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Music Legend Todd Rundgren’s Notre Dame Artist in Residence Mini-Documentary

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Music Legend Todd Rundgren’s Notre Dame Artist in Residence Mini-Documentary

Rundgren started his Spirit of Harmony Foundation a few years ago to help bring music back into schools – http://spiritofharmony.org. A few months ago he accepted an invitation from Notre Dame University to conduct a week-long Artist In Residence music program, on the condition that it highlight the Foundation.

Notre Dame just completed the following mini-documentary on his week on campus (and off campus):

The iconic songwriter, recording artist, producer and innovator released his critically acclaimed new album “White Knight” on May 12 via Cleopatra Records. The 15-track collection features a dynamic range of original songs and deft studio work by Rundgren, with an impressive array of what he terms “collaborators”, including Dam Funk, Donald Fagen, Daryl Hall, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails, Bettye LaVette, Robyn, Joe Satriani, and Joe Walsh.

To order: https://www.amazon.com/White-Knight-Todd-Rundgren/dp/B06XGTTDXM

Todd Rundgren is on tour throughout 2017: http://www.todd-rundgren.com/tr-tour.html

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/toddrundgren/

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
http://www.CleopatraRecords.com

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Prog-Fusion Ensemble BangTower Returns With Eagerly Awaited New Album “With N With Out”

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Prog-Fusion Ensemble BangTower Returns With Eagerly Awaited New Album “With N With Out”
– Now Available Worldwide!

Featuring Percy Jones, Neil Citron, Walter Garces, Robby “Pag”, Frankie Banali, and others!

Chicago/Los Angeles – Declassified Records is proud to announce the newest album from progressive fusion legends “BangTower” entitled “ With N With Out” is now also available in retail stores in Japan serviced by Marquee Distribution. The highly anticipated 13 track sophomore album, originally released late December, marks the first full length CD since the internationally acclaimed 2010 debut release, “Casting Shadows”.

Returning to the project are fretless bass guitar legend Percy Jones of “Brand X”, Grammy winner Neil Citron, “L.A. Drum Guru” Walter Garces, and musician/producer Jon Pomplin. In addition, the album also features several guest artists including drummers Frankie Banali of “Quite Riot” and Rodger Carter of “John 5” as well as fretless bassist Robertino “Pag” Pagliari of “Ohm”, Joan Fraley of “The Rave”, Chris Colovus, Josh Greenbaum and Justin Stone.

BangTower was designed from the beginning to explore new musical landscapes by bringing together artists from different musical specialties, disciplines and physical locations to create something exciting and exceptional. When numerous unavoidable and unexpected scheduling issues arose with the core members after production of the new record had started, the concept was expanded to include several other friends of the band as guest musicians to complete the record. The result turned out even better than anticipated and remained true to the BangTower ideal.

By combining digital technology and traditional studio recording techniques, musicians from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Hawaii were able to collaborate, write and record intricate, soulful music with a distinctive and fresh personality that is can be enjoyed numerous times. Compositions that challenged each player’s imagination and style by pushing the edge of their musical “comfort zone”, while remaining familiar and accessible to both the musician and non-musician fan alike. Although each piece of music is an exceptional stand-alone masterpiece, each track remains an integral part of the over-all context and feel of the album, and the BangTower project as a whole.

BangTower “With N With Out” tracks:

1. Hello I’m Here
Neil Citron – Guitars/Keyboards, Chris Colovas – Bass, Rodger Carter – Drums

2. PCH
Neil Citron – Guitars, Percy Jones – Bass/Keyboards, Walter Garces – Drums, Jon Pomplin – Keyboards

3. Chipotle
Neil Citron – Guitars/Keyboards/Vocals, Robertino “Pag” Pagliari – Bass, Frankie Banali – Drums, Joan Fraley – Vocals

4. Soul to Sole
Neil Citron – Guitars/Keyboards, Percy Jones – Bass, Walter Garces – Drums

5. Roger, Wilco N Out
Neil Citron – Guitars/Keyboards/Vocals, Robertino “Pag” Pagliari – Bass, Josh Greenbaum – Drums, Jon Pomplin – Bass (N Out)

6. Uncle Floyd
Neil Citron – Guitars/Keyboards, Robertino “Pag” Pagliari – Bass, Roger Carter – Drums

7. Kitty’s Real Groove
Neil Citron – Guitars/Keyboards/Vocals, Robertino “Pag” Pagliari – Bass, Frankie Banali – Drums, Joan Fraley – Vocals

8. My Fathers Smile
Neil Citron – All Instruments

9. McGown’s Pass
Neil Citron – Guitars, Percy Jones – Bass/Keyboards, Walter Garces – Drums

10. This is My Town
Neil Citron – Guitars/Vocals, Percy Jones – Bass, Walter Garces – Drums

11. 6/8 Primate
Neil Citron – Guitars, Percy Jones – Bass, Frankie Banali – Drums, Jon Pomplin – Keyboards

12. Good Bye N Good Nite
Neil Citron – Guitars/Keyboards/Vocals, Joan Fraley – Bass/Vocals, Rodger Carter
– Drums

(BONUS Track – Digital) – Hair of the Dog (single)
Neil Citron – Guitars/Keyboards, Percy Jones – Bass, Walter Garces – Drums

(BONUS Track – CD) – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Neil Citron – Guitars, Percy Jones – Bass, Walter Garces – Drums

The new limited edition CD of record “With N With Out” also contains a “bonus holiday track”. A new interpretation and arrangement of the winter classic “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” featuring Percy, Walter and Neil, originally recorded in 2013.

Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Neil Citron.
Released by Declassified Records
Executive Producer – Jon Pomplin
© Declassified Records BMI / S.B.I. Music BMI

Special “limited edition” autographed CD bundles and merchandise are also available from the official BangTower store located at BandCamp. http://bangtower.bandcamp.com/merch

Marquee Distribution joins the growing worldwide network of “brick and mortar” and internet* retailers who have partnered with Declassified Records to provide both the traditional “record store” experience and the convenience of on-line ordering of music from BangTower, Neil Citron and other artists.

For more information on BangTower visit:
Official Website – http://www.BangTower.com ;
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/bangtower
FaceBook – http://www.facebook.com/Bangtower
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/BangTower

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

Record Label/Distribution Inquiries:
Declassified Records – http://www.declassifiedrecords.com ;
FaceBook – http://www.facebook.com/declassifiedrecords.com

* – Internet retailers include Amazon, CD-Baby, iTunes, BandCamp, Rhapsody, Apple Music, Spotify, and most other major international internet based distributors.


Critically Acclaimed 1971 Film “Extremes” Feat. Soundtrack By Supertramp And Others Now Available For Pre-Order!

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Critically Acclaimed 1971 Film “Extremes” Feat. Soundtrack By Supertramp And Others
Now Available For Pre-Order!

London – Available for the first time on CD and DVD, “Extremes” is the 1971 film Directed by Tony Klinger, Mike Lytton. It covers the whole gamut of present day human behaviour, from carefree pop fans bathing nude at the Isle of Wight to withdrawn, pathetic junkies hastening their own deaths with hard drugs. Such is the range encompassed by the so-called “permissive society”, doubly significant because it usually involves young people who have either never known discipline or are rebelling against an overdose of it. They can’t change society so they have no alternative but to drop out from it. In some of the most natural and remarkable film footage ever obtained, Tony Klinger and Michael Lytton have captured a unique cross-section of them going their chosen ways, and talking freely and frankly about doing so. Nothing was pre-arranged, nothing rehearsed: everything was filmed as it happened. Hippies, junkies, Hell’s Angels, alcoholics, drop-outs – all fall into the category of nonconformist minorities.

Accompanying this incredible film is an equally amazing sound track produced by Supertramp, Arc, Crucible and others. The sound track album was released on Deram and is so rare it sells for in excess of £250 and has never being be released on CD before.

Available from Gonzo Multimedia, this DVD/ CD package with an extensive booklet of photographs from the set and sleeve notes by Tony Klinger finally pays justice to this unique film

Tracks:
Arc – An Ear Ago
Arc – Great Lager Street
Crucible – Box Man
Mark McCann – Black Rose
Mark McCann – Refrigerated Warmth
Arc – Let Your Love Run Through
Crucible – Hit It
Supertramp – Surely
Supertramp – Am I Not Like Other Birds of Prey
Arc – I’m A Perfectly Happy Man
Supertramp – Words Unspoken
Crucible – Elvish Queen
Crucible – We Gotta Watch Out

Release Date: 30th June 2017

To pre-order “Supertramp – Extremes” (CD/DVD):
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/search/product_details/16012/Supertramp-Extremes.html

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“Phaedrus” Digital Magazine & Subscription Service Issues Rare & Unreleased PROG Music!

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“Phaedrus” Digital Magazine & Subscription Service Issues Rare & Unreleased PROG Music!

Carlos Plaza, leader and main composer of Kotebel, is now Chief Editor of a new quarterly digital magazine and subscription service called “Phaedrus.” The new magazine/service provides awareness among the progressive community and specializes in this genre and, among other content, provides a couple of features that are truly unique! Exclusive PROG music at an affordable price!

Phaedrus Music

“Phaedrus” offers original music that is not available for sale anywhere. In every issue, previously unreleased music is published and subscribers can download it in MP3 of WAV lossless. Says music artist and editor Carlos Plaza Vegas, “In this initial ‘Phaedrus’ phase, I’m the composer of all these pieces but as soon as ‘Phaedrus’ gains enough critical mass, I will be purchasing rights for original music from artists that I like. Thus, belonging to the Phaedrus Community will give you access to music that, at least for several years, will not be (legally) accessible by any other means. When the published pieces reach more than 45 minutes, a ‘Phaedrus’ album is manufactured and released. This album is sent to subscribers at no additional cost (not even shipping).” The digital magazine & subscription service is about to release its first album, “Triptych.”

Classics Choice

In this section, selected progressive rock master works are subject to analysis. It is important to highlight that we are not talking about reviews. The objective of these analyses is to submerge the listener into the details of the work. To allow the listener to discover hidden details, to better understand how the piece has been built, the relationship with the lyrics, the integration with the conceptual framework, etc. For the past 20 years or so, Progressive Rock has found a place among scholars. More and more musicologists are choosing progressive rock pieces as basis for research, doctoral and master’s thesis. Many universities now include progressive rock as a course that forms part of music graduate and undergraduate programs. These research papers are aimed at musicians and musicologists and include a lot of technical information that requires a solid music training. These works, as interesting as they are, cannot be fully understood by the average progressive music fan. Carlos explains, “So, what I do as part of these analyses, is to strip from those documents the parts that require profound music knowledge. I select fragments, ‘decaffeinate’ others, create a lot of new material, and build a detailed analysis that can be followed by any progressive music fan.”

Phaedrus has already published analyses of: “Close to the Edge” (2 articles), “Tarkus,” “Starless,” “Supper’s Ready” (2 articles) and “A Passion Play” (part 1). Next publications are: “A Passion Play” (part 2), “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway,” “Relayer,”and “Karn Evil 9.”

These analyses renew the listening enjoyment of beloved progressive rock classics but the most important benefit is this: These analyses help to develop listening skills that will enhance your enjoyment of music for the rest of your life!

Other “Phaedrus” sections include:

Kotebel Corner: with exclusive material for Kotebel fans including rare recordings, videos and music analyses.
Articles on a wide range of subjects related to art in general and music in particular.
Album recommendations.

The first album available “Triptych”:

Watch the promotional video: https://vimeo.com/216530750

“Triptych,” Phaedrus Music’s first album, offers a wide variety of styles, from symphonic progressive rock to chamber music. It features Carlos Plaza’s facet as a multi-instrumentalist, accompanied by a host of very special guests, including some very known to Kotebel fans.

The album is named after a three-piece suite whose first movement, “Dawn”, is the original piece from which the Adagio from Kotebel’s “Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble” was based. The album also marks the beginning of a long-term project: to put music to all 22 major Tarot arcana. “Triptych” includes “The Fool”, “The Magician” and “The High Priestess”. The rest will gradually be presented in future Phaedrus Music albums.

Carlos Plaza explains, “ ‘Triptych’ is an album that will appeal to a wide audience of progressive fans. From hard symphonic pieces like ‘Ignition’ to classical chamber music like ‘The High Priestess’, or even Zeuhl (‘Magmatron’ – my tribute to Magma), it covers a wide palette of textures and styles.

“Although the only way to get this album is by subscribing, subscription is so low that there is really very little difference compared to a standard purchase. The most economic subscription is the Semester Option, that costs 16.98 euros per semester (2.83 euros/month). Since you can cancel the subscription at anytime, you can subscribe, request the album, and for only 5 euros more (assuming the average cost of an album is 12 euros shipping included) you will have 6 months to enjoy all of Phaedrus’ private contents and cancel the subscription if you are not interested. The album of course, is yours to keep. So, almost for the price of an ordinary album, you will have a collector’s item.”

You can get the album, and listen to excerpts of all the pieces, visiting: http://www.phaedrus.es/triptych
For more information visit: https://www.phaedrus.es/welcome-to-the-world-of-phaedrus/

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New PledgeMusic Campaign For Roger Glover’s “Butterfly Ball” 2017 Directors Cut Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set!

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New PledgeMusic Campaign For Roger Glover’s “Butterfly Ball” 2017 Directors Cut Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set!

Feat. David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Gillan, John Lawton, Eddie Jobson, Vincent Price and others!

London – A new PledgeMusic campaign has been started for Deep Purple legend Roger Glover’s “Butterfly Ball” 2017 Directors Cut Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set to be released on Gonzo Multimedia!

“The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast” is a concept album and subsequent live rock opera appearing in 1974 and 1975 respectively, based on the children’s poem of a similar title. The work was originally conceived as a solo vehicle for Jon Lord to be produced by Roger Glover who had recently left Deep Purple. However, Lord proved too busy with Deep Purple and Glover took up the reins on his own. Using his connections, Glover recruited a large cast of noted rock musicians to perform on it, with a different vocalist for each character, including David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.

On 16 October 1975, a one-off performance at the Royal Albert Hall took place. Again it had a star-studded cast of rock musicians, most notably Ian Gillan who was drafted in at the last minute and received a standing ovation on his entrance. He replaced an unavailable Ronnie James Dio who had commitments with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (although Dio did eventually get to perform the song at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999 as the guest of Deep Purple). Gillan had not performed since leaving Deep Purple in 1973. Also notable was the appearance of Twiggy as singer and actress and Vincent Price as narrator. Apart from most of the musicians involved in the studio recording, the concert also featured Jon Lord. The live concert was filmed and released in 1976 produced and directed by Tony Klinger.

Tony Klinger is thrilled with the quality of the creation of this Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set which includes Double DVD (original film + 2017, re-edit, remaster), a Double CD (never released before), Reproduction Press Pack, 5 × 10″x 8″ glossy promotional photos, A3 reproduction Film Poster. Each box will contain a number certificate signed by Tony Klinger.

Box Set Content

Double DVD (original film + 2017, re-edit, remaster)
Double CD (never released before)
Reproduction Press Pack
5 × 10″x 8″ glossy promotional photos
A3 reproduction Film Poster (different to the poster which we are offering for sale)
Signed and number certificate.

There will only be 250 Boxes manufactured.

For more information: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/roger-glover-butterfly-ball

About PledgeMusic:

PledgeMusic is the leading global direct-to-fan platform dedicated to empowering artists, labels and brands to build communities, fund and pre-sell recordings, and provide unique experiences and exclusives throughout the entire music production and promotion lifecycle. PledgeMusic was named as one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Music for “Helping artists and fans get what they want”. – Fast Company.

Gonzo Multimedia: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/

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King Crimson To Tour North America Summer 2017 In Support of Forthcoming Live EP “Heroes”

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King Crimson To Tour North America Summer 2017 In Support of Forthcoming Live EP “Heroes”

Seminal rock band King Crimson begins their 2017 North American tour with the summer leg including a 17-show run spanning June 11 to July 10. The “Radical Action Tour 2017” will begin at Seattle’s Moore Theatre on June 11. The tour will run through cities Saratoga, Oakland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, and Minneapolis. King Crimson ends June with appearances at the Chicago Theatre on June 28 and Kodak Hall in Rochester on June 30.

The band begins July with a swing through Eastern Canada including an appearance at the Montreal Jazz Festival on the 3rd and at Toronto’s Massey Hall on the 5th ahead of a stop in Quebec City on the 7th. Crimson will play two shows at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey on July 9 and 10 before heading to Mexico City for shows on July 14 and 15. King Crimson also revealed, “there will be further dates in the autumn, to include New York City.”

With three drummers up front including Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, as well as the return of multi-instrumentalist Bill Reiflin on keyboards, guitarist, and original founding member, Robert Fripp, states that this “double quartet formation” is likely to make more noise than ever before. Rounding out the eight piece line up are guitarist and vocalist Jakko Jakszyk, bassist Tony Levin, and saxophonist Mel Collins, also an early member of Crim.

As well as standard tickets, the band’s label, DGM, also has announced sale of VIP Royal Packages, limited to just 50 per show. Details can be viewed at the label’s interactive and recently redeveloped website, http://www.dgmlive.com.

King Crimson 2017 North American Tour Dates:
06/11 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre (sold out!)
06/12 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre – tickets
06/13 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre – tickets
06/15 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery – tickets
06/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre – tickets
06/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre – tickets
06/19 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s – tickets
06/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre – tickets
06/24 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre – tickets
06/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre – tickets
06/28 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater – tickets
06/30 – Rochester, NY @ Rochester Jazz Festival – Kodak Hall – tickets
07/03 – Montreal QC @ Montreal Jazz Festival – tickets
07/05 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall – tickets
07/07 – Quebec, QC @ Centre Videotron – tickets
07/09 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre – tickets
07/10 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre – tickets

Coinciding with the first leg of the tour, King Crimson will be releasing a CD EP featuring their version of “Heroes” recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour. Robert Fripp, who plays the unforgettable guitar on Bowie’s original version, writes, “King Crimson performed ‘Heroes’ at the Admiralspalast in Berlin as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage. The concert was thirty-nine years and one month after the original sessions at the Hansa Tonstudio overlooking the Berlin Wall. This is released in the Fortieth Anniversary year.”

“Heroes – Live In Europe, 2016” is set for release on June 2nd 2017 and can be pre-ordered via the shops at http://www.dgmlive.com as well as available through traditional retail outlets. The US based Schizoid Shop has recently added a range of new shirts and other band-related merchandise, and offers weekly specials including offers to win free tour tees. http://www.schizoidshop.com.

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Drum Legend Corky Laing Moves Mountain! Spring & Summer 2017 World Tour!

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Drum Legend Corky Laing Moves Mountain!

Spring & Summer 2017 World Tour!

Corky Laing, the powerhouse drummer of the legendary bands Mountain and West, Bruce & Laing is taking Mountain’s music back on the road. Since 2015 Corky has infrequently played in Europe and the US as Corky Laing plays Mountain. The audiences’ response to Corky’s passion, energy and respect for the music has been enthusiastic and a momentum has been building. Spring and summer of 2017 see Corky embark on a World tour.

“… ‘Mississippi Queen’ was, of course, a highlight, but seldom have I seen a drummer dominate a set with such panache, and such deft use of the high hat and cowbell. There’s just not enough in rock these days. A true ‘giant of rock’.”
(http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2017/01/gig-review-giants-of-rock-butlins-minehead-27-30-january-2017/)

Corky Laing Plays Mountain World Tour 2017
05/10 – Blue Notez, Dortmund, Germany
05/11 – De Pul, Uden, Netherlands
05/12 – KultBahnhof, Gifhorn, Germany
05/13 – Maria’s Ballroom, Hamburg, Germany
05/15 – Meisenfrei, Bremen, Germany
05/17 – Yard Club, Köln, Germany
05/18 – Beavers, Miltenberg, Germany
05/19 – Blues Club Chiemgau, Rimsting, Germany
05/20 – Rockjungfer, Arnstadt, Germany
06/02 – Beverly (N. Boston), MA – 9 Wallis
06/03 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
06/05 – Raleigh, NC – Kings
06/06 – Wilmington, NC – Reggies
06/08 – Atlanta, GA – Southern Comfort
06/09 – Hattiesburgh, MS – Thirsty Hippo
06/10 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
06/11 – Houston, TX – White Oak
06/13 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint
06/14 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
06/16 – Denver, CO – Electric Funeral Fest
06/17 – Santa Fe, NM – Boxcar
06/18 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
06/20 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
06/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent
06/23 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
06/24 – Sacramento, CA – Starlite
06/26 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
06/27 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07/01 – Calgary, AB – Palomino
07/04 – Madison, WI – High Noon
07/05 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
07/06 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
07/07 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
07/08 – Toronto, ON – Garrison
07/09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
08/11 – Underground, Stockholm, Sweden
08/12 – Underground, Stockholm, Sweden
(More dates to be announced.)

More on Corky
http://www.corkylaingworks.com
Corky on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/corkylaing
US Booking, Nathan at
nanotear@gmail.com
Further info & interview requests etc., Tuija at
politebystander@gmail.com

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Indo-Fusion Guitarist Rahul Mukerji To Release Debut Album “Ma De Re Sha”

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Indo-Fusion Guitarist Rahul Mukerji To Release Debut Album “Ma De Re Sha”

Baltimore, MD – Indo-Fusion guitarist Rahul Mukerji will be releasing his eagerly awaited debut album “Ma De Re Sha” on May 29, 2017!

Rahul is a guitarist/musician based in Maryland, USA. Born in India, he has been performing live for over fifteen years. From dive bars and weddings, to crowds of thousands opening for the B-52s, he has had a varied performing career that has included gigs in Chicago, Boston, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., and India.

Rahul has been featured on a wide array of recordings. His original pieces were featured in the short indie film “Tokyo Confidential”. His music was also featured on DC local tri-state radio and his compositions have been featured in various fractal and traditional animations videos and used in the official score for the Fractal Forums web episodes.

Rahul was featured in the Guitar Player Magazine Editors’ Picks in 2008. He is also a guest Guitar Instructor on the Shred Academy website. In addition to music, Rahul is also an accomplished visual artist and regularly exhibits his work in the Washington metropolitan area. From the traditional to the digital domain, Rahul utilizes a wide array of mediums such as wood engraving, spray painting, pencil sketching, and computer fractal renderings.

“Rahul employs a shimmering acoustic and a bell-like clean tone to craft a light and airy piece that sits ever so nicely in the ‘feel good’ pocket. There are no guitar histrionics or crafty arrangements, here – just breezy melodies kissed by empathetic tones. Its a very pleasurable seduction.” – Michael Molenda, Editor, Guitar Player Magazine

From the source inspiration, to the concept, writing, arrangement, and its actual making, this project is truly a reflection of unity in diversity. This world fusion rock guitar album brings together flavors of Indian music, Middle Eastern percussion, jazz, ambient, rock, and metal. The compositions and the arrangements were inspired by interactions with people from different cultural backgrounds and walks of life, all filtered through the prism of Rahul’s own multicultural upbringing between East and West. The actual making of the music involved coordination with musicians and mixing/mastering engineers living in the US, Germany, Spain, and France.

Says Rahul, “The name for the album, as well as the title song, is derived from a word that a friend’s daughter used to exclaim at every occasion she could find. No one quite knows what it means, but she made it up herself and she just loved clamoring it with conviction and glee. This project is similar, as it’s a deeply personal statement, and the continuing journey to bring it to fruition has been a labor of love. The title song is dedicated to this little girl and the album name is a tribute to the spirit that the word represents.”

The guitars range from crisp acoustic tones and ethereal tapping soundscapes, to Indian Carnatic music inflected leads, heavy riffs, jazz chord progressions and blazing legato runs. Indian tablas and Middle Eastern percussion augment the rhythm section where Ruben Rubio’s superb bass lines go from anchoring the grooves to adding delightful counterpoints. The album’s wide stylistic palette is a reflection of the Rahul’s multicultural background and influences coming together as something new and distinctly unique.

Says Rahul, “Over the years, I have accumulated a large collection of songs and have posted them on different platforms (Myspace, Reverbnation, Soundcloud, etc.). There were also compositions that my band Iritis could not use because of the variance in style. I had always wanted to release a solo album from all this material, and in 2011, I had the opportunity to start working on this project. My former Iritis bandmate and drummer, Bruce Ng, who is currently in Germany, was enthusiastic about being a part of this undertaking. He became an integral and inseparable part of the journey as the co-producer of the album. In addition to programming drums he also reviewed all aspects of the project: from individual tracks, to the artwork, and any written materials. I can’t imagine this album without his help and am extremely grateful for all he has done and continues to do.

“From a writing perspective, the idea initially was to pick the ‘best of the litter’ from my old catalog and rework and release them as a homemade album for free. But as I started working on the pieces, I found myself composing new stronger material compared to my early work. I’ve always enjoyed the sound of tablas in heavy music and I decided to tailor the songs to that theme. Most of the songs were inspired by people from different backgrounds and walks of life, and my interaction with them. I tried to channel the essence of these interactions and the corresponding emotions into my music”

Band members:
Rahul Mukerji: Producer, songwriting, arrangements, guitars, guitar synth, e-bow, sampling, tabla and drum programming
Bruce Ng: Co-producer, arrangements, additional drum and percussion programming on all tracks
Ruben Rubio: All basses – http://www.rubenrubiobass.com

In closing Rahul has this to impart, “The album was born of multiculturalism and created with help from musicians and engineers in four different countries, over more than 5 years, through thousands of emails. We were all already friends or recommended by friends. It proved to me the importance of forging and nurturing bonds despite any geographic and cultural distances. While making this album, we may not have always been able to completely break through the language barrier, yet ultimately we were able to work through it all, and in music we found our common language. It was unity from diversity.”

To purchase Rahul Mukerji’s “Ma De Re Sha”:
https://rahulmukerji.bandcamp.com/
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RahulMukerji (coming May 29th)

For more information:
http://www.mukerji.us

Video links:
Youtube Channel Shortlink: https://goo.gl/GfCfj0
Album teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtlsgYBEBeI
FB page Shortlink: https://goo.gl/YYbPUe

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


King Crimson Guitar Legend Trey Gunn’s 7d Media Label To Merge With DiN Records

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King Crimson Guitar Legend Trey Gunn’s 7d Media Label To Merge With DiN Records

Trey Gunn (King Crimson, KTU, Security Project, solo artist) started 7d Media 15 years ago. The label began mainly as a vehicle for his own releases/projects and those of his closest colleagues (Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, etc…) The label has steadily grown and now encompasses a variety of releases connecting both progressive rock (Stick Men, Markus Reuter, TU etc…) to some of the more unusual world music (Phurpa, Inna Zhelannaya, Kimmo Pohjonen, etc…)

Based in the UK, the DiN label was set up by Ian Boddy in 1999 to release ambient electronica that bridges the gap between the analogue sound of the early 70’s synth pioneers and the digital soundscapes of the more experimental modern exponents of electronic music.

7d Media will be handling the distribution of all DiN Records releases in the USA/Canada.

Trey Gunn says “The merger with DiN Records is an obvious one. My friend and colleague Markus Reuter has recorded many albums for DiN as well as other characters connected to my own line of work — Robert Rich, the producer Flood and others. I am very happy to be working with Ian Boddy and DiN to bring their releases into the hands of fans here in the USA/Canada.”

The back catalog that is now available:

DiN 29 Robert Rich, React
DiN 31 Ian Boddy, Slide
DiN 32 Parallel Worlds, Shade
DiN 33 Markus Reuter & Ian Boddy, Dervish
DiN 35 Arc, Church
DiN 36 Ian Boddy, Pearl
DiN 38 Mazmoneth, Music By Mirrors
DiN 39 Ian Boddy & Erik Wøllo, Frontiers
DiN 41 Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell, Morphogenic
DiN 43 Ian Boddy, Liverdelphia
DiN 44 Node, Node 2
DiN 45 Arc, Umbra
DiN 46 Eric Wøllo & Bernhard Wosthein, Weltenuhr
DiN 47 Dave Bessell, Black Horses of The Sun
DiN 48 Parallel Worlds & Self-Oscillate, World Adaptor
DiN 49 Ian Boddy, Tone Science
DiN 51 (cd) Ian Boddy, As Above So Below
DiN 51 (vinyl) Ian Boddy, As Above So Below
DiN 52 (latest release) Markus Reuter & Ian Boddy, Memento (releases May 19, 2017)

The latest release, coming out May 19, 2017, is a collaboration between Markus Reuter and Ian Boddy entitled “Memento.” “Memento” (DiN52) is the fifth DiN CD collaboration between label boss Ian Boddy & renowned composer and touch guitarist Markus Reuter. They were there at the birth of DiN in 1999 with their inaugural release Distant Rituals (DiN2) and this latest work not only affectionately looks back to that album but forges ahead into new musical territory.

The album opens with the powerful tour de force of “Gyroscope” with its ever evolving guitar arpeggios and thunderous percussion. The following track “Spindrift” has a mysterious harmonic feel highlighted by Reuter’s beautiful guitar playing & Boddy’s ambient production. “Linger” & “Stay” form a pair of soundscapes where Reuter’s guitar loop ambiences are intermingled with extraordinary analogue textures from Boddy’s Serge modular synthesiser. The former provides a breathing space within the album after the two opening tracks whereas the latter brings the CD to a gentle, drifting close. The title track hearkens back to the duos first collaborative album with it’s pulsing cut up treatment of a Reuter guitar loop soundscape and perhaps informs the listener as to the nature of this “Memento”. Although Boddy often keeps in the background in terms of lead solo work when working with Reuter the track “Deadlock” features an Ondes Martenot style synth line that soars above this dark emotionally laden piece.

Once again Reuter & Boddy have proved to be a potent musical team with their balance of styles producing a complex, deep album. Effortlessly crossing genres between prog and ambient electronica it not only looks back to their roots but creates new sonic landscapes for the listener to explore.

For more information: http://www.7dmedia.com

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


Drum Legend Neal Smith Joins Original Alice Cooper Group Members at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville – May 14, 2017!

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Drum Legend Neal Smith Joins Original Alice Cooper Group Members at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville – May 14, 2017!

Alice Cooper to perform with original band members Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce at TPAC in Nashville on May 14 – Tickets on sale now at TPAC.org

NASHVILLE, TN – Original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce will perform with the legendary shock-rock performer at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall on May 14. Nashville is the only date on the 2017 Spend the Night with Alice Cooper USA tour where fans can experience a special mini-set featuring the four original members of the group, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

Tickets are on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville. VIP packages are available through the TPAC Box Office for a limited time.

Bassist Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith, and guitarist Michael Bruce have contributed to and appear on Cooper’s forthcoming new album due this summer, produced again by longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin.

“We’ve recorded much of my last album and my new one in Nashville and it’s such a great music town,” said Cooper. “With so many musician, songwriter and producer friends here, as well as great rock fans who come to our concerts, it’s special to be performing with Neal, Michael and Dennis in Nashville for them.”

If You Go:
Spend the Night with Alice Cooper
May 14, 2017
8 p.m.
TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall
505 Deaderick St.
Tickets:
TPAC.org (https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/alice-cooper-2017-tpac)
615-782-4040

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

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Over three decades, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million students, educators, and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Founded in 1980, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of the three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. For more information, visit TPAC.org.

Neal Smith official website: http://nealsmithrocks.com/

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