Twelve celebrated progressive music acts are set to perform at the 2017 Rock in Opposition (R.I.O.) Festival to be held in France. The three-day festival is dedicated to artistically-uncompromising rock music.
The 2017 Program:
Le Silo (Japan)
Trans-aeolian Transmission (France)
Acid Mothers Temple (Japan)
In Love With (France)
Slapp Happy (Germany/England)
Pentagramme is a solo album by French composer, guitarist and vocalist Xavier Boscher. He incorporates a mix of progressive rock, heavy metal, hard rock and pop.
The highlights of the album are the progressive rock-oriented sections, including “Volupté,” which has a great ambiance, electric piano and fretless bass; “Géométrie intime”, a piece with great shredding; the evolving piece “Quinacridoine” that has a Joe Satriani flavor; and the epic “Les Voyageurs du Temps.”
French progressive band Yang released its third album, The Failure of Words, earlier this year. Yang is an instrumental rock quartet that incorporates elements from progressive rock, jazz, hard rock, and world music.
Yang’s pieces are impeccable, exquisitely-crafted works, featuring memorable dual guitar and interplay and masterful creative drums. The guitar and bass interactions use various techniques, ranging from parallel melodies to counterpoints, call and response and looped patterns.
The lineup includes Frédéric L’Épée on guitars, keyboards; Laurent James on guitar; Nico Gómez on bass; and Volodia Brice on drums.
Previous albums include A Complex Nature (Cuneiform Records Rune 197, 2004) and Machines (Yang Music VOC1527, 2010).
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.
Manu Katché – Unstatic (Anteprima Productions CD18021, 2016)
Unstatic is the new album by acclaimed French drummer and session man Manu Katche. Although the first track on Unstatic has a Cuban flavor, featuring three Latin American percussionists, most of the album is straight ahead modern jazz with funk, lounge and smooth jazz elements.
The three musicians that stand out on Unstatic are Katche, with his creative drums, the fabulous keyboardist Jim Watson who uses acoustic and electric piano, organ and synths; and virtuoso bassist Ellen Andrea Wang, who delights the listener with wonderful interplay with the keyboards and drums.
The lineup on Unstatic includes Manu Katché on drums; Ellen Andrea Wang on upright bass; Jim Watson on acoustic piano and keyboards; Tore Brunborg on saxophone; Luca Aquino on trumpet; Nils Landgren on trombone; and Abraham Rodriguez Mansfarroll, Joel Hierrezuelo Balart and Esteban Sotolongo Zapata on percussion.
Unstatic is a high quality recording with ear friendly contemporary jazz that should appeal to a wide audience.