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Cuneiform Records to Release First Art Zoyd Boxed Set

Cuneiform Records has announced the release of the first ever Art Zoyd box set. The collection titled Art Zoyd, 44 ½ years of music will be available November 24th, 2017.

Art Zoyd is a highly influential French progressive rock band. They are part of a subgenre known as RIO (Rock In Opposition), a set of artists that play avant-garde rock influenced by progressive rock experimentalists such as Magma as well as contemporary classical music composers.

The boxed set contains 8 CDs of live recordings covering the years 1972-2004 and four CDs of studio recordings, sketches and outtakes from 1980-2005. There are also two DVDs, one is comprised of historical television appearances from the late 1970s into the end of the 1980s and the other DVD disc includes the entire performance of Art Zoyd’s celebration at the RIO Festival.

The box and all elements were designed by British graphic artist Max Franosch.

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Avant-Garde Nirvana

Aranis – Smells Like (Homerecords, 2017)

Aranis is one of those bands that is hard to classify. It’s an acoustic music ensemble that plays contemporary music with an avant-garde edge. It has very close connections to the Rock In Opposition genre minus the rock. You’ll find melodic chamber music segments, minimalism and some dissonant moments as well.

Smells Like contains Aranis’ vision of some of Nirvana’s best known songs. They are skillfully transformed into contemporary acoustic pieces that provide new life to these compositions.

The lineup includes Liesbeth Lambrecht on violin and viola; Pierre Chevalier on piano; Marjolein Cools on accordion; Jana Arns on flute and alto flute; and Joris Vanvinckenroye on double bass.
Smells Like is a highly original experimental recreation of the music of Nirvana.

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Rock In Opposition Festival 2017 Lineup Announced

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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:

September 15th
Aranis (Belgium)
Cheer-Accident (USA)
faUSt (Germany)

September 16th
Le Silo (Japan)
Miriodor (Canada)
Trans-aeolian Transmission (France)
Gong (France)
Acid Mothers Temple (Japan)

September 17th
a.P.A.t.T. (England)
In Love With (France)
Guapo (England)
Slapp Happy (Germany/England)

More at www.rocktime.org/rio/index.php/en/

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

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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