Acclaimed progressive rock guitarist and composer Steve Hackett has a new album titled ‘Summer Storms & Rocking Rivers’ (Esoteric Antenna EANTCD21065) recorded with Hungarian band Djabe. It’s set for release in March 2017.
The two disc set includes a DVD featuring a concert in Bratislava in July 2011. It also contains a bonus documentary, the piece Jacuzzi / Overnight Sleeper (recorded in November 2013) with the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and the promotional video of the song Tears for Peace.
“Summer Storms and Rocking Rivers” includes Steve Hackett solo material such as The Steppes and Ace of Wands, together with progressive rock-era Genesis material such as Firth of Fifth, Blood on the Rooftops, In That Quiet Earth and Los Endos.
Renowned progressive rock guitarist Steve Hackett will return to North America in 2017 to present his new show, Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett. The 13 date tour will take place in February and March 2017.
Throughout the tour, Steve and his band will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album, Wind and Wuthering, the last progressive rock album recorded by Genesis. Steve Hackett and the band will be performing several tracks from Wind and Wuthering along with fan favorites such as ‘The Musical Box’ and other Genesis pieces never performed before by Steve’s band including ‘Inside & Out’, ‘One For The Vine’ and ‘Anyway’ as well as material from the upcoming new album The Night Siren.
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
Tuesday, February 14th
City Winery, Nashville, TN
Wednesday, February 15th
City Winery, Nashville, TN
Friday, February 17th
Victoria Theater, Newark, NJ
Saturday, February 18th
State Theatre, Ithaca, NY
Wednesday, February 22nd
Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
Thursday, February, 23rd
NYCB, Westbury, NY
Friday, February 24th
Santander PAC, Reading, PA
Saturday, February 25th
Playstation Theater, New York, NY
Sunday, February 26th
Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA
Tuesday, February 28th
20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI
Wednesday, March 1st
Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
Thursday, March 2nd
The Oakville Centre, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Friday, March 3rd
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY
Acclaimed guitarist and progressive rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis) is set to release a new album titled The Night Siren on Friday, March 24th 2017, through InsideOut Music (Sony).
As indicated in the title, The Night Siren is a wake-up call…the forewarning of a siren sounding in this era of conflict and discord.
The Night Siren presents Steve’s renowned guitar work as strongly as ever, together with with musicians from several different countries, who Steve invited to join him in celebrating multicultural diversity and unity.
The lineup includes singers from Israel and Palestine, who both actively campaign to bring Jewish and Arabic people together. There are also instrumentals from the USA and Iraq, and a wide range of sounds, including Indian sitar and Middle Eastern tar and oud, Peruvian charango, and the moving Irish uilleann pipes.
“This latest waxing represents a bird’s eye view of the world of a musical migrant ignoring borders and celebrating our common ancestry with a unity of spirit, featuring musicians, singers and instruments from all over the world,” says Steve Hasckett about his new album. “From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide. But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defenses. To quote Plato, ‘When the music changes, the walls of the city shake’.”
In addition to singers Kobi and Mira (Israeli and Palestinian), also featured on the album are American drummer Nick D’Virgilio, Malik Mansurov (Azerbaijan) on tar, Gulli Breim (Iceland) on drums and percussion), as well as regular Hackett collaborators: Roger King, Nad Sylvan, Gary O’Toole, Rob Townsend and Amanda Lehmann. Additional musicians who add to the multifaceted flavor of the album are Christine Townsend on violin & viola, Dick Driver on double bass and Troy Donockley on uilleann pipes.
Vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Nad Sylvan is currently one of the finest singers in the international progressive rock scene. In addition to his recent work with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Nad recently released a superb solo album titled “Courting The Widow” that was one of the finest progressive rock albums of 2015.
Nad talks to Progressive Rock Central in this exclusive interview:
Can you give our readers a brief history on how you started your musical career?
I sought to myself to the piano when I was about 5. Started to compose maybe a year later. I joined various bands in my teen years and after a while drifted into progressive rock with stacks of keyboards and mikes around me. Apparently I never got out!
What do you consider as the essential elements of your music?
Melody, harmony and rhythm. Arrangements that supports the lyrical content.
Who can you cite as your main musical influences?
I know people think it’s generally Genesis, but it’s so much more than that. Everything that rocked in the 1970s plus lots of soul music.
Tell us about your first recordings and your musical evolution.
I recorded a single when I was 19, a total Genesis rip off. But that’s fine, I think I was excused being so young and with such high ideals. Two years later that band, which was called Avenue, broke up. I drifted into fusion, jazz rock and so on in the early 80s and formed my own band. We never played any gigs, but I learned a lot during that time.
In 1984 I joined a band that became “One By One”, a funk rock band in the same kind of musical hybrid style as Prince, Scritti Politti and etc. We made it as far as being the supporting act to Lionel Ritchie in 1987. I went solo after that and recorded a couple of unsuccessful solo albums until I met Bonamici in 2003. We formed “Unifaun”, recorded an album, which is now my musical platform. That’s when I started to get some kind of recognition. In 2008 Roine Stolt contacted me, we made three albums and in 2012 I heard from Steve Hackett.
What’s the concept behind your latest album, Courting the Widow?
Death and the sea.
Along with Italy, Sweden has produced some of the finest progressive rock groups in recent years. Why do you think Sweden generates so much talent?
It wasn’t always like that. I think the Internet opened up so many possibilities for everybody, let alone for myself, and the Swedes were very quick to latch onto this new digital world.
There seems to be a dark theme in the lyrics of many Nordic progressive rock artists. Why do you think so many acts have this gloomy side? Would the music be different if it was composed in sunnier and warmer places like Tenerife or the Costa del Sol?
I think you just came up with the best answer yourself.
Although you are known as a vocalist, you also play various musical instruments and you do it quite well. Tell us about your musical training.
I taught myself everything I know. Singing is my key element, second comes piano and keyboards. The rest I do on my recordings such as guitars, takes an awful lot of time for me to get it right.
Your most recent solo album features a lot of beautiful mellotron-sounding work. What does the mellotron represent to you?
How did you connect with guitarist Roine Stolt?
He got in touch with me after he’d heard Unifaun back in 2008.
And how did you link up with Steve Hackett?
Same thing there four years later. But I was also recommended through Win Voelklein who promotes the Night of the Prog festival in Germany, where I have performed three times now.
How do audiences react to your versions of Peter Gabriel-era Genesis songs?
Nowadays they are alright with it. They have allowed me to grow into the role.
It wasn’t easy at first.
On April 19, 2016 you’ll be performing as part of the Steve Hackett band in Durham, North Carolina which is where we are based. What material will the band be presenting there?
The same show we did in the autumn. 50% Hackett solo stuff, 50% Genesis.
In addition to your solo work, you are currently involved in other projects like Agents of Mercy. What’s the focus of Agents of Mercy?
I am currently not involved in anything but Hackett and my solo career. Agents of Mercy has not released anything since 2011 (The Black Forest), and we haven’t played together since 2012.
If you could gather any musicians or musical groups to collaborate with, whom would that be?
Basically the people that play on my album “Courting The Widow“. Especially Nick Beggs and Doane Perry. But also Jonas Reingold is a fabulous player and a good friend.
Do you have any upcoming projects to share with us?
I am working on a follow up album to “The Widow” right now. That will take me at least a year.