Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The GOASTT 
start our tour of France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK this Friday!

TOUR DATES:

August 21 - For Noise Festival, Lausanne, Switzerland
Tickets: http://www.fornoise.ch/

August 22 - Rock En Seine, Paris, France
Tickets: http://www.rockenseine.com/en/

August 25 - Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tickets: http://www.paradiso.nl/

August 28 - Zurich Openair, Zurich, Switzerland
Tickets: http://www.zurichopenair.ch/tickets/

August 30 - End of the Road Festival, Salisbury, United Kingdom
Tickets: http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com/tickets/

September 1 - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tickets: http://www.gigsandtours.com/go/ghostofasabertoothtiger

September 2 - Broadcast, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Tickets: http://www.thegoastt.com/pclpresents.com

September 3 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, United Kingdom
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1uP4muO

September 4 - Exchange, Bristol, United Kingdom
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1AsWEa2

September 8 - Ruby Lounge, Manchester, United Kingdom
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1AsWCyT

September 9 - Kazimier, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1Bv3365

September 10 - Dingwalls, London, United Kingdom
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1qkHTyK

September 12 - Rotown, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1n37vPB

September 13 - Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1pWKSQt

September 16 - Le Grand Mix, Lille-Tourcoing, France
Tickets: http://www.digitick.com/

September 18 - Barbey Club, Bordeaux, France
Tickets: http://www.digitick.com/

September 19 - La Cooperative de Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Tickets: http://www.digitick.com/

September 20 - Austin Psych Fest Presents Levitation, Angers, France
Tickets: http://www.digitick.com/

Monday, 18 August 2014

BERNIE MARSDEN'S NEW ALBUM "SHINE" 
RELEASED TODAY AUG 18, 2014

At a rough guesstimate Bernie Marsden’s name appears on a hundred albums – maybe more. In addition to a long-running solo career the Buckinghamshire-born guitarist has been a recording musician since the early 1970s via membership of such groups as Whitesnake, UFO, Wild Turkey, Babe Ruth, Paice Ashton & Lord, Cozy Powell’s Hammer, Alaska, M3 and many more. Though there’s a tendency to pigeonhole him as a blues-rock guitarist, each of Marsden’s acts had its own individual flavour.

Although Marsden was wary of flooding the credits with too many special guests, ‘Shine’ does feature some extremely well-known names, from Joe Bonamassa to Whitesnake singer David Coverdale and the Deep Purple duo of Ian Paice (drums) and Don Airey (keyboards). Jimmy Copley of Jeff Beck fame behind the kit and Mark Feltham of Nine Below Zero also supplies some breathtaking harmonica playing.


Tracklisting:

1. Linin' Track
2. Wedding Day
3. Walk Away
4. Kinda Wish She Would
5. Ladyfriend
6. Trouble
7. Who Do We Think We Are?
8. Bad Blood
9. Shine
10. Dragonfly
11. You Better Run
12. Hoxie Rollin' Time
13. NW8


To Sample Tracks:
http://www.mascotlabelgroup.com/berniemarsden-shine.html

To Order:
http://www.mascotlabelgroup.com/berniemarsden-shine.html

Sunday, 17 August 2014

ULI JON ROTH ANNOUNCES UPCOMING DOUBLE CD/DVD ~ SCORPIONS REVISITED!!

This exciting news is from Uli Jon Roth's Official Facebook Page this morning:


Dear Friends,

please take some time to watch our new trailer which announces the upcoming double album SCORPIONS REVISITED - VOLUME 1 and our autumn tour.

The material we recorded for this project will be released in two stages, beginning with a double CD, which was recorded last year in the same hall near Hanover that we used for the Scorpions rehearsals 1973-1978. Together with an amazing bunch of very talented young musicians, I revisited my personal favourites from the early Scorpions period, some of which were written in that same hall. It was an emotional few days and I am very pleased with the results in more ways than one. The idea was to stay truthful to the original spirit of the music, while also putting a new slant on it whenever it felt like the right thing to do. I feel we succeeded in this. It was a intense journey into the past and I think we really managed to bring the songs back to life with a vengeance. They seem to have a timeless quality and it was easy to revisit this music and fill the old songs with new life. For me, personally, it was very inspirational and I hope that some of that translates towards you, dear friends. I really learned a lot from the whole experience. 


The second release, which is scheduled for next Spring, will be a Blu-Ray, featuring live concert footage from my Scorpions Anniversary Tour and lots of other goodies. Enjoy.

Musicians:
Nathan James - vocals
Jamie Little - drums
Ule W. Ritgen - bass
Niklas Turmann - guitar, vocals
Corvin Bahn - keyboards, vocals
David Klosinski - guitar

Here is the official trailer for the 2CD/DVD:
http://youtu.be/0TwWb6jCzhE

OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE 1:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Uli-Jon-Roth/26843841074

OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE 2:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Uli-Jon-Roth/403059233077097?ref=profile





Tuesday, 12 August 2014

CRR (Dot EU) Classic Rock Concert Review

Spotlight: Yes at Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX, USA
Date: 05 August 2014

This show was my first time seeing the progressive rock band Yes in about twelve years. Not since 2002, as a matter of fact. The band was playing music from an album they did around that time called Magnification. A wonderful studio album by the way, that I strongly recommend. Some personal changes in Yes has occurred since then. Nothing new to a band that released its debut record in 1969. Ever since their third studio release, The Yes Album, which came out in 1971, many of the most talented musicians in rock music stood under the Yes umbrella. Players come and go. Some even came back and then left again to later on return just so to leave again. Hard keeping up with it's personal. Every position in the band except bass has seen revolving musicians. That's been filled by the very same guy all these years, the very talented Chris Squire. One of Rock's finest bass players, vocalist, song writer, and harmonica player ('And You And I') to come out of the United Kingdom. And if you ever saw Chris in concert, be it filmed or live, you know my words to be all too true describing him.



Two other gentlemen who are with Yes presently has also been with the group a very long time. That would be Steve Howe on guitar, and Alan White behind the drum kit. Steve has been with Yes a few years longer, but is yet another member who has come, gone, and come back again. Alan, who also was John Lennon's drummer, stayed consistent with his first studio album with Yes being their 1973 masterpiece, Tales From Topographic Oceans.




Just so everyone is on the same page, Geoff Downes is Yes' current keyboard player. Like Steve Howe, Geoff had left the band before and is now back again. This was my first time seeing Mr. Downes playing for this legendary prog-rock band. His style with Yes somewhat different than his playing with the band Asia, as I had the pleasure of seeing two times previously, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Rounding out Yes is lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jon Davison. Some might know him from his other band Glass Hammer. He contributed heavily to the Yes' new release Heaven And Earth. The talented Jon Davison did a solid job on that album, and did the same exact thing at the Houston show.





Yes is NOW on the road touring a new album called Heaven And Earth. I reviewed it for Classic Rock Radio (Dot EU) a week or two ago. Their set list is a celebration of its past, and a solid presentation of some new material. My only wish would be that they play MORE tracks than two from Heaven & Earth the next time around on tour. And for the third time, let me write about the evening.

The group started off the show by playing (in it's entirety) 1973's, Close To The Edge album. Would make a short list of favorite Yes albums if I had to write one. The stand out performer, in my opinion was Geoff Downes. He owned 'Close To The Edge' with his musical performance!! Of course the rest of the band shined as well. 

The next two new songs were 'Believe Again', and 'The Game'. This not being my first Yes tour, I can say I always enjoyed seeing the band play new music. Sure I love the greatest hits, but it's always so cool seeing the members perform songs I have not seen them play before. My first Yes concert saw the band promote their newest album at the time, Relayer (1974). I've missed only a couple tours supporting new projects since then. I'm certainly more than a fly-by night fan.

One of the studio albums that made me such a big fan was 1972's Fragile. So it made me ecstatic to hear the group playing the whole Fragile album on the Heaven and Earth tour. This was worth the price of admission all by itself. It was my first time seeing two cuts from that record, 'Five Percent Of Nothing', and 'Cans and Brahms', played live. Fucking blew me away! I lived twenty years in New Jersey. No other way for me to say that. Thanks to Geoff and Alan (and the rest of the band) for that historic Yes moment for me. Cool lighting and projections throughout the songs made them all the better. Back to the band, they peaked for me playing 'South Side of The Sky', the newest members making the songs their own. This IS Yes !! For the band is not just a launch pad, or spot light for one or two individuals but a unified musical synchronicity. It's the musicians that make up Yes at whatever time that gave the music a signature sound. The music is unique and even when listening to what is  considered to be their weakest material by long time fans,  it stands out because of the caliber of musicianship involved. Two studio albums from the group's over four decades of existence include Tormato (1978), and Open Your Eyes (1997), come to mind for this reviewer as not exactly being their best works. Still, plenty of good moments.

The rest of the evening at the Yes show flew by. I had the greatest time along with my friend Charles Zittle (drummer for Houston band Generation: Landslide!). Was a solid evening of wonderful music. The warm up band Syd Arthur opened up for Yes. One has to be good to share the same stage in the same evening with Yes, and they were. So if possible, catch the tour. You'll be glad you did.

Warning: Merchandise RANT

Oh...almost forgot. The official tour tee shirts found at the merchandise stand need to come in BIGGER sizes. I noticed at this concert, lots of people in the crowd between the ages of 40 and 60. Don't know about them, but I have three past Yes Tour tee shirts in LARGE, that because of my ever expanding belly, do not fit anymore. Future eBay items? At six foot and near 190 pounds, I really need EXTRA LARGE nowadays. So merchants, please take Uncle G's suggestion and try to have more EXTRA LARGE tee shirt selections available. Since you only had one that size, that's all I purchased. I would have gotten another if it would have fit me. Just saying. Besides that, great job!! Oh...and I like the autographed CD's and the coffee mugs. Try to keep those in stock.


Gary Brown
American Correspondent for Classic Rock Radio (Dot EU)
All Photographs taken by Gary Brown and remain in his ownership and are used by permission

IAN ANDERSON'S "HOMO ERRATICUS" TO BE AVAILABLE AS A SPECIAL CD/DVD TOUR EDITION ON SEPTEMBER 30

(Special CD/DVD Tour Edition of Acclaimed Hit Album from Jethro Tull Frontman

To coincide with Ian Anderson's BEST OF JETHRO TULL & HOMO ERRATICUS North American tour (commencing September 12th), Kscope is pleased to announce a new tour edition of Ian's acclaimed new studio album, HOMO ERRATICUS. This 2 disc (CD DVD) package features the exclusive videos to each album track, as seen at the shows, set to hi resolution 24 bit stereo audio. The DVD features a live performance of album favorite "Enter the Uninvited" and new interview footage with Ian discussing the live visuals.

"Rock Cellar" says HOMO ERRATICUS offer songs that "address those same modern realities that give rise to my impertinent Why?, and in an honest, thought-provoking, entertaining manner.  Compared to whatever else is out there right now, that’s definitely an improvement."  "The strongest Ian Anderson album ever," writes Music Street Journal. Rolling Stone online states, "Ian Anderson—unlike many, many,
many of his contemporaries—hasn’t really shown the signs of aging that most of us have taken for granted in our ‘60s-era pop stars."

In 2012 Ian Anderson released THICK AS A BRICK-2, the follow-up to Jethro Tull's legendary concept album, THICK AS A BRICK. TAAB-2 was a critical and commercial success, charting around the world. In April 2014 he returned with the hit album HOMO ERRATICUS which--according to BILLBOARD MAGAZINE--entered the UK album charts at number 14.

The original THICK AS A BRICK album, released in 1972, was based around the poem of disgraced child prodigy Gerald Bostock. For HOMO ERRATICUS Anderson is reunited with Bostock, using lyrics written by Gerald based on an old historical manuscript. The manuscript examines key events from throughout British history before going on to offer a number of prophecies for the future. Ian says the album deals with migration as a theme.

Suitably dramatized and exaggerated by Bostock as metaphors for modern life, he presented Anderson with ideas for 14 songs, which have now been set to music. The result is
HOMO ERRATICUS. The CD / DVD tour edition of the album will be released on Anderson's own Calliandra Records label in conjunction with Kscope on September 30th.


CD Tracklist
1 Doggerland
2 Heavy Metals
3 Enter The Uninvited
4 Puer Ferox Adventus
5 Meliora Sequamur
6 The Turnpike Inn
7 The Engineer
8 The Pax Britannica
9 Tripudium Ad Bellum
10 After These Wars
11 New Blood, Old Veins
12 In For A Pound
13 The Browning of the Green
14 Per Errationes Ad Astra
15 Cold Dead Reckoning

DISC 2 - ADDITIONAL BONUS DVD MATERIAL
Enter the Uninvited (live at Swan Theatre UK - 2014)
New Ian Anderson 'Homo Erraticus' tour visuals interview

Fans can check out a clip from a UK show and see all the tour dates here: 

 http://jethrotull.com
Tour Dates
9/12/14          Seattle             WA         McCaw Hall
9/13/14          Goldendale     WA         Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
9/15/14          Redding          CA         Cascade Theater
9/17/14          Oakland          CA         Fox Theater    
9/18/14          Costa Mesa   CA         Segerstrom Hall
9/19/14          Las Vegas     NV          Pearl Concert Theater
9/20/14          Mesa              AZ           Mesa Arts Center
9/21/14          Albuquerque  NM          Kiva Auditorium
9/23/14          Dallas             TX           Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
9/24/14          Midland          TX           Wagner Noel PAC
9/26/14          Austin             TX            Austin City Limits    
9/27/14          San Antonio   TX            Tobin PAC
9/28/14          Stafford          TX            Stafford PAC
9/30/14          Atlanta           GA            Symphony Hall
10/1/14          Nashville       TN              Ryman Auditorium
10/3/14          Charlotte      NC              Blumenthal PAC
10/4/14          Durham        NC              Durham PAC
10/5/14          Richmond    VA               The National Theater
10/16/14        Naperville     IL                Pfeiffer Hall
10/17/14        Springfield    IL               Sangamon Auditorium
10/18/14        Milwaukee    WI              Pabst Theater
10/19/14        Cedar Falls   IA              Gallagher Bluedorn PAC    
10/21/14        Minneapolis   MN           State Theater    
10/23/14        Elizabeth       IN              Horshoe Casino
10/24/14        Charleston    WV           Clay Center
10/25/14        Greensburg   PA           The Palace Theatre    
10/26/14        Bethlehem     PA           Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/28/14        Burlington      VT            Flynn Center
10/29/14        Providence    RI             Providence PAC
10/30/14        Ridgefield     CT            The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1/14          Lynn               MA            Lynn Auditorium    
11/2/14          Albany            NY            Palace Theatre
11/4/14          Buffalo            NY           Center For the Arts
11/6/14          Washington   DC           Lincoln Theater
11/7/14          Atlantic City   NJ            Caesars - Circus Maximus
11/8/14          Huntington     NY            The Paramount    
11/9/14          Red Bank      NJ            Count Basie Theater
11/10/14        Montclair       NJ             Wellmont Theatre

Monday, 11 August 2014

Tribal Hybrid Concept CD Featuring Cyrille Verdeaux and Chief Raoni Along With Clearlight Back Catalogue Now Available on Gonzo MultiMedia

 Following the recent release of Clearlight's critically acclaimed 'The Impressionists Symphony' CD, comes another groundbreaking new album composed by Cyrille "Clearlight" Verdeaux titled 'Tribal Hybrid Concept' on Gonzo MultiMedia.

Clearlight is a French progressive rock band created by Cyrille in the 1970s, although their best known work was produced in England and released by a major British record company, Virgin Records. The band's large and continually changing lineup for 40 years featured a mix of French, American and British musicians around pianist and synthesist Cyrille Verdeaux who is also regarded as its producer.

While progressive rock is an overall genre for Cyrille, much of his work explores various other styles, including classical, due to his long classical formation in his youth, psychedelic, symphonic rock, space rock, jazz fusion, and new age music.

Clearlight's first album was 'Clearlight Symphony'. Gilbert Artman of Lard Free and Urban Sax (although he does not play saxophone here, Urban Sax didn't exist yet), french guitarist Christian Boule (RIP) and several members of GONG: Tim Blake, Steve Hillage and Didier Malherbe collaborated to this first opus.

Violinists Jorge Pinchevsky also of GONG, David Cross of King Crimson, Joel Dugrenot (Zao's bassist) and Didier Lockwood of Magma were also members at various times. The ensemble released several critically acclaimed albums in the 1970's including 'Clearlight Symphony', 'Forever Blowing Bubbles', 'Les Contes du Singe Fou' and 'Clearlight Visions'. Both 'Clearlight Symphony' and 'Clearlight Visions' made the list of all time best 100 progressive rock albums, according to the Billboard guide for progressive music.

Clearlight has/have continued to produce remarkable music ever since. But the 'Tribal Hybrid Concept' album is particularly poignant. Pascal Menetrey passed away accidentally in 2006. This album is dedicated to his memory. RIP, Pascal...

The music on this album is powerful, selected to illustrate the yang side of the first chakra, the one in charge of life and death energy. Samples of Inuits, Papoos, Tuvas, Ethiopian, Native American and Kurdish singers as well as samples of various wild animals facing extinction collected one per one by Pascal Menetrey between 1992 and 1999 are musically shaped by Cyrille Verdeaux to boogie for the pleasure of the ears and the heart. The aim of Tribal Hybrid Music is to help in the stopping of all these trails of tears, these massacres of innocents all around the globe.

But there's more. Cyrille says about it : "This CD also hosts the one and only song ever recorded by the Amazonian Chief Raoni, from the tribe Kayapo, former protégé of Sting in the 80's. The old chief is still struggling and still in trouble to keep his tribe alive in spite of the efforts of the Brazilian government to make them disappear once and for all in the name of 'ordem e progresso'. So the more CDs will be sold, the more royalties Raoni will get to help him to resist to his fatal fate.With the genuine voice of the great Chief of Amazonia, this song in genuine Kayapo language sang by Raoni himself is a moving and wise calling to spear the Amazonian territory, for this ecosystem is essential, not only for the survival of his tribe but also for all the earthlings present and future…"

Raoni's message:

"I'm back now, because my concern returned. I learned that you too are worried now. The winds came and destroyed your forest. You knew the fear that we know. I tell you, if man continues to destroy the earth, these winds will return with even more force ... not once ... but many times ... sooner or later. These winds will destroy us all. We all breathe one only air, we all drink one only water, we all live on one only earth. We must all protect it. Home invasions began again. Woodcutters and gold diggers do not respect the reserve. We do not have the means to protect this vast forest which we are guardians for all of you. I need your support. And I ask you before it's too late”.

“Raoni's Song” was composed and produced by Jean Michel Pinoteau. He explains, “I have deposed the song to the French Sacem on September 26, 2011, with the signature of Raoni for the text, and Jean Michel Pinoteau (me) as composer for the music. I have promised half part of the benefits of my production for Jean-Pierre Dutilleux, the famous explorer, who gave me the track (DAT) of the voice of Raoni. Jean-Pierre Dutilleux is a great friend of Raoni, together they made a world tour with Sting in 1989.”



Along with Clearlight's latest release 'The Impressionists Symphony' and the 'Tribal Hybrid Concept' CD, Gonzo MultiMedia has reissued Clearlight's back catalogue!

Clearlight - Forever Blowing Bubbles (CD)

'Forever Blowing Bubbles' is a progressive rock album by Clearlight, released in 1975 on Virgin Records in the UK. Clearlight's new line up picked up by Cyrille, with drummer Chris Stapinopoulos, bassist Joel Dugrenot, violinist David Cross, flutist-keyboardist Francois Jeanneau and Guitarist Jean Claude D'Agostini (RIP) returned to the Manor studio in England to record this second album for Virgin. It covers many contrasting genres including psychedelic, new age, folk, rock and jazz fusion jamming, and the closing track of abstract electronic music experimentation. Only two songs have vocals, and are sung in French.

Following the release of the album, Clearlight embarked on a UK tour supporting Gong, with an altered line-up comprising Verdeaux, Dugrenot, Jeanneau, D'Agostini, and new members Coco Roussel (drums, ex Heldon, and later in Happy The Man) and Jorge Pinchevsky (violin, later in Gong). CD includes bonus tracks: “Sweet Absinthe”, “Overture” and “Vibrato” recorded few years later


Clearlight - Clearlight Symphony (CD)

This is one of those exquisite records that somehow slipped through the gaps of public consciousness at the time. But now it's back and you have the chance to revel in a warm bath of psychedelic weirdness. The album was recorded for Virgin Records in 1973 (and probably completed in 1974), after the label's first and highly successful release, Tubular Bells (1973) by Mike Oldfield, and was one of several subsequent Virgin albums that attempted to copy Tubular Bells' format of long pieces in a symphonic progressive rock style; in this case, exactly copying its structure of two pieces titled 'part one' and 'part two.' Since the title Tubular Bells was initially better known to the general public than the name of its artist, Virgin Records decided that Clearlight Symphony would be a one-off album project with just a title. Cyrille kept the name Clearlight as artist name for all his other albums.

Recording was initiated with a session in which Cyrille Verdeaux, alone, played two 20-minute piano solos, which became the basic tracks for the entire album. In later recording sessions at David Vorhaus's Kaleidophon studio and the Manor, Verdeaux and the other musicians overdubbed many instruments including 10 tracks of mellotrons onto the piano solo to create a complex and genuine symphonic arrangement.


Clearlight - Best Of Clearlight (CD)

To celebrate the release of 'The Best of Clearlight', Cyrille has been kind enough to go through the CD track by track:

1. Clearlight Symphony part 1 (1974)
In the original vinyl, Virgin decided to put on side A the original side B, for marketing reasons (original side B was the side where Hillage, Blake and Malherbe were playing). Now, the order is right and part 1 is the real beginning of the Symphony, with Christian Boule (guitar) and Gilbert Artman (Drums) .
2. Clearlight Symphony part 2
Recorded at the cult White Noise studios under Tim Blake's supervision, it was Cyrille's first experience of recording in a real multi-track studio and he said about it: "I appreciated it so much that I knew I would do that for the rest of my life.... A recording studio, even home numeric recording studio such as the one I used for my latest work on impressionism is a fantastic space for creativity and I will never be tired of it. I wish I could also work on soundtracks for movies, but my phone never rings for that, unfortunately."
3. Chanson (from Forever Blowing Bubbles, 1975)
This song is a music composed by both Joel Dugrenot (ex-bassist of Zao) and Cyrille Violinist David Cross (King Crimson) plays a great part on this tune and the Northettes (from Hatfield and the North) are doing back ground choirs. Guitarist Jean Claude d'Agostini (RIP) set the song in fire with his chorus and the Greek citizen Chris Stapinopoulos plays drums...A great example of European cooperation....
4. Without Words (from Forever Blowing Bubbles)
no need for words, as says the title...just for listening....
5. The Key (Les contes du singe fou, 1976)
6. Soliloque (Les contes du singe fou)
Originally, this album was the #3 scheduled to be released by Virgin by contract and Cyrille wanted this time to do a cosmic opera with a singer, to alternate styles. He says: "The problem is that Richard Branson decided to prematurely end my contract because of my impossibility to live permanently in London as he was requesting. My wife was 6 months pregnant at this time and didn't want to go to live in London, and that caused the end of my English adventure! Richard doesn't like it when people don't obey his wishes, obviously.... But I managed to find a small French label, Isadora, willing to pay for the recording and Joel Dugrenot helped me to record it in a little Parisian Studio. I wrote spiritual lyrics, wonderfully translated in English by Francis Mandin in order to try to be useful also on a philosophical level. The Beatles syndrome, probably".
7. Novanna (Delired Camaleon Family, 1976)
Cyrille : "This album is not specifically a Clearlight album but mostly 3 days of improvisations with a lot of friends living in Paris at this time.
EMI booked for us a recording studio with the pretext to make a soundtrack for Pierre Clementi's movie very 'psychedelic' with his friend guitarist Yvan Coiquette. I invited some friends to play on it, as I always do, Yvan also invited some of his friends and we ended with a packed recording studio, each recording a track on the spot...Totally 'here and now'. Unfortunately, we had only one day and one night to mix all these tracks together so it has a special charm, different from my other prods...."
8. Spirale D'amour (from Clearlight Visions, 1977)
Cyrille : "This album is the first that I have produced from A to Z, including the choice of the studio, the musicians, the musical compositions, etc. Didier Lockwood had just quit with Magma and I could hire him to play his violin. I asked to Didier Malherbe to come to play flute and sax, and I am proud to say that this very personal album has been selected among the all time 100 best prog albums according to the billboard guide for progressive music."
9. Trance Pire (Tribal Hybrid Concept, 1994)
Cyrille: "During the 15 years between 1980 to 1994 I went in India, studied yoga and made mostly new age music under my name. During these years the music evolved tremendously, came the computers, internet, the samples, etc, giving opportunity to poor independent musicians to continue to work at home even without a producer or a label to back them up financially. I had a friend, Pascal Menetrey (RIP) who had everything I needed in his house to make a new album based on hundreds of samples of natural sounds, ethnic chants or instruments and this is how Tribal Hybrid Concept is born...Probably a Guinness book record for the number of samples used in a single album...Several hundreds... So I call it a tribal progressive album, because this is exactly what it is."
10. Elf Dance, Solar Transfusion, 1998
Cyrille : "At this time, I had the luck to have a friend, Patrick Meynier, that loan me a 24-tracks that could fit in my bedroom and I could take all the time I needed to record all the keyboards and sample drums tracks of this Solar Transfusion album. When they have been recorded, Patrick booked a studio and we recorded his wife, Genevieve (violin) and some other live instruments on my tracks. I call it a House progressive album."
11. Renoir. Impressionist symphony, 2013)
Cyrille: "Originally, this album comes from the idea to compose a new music to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the Clearlight Symphony and I asked Steve Hillage, Didier Mallherbe and Tim Blake to redo the winning team of 1974. This track is just a preview of the future album and will be improved in its final version. For instance, other instrumentalists have been recorded since. This album has been released beginning of 2014."


The Impressionists Symphony (CD)

Lastly, much to the excitement of progressive rock fans worldwide, legendary French prog ensemble Clearlight featuring Cyrille 'Clearlight' Verdeaux released their first new album in decades on March 24, 2014! 'The Impressionist Symphony' focuses on the artistic style of impressionism, painting and music as well with a Ravel, Satie and Debussy influence merged with Cyrille's progressive music experience and linked with the French impressionist school of painting. Featuring guest appearances by Steve Hillage (GONG), Tim Blake (GONG), Didier Malherbe (GONG), Paul Sears (The Muffins), Don Falcone (Spirits Burning), Linda Cushma (Oxygene8) Chris Kovax (newom) and others, Clearlight's 'The Impressionist Symphony' is clearly one of the most anticipated new releases of 2014! The special package includes a 12-page color booklet that captures Cyrille’s vision, as well as pictures from the sessions that produced these works.


Important Websites 
Clearlight promotional video: 

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Guitar Virtuoso Peppino D'Agostino To Release Highly Anticipated New CD 'Penumbra'

“Peppino writes wonderful guitar pieces. He's one of my favorite composers for this cranky instrument.” - Leo Kottke

 Much to the excitement of guitar players worldwide, acoustic guitar virtuoso Peppino D'Agostino will be releasing his eagerly awaited new album 'Penumbra' on Mesa/Bluemoon on August 5, 2014. Along with original material, the new CD features work by Roland Dyens, Maurizio Colonna, and two compositions written especially for D'Agostino by Latin Grammy award-winning Brazilian guitarist Sergio Assad.

Peppino D'Agostino doesn’t just play the guitar. He composes, arranges, collaborates, improvises and has even been known to sing a song here and there in both English and Italian. But what he does create on the guitar makes the difference between simply playing and truly making music apparent in the most wonderful ways. D'Agostino has been hailed as “a guitarist's guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine as well as “a giant of the acoustic guitar” (San Diego Reader), and holds many top guitar awards, but the San Francisco Chronicle encapsulated the essential difference that distinguishes D'Agostino’s music when it dubbed him “a poet.”

“Peppino's music is deep and beautiful.” - Tommy Emmanuel

A native of Italy, D'Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America a little over 25 years ago. The readers of Guitar Player voted him 'Best Acoustic Guitarist in 2007', and the following year in Acoustic Guitar's People's Choice Awards he won a Bronze medal for 'Best Acoustic Album of All Time' for his 2002 release 'Every Step Of The Way' (tying with Leo Kottke, one of his prime inspirations) and another Bronze award as 'Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year'. Even his Peppino D'Agostino Seagull Signature Guitar model was ranked in June 2014 as one of the 10 best signature guitars by Guitar Player Magazine. But as said above, it's not just his talent that makes D'Agostino so notable, but also what he does with it.

Collaborations have been key to D'Agostino’s career.  In 2010, D’Agostino co-founded with David Tanenbaum, The Pacific Guitar Ensemble – an eclectic group of six guitarists who play everything from nylon and steel-string guitars to electric basses and 17th century theorbos.  At other times, he's on stage with musicians such as Stef Burns, electric guitarist for Huey Lewis and the News and Italian rock star Vasco Rossi, drummer Jeff Campitelli, one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time; legendary Paraguayan harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes; or Frank Martin, keyboardist extraordinaire who has played with everyone from Lady Gaga to Bruce Springsteen.

D'Agostino's simultaneous immersion in the classical guitar and rock worlds, has culminated in his new solo recording, 'Penumbra'. “There has been an evolution in my playing due to all the incredible musicians that I have met, and this new CD reflects that,” he says. “How can I not be influenced by such great players? I don't even recognize how much, because it goes into your brain, and you can't quantify that, but working with all these artists, and knowing what inspires them, has made a noticeable difference in my approach. I definitely feel that this record expresses all those various influences.” According to D'Agostino, 'Penumbra' is a mix of sophisticated yet melodic compositions that are technically complex.

“Peppino brings warm humanity to the acoustic.” - Adrian Legg

'Penumbra' includes two compositions written for D'Agostino by Latin Grammy Award winner and classical guitar legend Sergio Assad. Of this fateful collaboration D'Agostino says, “We became good friends when he started teaching at the Conservatory in San Francisco. I really admire what he does as a composer, so one night when we were having dinner in North Beach, I asked him, 'What’s your approach?' And he said, 'Well there's different things that I do. One of them is, I use numbers, like the dodecaphonic approach. For instance, if you give me your name, each letter, p-e-p-p-i-n-o, is a note.' And then, three weeks later, he came up with a tune based on my name which is very melodic and lyrical. On another night, David Tanenbaum, Sergio, and I went out and had some fun and three days later, Sergio said, 'Hey I wrote another one for you.' This one is more like a samba and it's pretty fast. Later David was telling me, 'Do you know how many classical guitarists constantly ask Sergio to write for them – and he just gave you two compositions - you're really lucky.' ”

“The latest CD release by Peppino D'Agostino brings us a repertoire typically associated with nylon guitar players. The beautiful sound of Peppino's steel strings makes us hear this repertoire with renewed interest. 'Penumbra' is a must for all kind of guitar lovers.” - Sergio Assad

The new CD also features compositions from two other contemporary classical guitarists, Roland Dyens and Maurizio Colonna. “I really admire Roland Dyens,” says D'Agostino. “He's one of my favorite guitarists, because he mixes classical and jazz. He has this mind that can go both places. And every concert he starts with an improvisation. I always loved his piece 'Valse des Anges' ('Angel's Waltz'). It's more of a jazz waltz - very melodic, but also jazzy.”

Like Assad, Italian guitarist Colonna contributed two pieces. D'Agostino explains, “I met Maurizio years ago, and he's interesting because he uses a classical technique, yet he has also recorded very complex arrangements of rock songs by Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, but the two pieces I recorded are his original compositions. One is very melodic, with a lot of the classical tremolo technique. The challenge is to do it on steel-string, which is not easy. The other piece, 'Synchronized Movements', is an almost minimalist piece, where phrases are rhythmic yet change only slightly.”

While all these guitarists have clearly contributed to Peppino's continuing evolution, he returns the favor with compositions dedicated to Tanenbaum and Sergio Assad. Says D'Agostino, “I dedicated 'Penumbra', the title track of the CD, to David Tanenbaum. 'Penumbra' means between dark and light. Through David I learned about Baroque music and minimalism. So I was really trying to bring some of the Baroque and minimalist elements into the composition. I wrote it for him and he actually started performing it. So there's an even stronger connection with the classical world.”

“Peppino D'Agostino's new CD 'Penumbra' actually has very few shadows, but rather his usual bright, Italian, sunny charm. I was particularly happy to hear him play the wonderful piece he wrote for me, 'Penumbra', with its blend of Baroque music and minimalism.” - David Tannenbaum

The track “Penumbra” is also a perfect illustration of how D'Agostino is balancing his interest in classical guitar and his older steel-string style. Opening with a Baroque-sounding theme, played with great sensitivity and feeling, the piece, which is in one of D'Agostino's trademark open tunings, segues into a rhythmic section in 9/8 that references his rock and ethnic-influenced style.

“[a] phenom in the same league with John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Doc Watson and John Renbourn.” - Jazziz

Peppino D'Agostino will be performing with a variety of ensembles in support of 'Penumbra'. He'll continue playing with the Pacific Guitar Ensemble, longtime colleagues Tanenbaum and Burns as well as the duos with drummer Jeff Campitelli and harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes. Furthermore, he is also part of a 2014 - 2015 tour called “The Great Guitars”, with Martin Taylor, Frank Vignola, and Vinny Raniolo. All these projects although different in nature and scope have one thing in common - D'Agostino's ongoing desire to expand the repertoire of the steel string guitar and to reaffirm the important role that music plays in our lives.

Watch Peppino D'Agostino's recent video for Guitar Player magazine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScSaTWRGtuc

Peppino D'Agostino 2014 Tour Dates:

July 6-12, 2014 - Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop - La Moreau, FRANCE
July 14, 2014 - Borgo Medievale - Torino, ITALY
July 25, 2014 - Festa di San Pantaleone - Ravello, ITALY
Aug 1, 2014 - Collegiata di Atrani - Atrani, ITALY
Aug 3, 2014 - (Private event) Basel, SWITZERLAND
Aug 5, 2014 - Music Festival Telč, - CZECH REPUBLIC
Aug 9, 2014 - Kultur im Mittelpunkt - Rohrbach, AUSTRIA
Aug 10, 2014 - (Workshop) Kobler Guitars - Haslach, AUSTRIA
Aug 15, 2014 - Coalesce Bookstore - Morro Bay, CA, USA
Aug 16, 2014 - Castoro Cellars - Templeton, CA, USA (Show Time: 7:30 pm)
Sept 27, 2014 - House Concert - Windsor, CA, USA
Oct 16, 2014 - The Ballroom at the Outer Space - Hamden, CT, USA
Oct 17, 2014 - Medallion Opera House - Gorham, NH, USA (Show Time: 7:30 pm)
Oct 18, 2014 - Harvard Public Library - Harvard, MA, USA (Show Time: 7:30pm)
Oct 23, 2014 - House Concert -Wheeling, WV, USA
Oct 26 & 27, 2014 - Via Vecchia Winery - Columbus, OH, USA (Show Time: 2:00pm)
Oct 30, 2014 - Foundry Hall - South Haven, MI, USA
Nov 1, 2014 - Taffy's - Eaton, OH, USA
Nov 8, 2014 - Blackstone River Theatre - Cumberland, RI, USA
Nov 15, 2014 - 21. Dresdner Gitarrenfest - Dresden, GERMANY
Nov 21, 2014 - Gaste Garage - Hasbergen, GERMANY
Nov 22, 2014 - Schalloch - Hamburg, GERMANY
Nov 27, 2014 - Bar D’Amato - Wolfratshausen, GERMANY

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