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Shape-shifting Jesufåglar

Jesufåglar – Matka ajan rannoille (Luova Records, 2016)

This recording by Finnish band Jesufåglar originally came out in 2010 as a CD-R and it’s been reissued by Luova Records as a full CD. Jesufåglar plays an unconventional form of progressive rock that incorporates various elements, from classic symphonic rock inspired by the 1970s British and Finnish pioneers to jazz-rock fusion and occasional zany vocals that take the group into an avant-garde or Zeuhl direction.

Most of the album, however, features captivating vocal work by pianist, composer and singer Sanna Klemetti. The fine work developed by the flutes, guitars and creative drumming also play a crucial role in Matka ajan rannoille.

Jesufaglar comprised includes Sanna Klemetti on vocals and piano; Enni Kyttänen on vocals and violin; Taneli Hildén on vocals and flute; Tatu Säteri on guitars; Juho Kalliolahti on bass; Joel Pihlaja on drums; and Veli-Ville Sivén on organs.

Matka ajan rannoille is a sensational blend of shape-shifting progressive rock.

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Felona e Sorona re-recorded in 2016

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Italian progressive rock band Le Orme has re-recorded its classic Felona e Sorona album. The new 2-disc version is titled Felona e/and Sorona, featuring Italian and English language versions.

The new version features drum tracks recorded live during past tours while all the other instruments were recorded in studio. The idea behind this is to bring forward a live vibe.

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Greg Lake Releases a Statement about Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson and Greg Lake - Photo © Neal Preston/Corbis
Keith Emerson and Greg Lake – Photo © Neal Preston/Corbis

Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP) guitarist, bassist, vocalist and composer Greg Lake released a statement about the late Keith Emerson, who died on March 10, 2016 in California.

To all ELP friends and fans all over the world, I would like to express my deep sadness upon hearing this tragic news. As you know Keith and I spent many of the best years of our lives together and to witness his life coming to an end in the way that it has is painful, both to myself and to all who knew him.

As sad and tragic as Keith’s death is, I would not want this to be the lasting memory people take away with them. What I will always remember about Keith Emerson was his remarkable talent as a musician and composer and his gift and passion to entertain. Music was his life and despite some of the difficulties he encountered I am sure that the music he created will live on forever.

My deepest condolences go to Keith’s family.
May he now be at peace
.”

Greg Lake
London – March 12, 2016

Progressive Rock Legend Keith Emerson Dies at 71

Composer, keyboardist and synthesizer pioneer Keith Emerson, passed away on March 10, 2016 in Santa Monica (California, USA). Keith Emerson was one of the one of the greatest keyboardists in rock history and a founder of legendary progressive rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Keith Noel Emerson was born November 2, 1944 in Todmorden, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. In the late 1960s, Keith Emerson’s skill as a keyboardist attracted international attention with pioneering progressive rock band The Nice. He later formed Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) in 1970. ELP became one of the most excellent and influential progressive rock groups of the 1970s.

For more details about Mr. Emerson, read the ELP biography and his Wikipedia profile

Photo: Dr. Robert Moog and Keith Emerson in the 1970s

Farmhouse Odyssey, State Of The Art Progressive Rock from California

Farmhouse Odyssey – Farmhouse Odyssey (2015)

The self-titled debut album by American band Farmhouse Odyssey is one of the finest progressive rock releases we’ve heard in months. Farmhouse Odyssey combines several of the most beloved subgenres within progressive rock: Canterbury, symphonic rock and psychedelic music.

The five instrumentalists deliver stellar performances throughout the album, delighting the listener with beautiful guitar and keyboard interplay. On the first progressive symphonic piece, “So It Would Seem,” the band presents some of the best mellotron/guitar interaction I’ve heard in many years. The vocals have personality; neither Genesis nor Yes-inspired, which makes the vocals much more attractive.

On track 2, “Dante,” Farmhouse Odyssey head in a jazzier direction with delicious bass lines, electric piano and synths and vocals that sound like an updated version of the classic National Health-era Canterbury sound. At times, the group intensifies the music, introducing fiery guitars, but it’s all done with incredibly good taste.

“Sleeping Silent”, track 3, quickly grows into a wonderful epic piece with some of the best guitar work on the album with truly memorable solos set to an irresistible laid back jazz-rock beat.

Track 4, “Cross the Deep” begins with mellotron and progresses into a dazzling prog-rock jam piece with spectacular guitar work.

The electric piano and organ along with jazz beats on “Colossal Cypress” immediately evokes echoes of Canterbury. The soft vocals on this composition are mesmerizing. “Colossal Cypress” concludes with grand guitar mastery.

The last cut on the album, “A Moment to Take” builds beautifully with a mixture of vocals, guitars and mellotron. Once more, the guitar interplay is truly outstanding.

The five extremely talented musicians of Farmhouse Odyssey have recorded a state of the art progressive rock album that deserves worldwide recognition.

Farmhouse Odyssey is a band from Arcata, in northern California. The lioneup on the album includes Alex Espe on vocals and keyboards; Ian Taylor on bass and vocals; Thatcher Holvick-Norton on drums and vocals; Alex Pepe on guitars; and Aaron Laughlin on guitars and vocals.

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Iconic Afro-Cuban jazz-rock fusion group Síntesis to celebrate its four decades in Havana

Síntesis
Síntesis

Síntesis (Synthesis), the iconic Cuban group led by bassist, singer and composer Carlos Alfonso Valdes, will celebrate its four decades on Saturday, March 5 at 16:00 at Casa de África in Havana.

Founded in December 1976, Síntesis started as a progressive rock band inspired by Genesis and the nueva trova, releasing En Busca De Una Nueva Flor. The group later evolved towards a fusion of progressive jazz-rock and Afro-Cuban influences to become those of the most significant and original acts Cuba with their album series called Ancestros.

Progressive Music Trio Consider The Source Releases Free Album

New York City-based progressive music trio Consider The Source is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a free compilation. The anthology, titled “Past Is Prologue: 2005-2015”, includes tracks from every Consider The Source studio album, including multiple pieces from the recent “World War Trio” series.

The band plays Middle Eastern influenced music mixed with progressive rock, heavy metal riffs, cinematic orchestrations, odd-time improvisations and world music beats.

Formed in 2004, the current lineup of Consider the includes Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar; John Ferrara on bass; and Jeff Mann on drums and percussion.

Tracks include:

1. Aquarians (World War Trio Part II, 2015)
2. You Are Obsolete (World War Trio Part II, 2015)
3. Tsim Sha Tsui (World War Trio Part III, 2015)
4. Put Another Rock In That Bag [single edit] (World War Trio Part I, 2014)
5. Closer To Home (That’s What’s Up, 2010)
6. \ i / (That’s What’s Up, 2010)
7. Blue Steel (Are You Watching Closely, 2009)
8. Moisturize The Situation (Are You Watching Closely, 2009)
9. Constantly Nostalgic (Esperanto, 2006)
10. Patterns (Esperanto, 2006)
Bonus Track: Past Is Prologue (Untitled EP, 2005)

Free Compilation Album Download link

The Claudia Quintet Announces European and North American Tour Dates

The Claudia Quintet [L-R: Red Wierenga, Matt Moran, John Hollenbeck, Chris Speed, Drew Gress]
The Claudia Quintet [L-R: Red Wierenga, Matt Moran, John Hollenbeck, Chris Speed, Drew Gress]

The Claudia Quintet, an ensemble led by composer and drummer and John Hollenbeck has will be touring Europe and North America in the next weeks.
The Claudia Quintet plays jazz influenced by classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock. The ensemble has released seven albums, six of them on Cuneiform Records. The eighth album, Super Petite, is scheduled for release on Cuneiform in Summer 2016.

The available discography includes September, I Claudia, What Is The Beautiful?, For, Royal Toast, and Semi-Formal.

The Claudia Quintet European Tour:

March 2016
Wednesday, March 2
Pannonica
9 rue Basse Porte
Nantes, France
20:00 (8:30 p.m.)

Thursday, March 3
Sunset
60, rue des Lombards
Paris, France
20:00 (8:30 p.m.)

Friday, March 4
West Germany
Skalitzerstr. 133
Berlin, Germany
22:00 (10:00 p.m.)

Saturday, March 5
Kunstlerwerkstatt
Münchener Straße 68
Pfaffenhofen, Germany
21:00 (9:00 p.m.)

Sunday, March 6
Stadtgarten
Venloerstr. 40
Köln, Germany
20:30 (8:30 p.m.)

Monday, March 7
Cafe De Ruimte
Distelweg 83
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
20:30 (8:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 9
Le Rocher de Palmer
1 avenue Aristide Briand
Bordeaux, France
20:30 (8:30 p.m.)

Thursday, March 10
Le Rocher de Palmer
1 avenue Aristide Briand
Bordeaux, France
20:00 (8:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 11
Paradox
Telegraafstraat 62
Tilborg, The Netherlands
20:30 (8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, March 12
Teatro Villa de Leoni
Riviera Silvio Trentin, 5, Venice, Italy
21:00 (9:00 p.m.)

Sunday, March 13
Auditorium Villa Widmann
Via Nazionale, 420,
Oriago di Mira (VE), Venice, Italy
10:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Monday, March 14
Narodni dom Maribor
Ulica kneza Koclja 9
Marlibor, Slovenia
20:30 (8:30 p.m.)

Claudia Quintet North American Tour

Thursday, April 14
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St
NYC, NY

Friday, April 15
Boot & Saddle
1131 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA
20:30 (8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 18-19
San Francisco Jazz Center
201 Franklin St.
San Francisco, CA
20:00 (8:00 p.m.)

Veruno Prog Festival – The Best of 2 Days Prog 2015 on DVD

Veruno Prog Festival - The Best of 2 Days Prog 2015
Veruno Prog Festival – The Best of 2 Days Prog 2015

A new 2-DVD set showcases Italy’s annual progressive rock gathering, Veruno Prog Festival. The collection includes performances by well-known Italian and international acts, including Area, Magma, the incredible Beardfish, the new idols Pineapple Thief, Sylvan with Arabs in aspic, the new Fabio Zuffanti band, The Runaway Totem, Japanese act Yuka & Chronoship, the Maschine and Syncage.

Veruno Prog Festival takes place in a small own near Novara in northwest Italy.

Veruno Prog Festival – The Best of 2 Days Prog 2015 features nearly 4 hours of some of the best progressive rock. available from www.btf.it

Other Veruno Prog DVDs available: Veruno 2 Days of Prog 2014 and Veruno 2 Days of Prog 2011.

Progressive Rock Profiles: Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

 

In 1970, English pioneering symphonic progressive rock group The Nice disbanded and its keyboardist, Keith Emerson formed the legendary act, Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP) along with King Crimson bassist and vocalist Greg Lake and Atomic Rooster drummer Carl Palmer. This was in effect the first progressive rock superband. Emerson Lake and Palmer achieved instant fame with their debut at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.

 

 

The 1971 debut album, Emerson Lake and Palmer went platinum. It was produced by Greg Lake and featured a song that Lake had written while still in school: “Lucky Man.” This song, performed on acoustic guitar, was their first single. It ended with an unconventional new sound, the lead Moog synthesizer solo. This futuristic sound fascinated thousands of music fans. “Lucky Man,” became an iconic song for the band and a popular classic on FM radio.

 

 

ELP released six platinum albums between 1970 and 1977, including “Emerson, Lake & Palmer,” “Tarkus,” “Trilogy,” “Brain Salad Surgery,” the triple live album “Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends” and “Works Vol. 1“. They headlined the massive 1974 festival California Jam playing to an audience of over 500,000.

 

 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus

 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Pictures at an Exhibition
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Pictures at an Exhibition

 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Trilogy
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Trilogy

 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery

 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – “Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends

 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Works Vol. 1
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Works Vol. 1

 

Like other progressive rock groups in the late 1970s, ELP headed in a commercial direction after Works Volume 2 (1977). Love Beach, released in 1978 contained a couple of pieces that recalled ELP’s former glory, but the rest of the album leaned towards short pop songs and, additionally, the unappealing disco-like album cover was disliked by many fans. The final two studio albums, “Black Moon” (1992) and “In the Hot Seat” (1994) continued the direction towards radio friendly AOR and melodic rock.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer disbanded several times so its members could pursue solo careers. One line-up featured the late Cozy Powell on drums, together with Emerson and Lake. Each time the band re-united on stage, fans showed up by the thousands to see them.

In 2010, Shout! Factory released Emerson Lake & Palmer “A Time and A Place”, a 4-CD boxed set of remastered live rarities and bootlegs. The collection includes material from 1970 to 1998.

 

 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - A Time and A Place
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – A Time and A Place

 

 

On Sunday, July 25th, 2010, Emerson, Lake and Palmer reformed for the first time since 1998 to headline the High Voltage Festival in London. The music from this performance appeared on the Emerson, Lake & Palmer “40th Anniversary Reunion Concert” DVD. This release contains many of ELP’s most beloved compositions.

In 2012, British musician and engineer Steven Wilson (Porcupine tree) remixed ELP’s debut album Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Tarkus into 5.1 and high resolution stereo.

The Brain Salad Surgery and Trilogy remixes were made by King Crimson’s guitarist Jakko Jakszyk in 2013.

Discography:

Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970)
Tarkus (1971)
Pictures at an Exhibition (1972)
Trilogy (1972)
Brain Salad Surgery (1973)
Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends
Works Vol. 1 (1977)
Works Volume 2 (1977)
Love Beach (1978)
Black Moon (1992)
In the Hot Seat (1994)