sábado, maio 21, 2016

First Band Announcements for ProgDay 2016!


"One of the most extraordinary bands in the entire music universe" - ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Following an eight-year absence, the Italian progressive group DEUS EX MACHINA has burst back onto the international scene with Devoto, its eighth album.  Fronted by Alberto Piras, one of the most extraordinary vocalists in all of rock, DEM's distinctive blend of fiery, complexly designed music, passionate bel canto vocals, virtuosic instrumental performances and analogue-heavy textures has been retained. Here as before, the music combines both the energy and beauty of early Mahavishnu Orchestra and Larks'-Tongues-in-Aspic-era King Crimson; the contrapuntal complexity of Gentle Giant; hints of RIO-tinged avant-prog; and the unmistakable Mediterranean vibe of fellow Ital-progsters like PFM and Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso.

DEM last performed at ProgDay twenty years ago in 1996.  We are thrilled to host the original band lineup of DEM for its only United States appearance in 2016.


DISCIPLINE has been called one of the most important progressive groups to come out of America in the last 25 years.  Comparisons are often made to bands like Van Der Graaf Generator, King Crimson and Genesis, but DISCIPLINE has developed a dark, angst-driven sound that is all its own.

Formed in 1987, the band's first official album appeared in 1993 to much acclaim.  However, it was after the release of Unfolded Like Staircase in 1997 that the band was referred to in almost reverential tones by fans of symphonic rock.  After a break of many years, DISCIPLINE reformed and released To Shatter All Accord in 2011. The band is now recording its fifth studio album.

Long-time ProgDay attendees will remember the band's incredible performances at the festival during the 1990s.  We are happy to announce the return of DISCIPLINE to the ProgDay stage after a sixteen year absence.


Jonathan Scales Fourchestra explodes onto stages with an indescribable sound that is as much felt as it is heard: "a Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity." - PAN ON THE NET

"Scales is to steel pans ….what Béla Fleck is to the banjo—an über innovator." - DRIFTWOOD MAGAZINE

Mixing the traditional Caribbean instrument with a contemporary jazz attitude, Jonathan Scales' music pushes the steel pan into the realms of jazz, funk, rock, and even bluegrass, while still digging into the roots of traditional world sounds. His intricate, instrumental writing combines with metric complexities to weave seamlessly between musical styles.  With his fusion group Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Scales has proven himself a supreme innovator on the steel pans with a talent for improvisation that is unparalleled.   His band can reach dizzying heights, and has earned its reputation for exciting, dynamic live shows.


The Philadelphia quartet was founded by bassist Vini Stamato and guitarist Chris Capitanio in 2009, and decided to move in a progressive rock direction in 2012 where they were free to experiment without labels or expectations. The band's combination of classic progressive rock with modern metal and jazz soon began to get the group noticed, with comparisons to Mastodon, Tool and Mars Volta.  ITPOW has continued to make a name for itself with it's live performances, including dates with Haken, Jolly and ProgDay alumni Consider The Source and Out Of The Beardspace.

ProgDay 2016, the 22nd edition of the longest running progressive rock festival in the world, will take place on Saturday, September 3rd, and Sunday, September 4th, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  For more information, and to hear music from this year's bands, please visit us at www.progday.net. For discussion, friends, and more news, join our group page on facebook.
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