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Stick Men Announce Prog Noir Chapter 4 Tour Dates

Prog rock band Stick Men has revealed the fourth phase of its Prog Noir tour. The concerts will take place in North America from August 12 to September 4, 2017. The album Prog Noir was released in late 2016.

 

Stick Men – Prog Noir

 

Stick Men includes Tony Levin on stick and vocals; Pat Mastelotto on acoustic and electronic drums and percussion; and Markus Reuter on Touch Guitars AU8, soundscapes and keyboards.

Prog Noir Chapter 4 Tour:

Sat, Aug 12 – Schenectady, NY (The Van Dyke)
Sun, Aug 13 – Asbury Park, NJ (The Saint)
Tue, Aug 15 – New Hope, PA (Havana)
Wed, Aug 16 – Newton, NJ (Newton Theater)
Thu, Aug 17 – New York, NY (The Iridium)
Fri, Aug 18 – Pawling, NY (Daryl’s House)
Sat, Aug 19 – Natick, MA (Natick Center For Arts)
Sun, Aug 20 – Portland, ME (One Longfellow Square)
Tue, Aug 22 – Northampton, MA (The Iron Horse)
Wed, Aug 23 – Burlington, VT (Higher Ground)
Thu, Aug 24 – Montreal QC, Canada (Cafe Campus)
Fri, Aug 25 – Quebec City, QC, Canada (Auditorium du Cégep Garneau)
Sat, Aug 26 – Ottawa, ON, Canada (The Rainbow)
Sun, Aug 27 – Toronto, ON, Canada (The Garrison)
Tue, Aug 29 – Buffalo, NY (Waiting Room)
Wed, Aug 30 – Cleveland, OH (The Beachland Ballroom)
Thu, Aug 31 – Indianapolis, IN (Irving Theater)
Fri, Sep 1 – Chicago, IL (Reggie’s)
Sat, Sep 2 – Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)
Sun, Sep 3 – Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI (Callahan’s)

Maestros and Innovators of the Electric Sticks

Stick Men – Prog Noir (Stick Men SMN1611, 2016)

Three extraordinarily talented musicians have put together one of the finest progressive music albums of 2016. Stick Men is a trio that includes three of the brightest minds in the current progressive rock scene. Prog Noir is their new album, scheduled for release in October 2016.

Two of the band members specialize in advanced versions of guitars and basses. Tony Levin plays the versatile Stick, an instruments that serves as a powerful bass, a tapped and looped instrument, and also a captivating soloing instrument. His colleague, German musician Markus Reuter plays the ergonomic touch guitars that he developed together with luthier Ed Reynolds.

Stylistically, Prog Noir navigates through various musical forms, including technically impressive new generation King Crimson-inspired progressive rock, indie rock, lyrics with good humor, mesmerizing cinematic soundscapes, creative drumming, and electronic ambience.

The lineup includes Tony Levin (King Crimson) on Stick and vocals; Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) on acoustic and electronic drums and percussion; and Markus Reuter on U8 and AU8 Touch Guitars.

The new album comes in various packages and formats, ranging from digital, vinyl and single CD to a deluxe CD with bonus tracks and a deluxe boxed set with vinyl LPs, CDs and T-shirt.

Prog Noir is a remarkable example of forward-thinking progressive rock, featuring memorable performances, strong song compositions, impressive interplay and innovative sound design.

Buy Prog Noir in the Americas

Buy Prog Noir in Europe

Stick Men’s Forward Thinking Progressive Rock

Stick Men+ featuring David Cross – Midori, Live at Billboard, Tokyo, 10 April 2015 (Moonjune Records, 2016)

This fabulous special limited edition 2-CD set contains two live performances by Stick Men+ with a guest appearance by former King Crimson violist David Cross. Midori demonstrates that progressive rock and electronics are perfect companions. The album features a mix of ambient pieces and soundscapes, improvisatory progressive rock and classic symphonic progressive rock.

King Crimson is one of the essential progressive rock bands that never sold out to pop and AOR. Midori features three musicians who have been involved with one of King Crimson’s multiple versions: Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and David Cross.

Throughout Midori there are spectacular jams, mesmerizing soundscapes, violin and stick solos, and structured compositions showcasing the talent of the three musicians.

King Crimson fans will recognize some of the musical pieces such as the classic Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part 2 (from Larks’ Tongues in Aspic), Industry (from Three of a Perfect Pair), The Talking Drum (from Larks’ Tongues in Aspic), Breathless (from Robert Fripp’s 1979 album Exposure), and “Sartori in Tangier” (from the album Beat). Additionally, disc 2 includes a version of Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.” The rest of the pieces are improvisations and new pieces composed by Stick Men.

Stick Men with David Cross
Stick Men with David Cross

This project came about in April of 2015. Stick Men performed four historic concerts in Japan, with special guest, iconic King Crimson violinist David Cross. Moonjune Records’ Leonardo Pavkovic coordinated the project. The live recording of the 2 Tokyo concerts was released as a double CD in Japan only, and now is available as well through MoonJune in a limited edition of 2500 copies, available only on MoonJune’s BandCamp and on Stick Men’s 2016 live shows.

The album lineup includes: Tony Levin on stick and voice; Pat Mastelotto on acoustic and electronic drums and percussion; Markus Reuter on Touch Guitars AU8, soundscaping and keyboards; and David Cross on violin and keyboard.

Midori, Live at Billboard, Tokyo, 10 April 2015 is an outstanding set of forward thinking progressive rock by one the finest acts in the current progressive music scene.

Buy the album from Moonjune’s Bandcamp website.