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Drummer Mark Murdock To Release 3rd Solo Album “False Readings” Featuring Prog Legends Nektar

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Drummer Mark Murdock To Release 3rd Solo Album “False Readings” Featuring Prog Legends Nektar

“False Readings” is drummer Mark Murdock’s third solo prog-rock release which features Fernando Perdomo, whom Mark performed with in the ‘Out to Sea Band’ on the 2022 Cruise to the Edge. Also contributing on selected songs are recurring guest artists from the band ‘Nektar’ with Ron Howden, Derek ‘Mo’ Moore and Nektar newcomers, Ryche Chlanda and Kendall Scott.

Mark says, “‘False Readings’ comes after the release of two experimental in my Cymbalic Encounters catalog; ‘Overexposure’ and ‘Cerulean Cathedral.’ There may be traces of these works on some elements of the music, as some of the material was composed near the same time frame, while offering some new dimensions to my works.

False Readings” (Track List)

1. Distant Sirens
2. Volatility Swaying
3. Remain in Darkness
4. Until I Reach the End
5. Pure as the Driven Snow
6. False Readings
7. Symposium of the Greatest Failures
8. Singularities
9. The Extremities of My Dreams
10. Ending World Overture

Mark Murdock/drums, keyboards, synthesizers & percussion
Tim Pepper/vocals
Fernando Perdomo/guitar on songs 2, 4 & 8
Ron Howden/drums on songs 3 & 5 *Courtesy of Nektar
Derek ‘Mo’ Moore/bass on song 2 *Courtesy of Nektar
Ryche Chlanda/guitar song 2 *Courtesy of Nektar
Kendall Scott/synth solo on song 6 *Courtesy of Nektar
Ken Hall/guitar on songs 1, 6 & 7
Katsumi Yoneda/electric guitar on song 5
Dave Juteau/guitar on song 3 & 7
Daniel Kubota/12 string guitar on song 5/electric guitar on songs 9 & 10
David Rambeau/ending lead guitar on song 3

All compositions, lyrics and music by Mark Murdock
Produced by Mark Murdock
Mixed and Mastered by Mark Murdock
Cover photo by Satomi taken in Kagoshima, Japan
Copyright 2022

Digital audio available on Bandcamp and all digital platforms:

False Readings” YouTube videos:

Distant Sirens

Volatility Swaying

Remain in Darkness

Until I Reach the End

Pure as the Winter Snow

False Readings

Symposium of the Greatest Failures


The Extremities of My Dreams

Ending World Overture

Also available from Mark Murdock:

Visitors from Another Planet

The Phoenix has Risen

Era-2 (The New York Recordings/Eyes Down)

Era-2 (Phoenix Recordings/Seacloud)

Cymbalic Encounters:

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Prog Duo Mark Murdock and Dmitry M. Epstein Release New Concept Album “Oblivion Bound” Feat. Ron Howden of Nektar & Fernando Perdomo

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Prog Duo Mark Murdock and Dmitry M. Epstein Release New Concept Album “Oblivion Bound” Feat. Ron Howden of Nektar & Fernando Perdomo

Out on October 30th via Bandcamp, “Oblivion Bound”: the first full-length collaboration between Mark Murdock and Dmitry M. Epstein

The eve of Halloween 2021 sees the release of “Oblivion Bound”: a concept album, devised by Dmitry M. Epstein on Mark Murdock’s request, a record which tells a story of a rock star who dies and is given a second chance to live – provided he can change and get cleansed through his love, his only constant on this mortal coil – but what if he returns and no one remembers his name? It’s a story of Orpheus and Eurydice turned inside out and upside down, with a possible happy end – recounted over the background blending hard-rock vigor and prog sophistication and set to a string of highly memorable melodies.

The joint project of Japan-based American Murdock, famous for his part in Peter Banks’ Empire, and Canadian Epstein, a music journalist and a runner of the “Let It Rock” website (, who followed the veteran’s career and reviewed albums he released with such ensembles as Cymbalic Encounters and Masheen Messiah, started in early 2021.

Perceived initially as a Murdock record, “The Game of the Name” – this is the opus’ original title – turned into a duo’s one once Mark asked Dmitry to come up with a concept which would run through all the songs they planned to write. The latter obliged, even though he had never penned a narrative-based lyrics, as opposed to image-driven words, and the former sketched out demos to be fleshed out by artists often present on his discs. Thus, The Id’s Tim Pepper became the voice of “Oblivion Bound” and NEKTAR’s Ron Howden shared drumming duties with Murdock, while Fernando Perdomo, his colleague in The New Empire, and his son Preston are but two of the guitarists featured on the album.

While the record was being prepared, Dmitry co-wrote two songs on Mark’s Atomic Rooster tribute, Nuclear Bird’s debut “Tyrannical Megalomaniac,” and Mark finished and has just released his new solo CD, “Visitors from Another Planet.”

Says Mark Murdock, “Based on the creative writing of Dmitry’s reviews, I felt he was the right person to approach about doing a concept project with. In this project the lyrics were written after the music, but perhaps as follow up we can reverse the process.”

Adds Dmitry M. Epstein, “It was a gripping experience directing Mark’s music as well as being directed by it. The result of our efforts is open to interpretation, but don’t hurry to jump to conclusions just because the end of this story might have to be written yet.”

Watch the “Oblivion Bound” Promotion Video:

The album is available for streaming and download at:
and will also soon be made available on all digital platforms.

Mark and Dmitry are available for interviews

The tracklist:
1. Coming To
2. Ain’t No Avalon
3. Echo of My Ego
4. A Way Out For the Weak
5. The Game of the Name
6. Voices in My Mind
7. Outside Whorl
8. Vanishing Point
9. Will You Take Me Back (to the Fold)?

All music composed by Mark Murdock,
except Song 9 which was composed by Preston Murdock
Lyrics by Dmitry M. Epstein

Mark Murdock – drums, percussion & keyboards
Ron Howden (Nektar) – drums on song 8
Tim Pepper (The Id) – vocals
Fernando Perdomo (The New Empire) – lead guitar on songs 1 & 2
Katsumi Yoneda (French TV) – guitar
Dave Juteau (The Dave Juteau Band) – guitar on song 8
Preston Murdock (Cymbalic Encounters) – guitar on song 9
Jeff Curry (Izmatik) – bass
Daniel Kubota (Cymbalic Encounters) – guitar on song 4

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Mark Murdock
Recorded at Off-Shore Studios, Tokyo and U.K.
Artwork by TimPani Graphics
Copyright 2021

To purchase:

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Drummer Mark Murdock Releases New Solo Album “The Phoenix Has Risen” Feat. Ron Howden of Nektar and Fernando Perdomo

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Drummer Mark Murdock Releases New Solo Album “The Phoenix Has Risen” Feat. Ron Howden of Nektar and Fernando Perdomo

“Sounds strong!” – Steve Hackett

“The Phoenix Has Risen” represents the work of drummer/songwriter Mark Murdock whose previous works included Cymbalic Encounters (With Brand X musicians) and Empire (Peter Banks of YES) and most recently The New Empire “Second Lifetime” release on Forward Motion Records. Mark was also a guest on the YES 50th Anniversary tribute album by Dave Kerzner and Fernando Perdomo

“The Phoenix Has Risen” was composed and produced by Mark during the lockdown of 2020. Mark sites the Phoenix in the title as a symbol of hope in these pandemic times. Mark just happens to be from Phoenix, Arizona but now resides in Tokyo. The music leans more to the Prog side with hints of rock and pop embellished in it.

The 12 song CD features guest artists, not only including guitarist Fernando Perdomo, but veteran Prog drummer Ronald Howden of Nektar who guests on two songs, and bassist Alan Thomson, who played with John Martyn and currently the Martin Barres Band, U.K. vocalist Tim Pepper and Joe Berger lead guitar and more.

Mark not only composed all music and lyrics but all the keyboard tracks including orchestral sections.

Watch the promotional video:

Mixed and Mastered by Mark Murdock and Joe Berger BEAM Audio NYC
Artwork by Synergy/Leon Alvarado

Currently available on all digital platforms. Physical release through Disk Union Japan. For International orders

Track list:
The Phoenix Has Risen
Reoccurring Dreams
Heal My Wounded Soul
Exit Door
The Starfish and the Four Phases of the Moon
When Thoughts Collide
Silence on Empty Streets
All Fools Fade Away
The Unknown Man
Set Your Heart On Fire
In The Future Of

Mark Murdock- drums, synthesizer, piano, orchestra horns, percussion and backing vocals
Tim Pepper- lead vocal *Courtesy of TheId
Daniel Kubota- guitar
Kenta Shimokuni-bass
Katsumi Yoneda- guitar on songs 2, 3 & 12 *Courtesy of French TV
Joe Berger- lead guitar on song 1
Preston Murdock- lead guitar on songs 4 & 7
David Rambeau- guitar on song 7 & acoustic guitar on song 8
Tatsuo Inoue-rhythm guitar on song 6
Rodolfo Falora- bass on songs 1, 6 & 9

Featured Artists:
Ronald Howden- drums on songs 2 & double drumming on song 9 *Courtesy of Nektar
Fernando Perdomo- guitar on songs 4, 6 & 9 *Courtesy of The Out To Sea Band
Alan Thomson- fretless bass on song 4 *Courtesy of The Martin Barres Band

All music and lyrics composed by Mark Murdock
*Song 7 was composed by Cary Bialac and Mark Murdock

Here’s what’s being said about “The Phoenix Has Risen”:

“While Mark Murdock may have seemed to venture beyond art-rock pastures he used to explore decades ago, prog remains a vital aspect of this EMPIRE and BRAND X associate, and even though there are collective projects the veteran was involved with lately, his individual style naturally led to a solo album, a record of a particularly personal stripe.” – DMME

“Symphonic Visual Music!” – Cary Bialac, producer/musician

“There are themes that could be Prog Soundtracks or Miniseries!” –

Anonymous musician in Tokyo

“Prog at its best! Mark Murdock’s new solo work, ‘The Phoenix Has Risen’ is most definitely carrying the innovative torch on this much missed genre of music” – Anonymous Prog Fan

Disk Union CD release date 12/23/2020

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Drummer Mark Murdock Releases New Prog CD ‘Cymbalic Encounters’ Featuring Brand X’s John Goodsall, Percy Jones, Kenwood Dennard And Other Guest Artists David Sancious and Spock’s Beard’s Ryo Okumotu

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Drummer Mark Murdock Releases New Prog CD ‘Cymbalic Encounters’ Featuring Brand X’s John Goodsall, Percy Jones, Kenwood Dennard And Other Guest Artists David Sancious and Spock’s Beard’s Ryo Okumotu

Tokyo, Japan – Prog fans worldwide are buzzing with excitement over the new CD release by drummer/songwriter/producer Mark Murdock titled ‘Cymbalic Encounters’. Says Mark, “The concept of ‘Cymbalic Encounters’ represents the ‘Encountering of Symbolic Musicians’ as my greatest success in music has been keeping company with great musicians.”

“Mark Murdock’s ‘Cymbalic Encounters’ fulfills a longtime elusive goal. I tried to feature more the inherent UK prog (progressive rock) element of the fusion band, Brand X – with little success. Mr. Murdock seems to have achieved this combination with remarkable ease.” – John Goodsall

The cymbal in ‘Cymbalic’ symbolizes meeting up with another drummer. “When I was 15, I broke my snare drum head and went into a music store in Phoenix, my hometown, where I was approached by this hippie looking guy with a Liverpool accent, who inquired into the local music scene and identified himself as a drum roadie for a touring band from England and invited me to that evening’s concert to meet the drummer and band he was working for. He presented me with backstage passes and tickets.” There Mark was introduced to the drummer of the band, a guy named Phil Collins with the band Genesis. “To make a long story short, Phil was keen on American drummers and so we engaged in drummers’ talk. I instantly loved Phil’s drumming. I met him on every tour that Genesis made to the states and eventually made it over to the UK, just in time to hear Brand X in rehearsal at Islands Studios in Hammersmith, London, where I was introduced to the other members. They were preparing to record their first record. But I thought they were just jamming, so I used to jump on a percussion rig there and jam along. Not realizing what I was jamming to was the material for ‘Unorthodox Behaviour’. I also went to their very first gigs at the London School Of Economics and The Marquee Club via Phil. He also used to allow me into Trident Recording Studios where Genesis was recording ‘A Trick Of The Tail’. There might have been a hidden motive to this as I was sometimes recruited as the unpaid official Brand X ‘Fish And Chips boy’ and babysitter for Phil. But in return I used to listen to his personal tapes of the ‘Lamb’ tours and play his red upright piano with a green painting on the purple walls. It was really an ugly site!” laughs Mark. “At any rate, it made a great musical impression on my life – not the interior design, but the music, the creative element, the energy.”

“Rated as ‘8’ out of the ‘Best 10 CDs in 2012’! Mark Murdock – ‘Cymbalic Encounters’: Murdock surrounds himself with a group of outstanding players, delivering one of the best solo albums by a drummer that I have heard in a LONG time. Includes the smooth bass sounds of Percy Jones…the always in the right groove playing of John Goodsall – ‘THE CLOSEST THING’ to a new Brand X album that you’ll come close to, with a twist.” – Gary Brown, American Corespondent for Classic Rock Radio Dot EU

Mark Murdock started playing drums at a young age in Phoenix, Arizona. He played in a local jazz-rock band ‘Seacloud’ gaining local recognition and featured on Phoenix radio KDKB sponsored album. Mark’s British connections eventually led him to Peter Banks, original guitarist with YES, who he teamed up with in Peter Banks EMPIRE in Los Angeles where he showcased in Empire and recorded a demo which later was released on CD as ‘Empire Mark III’ on One Way Records. Mark was also mentioned in the Peter Banks biography (co-written by Billy James) ‘Beyond And Before’.

And just how did Mark bring Percy Jones and David Sancious together on the bonus track (song 14) “Waters From Marsh Harbour”?

Mark explains, “In terms of Percy, I have been in touch with him probably the longest out of anyone from Brand X. I moved to New York from Phoenix, only to find that Percy had moved there, as well. So, I just happened to have had the opportunity to write and record three tracks with David Sancious, who I met in Phoenix before moving east. David was touring with Jack Bruce (Cream) and Billy Cobham was their drummer, who had broken his TAMA Octobans stand. The owner of the club called me, knowing I was the only guy in Arizona who possessed one, so I hooked Billy up with my stand and got free tickets and a chance to hang with the band. I played David my recent recording that I had made with keyboardist Allan Zavod (Jean-Luc Ponty, Zappa). I assume David liked what he heard…he suggested that if I was ever on the east coast to look him up, which is exactly what I did shortly afterwards. I spent a few days at David’s house writing a three song demo which we later recorded. David’s playing is so profound! I quickly invited Percy to record bass on our tracks at Unique Studios in NYC. Brand X was actually scheduled for a 2012 tour with David Sancious, but it fell through. As a result I decided to add the track to ‘Cymbalic Encounters’ to show that they in fact joined forces below. Percy has supported me on numerous projects including ‘Eyes Down’ with songwriting, recording and playing live gigs. The ‘Eyes Down’ CD features guest appearances by violinist Shankar (Peter Gabriel, Frank Zappa, Shakti) percussionist Mino Cinelu (Miles Davis, Weather Report) and drummer/vocalist Tony ‘Thunder’ Smith (John Mclaughlin, Lou Reed) Percy is a ‘one of a kind’ bassist. He never plays inside the music, but plays outside just enough to keep within musical constraints in a mysterious way. I have always admired his musical sense.”

“I met up with John Goodsall after not seeing him since the early Brand X days in London, in 1997 in Tokyo, where I currently reside. John is amazing in the way he understands Percy’s playing and visa versus. But more than that, John’s chording, melodies and leads are like no other in my book!!! What he contributed to the tracks was so magical! I was also a big fan of Atomic Rooster which was his previous band before Brand X.”

Former Brand X/Pat Martino drummer Kenwood Dennard who played in Phil Collins absence of Brand X, due to Genesis commitments, also plays electronic drums on the track ‘Unauthorized Recording’. Says Mark, “I had this grand idea of inviting some of the previous Brand X members on board; Robin Lumley and Mike Clark, who had agreed but were swept away with overloaded projects. I later realized I actually had a track of Kenwood playing my old electronic kit at a Tokyo gig that we played together from some years back. I was able to re-trigger the drum sounds and use them on the track. It may be the first time those guys have been on record together since the Brand X ‘Livestock’ album!”

“Murdock’s ‘Cymbalic Encounter’ is a must hear CD!! Accompanied with Percy Jones, and John Goodsall they made one of the best prog – funk – jazz fusion – adult pop recordings that I heard in ages. Highly recommended!” – Gary Brown – American Corespondent for Classic Rock Radio Dot EU

Under the microscope, there are eight instrumental tracks and six vocal tracks that Mark is featured on vocals. Instrumental tracks like “Goodsall Funk Railroad/Ballad Of Percy Jones” which gets its name from Grand Funk Railroad and the kid’s animation ‘Thomas’ is very reminiscent of early Brand X with its tight funk groove and soulful guitar melodies. The track “Cymbalic Encounters” has a mellow atmosphere with John Goodsall’s signature sound. Vocal songs like ‘Artificial Society’ which has a pop element of catchy hooks to it, which Mark lyrically describes living in Japan – from a foreigner’s view point. “The Manufacturers” is a song about China’s manufacturing machine. Mark sings “We are the manufacturers – for better or for worse.” Also featured is Spock’s Beard keyboardist, Ryo Okumoto, who is no stranger to prog audiences worldwide. Ryo plays some mean MOOG synth on the track “Kaiten Zushi.” And guest guitarist, Joe Berger who offers some bluesy/soulful lead guitar on several or more tracks and also mixed and mastered the CD at BEAM AUDIO, NYC. A few of Mark’s long time friends, Dave Juteau and Ken Hall helped cover a needed few spots, which Mark is pleased with their contribution.

What does Mark have as a follow-up to this CD? “I am currently working on a follow-up CD with some of the tracks that didn’t make this CD, also batch of new songs featuring Percy and John with hopefully some new featured artists – kind of like Ringo’s All Stars Band,” laughs Mark. “Plus, I plan to release a few other side projects in 2013 as well.”

In closing Mark has this to impart to his listeners, “Percy and John really dedicated their talented writing skills and playing to support this CD. I feel honored to have them as the ‘Featured Guests’ on ‘Cymbalic Encounters’.”

To purchase Mark Murdock’s ‘Cymbalic Encounters’:
Digital downloads also available from iTunes and Amazon

For information on purchasing physical CD orders:
Japan (only) distributor: Disk Union –

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158,