Atmospheric multi-instrumentalist Robert Rich has announced upcoming live appearances and other news: “I'll be headlining the Saturday lineup at San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. It might be a very unusual set for me. I'm planning to improvise with an all-electronic rig (no flute or guitar) and including a new Haken Continuum. Saturday, Sept. 12: San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco CA 94110
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“Also, for our friends in Europe I'll play at the B-Wave Festival, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015: Heusden-Zolder, Belgium B-Wave Festival Doors open 1 p.m. For info click here>
“When I was on tour back in April, the good folks at Moog Music invited me to visit their factory in Asheville, N.C. I made a crazy improvisation on the big Moog 55 system, and they made a video of it. Then when I got home, they asked me to make some music with the Moog Voyager RME to commemorate its end of production. They are offering a free three-song EP that I called Hiding in Daylight. Here is the link to the free music and video:
Romantic Warriors III
Documentary videographers Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder have announced screenings of their latest work, Romantic Warriors III: Canterbury Tales. Details are as follows:
Tuesday, Sept. 1: Washington, D.C., 7:30 p.m., Black Cat DC, 811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009 ($8)
Saturday Sept. 5: ProgDay Festival, 9:30 p.m. Hotel Comfort Inn University, Salon A & B, 3508 Mount Moriah Rd., Durham, NC 27707 (free)
Sat, Sept. 19: Rock in Opposition Festival, Carmaux, France, Village Marquee, 11 a.m. (free, screening with French subtitles)
Nov. 15-19: Cruise to the Edge, Miami (free).
Melding the forthright intensity of rock with the skill and inventiveness of progressive metal, Australia act Caligula’s Horse announces release of third album Bloom through InsideOut Music on Oct. 16 in Europe and Oct. 30 in the U.S. Also slated are Australian and European tour dates. The album will arrive on limited-edition digipak CD, vinyl LP with CD included and digital download (including one exclusive bonus track).
Bloom follows 2011's colorful and dynamic debut Moments from Ephemeral City, and 2013s dark narrative concept album The Tide,
the Thief & River's End.
Said lead vocalist Jim Grey, "Bloom is very special to all of us. It's an album full of color and life, vibrancy and energy, but one that breathes in and out with a natural ebb and flow. It's exactly what we hoped to achieve with Caligula's Horse. To us, this album has a life of its own.”
Caligula's Horse is known for its energetic live show and fierce stage presence, a quality that has seen it join the likes of Opeth, Mastodon, The Ocean and Protest The Hero on the stage and the road. This kind of intense touring schedule will see the band right at home.
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
With TesseracT (UK)
10/14 Brisbane, The Zoo
10/15 Sydney, Factory Theatre
10/16 Melbourne, Maxx Watt's
10/17 Adelaide, Fowlers Live
10/18 Perth, Amplifier Bar
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
With Shining (Norway)
10/28 Gothenburg, Fangelset
10/29 Copenhagen, Lille Vega
10/31 Dresden, Grovestation
11/01 Krakow, Fabryka
11/02 Warsaw, Hydrozagadka
11/03 Wroclaw, Liverpool Club
11/04 Prague, Podnik
11/05 Vienna, Viper Room
11/06 Budapest, A38
11/07 Ljubljana, Kino Siska
11/08 Bologna, Locomotiv
11/09 Milan, Lo Fi
11/10 Winterthur, Salzhaus
11/12 Luxembourg, Sonic Visions
11/13 Frankfurt, Nachtleben
11/14 Stuttgart, Keller Club
11/15 Utrecht, Tivoli de Helling
11/16 Bochum, Matrix
11/17 Brussels, Rotonde
11/18 Paris, Divan Du Monde
11/19 London, Underworld
11/20 Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
11/21 Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
11/22 Manchester, Sound Control
Jane Getter Premonition
Boasting an all-star lineup, new progressive act Jane Getter Premonition has teamed up with PopMatters.com to launch a new track, “Surprised,” taken from the band's Madfish label debut, On, due out October 2. Stream album opener, "Surprised," online at:
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"'Surprised' is based on the opening picking riff," Getter told PopMatters. "I came up with it one day when I was practicing and the song took off from there. Being a long-time fan of Living Colour, it was a real treat to have Corey Glover sing on this song (and the album!). His voice is the perfect combination of rock, R&B and gospel, and he brings the intensity and soulfulness to the song that I was hoping for.
"The lyrics came from my frustration and astonishment at how toxic the political arena is right now. I continue to be 'surprised' and amazed at how hypocritical and self-serving some politicians are."
Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York, On features a stellar lineup of progressive and rock musicians — keyboardist Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson), bass player Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats), jazz/rock drummer Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth, Steven Wilson) and special guests including vocalist Corey Glover (Living Colour), jazz/metal guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament) and British saxophonist, flautist and clarinettist Theo Travis (Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp). The album was co-produced by Jane Getter and Adam Holzman. Mixing duties were handled by Adam Holzman and Anthony Ruotolo at Spin Studios in Long Island City, N.Y. An On album trailer can be seen on YouTube click here>
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Guitarist and composer Jane Getter has played with many jazz and rock greats while garnering increasing recognition as a bandleader, gifted writer and instrumentalist. Early in her career she toured with legendary jazz/blues organist Brother Jack McDuff. Her composing talents received attention when she won the ASCAP Gershwin Award for Music for Dance or Theatre in the mid 90's. Her debut CD, Jane, in 1998 received worldwide critical acclaim and the 2006 follow up, See Jane Run, was released on Alternity Records (home of Allan Holdsworth). In 2012 she released the progressive jazz/rock album, Three. Getter also received widespread exposure playing in the Saturday Night Live Band. Her band has played and toured internationally and live dates for fall 2015 will be announced shortly.
InsideOut Music recently announced the signing of Steve Hackett and Agents of Mercy vocalist Nad Sylvan to its roster. He is pleased to reveal that his new solo album Courting the Widow will be released Oct. 16 in Europe and Oct. 30 in the U.S.
Nad had this to say about the album: “During these past years with Steve Hackett, I have developed a character known as the ‘Vampirate.’ I have here set him loose, and so he has invited you all onboard his great ship, to take you on a musical journey you have never been on before. The main character —the widow herself —is a symbol of death, and is to be courted through every song, one way or another. It is indeed a dark album, but full of loving light.”
Nad most recently has been seen performing alongside the legendary Hackett as part of his Genesis Revisited show, continuing his stint into the latter part of this year. Nad adds, “In a little less than four years, I was snatched up by two iconic guitarists, namely Roine Stolt and then Steve Hackett. That must mean something to the world, because it sure means an awful lot to me.”
Nad formed Agents of Mercy with Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic) in 2009, which has released three albums to date.
Sao Paulo Underground
From the Cuneiform Records roster: Described by The New York Times as “a visionary jazz-rock trio” and Rolling Stone as “limitless in its possibilities,” São Paulo Underground celebrates 10 years of creating cutting edge modern music with rare U.S. performances in September.
Founded in 2005, during Chicago composer and cornetist Rob Mazurek’s eight-year Brazilian sojourn, São Paulo Underground is a power trio that links Chicago’s volatile creative music scene with São Paulo, Brazil’s leading experimental musicians.
São Paulo Underground features Chicago composer Rob Mazurek on cornet and electronics and two Brazilian musicians: Mauricio Takara on percussion, cavaquinho and electronics, and Guilherme Granado on keyboards, synths, sampler and vocals.
The ensemble’s music embodies a fascinating mixture of Sun Ra-esque cosmic noise with rhythms and
phrasing from samba, maracatu, rock and free jazz traditions. The result is electronica-laced Tropicália characterized by glistening sonic textures, unabashedly beautiful melodies, an expansive improvisational palette and fiercely gleeful interplay.
The trio will perform new compositions and material from its widely acclaimed Cuneiform releases, Beija Flors Velho E Sujo (2013) and Tres Cabeças Loucuras (2011).
Cruise to the Edge
Mike Portnoy will convene an array of artists for a tribute to the late Chris Squire aboard Cruise to the Edge III (Nov. 15-19, sailing from Miami). Mike
will act as official “music director” for this all-star tribute to the beloved bassist and founding member of Yes.
Also, all cruise guests are invited to a complementary pre-cruise party on Nov. 14 at Magic City Casino in Miami with doors opening at 3 p.m. The event includes IPA beer tasting, meet-and-greets and music featuring Lifesigns, Three Friends and Martin Barre, plus an after-hours electric prog jam (where passengers make the music).
Spock’s Beard’s new album on InsideOut, The Oblivion Particle, is the follow-up to 2013's Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep. In addition to Ted Leonard's soaring vocals and Dave Meros’s distinctive bass, Alan Morse adds autoharp, banjolele, electric sitar and mandolin to his array of instruments, while drummer Jimmy Keegan takes over lead vocals on "Bennett Built a Time Machine.” Ryo Okumoto expands his arsenal of keyboard sounds throughout the album. In addition, virtuoso Kansas violinist David Ragsdale lends guests on majestic closer "Disappear."
As with previous album Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, The Oblivion Particle was recorded at The Mouse House and produced by Rich Mouser, Alan Morse and John Boegehold, a longtime band collaborator.
The band also recently finalized European tour dates in support of the album. The Beard will be joined by young UK act Synaesthesia and Hungarian band Special Providence.
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
9/16 Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
9/17 De Boerderij, Zoetermeer,
9/18 Framus & Warwick Music Hall, Markneukirchen, Germany
9/19 Progresja, Warschau, Poland
9/20 Metro Club, Brno, Czech Republic
9/21 Ship A38, Budapest, Hungary
9/23 Legend, Milan, Italy
9/24 Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
9/25 Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany
9/26 Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
9/27 Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
9/29 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
9/30 Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
10/1 The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
10/2 O2 Academy Islington, London,
10/3 Club Academy, Manchester, UK