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Progday 2017 Reveals First Acts

Progressive rock festival Progday announced the first artists scheduled to perform Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The festival will feature acclaimed Peruvian band Flor De Loto, sensational American progressive band INFiNiEN and celebrated Swiss avant-garde ensemble Sonar.

 

 

 

More details at www.progday.net

Headline photo: Flor De Loto

Mesmerizing Sounds for Real or Imagined Films

Zero Times Everything – Sonic Cinema (ZXE Music, 2017)

Sonic Cinema is a fascinating sound exploration album by Zero Times Everything. The three musicians create a magical world of cinematic sounds that draw influences from various progressive music genres.

The album opens with the industrial sounds of “And Now This.” It’s followed by “Events in a Field” a mix of ambient and minimalist electronics.

On track 3, “Led” Zero Times Everything plays a mix of hard rock riffing and progressive rock lines.

Next is “Accident,” where you’ll find a mix of ambient sounds, effects, drones and distorted guitar.

“Natron 40” presents mysterious mechanical sounds and progressive rock-style guitars.

The eerie track 6, “Ghost” reveals hypnotic enveloping sounds and odd beats.

On track 7, “Kapital” the influences turn towards Berlin and Dusseldorf, with trance like Berlin-style sequencers, symphonic passages and robotic voices.

“Vox Populi” features a cacophony of sounds and voices with underlying sequences and string synths.

Track 9, “Schizoid” introduces nightmarish sounds, child voices and increasingly high pitched psychedelic guitars.

The album concludes with “The Cathedral of All Saints” where you hear a childlike organ sound and reverberating synths that morphs into deep ambient electronica.

The lineup includes Richard Sylvarnes on Kaoss pads, loops, synths, rhythms, guitars, and vocals; Pietro Russino on guitars, loops, and violin; and Tony Geballe on guitars, synths, and loops. Special guest: Sønje Sylvarnes on vocals.

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Rock in Opposition 2016 Program Revealed

The 2016 Rock in Opposition (R.I.O.) Festival will take place September 16-18 in France. This three-day festival is dedicated to artistically-uncompromising rock music. The festival specializes in the avant-garde forms of progressive rock as well as Zeuhl.

The 2016 lineup includes:

Apollonius Abraham Schwarz (Switzerland)
Cicala-Mvta (Japan)
Half the Sky (Japan)
Jump for Joy (England, Germany, Netherlands)
Magma (France)
Nippon Eldorado Kabarett (Italy, Japan)
No Noise No Reduction (France)
Pixvae (France)
Richard Pinhas & Arthur Narcy (France)
Upsilon Acrux (USA)
Uz Jsme Doma (Czech Republic)

More at www.rocktime.org/rio

Avant-Garde Music Developed in Various Directions

Joseph Lamm & Music Hypnotica - Andean's Ascent
Joseph Lamm & Music Hypnotica – Andean’s Ascent

Joseph Lamm & Music Hypnotica – Andean’s Ascent (Jefferson House Communique, 2016)

Experimental album by a trio that combines sound collages, industrial rock, minimalism, trance and world music elements. It could work perfectly for an avant-garde installation although in this case, it’s the companion to the book Andean’s Ascent.

The lineup includes Elliott Lamm on acoustic, electric and slide guitars, piano, bass, soundscapes; David Price on keyboards, loops, bass, elixir and rhythm; and Joseph Lamm on vocals, percussion, and electromagnetic throat.

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Impeccable Avant Rock Artistry

Loomings - Everyday Mythology (AltrOck Productions Alt-048, 2015)
Loomings – Everyday Mythology (AltrOck Productions Alt-048, 2015)

Italian multi-instrumentalist Jacopo Costa takes the listener into a wild ride of avant-garde rock with unexpected twists and turns. The band’s sounds revolves around the multiple layers of vocal interplay, outstanding vibraphones and bass. You’ll find Rock in Opposition connections along with echoes of Frank Zappa, the zanier side of Canterbury, some Zeuhl and even occasional doowop.

Loomings was founded in Strasbourg (France) in 2012 by Jacopo Costa along with three classically-trained vocalists: Maria Denami, Ludmila Schwartzwalder and Benoît Rameau; bassist Louis Haessler; and percussionist Enrico Pedicone.

Everyday Mythology includes impeccable examples of avant-garde rock craftsmanship performed by a fascinating ensemble of talented vocalists and musicians.

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