MA (The Iron Horse)
www.iheg.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 22 – Boston, MA (Johnny D’s)
www.johnnyds.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 23 – Norfolk, CT (The Infinity Hall)
www.infinityhall.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 24 – Schenectady, NY (The Van Dyck)
www.vandycklounge.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 27 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Cosmo Music)
www.cosmomusic.ca
Opening band: Marbin

March 28 – Buffalo, NY (The Tralf Music Hall)
www.tralfmusichall.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 30 – Dayton, OH (Gilly’s Jazz)
www.gillysjazz.com
Opening band: Marbin

March 31 – Detroit, MI (The Jazz Cafe)
www.jazzcafedetroit.com
Opening band: Marbin

April 1 – Chicago, IL (Martyr’s)
www.martyrslive.com
Opening band: Marbin

April 3 – Milwaukee, WI (The Shank Hall)
www.shankhall.com
Opening band: Marbin

April 8 – San Juan Capistrano, CA (The Coach House)
www.thecoachhouse.com

European Tour 2012 – Chapter One
(opening act: Jeff Aug)

May 15 – Kassel, Germany (Schlachthof)
www.schlachthof-kassel.de

May 16 – Amstelveen, Nethrlands (P60)
www.p60.nl

May 17 – Leverkusen, Germany (Scala)
www.scala-leverkusen.de

May 18 – Tilburg, Netherland (Paradox)
www.paradoxtilburg.nl

May 19 – Paris, France (Sunset SunsideJazz Club)
www.sunset-sunside.com

May 21 – Karlsruhe, Germany (Tollhaus)
www.tollhaus.de

May 23 – Milano, Italy (La Salumeria della Musica)
www.lasalumeriadellamusica.com

May 24 – Basel, Switzerland (Grand Casino)
www.grandcasinobasel.com

May 25 – Zurich, Switzerland (Jazz Klub Moods)
www.moods.ch

Progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, ambient electronic music and beyond