Kotebel, the masters of symphonic rock are back with an album about the cosmos plus an assortment of other pieces. The Madrid-based band is known for its two talented keyboard players (father and daughter) along with outstanding guitar, bass and drum work. On cosmology there is also notable flute work performed by guest musician Omar Acosta.
Cosmology is an instrumental work, like other Kotebel albums, where classically-influenced progressive rock is combined with avant-garde music and other influences in the form of mini symphonies.
The lineup on the album includes Carlos Franco Vivas on drums, percussion; César García Forero on electric and acoustic guitars; Jaime Pascual Summers on bass; Adriana Plaza Engelke on piano, keyboards; and Carlos Plaza Vegas on keyboards. Special guest: Omar Acosta on flute.
Spanish progressive rock band Kotebel has announced the release of its new album titled Cosmology. The new recording will be available in early July.
Cosmology is dedicated to the musical representation of four concepts of the Cosmos. The album includes several parts of a cosmology suite and Cesar G. Forero’s “Mishima’s Dream.” Also featured, a remastered recreation of “Canto XXVIII,” a composition that Cesar wrote for Dante’s Paradiso, a concept album released in 2010 as part of Colossus’ Divine Comedy, a project that featured numerous progressive rock acts.
Carlos Plaza, leader and main composer of acclaimed European progressive symphonic roc band Kotebel has launched “Phaedrus Music Journal,” a digital magazine dedicated to Art Music in general and progressive rock in particular.
Phaedrus is much more than a digital magazine. It will offer its subscribers original music that will only be available through the journal. The music will not be available for sale anywhere else and subscribers will be able to download it in several formats, including lossless.
Phaedrus will also release a CD compilation – in carefully designed digipack – called “Phaedrus Music”, with a collection of the original works published in the previous six issues. On average, Phaedrus will release 2 albums a year, only for its subscribers, at no additional cost, not even shipping.
“I want to take advantage of the fact that technology now allows the creation of very specialized niches, with enough critical mass to make projects economically viable,” says Carlos Plaza. “I want to offer high quality content, for exclusive and demanding fans that appreciate the kind of music that I have been writing for the past 16 years.”
In addition to original music, the journal will have sections such as:
“Analysis of the Classic of the Month” – detailed analysis of progressive rock master works. Issue # 1 starts with a detailed analysis of “Close to the Edge”.
“Kotebel Corner” with rarities, unreleased material, access to live video streaming of rehearsals, etc.
“Article of the Month,” covering a wide range of topics
“Recommendation of the Month,” based on a very simple principle: if you like the music of the artists featured in Phaedrus, you will probably like the music that they like.
Subscription starts as low as 2.83 € a month for a semester subscription.
Spanish symphonic progressive rock band Kotebel has released its first live album on CD. Kotebel Live at Prog-Résiste 2013 is a 2-CD set that is not the same as the digital release. The limited edition CD set has been remastered and contains two bonus tracks.
Kotebel has become one of the leading symphonic progressive rock acts in the international scene. The group combines classic epic prog with classical music elements and contemporary forms such as minimalism.
Most of their pieces are instrumental, a sort of mini-symphonies. What’s especially attractive about Kotebel is that it features two virtuoso keyboard players, composer Carlos Plaza Vegas and his daughter Adriana Plaza Engelke. This allows the band to deliver masterful keyboard solos and orchestrations.
Live at Prog-Résiste 2013 features an entire rendition of Kotebel’s concert at the 2013 Prog-Résiste Convention in Belgium. It is a Limited Edition double CD digipack that includes bonus tracks with a selection of performances at 2007 Gouveia Art Rock Festival in Portugal, and 2011 in Madrid.
The rest of the band includes excellent instrumentalists: César Garcia Forero on guitars; Carlos Franco Vivas on drums; and Jaime Pascual Summers on bass. Vocalist Carolina Prieto makes a guest appearance on bonus track Mercury Pentacle.
Kotebel Live at Prog-Résiste 2013 is an exceptionally good album featuring beautifully composed symphonic rock pieces with an epic atmosphere and some stellar individual playing.