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DR CHRISPY, Renowned Australian Space Scientist, Aerospace Engineer, and Music Producer to Release New Single “VOYAGER AT THE HELIOPAUSE”


DR CHRISPY runs his home studio in San Francisco where he is actively writing and recording new music. DR CHRISPY's first full-length album VHS released in 2018 and was widely praised by national and international reviewers. A collection of mostly instrumental tracks, Chris began writing VHS in 2003 while traveling as an aerospace engineer. The tracks were written all around the world and capture the vibe of each place and moment in time. Exclusive Magazine calls VHS, "a wonderfully ambient, bouncy, fun, even thoughtful at times collection of instrumental tracks," while says, "Whether you're out clubbing or at home trying to get things done, these nifty little rhythmic creations will likely be just what the doctor ordered to get things going." VHS plays like an auditory travel diary, inviting you along to hear and experience the evolution from Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Space Scientist, to DR CHRISPY, the Artist.

Having worked at NASA for almost five years inventing new kinds of spacecraft, Chris went on to cofound the company Planet Labs, which launched and monitors over 200 spacecraft that create a daily map of the global environment. During all this, Chris spent nearly every spare moment writing music on the one instrument he always had with him: his laptop. Much of his music was written at airports or on planes, and over a 16-year period he has amassed an impressive catalog of material with over 300 tracks. Wanting to get some of his music out to the world, Chris decided to pursue his art full-time, adopting the nickname "Chrispy" that was given to him by his NASA co-workers. Unlike other notable "doctors" in the music industry, DR CHRISPY has a PhD in Physics, and in 2014 he won the Advance Global Award for being the Greatest Australian Not Living in Australia.

Chris bought his own computer in 1998, but using it for homework was an afterthought. Instead he built an audio workstation complete with an 8-channel studio sound card and mixing desk and set out to learn studio engineering and mixing. He also took up frequent guitar lessons, but over time his music workstation was replaced with a laptop, and as his space career took off, Chris naturally developed a new habit of producing electronic music while traveling. After completing his PhD in Physics at the University of Sydney he found a position at NASA Ames Research Center in Northern California, one of NASA's 10 centers around the US. There Chris worked on several fascinating projects, including a lunar lander, an electric airplane, and he also co-invented the world's smallest satellite called PhoneSat.

With the success of PhoneSat, Chris and his friends were emboldened to try something ambitious, so they left NASA to start Planet Labs. Today Planet Labs has launched over 200 satellites that were designed under Chris's leadership. Leveraging his years of experience with computer music, Chris has taught the introductory workshop on electronic music production at the last two annual Taxi Road Ralliesin Los Angeles.

Chris has no regrets about pursuing his space career, but always felt music would one day become his focus. With a lifetime of music production experience and a lower-stress job that afforded him a bit more free time, he assumed his alter-ego as DR CHRISPY and suddenly entered a prolific phase of writing with the feeling he now had something to say. DR CHRISPY's goal as an artist is to connect music and tech while bringing a message of hope and empowerment to his audience.

In 2016, DR CHRISPY began creating lyrical songs in addition to his instrumental music. This material will be released on his next album project. Chris still hopes one day to take himself beyond the Earth's atmosphere and feels he still has the passion to start another space company one day. You can catch more of Chris's space and technology thoughts on his personal twitter account at

"VOYAGER AT THE HELIOPAUSE" will release online everywhere music is streamed and sold on June 14, 2019.

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Geronimo Black “Freak Out Phantasia” Features Previously Unreleased Live and Studio Sessions Now Available on Vinyl/CD


These previously unreleased live and studio sessions are a loose exercise in spontaneity, and sheer art, which has been lost in the mists of time. Geronimo Black, a truly underrated band from Los Angeles, had existed long before its self-titled debut album released officially by UNI Records in February 1972.

Composer, arranger, keyboard player, and founding member Andy Cahan, was also part of Dr. John's band at the time. Despite the fact that nearly all his players were part of the busy schedule of the evolving Frank Zappa's band Mothers Of Invention, Cahan attests that "it was a real band with every intention of getting a record deal. Of course, since Jimmy Carl Black, Ray Collins and Bunk Gardner were from Zappa's original band, that was a big selling point to record companies."

Talking about the songs on "Freak Out Phantasia" release, which preceded the first official album, Andy mentions that The Beatles were his main influence. Also, he name-checks other luminaries such as The Zombies, Kinks, Lovin' Spoonful, Hendrix, Cream, Dave Clark Five, and The Beau Brummels. The live output found on this release is part of their non-stop gigging system. It's worth pointing out that around that time, they were playing gigs with The Eagles, Delaney & Bonnie, The Byrds, Eric Burdon, Joe Cocker, Ike & Tina Turner, The Standells, Canned Heat, Southwind, Taj Mahal, Little Feat, and many others.

Some songs herein included were recorded in a prison. Even doing very well on their live adventures, in terms of breaking through in sales, Geronimo Black never had the same lucky destiny of many of their Californian contemporaries. Signing a record deal with Uni Records around Christmas time, they were essentially deemed a tax right-off and were billed thousands of dollars on no income.

Back to the present, some highlights of Munster Records' compilation include "Topanga Canyon People" and "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" (both live recordings showing their total intensity and stoned freak-out atmosphere, recalling Zappa's sound, which obviously they were part of). "Let Us Live" is a superb song, with a bluesy-pop-twisted Southern rock vibe. An alternate version of "Siesta" is another key song, and in some ways resembles "Flute Thing," a classic instrumental by The Blues Project. Now it is time to enjoy these recordings because they "reveal the raw passion and excitement we had on stage," as Andy concludes. Includes CD with four bonus tracks.
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Martin Barre Drummer Dave Schoepke To Release Innovative Solo Drum Album “Drums On Low”


Drummer Dave Schoepke will be releasing his first solo drum album titled "Drums On Low" on July 15, 2019. Schoepke is an accomplished North American drummer, who has had the pleasure of working with the legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre. Dave toured with Martin's band in 2017 and in 2018 for the "Cruise To The Edge" Tour. He's also been the primary drummer for The Willy Porter Band since 2002, and has loved every second of his time with the band. Dave has toured with Willy Porter on a number of occasions over the years, and has numerous television and radio appearances on his record. The amazing part is that Dave is able to do all of this, and still has time to devote to his own band Tweed. Tweed has been a mainstay touring in Europe for the last few years along with a number of other blues and soul groups.

Dave said this about "Drums On Low": "The music and recording are a direct response to my life changes. Post the birth of my son I was inspired to craft and assemble this album. The concept is simple: to make an album in response to the overwhelming feelings I had about my family and where I was as a musician at this stage of my career. What flowed out was soaked with the spirit of love and harmony between our family unit and the reality that rhythms of life which bind us are always there in the ways we talk, feel, think, breathe and react to one another. I was motivated to write music that to me resonated those elements."

The completion of this album was the realization of a dream of Dave's since age 16 to make music solely on drums and percussion instruments. Until now, that was an unattainable goal due to work demands, recording capabilities and costs. Written and recorded at Dave's home studio in the first 2 months after the birth of his 2nd child, this collection of pieces reflects the joy, wonder, and sleeplessness of being a new parent. The music was assembled in bits and pieces in between naptimes and family maintenance.

"My wife was very supportive in that when there was some free time, I was able to run downstairs and work on the music. Often, I began recording a piece only minutes after changing a diaper, feeding my son or some other family business. It was nearly impossible to separate the elements which is the biggest part of this whole story. The music is so directly informed by my day to day family life, and it's as much a reaction to those things as it is to my purely musical pursuits. At times I just sat down and the music flowed with no thought or preconceived ideas, nothing but a reaction to life with my family. Ultimately the content on the album is 1/3 pre-formed pieces, 1/3 sketches that were embellished on and 1/3 full improvisations. I had the intention of having it all ready to go ahead of time, and a lot of things were finished, but when inspired I was able to turn on a dime and go with where the muse took me, which often happened in the midst of working on another piece. My overall goal with this album was to create a body of work that reflected where I had been as a musician but with the intent that the pieces come across as songs rather than solos. All of the music was recorded live with no overdubs, punch-ins, or edits/splicing on a combination of drum kits with varied tuning schemes."

Some of the pieces are more melodically driven with the pitches, "Window, War Of The Grasshoppers, and Eleven Three" are examples of pieces that reflect that approach with mallets being the choice to draw the tones out. "Which One ARE You and N'ging" are informed with more traditional approaches and are considerably more aggressive. Some tracks are more experimental in form and approach, "Sound On Low" uses free spinning metal shakers on various snare drums and micro percussion alongside a detuned 26" kick drum, while "The Thing From The Darkness" is a flat out free expression coupled with audio from an old 1930's radio show.

"At times I wanted to abandon any concept of bars or strict form to the pieces, which I felt would restrict me and inhibit my transference of ideas. If I added a beat, dropped one, or the form floated away from my original intent, I went with it rather than be beholden to anything other than the moment. I wanted to disregard any of the common notions of form, tempo, tuning, and theory in favor of feel, attitude, flavor, vibe and excitement. There was no fixing or editing on anything, so if there are mistakes, odd sounds, and any quirkiness that didn't take away from the flow and intent of the piece, I left it in and in turn feel it adds more human element to the production rather than an over polished product. All in all, 20 songs were recorded and 11 selected to represent where I was at that time. Because this was to be my first solo endeavor and one I longed to do since childhood, I felt like I had a lot to get out. Concurrently making this album has inspired me to work on building this facet of my career, as I have a slew of concepts and ideas I'd love to share."

Watch the video for "Which One ARE You?": 

Dave said this about the video, "This is about an illustration of dualities in life. The two girls symbolize struggles that sometimes exist within people, good and bad, yin and yang, whatever. The music informs the manic-ness and chaos that can exist. I wanted to express chaos to the form of the song and do away with measures and structure at points, while returning to a rabid unrelenting ostinato that symbolizes the need to walk the line in life. The fight within people is often so much greater and out of control than we can comprehend. I learned this firsthand from a bi-polar suicidal father who took his own life when I was 10."

When Dave is not touring with Martin Barre, touring Europe or holding down the drum throne for Willy Porter, he can be found in the studio recording. He is an extremely busy session musician with over 50 albums to his credit. These albums cut across all genres of music. He has also done dozens of instructional CD's for the Hal Leonard Corporation (One of the world's largest music publishers). Dave also heads up the improvisational recording project, Blank Radio, and is the chief engineer and curator of hundreds of sessions with musicians from all over the greater Milwaukee area, culminating 23 full length album releases since 2008. These albums feature improvisations in all styles from ambient soundscapes to classical, jazz, and seething progressive rock.

Currently, Dave makes his home in Milwaukee and is a private lesson instructor at Cascio Interstate Music. He has done dozens of clinics and been billed with legendary drummers Ed Thigpen, Paul Wertico, Dom Famularo, Greg Bissonette, Ernie Adams, and Carmine Appice. He maintains a busy schedule of teaching, touring, clinics, and sessions, and is always striving to evolve in every facet of his music making. Dave proudly endorses Ludwig Drums and Paiste Cymbals and was named 2009 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) drummer of the year. In support of the release of "Drums On Low," Dave is booking shows for August/September 2019

In closing, Dave has this message to impart to his listeners, "Joy and exploration. To make music with joy in the heart devoid of the constraints and trappings of the business and analytical side of the music industry."

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Music Legend Eddie Jobson's "The Green Album/Theme of Secrets" Remastered 3-Disc CD & High-Fidelity Blu-ray Audio - Now Available!


The Green Album/Theme of Secrets is a double release of two solo albums from keyboard/violin master, electronic music pioneer and 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with Roxy Music) Eddie Jobson. The critically acclaimed Green Album, with studio band Zinc, was originally released in 1983 on Capitol Records along with the first CGI MTV video "Turn it Over."

Theme of Secrets is a groundbreaking electronic music album performed entirely on the Synclavier Music Computer. The 1985 release was featured in TIME magazine.

All tracks have been remastered for this special 3-disc CD and high-fidelity Blu-ray Audio re-release.

Available June 14th in the U.S. (June 21st as an import on Burning Shed and elsewhere in Europe/Japan)

To purchase Eddie Jobson's The Green Album/Theme of Secrets Remastered 3-Disc CD & High-Fidelity Blu-ray Audio: 


Classical prodigy and teen star — Award-winning film composer — "A musical genius" (Editor-in-chief of Emmy magazine) — Inductee in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — World music and jazz record producer — Lecturer on The Art & Science of Music — Electronic music innovator — Electric-violin virtuoso — Award-winning pianist

With an international reputation as the definitive musicians' musician, British musician Eddie Jobson has been recognized as a musical genius since childhood. As a piano and violin prodigy, he was awarded a Diploma of Distinction by London's Royal Academy of Music at the age of 8, performing with his first professional orchestra at age 10. In 1971, at age 16, he was appointed as the Young Persons' Representative to the British Government's Arts Council and, the same year, performed his debut concert at the University of Newcastle—one of the first live concerts to feature the electronic music synthesizer. By age 17 he had acquired a worldwide record deal with Warner Bros. to record his first full album, playing violin, synthesizer and piano.

Transitioning away from classical music and still only 17, he became orchestrator for British singer Bryan Ferry, leading to Jobson becoming a full member of the influential art-rock group Roxy Music, contributing to their first number-one album as synthesist and groundbreaking electric-violinist. Eddie's proficiency in re-sculpting and professionalizing the Roxy sound played a major role in the band's success and their considerable influence on the likes of U2, The Talking Heads and many of the '80s new wave rock/pop groups. Jobson's early pioneering work as a teen, along with the other Roxy members, has resulted in his 2019 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making Jobson the first rock violinist to be so honored.

Remaining in the rock and jazz world after Roxy, Eddie—still only 21—was "discovered" by American  music icon Frank Zappa and flown to Los Angeles to replace both jazz greats George Duke on keyboards and Jean-Luc Ponty on violin, in Zappa's only four-piece lineup. Returning to England in 1978 after several albums and world concert tours with Zappa, Jobson then formed the internationally acclaimed progressive-fusion band UK with jazz-guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, King Crimson vocalist John Wetton, and original Yes drummer Bill Bruford. The UK albums, along with his other  work with King Crimson, Yes, Jethro Tull and with members of Deep Purple and The Who, established Jobson not only as, arguably, the top rock violinist in the world, but also as one of the top keyboardists.

In the 1980s, Eddie put rock music and concert touring aside and focused on electronic music and the innovative world of computer music. He created the first music video to feature CGI, as well as the world's first album performed entirely on the Synclavier Music Computer. Featured in TIME magazine, this critically acclaimed album was one of the very first all-digital CD releases. The 1990s saw Jobson move into the world of television and film scoring—an award-winning side career that culminated in him becoming choral director for Disney on two major movies and the soundtrack composer on numerous films, TV shows and 3D theme-park experiences. Fascinated with all musical forms, he left the world of Hollywood in 2000 and formed a musicians' label called Globe Music as a vehicle for producing a diverse array of jazz and world-music artists. This period also saw Eddie working with the Tuvan throat singers, and composing for and conducting both the City of Prague Philharmonic and The Bulgarian Women's Choir, while also functioning as the choir's spokesperson at Harvard University and on multiple classical radio broadcasts.

An unexpected return to the concert stage in 2008, saw Jobson perform to a festival audience of more than 150,000 people in Kazan, Russia, leading to ten more years of world tours until his permanent retirement from live concerts in 2018. In 2017, Jobson received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Progressive Music Awards in London.

Five new double-CD releases are being planned to commemorate Jobson's almost fifty years as one of the world's most respected musicians. Eddie is also currently producing six video lectures on The Art and Science of Music.

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Nad Sylvan – launches video for ‘Whoa (Always Been Without You)’

Nad Sylvan, vocalist with Steve Hackett, recently announced the release of his new solo album 'The Regal Bastard' on July 5th, 2019. His third album for InsideOutMusic, and his 5th overall, this record is the final part of the Vampirate trilogy that he began on 2015's 'Courting The Widow'.
Today he launches the third single from the album, and you can watch the video for 'Whoa (Always Been Without You)' here:
Nad comments: "'Whoa' is one of those gifts that just came to me while I was on tour in Italy last summer. It kept pounding in my head, like someone's knocking on your door and won't stop, even if you open it.  To me, it's probably the strongest song on the album. Very relatable lyrics, we're all waiting for that big life changing moment in life, no matter the circumstances."

Watch the video for the last single 'Meet Your Maker' here:
Listen to previous single 'I Am The Sea' here:

Find some of the brilliant media reactions below:
"a grandly elaborate theatrical production" – Prog
"a carefully crafted sonic experience with precision instrumentation and is a superb showcase for Nad's vocal, compositional and arranging talents." – The Prog Report
"Sylvan has nonetheless created an original, and vibrant example of modern progressive rock" – Metal Wani
Once more, Sylvan has pulled together a tremendous array of musical talent to bring his inspiration to life.
"Almost everyone who worked on 'The Bride Said No' is back with me again. Anders Wollbeck has again co-written two songs and plays an array of instruments as well as co producing them. Steve Hackett plays guitar on one track, Guthrie Govan on two, while Tony Levin does the bass on a song. Jonas Reingold plays bass on much of the album, and Nick D'Virgilio handles the drums. And I also have the same female singers working with me once more, these being Sheona Urquhart, Jade Ell and Tania Doko. And on 'Honey I'm Home', there's a big choir section, with every singer that has been involved with the 3 albums that make up the Vampirate trilogy, concluding the story in an honourable way. We also have Nick Beggs joining in on this part of the song."

'The Regal Bastard' will be released as a limited CD Digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks), Gatefold 2LP + CD & as digital album.
Pre-order the album here:

The full-track-listing can be found below:
1. I Am The Sea
2. Oahu
3. Whoa (Always Been Without You)
4. Meet Your Maker
5. The Regal Bastard
6. Leave Me On These Waters
7. Honey I'm Home
8. Diva Time (Bonus Track)
9. The Lake Isle of Innisfree (Bonus Track)
Nad comments: "For me, this is the best of the three records. I honestly believe it will delight the fans. It is maybe not as riff-heavy as the others. I would describe the sound as coming from the notion of pop going prog, with R'n'B elements in there as well. It is very soulful. But that suits my style. I am a vocal chameleon, and you'll hear that throughout. It is the finest possible way to bring the trilogy to an end."
Nad will spend most of 2019 touring once again with Steve Hackett, as he celebrates the 40 years anniversary of "Spectral Mornings", as well as the Genesis classic 'Selling England By The Pound'. Find the full list of dates here:


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Guitar Virtuoso Scott Henderson To Release Instrumental Album For Guitar Trio “People Mover”


Los Angeles, CA – Guitar virtuoso Scott Henderson has finished his new album "People Mover," the most ambitious project of his career! The highly anticipated instrumental album for guitar trio will be released on July 1, 2019.

Says Scott, "The music has a lot of interplay due to a busy touring schedule with bassist Romain Labaye and drummer Archibald Ligonniere. I'd say this album is a bit more harmonic than 'Vibe Station,' and the rhythm section plays a bigger role in the music. The challenge was to come up with new tones and effects I haven't used before, since like 'Vibe Station,' the songs are layered with multi guitar tracks."

"People Mover" demonstrates Scott's striking ability to combine elements of jazz, rock, funk and blues in an even more authentic, seamless and musical way than any of his previous work. Proof that after 35 years as a bandleader, Scott is a musician who's playing and composing continues to grow.

From a recent interview, "My music isn't for purists, that's for sure, and I'm very thankful for my fans who are obviously open-minded and share my love for many different styles of music."

Scott Henderson's impressive work over the years as co-leader of the group TRIBAL TECH, leader of his own ground breaking trio, and sideman to some of the best jazz artists of their generation, including the great Joe Zawinul, has elevated him to the front ranks of both Jazz and Blues. Catch Scott on tour in 2019: July in Europe, September in South America, and October in Asia.

To purchase (available July 1, 2019):

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The Inside: Debut Album "The Inside"

Valery Records and V-Promotion are proud to announce the publication of Inside's "The Inside" album in the best stores, from June 14th, 2019.
The style of The Inside ranges from the Melodic Rock to the Hard Rock, including in some points Prog passages, with instrumental pieces in the name of the solo guitar and tracks sung in English.
The music of The Inside gives a lot of space to the melody; although the guitar and drum parts are often influenced by the Metal, the atmospheres are at times melancholy and evocative.
The name 'The Inside' stems from the idea that music is the most direct and natural way to express one's emotions and the profound essence manifested in vibrations and words, something intangible that instinctively transmits the moods interior of all of us.
"The Inside" produced by Guido Block, is published on June 14th, 2019 on Valery Records label, distributed by Audioglobe, and available worldwide on I-Tunes and on all the best online stores.
The band is now preparing to propose and promote live the songs contained in the album on an upcoming tour.
More information on the band and contacts are available here: The promotion and press office will be handled by V-Promotion
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Holiday Rock Ensemble THE WIZARDS OF WINTER

Celebrate 10th Anniversary with 2019 Holiday Season Tour 

Beginning November 14, 2019 in Melbourne, FL | Tickets On Sale via Venues Now! 

New Album, The Christmas Dream, Coming Soon 

Holiday rock ensemble THE WIZARDS OF WINTER – featuring former members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Ted Nugent and The Irish Tenors – are celebrating their 10th year enchanting audiences across North America in 2019! The ensemble will head back out on the road beginning November 14 in Melbourne, FL. The tour will visit cities and towns across North America, and more dates are scheduled to be confirmed soon! 

THE WIZARDS OF WINTER perform classically and progressive-influenced rock music woven throughout a theatrical holiday-themed show, performed in an intimate setting. On this tour, THE WIZARDS OF WINTER will dazzle concertgoers with new original music from their upcoming full-length album, The Christmas Dream – scheduled to be released this coming fall. The Christmas Dream is their strongest release thus far, and with its diverse musical flavors, will have the broadest musical appeal! THE WIZARDS OF WINTER will also perform many original classics that audiences have grown to cherish throughout the years. 

See below for a full listing of tour dates. Tickets for all currently confirmed dates are on sale now via individual venues.

THE WIZARDS OF WINTER 2019 Holiday Tour Dates:
11/14   Melbourne, FL @ Melbourne Auditorium
11/16   Stuart, FL @ Lyric Theater
11/21   Pueblo, CO @ Pueblo Memorial Hall
11/22    Alto, NM @ Spencer Theatre   
11/23    Gilbert, AZ @ Higley PAC
11/24    Wickenberg, AZ @ Del E. Webb PAC 
11/29    Patchogue, Long Island, NY @ Patchogue Theatre
11/30    Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre 
12/1      Englewood, NJ @ Bergen PAC
12/5     Angola, IN @ T. Furth PAC
12/6      Pontiac, MI @ Flagstar Strand Theatre
12/7      Johnson Creek, WI @ Gobbler Theatre
12/8      St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre
12/12    Wisconsin Rapids, WI @ Wisconsin Rapids PAC
12/13 & 12/14  Harris, MI @ Island Resort Casino
12/15    Wabash, IN @ Honeywell Theatre
12/17    Canton, OH @ Canton Palace
12/19    Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
12/20    Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak
12/21    Roanoke Rapids, NC @ Roanoke Rapids Theatre
+More dates TBA! 

THE WIZARDS OF WINTER have added even more new talent to their ranks this year, including violinist and backup vocalist Kornelia Rad, lead vocalist and auxiliary keyboardist Alexis Smith, and last but not least, lead guitarist Steve Brown.
In addition to being a founding member of hard rock icons Trixter, lead guitarist Steve Brown has performed with Dennis DeYoung (formerly of Styx), Joe Lynn Turner (formerly of Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen), and on Broadway in the hit musical "Rock Of Ages". In 2013, and again in 2018, Steve was invited to be the vicarial guitarist for the legendary Def Leppard. Lead vocalist and auxiliary keyboardist Alexis Smith has performed as a lead vocalist on Holland America cruises, in several Off-Broadway and additional theatre productions, and performed a one-woman show at the Davenport Theater. Award-winning violinist and backup vocalist Kornelia Rad has toured worldwide with Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra, has worked with many impressive European composers, and has been performing since the age of eight.

THE WIZARDS OF WINTER founder and keyboardist Scott Kelly says, "This year's THE WIZARDS OF WINTER tour will mark the band's 10th anniversary and will be our biggest production to date. This fact, coupled with the addition of talented new members, like Steve Brown,  means the show is going to be over the top! We can't wait to bring it to new and old fans alike nationwide." 

THE WIZARDS OF WINTER are pleased to be working with new agent Bob Kinkead, CEO of The Kinkead Entertainment Agency. Kinkead says, "Having THE WIZARDS OF WINTER on our roster is very exciting for me and my team. With the show being presented in an intimate theatre setting, I am thrilled for audiences all over the USA to experience a magical holiday rock opera that they will never forget." 


Each night on tour, THE WIZARDS OF WINTER evokes the spirit of Christmas, weaving a story entirely based on their latest full-length album, The Magic of Winter, and new music. Each THE WIZARDS OF WINTER performance showcases soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, outstanding guitar leads, powerful percussion, and stunning keyboard work – taking the listener on a musical journey, covering many genres from pop to progressive rock. Previous tours have seen THE WIZARDS OF WINTER performing their brand of theatrical yuletide rock to tens of thousands of attendees and have grabbed the attention of mainstream media such as Entertainment Weekly and Yahoo Music. The ensemble's singles have also been aired on SiriusXM Holly. 

Listen to THE WIZARDS OF WINTER's latest single, "Salzburg Carol" – (from their upcoming album The Christmas Dream) an enchanting medley featuring segments of the classic holiday tunes "My Favorite Things" and "Carol of the Bells" – here. 

The Magic of Winter, which features the breakout single, "The Spirit of Christmas" (watch the music video here), can be ordered in physical format here or purchased digitally via iTunes.

To learn more about THE WIZARDS OF WINTER, please visit and


Scott Kelly - Founder, Keyboards
Sharon Kelly - Vocals/Flute
Fred Gorhau - Lead Guitar
Greg Smith - Bass
John O'Reilly - Drums
Steve Brown - Lead Guitar
Vincent Jiovino - Vocals
Karl Scully - Vocals
Alexis Smith - Vocals/Auxiliary Keys
Kornelia Rad - Violin/Vocals
Tony Gaynor – Narrator
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quarta-feira, maio 22, 2019

Fraudprophets Release Debut Album ‘Poptosis’, Allay Growing Industry Fears Of Jazz Fusion Takeover


The jazz-rock group is joined by Bob Reynolds of Snarky Puppy, guitarist Oz Noy, keyboardist Matt Rohde and Nashville fiddle ninja Jenee Fleanor 

Los Angeles, CA - Fraudprophets (, a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist and composer Sean Halley and A-list drummer Nate Morton (seen weekly on NBC's 'The Voice'), are ecstatic to announce the release of their debut album 'Poptosis' on June 3, 2019. The new record seamlessly blends elements of jazz, pop, rock, country and 70's fusion into tunes that feel uniquely natural together, a result of the long-standing bond between Morton and Halley and their decades-long careers on stage and in the studio…and the gin.

"It probably isn't the best way to go about it, but we randomly started this whole thing one night by drinking cocktails to a click track", said Morton. "Not having a plan ended up being a real blessing, as the snippets of music that came out of that evening were free-spirited and fun, and they were infused with personality and our love for each other as musical dorks." Halley continues, "Nate and I love just about every kind of music, so nothing was off limits if it was a style we felt comfortable with. The same was true for the production - I like big-sounding records, so if we needed a ridiculous Beastie Boys-esque organ-and-drums breakdown for a
tune, I'd have to go figure it out."

"The tones, the tunes and performances are stellar! It's the best new instrumental music I've heard in ages!" session guitar legend Michael Thompson (Babyface, David Foster, Backstreet Boys, Toni Braxton, etc) 

" …the new CD is fantastic and really musical. All of the players are phenomenal - I love the entire disc, but my favorite tune is 'Skronktastic'". Drummer Greg Bissionette (David Lee Roth, Toto, Ringo Starr, Santana). 

"This album is a total success from start to finish. The sound quality is nothing short of amazing! Check out 'Poptosis' and become a believer." May 2019 

The band is currently putting together a musical unit to take 'Poptosis' to the next level live, and hope to play dates in the US, Japan and Europe in the coming year. The band keeps a presence on social media as time allows, so check out Instagram and Facebook for examples of their unique brand of musicality and good-natured humor.


The album will be available for pre-sale on May 27 and fully released on June 3. Links for the major online retailers will be available at 
when live.
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French Music Legends Magma To Release New Album “Zëss” June 28th!




Much to the excitement of Magma fans worldwide, the legendary French ensemble will be releasing a new album titled "Zëss" on June 28, 2019! The CD is now available for pre-order and features a 40-page deluxe CD book which includes all the lyrics to the album.

"Zëss"—the name itself is sharp as a blade, slender as a cut, sudden like a darting meteor, fast as it is acute. While the inspiration that permeates "Zëss" comes from time immemorial, a first draft emerged in 1977. After being gradually completed, the piece debuted in concert in the spring of 1979. It became a staple of Magma's repertoire until it was set aside in 1983.

The music itself seems born out of the night in order to transfigure it. The first chords ring out in the dim dawn, then rise and cast their great shadows against the day. Already their orb suggests the oval shape of an ancient stadium set in the cosmic darkness. It is an immense celestial arena, an agora where all the voices of the universe resonate. Everyone has assembled for a last celebration, a gathering of the innumerable into a single point where everything comes together for the Day of Oblivion.

"Zëss" had long been plagued by its incompleteness and its recording was deferred for years. Four decades after its first draft, the work has finally been recorded in an orchestral version that gives it both its true dreamlike dimension and its transcending power. For "Zëss" is above all the visionary reflection of an immemorial dream haunting the most obscure part of our souls.

"Zëss" treads a line between a vital overflowing and the edges of the unlivable. It is an incandescent and heady oratorio where consciousness questions its other side in a measureless journey. "Zëss" indicates the ultimate reversal out of which bursts a beyond of music that only music can reach. Magma's whole story condensed…



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“Folly Bololey: Songs from Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom” by The North Sea Radio Orchestra feat. John Greaves & Annie Barbazza Limited Edition CD & Vinyl




Cover notes by Robert Wyatt and Jonathan Coe 

Italy - Critically acclaimed as one of the best records ever, Robert Wyatt's 1974 masterpiece "Rock Bottom" has been re-arranged by Craig Fortnam for his amazing North Sea Radio Orchestra. Featuring long time Wyatt's collaborator and Henry Cow founder John Greaves on bass guitar and vocals and the amazing vocalist Annie Barbazza as lead singer, "Folly Bololey: Songs from Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom" is a hearfelt, fantastic tribute to Robert Wyatt's music.

The limited hand numbered edition of 500 LP audiophile blue premium vinyl with gimmix foldout cover and bonus golden CD & 999 Cardboard sleeve hand numbered audiophile golden CD will be released on May 17th on Dark Companion Records.

"This concert is a beautiful event, for me. These musicians seem to me to have have really grasped what my songs are about; but at the same time, created an entirely fresh way of putting the music together. I feel so honored and so grateful." - Robert Wyatt, March 2019 

"One of the greatest albums of the 1970s, beautifully reimagined and re-written for orchestra. I have listened to Rock Bottom hundreds of times, and thought I was familiar with it: but this brilliant new version opens up new depths, fresh vistas, hidden truths. An amazing achievement." - Jonathan Coe, March 2019 

"When John Greaves asked me about producing this album and the concert at Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, for Dark Companion I immediately replied 'yes'. I already knew North Sea Radio Orchestra and respect Craig as one of the most talented musicians in today's British scene. 'Rock Bottom' is my favourite album ever and John Greaves my closest friend whom I respect very highly and have had the honour of releasing one of his finest albums to date on Manticore. Annie Barbazza? Well she is a marvelous singer and musician and I very much agree with the late Greg Lake who was really amazed by her voice and went on to produce her first album for Manticore as well. So I hope you enjoy what I think is a fantastically soulful, heartfelt and graceful tribute to the poetry of Robert Wyatt." - Max Marchini, April 2019 

John Greaves & Annie Barbazza

Watch the promotional video: 

Track listing: 
1. Sea Song 5:54
2. A Last Straw 5:27
3. Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road 5:04
4. Alifib 7:45
5. Alifie 5:19
6. Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road 5:18
bonus tracks:
7. The British Road 6:25
8. Maryan 5:41
9. Shipbuilding 4:47
10. O Caroline 5:09

Annie Barbazza: Lead Vocal/Farfisa Organ
John Greaves: Bass guitar/Vocal (track 4 and 11)/Spoken Word (track 3, 5 and 6)
Nicky Baigent: Bb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Spoken Word (track 5)
Luke Crookes: Bassoon
William D. Drake: Piano/Farfisa Organ/Vocal (track 2,3 and 5)
Harry Escott: Cello
Craig Fortnam: Guitar/Farfisa Organ/Vocal (track 7 and 9)
Tommaso Franguelli: Vibes/Percussion
Cheb Nettles: Drums
Laurent Valero: Violin/Viola/Recorder/Bass Recorder
Arranged and directed by Craig Fortnam
Executive Production by Max Marchini
Recorded live, mixed and mastered by Alberto Callegari at Elfo Recording
Studios, Tavernago, Italy during "Musiche Nuove a Piacenza Festival",
November 30th, 2018

Annie Barbazza appears by courtesy of Manticore Records

To purchase "Folly Bololey: Songs from Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom" Limited hand numbered edition of 500 LP audiophile blue premium vinyl with gimmix foldout cover and bonus golden CD & 999 Cardboard sleeve hand numbered audiophile golden CD: 
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Glenn Hughes re-schedules dates from his Classic Deep Purple 'Live' May 2019 UK Tour


Glenn Hughes re-schedules four dates of his 'Performs Classic Deep Purple Live' May 2019 UK tour dates. The re-scheduled dates are –

Salisbury City Hall
Sunday 17 November
Norwich Waterfront (venue change from Norwich UEA)
Wednesday 20th November
Holmfirth Picturedrome
Saturday 23rd November
Birmingham O2 Institute
Friday 29th November

Tickets can be booked from or by calling the 24hour box office – 8444 780 898
Refunds for customers who've purchased tickets for the above can be made available until Monday 27th May should they no longer wish to or are unable to attend the rescheduled November dates. 

The re-scheduled concerts follow the news of Glenn Hughes needing to cancel his May 2019 UK tour dates due to illness. He needs to be treated for an illness that while not life threatening, must be dealt with immediately so that does not become a serious problem. He is expected to make a full recovery. 

The shows for Edinburgh, St Albans, Liverpool and Nottingham had to be cancelled. Customers for the cancelled shows have been asked to return to their original point of purchase to request refunds

The former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the 'Voice of Rock', Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion, was scheduled to kick off the second leg of his 'Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple' UK Tour at the Holmfirth Picturedrome on Tuesday 14th May. The first leg of his UK received rave reviews. 

For more information, please contact:
Michaela Sauter & Peter Noble at Noble PR Consultancy
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Arena Re-Visited Box Set and Double Vision Vinyl now available in our online store.

A limited edition Box Set consisting of 1 BluRay, 1 DVD, 2 CD's and a 18x18cm 48 Page colour Booklet, commemorating our 2018 Tour is now available to buy in our store.  

Recorded on 12th May 2018 at the Boerderij, Zoetermeer in front of a sell-out crowd, the box set contains the full 2hr show on both a BluRay disc and DVD disc, along with the audio recording across 2 CD's and captures the Visitor in entirety.  The box set also includes a large 18cmx18cm 48 page color booklet of photo's taken on the tour. The Box Set is limited to 500 copies.

The full set list is as follows:

Part 1 (The Visitor):   
Crack in the Ice
Pins and Needles
Double Vision
The Hanging Tree
A State of Grace
Blood Red Room
In the Blink of an Eye
(Don't Forget to) Breathe
Tears in the Rain
Enemy Without
Running from Damascus
The Visitor
Part 2:                   
Mirror Lies
Tinder Box
Crying 7
You can now purchase the Box Set on our shop HERE 

Also available is a double gatefold Vinyl edition of Double Vision, 2x180g Gold Discs.

Double Vision is now available to purchase on Vinyl.  The Album is 2 180g Gold discs, you can buy from our website HERE

UK Prog Quartet WARMRAIN New EP "Here Comes The Rain Again"! (Steven Wilson, Pink Floyd, Anathema)

UK progressive rock band Warmrain is back with a new CD EP featuring as its lead track Here Comes The Rain Again (Eurythmics cover), a new line-up, and a new performance video of the title track filmed in the illustrious setting of Dorchester Abbey.

The EP's four songs demonstrate – and assert – that this stunning British band knows exactly how to deliver high- quality compositions and will leave any discerning lover of prog without any doubt that Warmrain have an extremely bright future ahead of them.

Taking the left field decision to cover a well-known classic British hit single of yesteryear Warmrain have delivered their own truly epic interpretation of this much-loved classic and have cleverly re-interpreted it to completely make it their own.

Drummer Craig Blundell – a name well-known to fans of Steven Wilson andSteve Hackett –had no hesitation in guesting on the title track. His one-word response upon hearing the demo was "genius". Here Comes The Rain Again is a must have for fans of Pink Floyd; the comparisons will be clear, due to an obviously shared heritage and the stunning musical quality. The EPis completed by three new songs Shadow-Line Paradigm, Keep Going and Clock Watching Pt.1, Pt.2 & Pt.3 written specifically for this release, and across the board Warmrain have delivered a well-constructed and beautifully played a collection of songs that will appeal both to fans of progressive rock and to those who appreciate stylish music of any genre.
"This is English prog to be proud of" – Classic Prog Magazine

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Progressive instrumentalists TOSKA release new video 'Prayermonger' ahead of summer festival appearances

Debut album Fire By The Silos out now

Brighton UK progressive trio TOSKA has released a new video 'Prayermonger', taken from their highly praised debut album Fire By The Silos which was released 2nd November 2018.

Check out 'Prayermonger' here:

Guitarist Rabea Massaad comments: "'Prayermonger' is the final part of the album story, which is about someone who is cast out of society by the state. This person is trying to convince others to rise against the state so forcefully and psychotically, that by the end of the track they realize they are just as bad as the people that cast them out in the first place. The video is an abstract take on that, but focused more around man, destroying the planet."

Following on from the band's sold-out UK and Europe headline tour at the end of 2019, TOSKA have been announced for a number of festival appearances. Check them out on one of these dates:

16th June: Download Festival, UK
2nd August: RADAR Festival, UK
7th August: Brutal Assault Festival, CZ
15th August: ArcTanGent, UK

Formed in Brighton in 2015 by three musicians who set out to write music without boundaries, TOSKA has been making huge waves in progressive and muso circles since their inception. Together they bring an impressive range of skill, experience, and knowledge to create music that's both intellectually stimulating, but also highly accessible.

Taking influence from a huge span of music including Karnivool, SikTh, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newmann, and Gustav Holst, TOSKA uses vast dynamics and obscure chord voicing to convey a very emotional and cinematic tonality. It's almost impossible to pin a genre tag on them, but words such as prog, metal, post-rock, and math-rock could be used to describe their sonic elements.

The members of TOSKA have a strong presence in the music scene in their own right and have amassed huge YouTube followings. Combining their collective fanbases, guitarist Rabea Massaad (192k subscribers), drummer Ben Minal (34K subscribers), drummer Dave Hollingworth (13K subscribers), plus the many fans they've picked up on the road, TOSKA is rapidly becoming the UK's most talked about the instrumental act.

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New Big Big Train album 'Grand Tour' out today!

The new studio album from four time Progressive Music Award winning band, Big Big Train, titled Grand Tour, is out today on all formats and is available for streaming or ordering online and for purchase in high street stores!

"After a year of writing, arranging, recording and mixing we have finally reached release day for our new album Grand Tour. The day that musicians send their music out into the wider world is always exciting and slightly nerve-wracking. We hope listeners enjoy our new album and we look forward to playing some of these songs on our upcoming tours later in 2019 and in 2020." 

Listen to the Spotify stream here:
Listen to the Apple Music stream here:
To order Grand Tour on CD, vinyl or hi-resolution download, please follow the links on our website:
Grand Tour is also available at Amazon, HMV, and other online and high street retailers

David Longdon and Greg Spawton were recently interviewed by Prog Magazine editor Jerry Ewing for the Prog Magazine podcast. Listen to the podcast here:

Reviews for 'Grand Tour'
'Grand doesn't even begin to describe the epic proportions of this magnificent opus. On a rollicking roll of releases with 2017's Grimspound and The Second Brightest Star, BBT continues full steam ahead to the max on Grand Tour.'
'The new album they bring with them, the aptly titled Grand Tour, is as ambitious and intricate as anything they have attempted. After several fine albums inspired by British history — unashamedly romantic and nostalgic — the seven members have spread their wings.  That means nine songs encapsulating the rise of the Romans, the Renaissance and space travel with soaring choruses and Mellotrons a go-go.'
John Bungey - THE TIMES
'a musically bold and conceptually dazzling masterpiece that establishes the seven-piece as one of the pre-eminent progressive rock bands of the 21stcentury.'

Listen to the track "Theodora in Green & Gold here:

Watch the video for the first single "Alive" here:

See the 90-minute interview with Prog Magazine's Nick Shilton about the album here: 

Inspired by the 17th and 18th century custom of the Grand Tour, where young men and women travelled to broaden the mind, Big Big Train have made an album of songs set in distant lands and beyond. Grand Tour features nine new tracks which will take listeners on an epic journey over land and sea and through time and space.
Grand Tour tracklist
1.Novum Organum (2.33)
2.Alive (4.31)
3.The Florentine (8.14)
4.Roman Stone (13.33)
5.Pantheon (6.08)
6.Theodora in Green and Gold (5.38)
7.Ariel (14.28)
8.Voyager (14.03)
9.Homesong (5.12)

terça-feira, maio 07, 2019

UK Progressive Rock Band NTH ASCENSION Feat. TEN Keyboarder Darrel Treece-Birch Release 'Fire In The Sky' Lyric Video

UK progressive rock band, NTH ASCENSION, featuring TEN keyboarder Darrel Treece-Birch in their ranks, have released a new lyric video for 'Fire In The Sky', the track is taken from their third album 'Stranger Than Fiction', which will be released on May 31st 2019 via Metatronic Records. The album contains 8 tracks including a further three instalments from the ongoing Clanaan Chronicles storyline which began on their debut release. The video can be viewed here:

NTH ASCENSION has returned to their regular album artist Oliver Pengilley to paint the stunning new artwork. The renowned UK artist made his cover art debut with NTH ASCENSION's first release 'Ascension of Kings' in 2014, and was followed by their sophomore release 'In Fine Initium' in 2016. The powerful seascape contains Pengilley's trademark imagery and pulls the viewer deep into ocean waves.

Track listing:

1. The Opening
2. True Identity
3. Fire In The Sky
4. Reconciled
5. The Gathering (Clanaan pt7)
6. Journeys End (Clanaan pt8)
7. Lament (Clanaan pt9)
8. Sound To Light

The album was engineered by Darrel Treece-Birch & Martin Walker. Mixed and Mastered by Eric Gillette (Neal Morse Band), EKG Studios, USA.

Writing in NTH ASCENSION is very collaborative. Initial 'bare bones' of songs are brought into a rehearsal setting and the band enhances the song from there. Once the song is fleshed out and expanded upon it is then ready for playing live or indeed recording. All members of the band bring ideas to the table and in some cases a reinvention of older ideas from the various incarnations of previous bands, eg Vision is a song written originally in 1991 by Darrel Treece-Birch, at which time it was 8 minutes long and not 18 minutes as it finally ended up.

Influence wise each band member sites many artists as 'having an influence'. Such as, Marillion, Genesis, Yes, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rush, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd to name a few. But the band resolutely stands by, that the music that is created is not designed or to order but is organic and natural.


Michael Alan Taylor – Vocals
Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards (TEN)
Craig Walker – Drums & Percussion
Gavin Walker – Bass Guitar
Martin Walker – Electric & Acoustic Guitars

Imagined in November 2009 by keyboardist Darrel Treece-Birch and drummer Craig Walker after both helping out a friend (Alan Allcock) with has band 'Sonic Jam Project' at a Charity concert in Fleetwood (Fleetwoodstock). Long time writing partners and friends Alan 'Spud' Taylor and guitarist (and father of Craig and Gavin) Martin Walker signed up in January 2010.

The first year the band went under the name Nth Degree but altered the latter after discovering other bands with the same name. The writing 'core' of Darrel, Alan and Martin has been in operation since the mid 80's.

A demo recording 'Frequencies Of Day & Night' was issued as a free download option via website Aurovine in late 2011. 2012 saw the addition of brother to Craig, Gavin, on bass guitar, making it truly a family band. In 2013 the band began sessions developing what became the songs for Ascension Of Kings. In November 2013 the band signed to Sonic Vista Records and began recording their 'official' debut album 'Ascension Of Kings'. The album Ascension Of Kings contains a 3 part suite entitled 'Clanaan Chronicles' which will run and occur on subsequent albums. This follows a story by Darrel Treece-Birch in the vein of Narnia/LOTR which sees the rescue/redemption of a tortured realm from an evil dictator by a Seventh Rider who ultimately ascends to be a prophesied King.

In 2015 the band departed from Aurovine and signed with American label melodic Revolution Records (MRR). In 2016 they released their second album 'In Fine Initium' to further critical acclaim and in the three year period collectively the members released 6 albums on the USA based label.

In February 2019 the band's contract ended and they signed to Metatronic Records in order to release their highly anticipated third opus 'Stranger Than Fiction'. A marked jump in production was added with the mixing and mastering skills of Neal Morse Band guitarist extraordinaire Eric Gillette.


Axel Wiesenauer
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73663 Berglen
Cell: +49 (0) 172 – 7157935
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