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Prog Duo Middlesong Release New EP “Directions” Feat. YES Legend Billy Sherwood

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Prog Duo Middlesong Release New EP “Directions” Feat. YES Legend Billy Sherwood

Buffalo, NY – Prog duo Middlesong has release a new three-song EP titled “Directions” featuring YES legend Billy Sherwood. With Joe Schneider (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Phil Tomczak (keyboards, guitars), Middlesong has heavy Prog and Classic Rock influence, along with hints of Folk, Pop and Americana. Middlesong’s eclectic sources produce a universal sound that musicians and non-musicians will appreciate!

The three new tracks (“Directions in D Minor (Make Sure That You Learn)”, “See This Through”, “Rain to Sun”) were started at Middlesong Studios in Hamburg NY, followed by mixing and production by Billy Sherwood at his studio in California. Billy, who plays bass, drums, keyboards, guitar on the tracks, is a renowned producer, musician and performer, and is currently the bass player for the progressive rock band YES. Billy has worked as producer and engineer for countless artists in the rock and progressive rock genres. His musicianship and talent is respected world-wide.

“It was great fun working on the music with the guys, I’m very proud to have been a part of it all and very much looking forward to having it now get out there for everyone to hear and enjoy.”- Billy Sherwood

Says Phil and Joe, “We both love to write music. We were surprised and very pleased by the way the songs evolved. Never having worked together previously as songwriters, we soon found that the music seemed to write itself, and took off into directions all their own (which led us to the title for the EP). Nothing was off the table. We allowed all of our influences to enter into the songwriting process. Billy Sherwood was then able to polish and bring the songs to life while preserving our original tunes.”

For all three songs in the EP, Joe and Phil wanted to write songs with a solid musical structure, but take some chances along the way. Most of their songwriting begins with a nylon and steel string guitar, developing a musical theme, and taking shape from there (the “Middlesong Method”).

“In particular, with ‘Directions in D Minor (Make Sure That You Learn)’, we explored the key of D minor, while providing the listeners with different styles within the same song – a classic Prog offering. Each section of the song represents a stage of one’s life; chasing the musical dream; wrestling with the muse.

“With ‘See This Through’, our intent was to write a song that everybody could relate to, tapping their foot along the way. A fun part of the song for us was setting the scene for an old Western saloon in the bridge and lead section – providing a change from the main structure of the song, and a bit of an unexpected adventure. The theme of the song itself is one of perseverance, and speaks to both the whole of humanity, as well as to the individual.”

“Rain to Sun” is a great example of the “Middlesong Method”. The song came together quickly, with an instrumental lead melody written by Joe, and an initial arrangement of strings and choir voices written by Phil. In this song (as well as in “Direction in D Minor”), they left plenty of room for producer and performer Billy Sherwood. “In ‘Rain to Sun’, we were thrilled by his meandering bass line that complimented the dual guitar tracks. Billy precisely interpreted and felt the pulse of all of our songs with his bass and percussion.”

Joe Schneider and Phil Tomczak formed Middlesong in 2015. It didn’t take long to realize the synergy and soul of their collaborative songwriting! Joe is a veteran of the performance stage. Augmented by his guitar playing, Joe’s vocals soar with clarity, smoothness of texture, and deep feeling. Joe finds inspiration from singer-songwriters such as Lennon-McCartney, Tom Petty and Billy Joel. He has great, natural instincts for melody and harmony, and a gift for writing lyrics that touch our souls in just the right place. Phil’s love for music stems from the piano, influenced by the likes of Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson. His versatility extends to the guitar, which plays a significant role in Middlesong’s songwriting and distinctive sound. Phil’s musicianship evokes imagery and will carry you along on the clear road ahead, or sweep you off into a surprising new direction.

As well as Billy Sherwood, Middlesong has worked with renowned mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum. The duo are currently in the studio writing and arranging the remaining tracks to fill out the complete, debut album to be released sometime in 2017.

In closing Phil and Joe have this to impart, “We appreciate your listening and at the purest level, we hope you enjoy our music!”

OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.middlesong.com
Email Contact: middlesong@middlesong.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/middlesong/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/middlesong
ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/middlesong

To purchase:
CDBaby (main links for purchasing):
Full “Directions” EP and Individual Song Download: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/middlesong4
See This Through: http://cdbaby.com/cd/middlesong2
Rain to Sun: http://cdbaby.com/cd/middlesong
Directions in D Minor (Make Sure That You Learn): http://cdbaby.com/cd/middlesong3

SoundCloud:
See This Through: https://soundcloud.com/middlesong/see-this-through
Rain to Sun: https://soundcloud.com/middlesong/rain-to-sun
Directions in D Minor (Make Sure That You Learn): https://soundcloud.com/middlesong/directions-in-d-minor-make-sure-that-you-learn

ReverbNation:
See This Through: https://www.reverbnation.com/middlesong/song/26150274-see-this-through
Rain to Sun: https://www.reverbnation.com/middlesong/song/26150292-rain-to-sun
Directions in D Minor (Make Sure That You Learn): https://www.reverbnation.com/middlesong/song/26150294-directions-in-d-minor-make-sure

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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Prog Keyboardist/Composer Leon Alvarado To Release New Concept Album “The Future Left Behind” Feat. YES Legends Rick Wakeman & Billy Sherwood!

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For Immediate Release

Prog Keyboardist/Composer Leon Alvarado To Release New Concept Album “The Future Left Behind”
Feat. YES Legends Rick Wakeman & Billy Sherwood!

Houston, TX – Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed third album “2014, Music from an Expanded Universe”, keyboardist/composer Leon Alvarado will be releasing his new album “The Future Left Behind” on July 30, 2016! The highly anticipated new concept album features guest appearances by YES Legends Rick Wakeman & Billy Sherwood, as well as Johnny Bruhn (CIRCA:) and Steve Thamer.

According to Leon, “The idea of creating a concept album out of instrumental progressive rock music had appealed to me ever since I first heard Rick Wakeman’s ‘Journey To The Centre of The Earth’. What I found difficult was to create all the individual pieces that would unify the set of ideas into a single concept. It meant for me to come up with a story, some music and a set of visuals that together would form an inclusive experience. I started by working on music that had more of a cinematic feel than my usual, meaning that when played, it evokes certain imagery in the listener’s mind.”

Says Leon, “My goal was to create something that would combine the artwork and the music into one cohesive vision. I thought that basing my project on a sci-fi story would be very fitting and would give me the necessary creative space to make music that entices the imagination, like what Vangelis’, Rick Wakeman’s and YES’ music do for me.”

Billy Sherwood had this to say about his participation on the album, “It was my pleasure to be a part of Leon’s new record… I had a blast working on it and I’m sure fans of great music are going to enjoy this new record!”

Leon’s first album, “Plays Genesis and Other Original Stuff,” drew on his strongest musical influences, primarily, the many styles in Genesis’s lengthy career. By the time Leon released his second album, “Strangers in Strange Places,” he had refined his method and his vision, and it’s the audience who wins. “Strangers” features Brand X’s John Goodsall on guitar and the legendary drummer Bill Bruford (YES, King Crimson, Earthwork) and reveals an intertwining of progressive rock and ambient textural sound that blossoms in, “2014, Music from an Expanded Universe”. For this third release, he enlisted the talents of Trey Gunn (King Crimson) and Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oats).

And now, much to the excitement of Prog fans worldwide, Leon is set to release his latest masterpiece, “The Future Left Behind.” In regards to the guest performers, Leon explains, “To help the story along and properly set the pieces of music we recorded some narrated bits. I wanted a voice with a large presence. A deep resonating voice that more or less commands to be heard. Steve Thamer is a Canadian voice-over talent who majored in Classical Theatre and has work doing voice-overs for audio books, films and animated shorts.

“As for Billy Sherwood, I envisioned his involvement in the project from the outset. He played a big part in the recording and helped me in elevating the music as a whole. Billy is very down to earth and has to be one of the hardest working musicians I have ever met. He is also extremely proficient and doesn’t waste any time when it comes to getting things down musically.

“During one of my visits to California I went to see Billy’s other band CIRCA:. The guitar player was Johnny Bruhn. I’ve seen many people perform YES music before but Johnny’s guitar playing captured the feel of it so well that it left an impression on me. When this album was conceived, I knew I would have a place for him.

“I have the greatest respect for all the people involved in the project. I must admit that when it came to working with Rick Wakeman, I was a bit nervous at first. But in the end, it was one of those ‘pinch me’ moments that worked brilliantly. It’s not everyday that you have one of your musical heroes performing on a piece you composed.

“The last person to touch the material was Andy Jackson. This is my third project working with him and I couldn’t be happier about it. Andy is better known as Pink Floyd’s engineer of 30 years and his work has been nominated twice for Grammys. He won two British Hi-Fi Awards for his work with Pink Floyd and was a co-producer for ‘The Endless River’ album. What I really like about Andy’s work is his personal taste for sound. To me he is truly a magician at the controls.”

For the fans, although also available as a digital download, the CD version of the album has the most to offer. Leon envisioned the album to be something more than just a set of musical pieces. Instead, he immerses the listener in the world he has conceived through music, story and imagery, and allows their own imagination to fill in the details, creating a very personalized experience for each. “It is the most ambitious album I have created so far. ‘The Future Left Behind’ speaks to those who like Science-fiction stories and futuristic artwork. Like many of my projects, my approach is always to create something that I would want to see.”

Tracks:

1. PREFACE 1:16
2. LAUNCH OVERTURE 6:10
3. A VOYAGE… 0:49
4. JOURNEY INTO SPACE 2:39
5. WEIGHTLESS 2:24
6. HARD CHOICES 0:50
7. THE ONES LEFT BEHIND 6:14
8. LIFE IN THE OUTSIDE 0:55
9. AMONG THE STARS 6:06
10. MUCH ADO ABOUT… 0:36
11. IN OUR QUIET ORBIT 6:36
12. TO BE LOVED 2:43
13. A SILVER LINING 0:39
14. THE STAR SEEKERS 3:28

Leon Alvarado: Keyboards, sequencing, drums, percussion, launch control voices
Billy Sherwood: Lead and rhythm guitars on all except for “To Be Loved”
Rick Wakeman: Moog solo on “Launch Overture” and extra keyboards
Johnny Bruhns: Acoustic guitar on “To Be Loved”
Steve Thamer: Narration

Produced and mixed by: Leon Alvarado
Guitar tracks produced by: Billy Sherwood
Mastered by: Andy Jackson / Tube Mastering
All songs by Leon Alvarado
except “To Be Loved” by Johnny Bruhns and Leon Alvarado
Based on “The Future Left Behind”, an original short story by Leon Alvarado
Design and Illustrations: Synergy Design / LA

To purchase:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/leonalvarado5
http://mrrmusic.com/leon-alvarado/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/leon-alvarado/id304356695

For more information:
http://www.melodicrevolution.com
http://www.leonplaysmusic.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


YES Legends Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye’s “Live In Japan” 2CD/1DVD OUT NOW!

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YES Legends Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye’s “Live In Japan” 2CD/1DVD
OUT NOW!

London, UK – BILLY SHERWOOD is the current bass player in the band YES and will be touring with the band throughout 2016. TONY KAYE was an original founder member of YES and re-joined the band for the hugely successful 90125 era, which produced the hit OWNER OF A LONELY HEART. “Live in Japan” sees the duo performing songs from their careers including a generous number of YES hits!

The album is OUT NOW worldwide through all good retailers, including Amazon and iTunes, however for anyone purchasing directly from Cherry Red EACH ORDER COMES WITH A LIMITED EDITION HAND-SIGNED POSTCARD! http://shop.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=5339

“Really looking forward to the release of our CD/DVD! It was very special for us to go to Japan and play these songs. We’re both very excited to now be able to share the experience with everyone!” – Billy Sherwood

Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye’s “Live In Japan” 2CD / 1DVD release will be eagerly greeted by YES fans especially in light on Sherwood’s recent return to the band in mid-2015!

DISC ONE

1. CONFESS
2. TOGETHER WE ARE
3. CUT THE TIES
4. TIME AND A WORD
5. I COULD
6. RED LIGHT AHEAD
7. FIREWORKS
8. YOUR MOVE
9. OWNER OF A LONELY HEART

DISC TWO

1. I AM WAITING
2. TONY KAYE SOLO
3. THE OTHER SIDE
4. WONDROUS STORIES
5. MAN OVER BORED
6. THE MORE WE LIVE
7. NO WAY WE CAN LOSE
8. SAY GOODBYE
9. ROUNDABOUT

The DVD is NTSC Region 0 – Playable Worldwide and has the same track list as the CDs, plus behind the scenes tour clips.

To purchase:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/1wkM
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/3CMk
iTunes: http://geni.us/3nGy

For more information:
http://www.billysherwoodhq.com/
https://www.facebook.com/tony.kaye.3

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Prog Icon Billy Sherwood Releases Divided by One and Career Retrospective Collection OUT NOW!

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Prog Icon Billy Sherwood Releases Divided by One and Career Retrospective Collection OUT NOW!

London, UK – Prog icon BILLY SHERWOOD, best known for his work with YES and CIRCA:, has now released his studio album DIVIDED BY ONE and a compilation called COLLECTION – both OUT NOW!

These two CDs are available through all mainstream retailers and digital platforms (Amazon and iTunes etc) or alternatively there is a special offer including a signed postcard ONLY available directly from http://www.billysherwoodcollection.com

Says Billy, “I’m very excited to finally have ‘Divided By One’, my 7th solo release come out on CD. I’m proud of the record and look forward to getting it out there, I had many requests to release it on CD as it was only for download till now.”

BILLY SHERWOOD is the current bass player in the band YES is touring with the band throughout 2015. Billy Sherwood was a key part of the line-ups which created the YES albums OPEN YOUR EYES and THE LADDER. He recently mixed the band’s HEAVEN AND EARTH album and 2 subsequent DVDs.

DIVIDED BY ONE is Sherwood’s seventh solo album and this edition through Cherry Red is its first release on CD. This CD release will be eagerly greeted by YES fans especially in light on Sherwood’s recent return to the band in mid-2015.

Tracks include:
1. On Impact
2. The Scene Comes Alive
3. No Stone Unturned
4. Between Us
5. Divided By One
6. Sequence Of Events
7. Sphere Of Influence
8. Here For You
9. Constellation Codex
10. End Of An Era

COLLECTION is the ideal introduction to Billy Sherwood’s solo career and includes TWO EXCLUSIVE TRACKS. This edition through Cherry Red is its first release on CD.

Says Billy, “I’m happy to announce the release of ‘Collection’, it’s made up of tracks from each of my previous solo records. In addition to that there are 2 bonus tracks, one is a new yet unreleased solo track and the other is a cover I did of Sting’s song ‘I Hung My Head’”

Tracks include:
1. Drone Decipher
2. Seeing Through The Walls
3. Call
4. On Impact
5. Dying Breed
6. The Recurring Dream
7. What Was The Question?
8. I Hung My Head*
9. Dark To Light*
(* Previously unreleased)

DIVIDED BY ONE:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/d8S
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/40Zu
iTunes: http://geni.us/3gTi

COLLECTION:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/sBx
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/45b
iTunes: http://geni.us/Czr

For more information: http://www.billysherwoodcollection.com

Press inquires: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Prog Icon Billy Sherwood To Release New Solo Album and Career Retrospective – Now Available as a Direct Sales Offer Only!

Billy Sherwood albums

For Immediate Release

Prog Icon Billy Sherwood To Release New Solo Album and Career Retrospective – Now Available as a Direct Sales Offer Only!

London, UK – Prog icon BILLY SHERWOOD, best known for his work with YES and CIRCA:, has made available his new studio album DIVIDED BY ONE and a compilation called COLLECTION with a hand autographed postcard !

These two CDs and the signed postcard are ONLY available directly from http://www.billysherwoodcollection.com ahead of a mainstream release in October 2015! Orders through this website are being sent out NOW!

Says Billy, “I’m very excited to finally have ‘Divided By One’, my 7th solo release come out on CD. I’m proud of the record and look forward to getting it out there, I had many requests to release it on CD as it was only for download till now.”

BILLY SHERWOOD is the current bass player in the band YES and will be touring with the band throughout 2015. Billy Sherwood was a key part of the line-ups which created the YES albums OPEN YOUR EYES, THE LADDER and was also part of the TALK tour. He recently mixed the band’s HEAVEN AND EARTH album and 2 subsequent DVDs.

DIVIDED BY ONE is Sherwood’s seventh solo album and this edition through Cherry Red is its first release on CD. This CD release will be eagerly greeted by YES fans especially in light on Sherwood’s recent return to the band in mid-2015.

Tracks include:
1. On Impact
2. The Scene Comes Alive
3. No Stone Unturned
4. Between Us
5. Divided By One
6. Sequence Of Events
7. Sphere Of Influence
8. Here For You
9. Constellation Codex
10. End Of An Era

COLLECTION is the ideal introduction to Billy Sherwood’s solo career and includes TWO EXCLUSIVE TRACKS. This edition through Cherry Red is its first release on CD.

Says Billy, “I’m happy to announce the release of ‘Collection’, it’s made up of tracks from each of my previous solo records. In addition to that there are 2 bonus tracks, one is a new yet unreleased solo track and the other is a cover I did of Sting’s song ‘I Hung My Head’”

Tracks include:
1. Drone Decipher
2. Seeing Through The Walls
3. Call
4. On Impact
5. Dying Breed
6. The Recurring Dream
7. What Was The Question?
8. I Hung My Head*
9. Dark To Light*
(* Previously unreleased)

The albums will be available through third party distributors and retailers on Backyard Levitation Records, via Cherry Red Records from October 30, 2015

For more information: http://www.billysherwoodcollection.com

Press inquires: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Prog Icon Billy Sherwood To Release New Solo Album ‘The Art Of Survival’

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Prog Icon Billy Sherwood To Release New Solo Album ‘The Art Of Survival’

Oct. 15, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – Much to the excitement of progressive rock fans worldwide, multi-instrumentalist, producer/engineer, singer/songwriter Billy Sherwood is releasing his new solo CD ‘Art Of Survival’ on October 5, 2012. As well as being band member/producer of bands such as CIRCA:, YES, World Trade, Conspiracy and more recently The Prog Collective and The Fusion Syndicate, this CD marks the 6th solo release from Sherwood, who performs all instruments and vocals, as well as delivering his signature sonic spectrum in the production.

Billy broaches a number of controversial and topical subjects in ‘The Art Of Survival’. Songs with titles such as “Drone Decipher”, “Chosen By Divinity”, “The Military Industrial Complex” and “Whose Side Are We On” explore topics such as the idea of extremes in surveillance, paranoia, propaganda, geo-politics, modern age warfare, technology, faith and the art of survival. “The idea of the CD is how the integration of politics, technology, faith and zealotry mix and mingle,” explains Billy.

In other news, along with the release of ‘The Art Of Survival’, Billy has been producing a number of projects including the latest release by UK prog legends Nektar, The Prog Collective and The Fusion Syndicate projects, Days Between Stations second release and others. “I produced/recorded/mixed Nektar’s new studio record called ‘Time Machine’, coming soon,” says Billy. “The Prog Collective is an all original record I wrote/produced/mixed and then played on, featuring many great artists from the prog genre. It is a very special record containing some of progs biggest names. I am currently writing the next PC record as we speak.” The Fusion Syndicate is a similar production as The Prog Collective, following the same model except in the fusion-jazz genre. Also, CIRCA: recently performed a series of successful shows in Brazil. Says Billy, “We are assembling music from various live performances and looking forward to releasing a live record as the next CIRCA: CD. We are discussing making a new studio record as well.” Lastly, Billy will be producing and writing material for legendary actor William Shatner’s new solo CD; a concept album featuring amazing guest artists!

Join Billy Sherwood and the Prog Collective on the Moody Blues’ Moodies Cruise! Setting sail to Jamaica March 20-25, 2013, along with the Moody Blues, the Prog Collective (featuring Billy Sherwood Kaye) will be joined by The Strawbs, The Zombies, Little River Band, Ambrosia, Stephen Bishop, Asia Feat. John Payne and Joe Williams of Toto. For more information on this unique cruise check out the website at http://moodiescruise.com/

In conclusion, Billy has this to impart to his fans and listeners: “I appreciate the support and hope you enjoy this new record.”

Please visit the online store to purchase ‘The Art Of Survival’ along with other Billy Sherwood solo works: http://www.billysherwoodhq.com

“Whose Side Are We On?” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUpVAhSCOi4&list=PL5A6348E726E47AA2&index=2&feature=plcp

“Drone Deciphers” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgSnZMtLycE&feature=share&list=PL5A6348E726E47AA2

Billy Sherwood’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/billysherwoodhq

Billy Sherwood’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/billy.sherwood.54?ref=tn_tnmn

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com