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Symphonic Rock Legends Renaissance Announce 50th Anniversary Fall Tour 2019

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Symphonic Rock Legends Renaissance Announce 50th Anniversary Fall Tour 2019

ASHES ARE BURNING with Symphonic Rock Legends Renaissance Featuring Annie Haslam  

In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, Symphonic Rock Legends Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam are embarking on a 10 concert date tour of the US. Including five special dates with The Renaissance Chamber Orchestra!

Annie Haslam says, “I joined the band New Years day 1971, now 48 years later we are still performing and bringing our unique style of music to more and more fans all over the world. This very special Anniversary tour will be a retrospective celebration of Renaissance Classics including a special guest appearance from Jim McCarty, Renaissance and Yardbirds co-founder. He will be joining us at The Keswick Glenside show on October 12th which will be filmed for our first high definition Blue Ray DVD.”

Renaissance will be performing songs with the orchestra that have never been orchestrated before including their most notably “Ashes Are Burning”!


photo: Richard Barnes

Renaissance are: Annie Haslam –  lead  vocals, Rave Tesar – keyboards, Mark Lambert – guitars/vocals, Geoffrey Langley – keyboards/vocals, Leo Traversa – bass guitar/vocals, Frank Pagano – drums/percussion/vocals

Renaissance Tour Dates:

10/10 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head On Stage
Link: https://www.ramsheadonstage.com/event/1858778/

10/11/19 – New York, NY @ Town Hall (orchestra)
Link: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/030056B1AA971B4F

10/12 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre (orchestra)
Link: https://www.axs.com/events/374102/renaissance-tickets

10/13 – Harrisburg, PA @ Whitaker Center (orchestra)
Link: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/02005691C9A58C93

10/15 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre (orchestra)
Link: https://thebasie.org/events/renaissance-ashes-are-burning/

10/16 – Ridgefield, CT @ The Ridgefield Playhouse (orchestra)
Link: http://tickets.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/ordertickets.asp?p=2938

10/17 – Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
Link: http://tickets.tupelohall.com/Renaissance

10/18 – Boston, MA @ City Winery
Link: https://citywinery.com/boston/ashesareburningrenaissance50thanniversarytour201910182019.html

10/19 – Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre (orchestra)
Link: http://www.theegg.org/event/ashes-are-burning-renaissance

10/20 – Wilmington, DE @ The Grand Opera House
Link: https://tickets.thegrandwilmington.org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=6454

Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band’s career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.

The band has toured throughout the world and has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and additionally at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. Renaissance had a top ten hit in the UK with their song “Northern Lights” that still demands airplay to this day.

For more information:
www.renaissancetouring.com
facebook.com/renaissancetouring
www.anniehaslam.com
facebook.com/anniehaslamart

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

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Esoteric Recordings Release Expanded & Remastered Renaissance Titles “A Song For All Seasons,” “Ashes Are Burning” and “Prologue”

Esoteric Recordings Release Expanded & Remastered Renaissance Titles “A Song For All Seasons,” “Ashes Are Burning” and “Prologue”

Renaissance latest release “A Symphonic Journey” also available through Esoteric Recordings

Esoteric Recordings Release Expanded & Remastered Renaissance Titles “A Song For All Seasons,” “Ashes Are Burning” and “Prologue.” The band’s latest release “A Symphonic Journey” is also available through the label. Expanded & Remastered versions of Renaissance’s “Carnegie Hall,” “Scherezade” and “Novella.” are soon to follow!

Renaissance: “A Song For All Seasons” 3CD Remastered & Expanded Clamshell Box Edition

Released March 29, 2019.

TRACKLIST
A NEWLY RE-MASTERED 3 CD EXPANDED CLAMSHELL BOXED SET EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC RENAISSANCE ALBUM

FEATURING 15 BONUS TRACKS INCLUDING THE ENTIRE CONCERT RECORDED AT THE TOWER THEATER, PHILADELPHIA IN DECEMBER 1978 RELEASED IN FULL FOR THE FIRST TIME

WITH ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WITH A NEW ESSAY AND A REPRODUCTION OF THE ORIGI

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded 3CD clamshell box edition of the classic album, “A Song for All Seasons” by RENAISSANCE. Released in March 1978, the album featured the song “Northern Lights”, a Top Ten hit single in the UK and Europe, and was a successful hit album in the UK, USA and Canada. By the late 1970s the line-up of highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford (acoustic and electric guitars), John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, acoustic & electric guitars, vocals) and Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion) had recorded a series of acclaimed albums that fused classical music influences with progressive rock and had earned a loyal following in Europe and had enjoyed wider success in the United States and Japan.

Working with producer David Hentschel (who had also produced the albums “A Trick of the Tail” and “Wind and Wuthering” for Genesis), the material on “A Song for All Seasons” was some of the most carefully crafted work of the band’s career. Flying in the face of the prevailing musical fashions of the time, “A Song for All Seasons” would be the band’s most successful album in Europe and is one of their best-loved works.

This expanded edition has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features 15 bonus tracks, including the previously unreleased promotional edit and a “Top of the Pops” recording of “Northern Lights”, along with a BBC Radio session from August 1978 and a further two CDs comprising the entire concert recorded at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia on 4th December 1978, appearing in full on CD for the first time, with an additional 55 minute’s worth of unreleased tracks.

The release also features an illustrated booklet with a reproduction of the band’s 1978 US tour programme and new essay. The set also includes a reproduction of the original album poster given away with the initial pressing of “A Song for All Seasons”.

DISC ONE:
“A SONG FOR ALL SEASONS”
RE-MASTERED
1. OPENING OUT
2. DAY OF THE DREAMER
3. CLOSER THAN YESTERDAY
4. KINDNESS (AT THE END)
5. BACK HOME ONCE AGAIN
6. SHE IS LOVE
7. NORTHERN LIGHTS
8. A SONG FOR ALL SEASONS BONUS TRACKS
9. NORTHERN LIGHTS PROMOTIONAL SINGLE EDIT (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ON CD)
10.DAY OF THE DREAMER – BBC SESSION – 19TH AUGUST 1978
11.MIDAS MAN – BBC SESSION – 19TH AUGUST 1978
12.THE VULTURES FLY HIGH – BBC SESSION – 19TH AUGUST 1978
13.NORTHERN LIGHTS – “TOP OF THE POPS” VERSION (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)

DISC TWO:
LIVE AT THE TOWER THEATER, PHILADELPHIA – 4th DECEMBER 1978
1. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND (LIVE 1978)
2. CARPET OF THE SUN (LIVE 1978)
3. THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND (LIVE 1978)
4. OPENING OUT (LIVE 1978) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
5. DAY OF THE DREAMER (LIVE 1978)
6. MIDAS MAN (LIVE 1978) – LIVE AT THE TOWER THEATER, PHILADELPHIA – 4th DECEMBER 1978

DISC THREE:
1. NORTHERN LIGHTS (LIVE 1978)
2. A SONG FOR ALL SEASONS (LIVE 1978) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
3. TOUCHING ONCE IS SO HARD TO KEEP (LIVE 1978) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
4. ASHES ARE BURNING (LIVE 1978) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)

For more information:
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/renaissance-a-song-for-all-seasons-3cd-remastered-expanded-clamshell-box-edition/


Renaissance: “Ashes Are Burning” Remastered & Expanded Edition

TRACKLIST
NEW REMASTERED & EXPANDED EDITION OF THE CLASSIC 1973 ALBUM BY RENAISSANCE

FEATURING THREE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE BONUS TRACKS RECORDED FOR BBC RADIO IN 1974

FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND LINER NOTES WITH EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re- mastered and expanded edition of the classic 1973 album by Renaissance, “Ashes Are Burning”. Formed in 1969 by former Yardbirds members Jim McCarty and Keith Relf, by the 1971 Renaissance had undergone a series of line-up changes and had evolved into a completely different band from the one that had recorded the albums “Renaissance” and “Illusion”. By June 1972 Renaissance had signed to EMI’s Sovereign label and had settled into a line-up featuring the highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, vocals), Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion) and Rob Hendry (guitar, mandolin, vocals) who recorded the album “Prologue”, featuring material written by Michael Dunford (a member of the group who had decided to eschew performing with the band to concentrate on song writing) and lyricist Betty Thatcher.

By April 1973 Rob Hendry had departed the band and Michael Dunford rejoined on acoustic guitar in a guest capacity to record the album that would break Renaissance to a wider audience, (particularly in the USA), “Ashes Are Burning”. Featuring such classic material as “Can You Understand”, “Carpet Of The Sun”, “At The Harbour” and the epic title track (featuring Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash on electric guitar). Released in October 1973, “Ashes Are Burning” would establish Renaissance as one of the finest symphonic progressive rock acts.

This Esoteric Recordings edition has been re-mastered from the original Sovereign Records master tapes and adds a previously unreleased thirty minute live performance for BBC Radio One’s In Concert programme in 1974 (recently discovered in the archives).

The booklet features a new essay and exclusive interviews with Annie Haslam and Terry Sullivan and fully restores the original album artwork.

1. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND
2. LET IT GROW
3. ON THE FRONTIER
4. CARPET OF THE SUN
5. AT THE HARBOUR
6. ASHES ARE BURNING

BONUS TRACKS
(PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
7. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND (LIVE -BBC RADIO “IN CONCERT” 1974)
8. LET IT GROW (LIVE -BBC RADIO “IN CONCERT” 1974)
9. ASHES ARE BURNING (LIVE – BBC RADIO “IN CONCERT” 1974)

For more information:
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/renaissance-ashes-are-burning-remastered-expanded-edition/


Renaissance: “Prologue” Expanded & Remastered Edition

TRACKLIST
NEW REMASTERED & EXPANDED EDITION OF THE CLASSIC 1972 ALBUM BY RENAISSANCE

FEATURING ONE BONUS TRACK PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ON CD

FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND LINER NOTES WITH EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic 1972 album by Renaissance, “Prologue”. Formed in 1969 by former Yardbirds members Jim McCarty and Keith Relf, Renaissance had by 1971 undergone a series of line-up changes and had evolved into a completely different band from the one that had recorded the albums “Renaissance” and “Illusion”.

By June 1972 Renaissance had settled into a line-up featuring the highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, vocals), Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion) and Rob Hendry (guitar, mandolin, vocals). The album “Prologue” was recorded in June and July 1972 and featured material written by Michael Dunford (a member of the group who had decided to eschew performing with the band to concentrate on song writing) and lyricist Betty Thatcher. Featuring such classic material as the album title track, “Kiev”, “Spare Some Love” and the epic “Rajah Kahn”, “Prologue” was also notable for the presence of guest musician Francis Monkman (of Curved Air) who would play VCS 3 synthesiser on “Rajah Khan”. The album would pave the way for the future success of Renaissance and would effectively be regarded as the band’s first true album.

This Esoteric Recordings edition has been re-mastered from the original Sovereign Records master tapes and adds the rare single version of “Spare Some Love” as a bonus track (appearing on CD for the very first time). The booklet features a new essay and exclusive interviews with Annie Haslam and Terry Sullivan and fully restores the original album artwork.

1. PROLOGUE
2. KIEV
3. SOUNDS OF THE SEA
4. SPARE SOME LOVE
5. BOUND FOR INFINITY
6. RAJAH KAHN

BONUS TRACK
7. SPARE SOME LOVE (SINGLE VERSION)
(PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ON CD)

For more information:
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/renaissance-prologue-expanded-remastered-edition/

Renaissance: “A Symphonic Journey” 2CD / 1DVD Digipak Edition

TRACKLIST
A WONDERFUL NEW LIVE SET COMPRISING 2 CDS & A DVD (NTSC / REGION FREE) SET OF LIVE RECORDINGS MADE IN CONCERT IN OCTOBER 2017 IN THE USA WITH THE RENAISSANCE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

FEATURING CLASSIC MATERIAL

INCLUDES AN ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WITH QUOTES FROM ANNIE HASLAM

RENAISSANCE PERFORMING TWO EXCLUSIVE CONCERTS IN TOKYO 17th & 18th SEPTEMBER 2018

Symphonic Rock Recordings is delighted to announce the release of a new 2 CD and DVD live album by Renaissance, “A Symphonic Journey”. This wonderful recording captures in sound and vision a very special concert staged at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA, USA on 27th October 2017. Renaissance perform an extensive set of classic material with the Renaissance Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble especially formed for a series of American concerts.

Annie Haslam comments: “Renaissance has touched so many hearts across land and sea, for what seems to be most of a lifetime now, in the performance of this exquisite and unique music. I cannot imagine my life apart from being the ‘voice’ of Renaissance, to carry our message out into the world. For a long time now it has been a dream of mine for Renaissance to perform ‘live’ again with an orchestra, but the how and when of this was unclear. I felt however, deep inside that it would one day come to pass.

“I was filled with pride and overwhelmed with emotion when we finally stepped onto the stage for this performance. To look over my shoulder and see all of the classical musicians with their instruments, brought back my vivid memory of our orchestral performance forty years ago in London, of Renaissance at The Royal Albert Hall with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

“Renaissance band members Rave Tesar, Mark Lambert, Leo Traversa, Geoffrey Langley and Charles Descarfino are impeccable on this DVD in their performance of the timeless music. In the culmination of a perfect blend with the Renaissance Chamber Orchestra who graced our stage, how wonderful it was and is to be able to share this incredible, unforgettable evening with our loyal supportive fans who have accompanied us on this musical-spiritual journey”.

“A Symphonic Journey” captures on two CDs and a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) the magic of the concert and features such classic material as “Trip To The Fair”, “Carpet Of The Sun”, “Mother Russia”, “A Song For All Seasons” and “Ashes Are Burning” and is a fine souvenir of a perfect musical evening.

DISC ONE:
1. PROLOGUE
2. TRIP TO THE FAIR
3. CARPET OF THE SUN
4. AT THE HARBOUR
5. GRANDINE IL VENTO
6. SYMPHONY OF LIGHT

DISC TWO:
1. KALYNDA
2. ISLAND
3. MOTHER RUSSIA
4. SONG FOR ALL SEASONS
5. ASHES ARE BURNING

DISC THREE: DVD
1. PROLOGUE
2. TRIP TO THE FAIR
3. CARPET OF THE SUN
4. AT THE HARBOUR
5. GRANDINE IL VENTO
6. SYMPHONY OF LIGHT
7. KALYNDA
8. ISLAND
9. MOTHER RUSSIA
10.SONG FOR ALL SEASONS
11.ASHES ARE BURNING
NTSC / REGION FREE

For more information:
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/renaissance-a-symphonic-journey-2cd-1dvd-digipak-edition/

You can learn more about the band by visiting:
www.renaissancetouring.com
facebook.com/renaissancetouring
www.anniehaslam.com
facebook.com/anniehaslamart

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

Distribution is being handled in the US exclusively by Amped Distribution www.ampeddistribution.com and wholesale inquiries can be made to Alex Jimenez at alex@ampeddistribution.com


Day of the Dreamer Tour – Music Legends Renaissance Featuring Annie Haslam in Support of Their New DVD Release to Play Select US Dates Fall 2018!

For Immediate Release

Day of the Dreamer Tour – Music Legends Renaissance Featuring Annie Haslam in Support of Their New DVD Release to Play Select US Dates Fall 2018!

Including a Special Date With The Renaissance Chamber Orchestra

Music legends Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam will be back in the US Northeast playing select dates in November 2018. Based on the great success in 2017 with the addition of a “10-piece Chamber Orchestra” on four of their shows, the band has been invited to once again bring this special line up to the Scottish Rite Auditorium, Collingswood, NJ. November 17th. 2018 marks the 49th year since the band’s formation and its tenth consecutive year of touring since their reactivation in 2009.

Renaissance leader and vocalist, Annie Haslam remarks, “The band keeps getting stronger and stronger and the addition of the chamber orchestra has been the most exciting development for the band in years. This addition of ‘live’ orchestral musicians adds an incredible dynamic to our big numbers like ‘Mother Russia,’ ‘Carpet Of The Sun’ and ‘Song For All Seasons,’ Day of the Dreamer, all of which included an orchestra on the original recordings.”

Ms Haslam will be joined on stage by long time musical director and associate; Rave Tesar on piano, along with Geoffrey Langley on keyboards, Mark Lambert on guitars, Frank Pagano on drums and percussion, and Leo Traversa on bass.


photo by Esa Ahola

Tour dates:
NOV 8 THU – THE KENT STAGE – KENT, OH
NOV 9 FRI – THE TRALF – BUFFALO, NY
NOV 11 SUN – YMCA BOULTON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – BAY SHORE, NY
NOV 15 THU – BALTIMORE SOUNDSTAGE – BALTIMORE, MD
NOV 16 FRI – NEWTON THEATRE – NEWTON, NJ
NOV 17 SAT – SCOTTISH RITE AUDITORIUM – COLLINGSWOOD, NJ (With The Renaissance Chamber Orchestra)
NOV 18 SUN – TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL – TARRYTOWN, NY

Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band’s career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.

The band has toured throughout the world and has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and additionally at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. Renaissance had a top ten hit in the UK with their song Northern Lights that still demands airplay to this day.

On September 14th Renaissance will be releasing their new DVD entitled ‘A Symphonic Journey’. The DVD was filmed in October of 2017 and included for the first time the addition of The Renaissance Chamber Orchestra, a hand-picked group of 10 musicians, including strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. This is their third DVD release preceded by the 2015 ‘Live at the Union Chapel, London, England’ and the ‘Turn of the Cards/ Scheherazade and Other Stories’ 2011 release ‘Live’ at the Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA. For this new DVD the band once again returned to the Keswick Theatre, this time employing the use of track and boom mounted cameras to create more up close and personal shots of the band and orchestra. The concert also featured large screen projections of original paintings by Annie Haslam, with corresponding titles to each song performed throughout the concert.

The DVD/2CD set will be available from Amazon USA, Europe, and Japan. Also, ‘Annie Haslam’ signed copies will be available through the band’s website: http://www.renaissancetouring.com

Click on the links below to watch samples from the new DVD:
Carpet of the Sun w/Renaissance Chamber Orchestra – https://www.facebook.com/pg/RenaissanceTouring/videos/?ref=page_internal
Song for All Seasons w/Renaissance Chamber Orchestra – https://www.facebook.com/RenaissanceTouring/videos/1835487619824141/

You can learn more about the band by visiting:
www.renaissancetouring.com
facebook.com/renaissancetouring
www.anniehaslam.com
facebook.com/anniehaslamart

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


A Symphonic Journey With Renaissance – Music Legends Renaissance Featuring Annie Haslam To Play Selected Dates With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra!

For Immediate Release

A Symphonic Journey With Renaissance – Music Legends Renaissance Featuring Annie Haslam To Play Selected Dates With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra!

Renaissance Fall 2017 US Tour!

Following their successful South American tour, Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam will be back in the US Northeast in October and November 2017 debuting their “Symphonic Journey” tour. This tour will include four very special concerts featuring a “10-piece Chamber Orchestra” (a handpicked assemblage of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion); October 26th at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT, October 27th at the Keswick Theater in Glenside PA, Town Hall in New York City October 28th and The Egg in Albany NY on October 29th. These performances will be the first time in 40 years that Renaissance will perform on stage with a “live” orchestra and, in addition, 2017 marks the 48th year since the band’s formation and its ninth consecutive year of touring since their reactivation in 2009.

Plans are currently being made for the group to film the October 27th Keswick Theatre show for an upcoming DVD release, which will follow the success of their 2015 London Union Chapel DVD. Additional tour performances without the chamber orchestra are currently being scheduled. A crowd funding campaign has been started to raise the significant funds to produce the new live DVD

For more information: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/renaissance-chamber-orchestra-live-concert-dvd

Renaissance leader and vocalist, Annie Haslam remarks, “The band keeps getting stronger and stronger and the addition of the chamber orchestra will be the most exciting event for the band in years. This addition of ‘live’ orchestral musicians will add an incredible dynamic to our big numbers like ‘Mother Russia,’ ‘Carpet Of The Sun’ and ‘Song For All Seasons,’ all of which included an orchestra on the original recordings.”

Ms Haslam will be joined on stage by long time musical associate Rave Tesar on piano along with Tom Brislin on keyboards, Mark Lambert on guitars, Frank Pagano on drums and percussion, and Leo Traversa on bass.

Tour dates:
Oct 26 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 27 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 28 – Town Hall – New York, NY Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 29 – The Egg – Albany, NY Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Nov 01 – City Winery – Boston, MA Tickets RSVP
Nov 02 – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD Tickets RSVP

Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band’s career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.

The band has toured throughout the world and has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and additionally at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. Renaissance had a top ten hit in the UK with their song Northern Lights that still demands airplay to this day.

Watch the recent Renaissance/Annie Haslam music video for “Cry to the World” (with Ian Anderson on flute!): https://youtu.be/finJd6nNo84

For more information:
http://www.renaissancetouring.com
facebook.com/renaissancetouring
http://www.anniehaslam.com
facebook.com/anniehaslamart

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


Symphonic Rock Icons Renaissance To Tour The US Fall 2016

For Immediate Release

Symphonic Rock Icons Renaissance To Tour The US Fall 2016

Also making a long awaited return to the Midwest!

Renaissance Band Photos

Photo: Brian Tirpak

Symphonic rock icons Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the US in support of their latest DVD release “Live at The Union Chapel”! Filmed at The Union Chapel in London UK on April 16, 2015 by Paul Green Productions, with lighting by Russell ‘Tigger’ Matthews, the DVD features Renaissance performing such favorite classics as “Carpet of the Sun”, “Ocean Gypsy”, “Mother Russia”, “Ashes are Burning” and newer pieces “Symphony of Light” and “Grandine il Vento” to an ecstatic audience! Also included are informative band interviews. The DVD is NTSC all-region, with LPCM stereo and Dolby Digital surround audio tracks.

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/0xVnuRTzN60

Renaissance Fall 2016 US Tour Dates:

Nov 03 Infinity Music Hall – Hartford, CT Tickets
Nov 04 Tupelo Music Hall – Londonderry, NH Tickets
Nov 09 Musikfest at ArtsQuest – Bethlehem, PA Tickets
Nov 10 Tralf Music Hall – Buffalo, NY Tickets
Nov 11 The Kent Stage – Kent, OH Tickets
Nov 12 Arcada Theatre – Saint Charles, IL Tickets
Nov 13 Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall – Milwaukee, WI Tickets

Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band’s career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.

In the early years Renaissance toured Europe extensively. It wasn’t long before influential progressive rock stations in the US, such as WNEW (NYC), WMMR (Philadelphia) and WHFS (Washington) were turning on America to Renaissance. Before too long the band started thrilling concertgoers on the world’s most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in NYC with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to the Royal Albert Hall in London with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. In 1978 they had a top ten hit in the UK with ‘Northern Lights’, which has become a classic radio favorite, still demanding regular airplay to this day.

The band eventually disbanded in the late 1980’s at which time Annie Haslam launched a solo career. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original founding of Renaissance, Michael and Annie in 2009 decided to form a new touring band. More recently they have toured the UK, Belgium, Holland, Israel, Portugal, North America, Canada, Japan and South Korea and produced their first album in 13 years entitled “Symphony of Light”. The album is a testament to the unforgettable melodies that Michael Dunford infused into his work, Michael died prematurely in 2012.

Renaissance toured Europe in April 2015, the first in over 35 years! The tour was very successful and the fans loved every minute! They returned to England in April 2016 for another successful tour of concert halls and opera houses.

The current personnel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, Tom Brislin keyboards, Mark Lambert acoustic guitars, Leo Traversa bass guitar, and Frank Pagano drums.

Watch the recent Renaissance/Annie Haslam music video for Cry to the World (with Ian Anderson on flute!): https://youtu.be/finJd6nNo84

To purchase the Renaissance “Live at The Union Chapel” DVD go to: http://renaissancetouring.com/store;
The DVD is also being sold through Amazon. Signed copies by Annie Haslam are also available through the Renaissance online store.
The Audio version of Renaissance “Live at The Union Chapel” is available at the Renaissance online store, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Radio Deezer, Tidal, YouTube Music, Microsoft Groove, and MediaNet

For more information:
http://www.renaissancetouring.com
facebook.com/renaissancetouring
http://www.anniehaslam.com
facebook.com/anniehaslamart

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

renaissance-live_at_union_chapel


Symphonic Rock Icons Renaissance To Tour The US & UK In Support of New DVD Release “Live at The Union Chapel”

Renaissance Live_at_Union_Chapel
For Immediate Release

Symphonic Rock Icons Renaissance To Tour The US & UK In Support of New DVD Release
“Live at The Union Chapel”

Symphonic rock icons Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the US & UK in support of their new DVD release “Live at The Union Chapel”! Filmed at The Union Chapel in London UK on April 16, 2015 by Paul Green Productions, with lighting by Russell ‘Tigger’ Matthews, the DVD features Renaissance performing such favorite classics as “Carpet of the Sun”, “Ocean Gypsy”, “Mother Russia”, “Ashes are Burning” and newer pieces “Symphony of Light” and “Grandine il Vento” to an ecstatic audience! The DVD is NTSC all-region, with LPCM stereo and Dolby Digital surround audio tracks. A Blu-Ray version is planned in 2016.

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/0xVnuRTzN60

Renaissance Winter 2016 US & UK Tour Dates:

USA
Feb 12 – The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA – tickets
Feb 13 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA – tickets
Feb 19 – The Newton Theatre – Newton, NJ – tickets
Feb 26 – Renaissance on the Moody Blues Cruise Miami, FL – tickets

UK – (dates April 17 through 26 with Curved Air)
April 14 – Trading Boundaries – Fletching
April 15 – Trading Boundaries – Fletching
April 17 – Opera House – Buxton
April 18 – The Stables – Milton Keynes
April 19 – Robin 2 – Wolverhampton
April 20 – Academy – Newcastle
April 21 – ABC – Glasgow
April 24 – Academy – Bournemouth
April 26 – Shepherds Bush Empire – London

Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band’s career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.

In the early years Renaissance toured Europe extensively. It wasn’t long before influential progressive rock stations in the US, such as WNEW (NYC), WMMR (Philadelphia) and WHFS (Washington) were turning on America to Renaissance. Before too long the band started thrilling concertgoers on the world’s most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in NYC with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to the Royal Albert Hall in London with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. In 1978 they had a top ten hit in the UK with ‘Northern Lights’, which has become a classic radio favorite, still demanding regular airplay to this day.

The band eventually disbanded in the late 1980’s at which time Annie Haslam launched a solo career. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original founding of Renaissance, Michael and Annie in 2009 decided to form a new touring band. More recently they have toured the UK, Belgium, Holland, Israel, Portugal, North America, Canada, Japan and South Korea and produced their first album in 13 years entitled “Symphony of Light”. The album is a testament to the unforgettable melodies that Michael Dunford infused into his work, Michael died prematurely in 2012.

Renaissance toured Europe in April 2015, the first in over 35 years! The tour was very successful and the fans loved every minute!

The current personnel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, Tom Brislin keyboards, Mark Lambert acoustic guitars, Leo Traversa bass guitar, and Frank Pagano drums.

Watch Renaissance’s new video for Cry to the World: https://youtu.be/finJd6nNo84

To purchase Renaissance “Live at The Union Chapel” DVD: http://renaissancetouring.com/store ;
The DVD will also be sold through Amazon. A signed copy by Annie Haslam will be available through Renaissance online store.
The Audio version of Renaissance “Live at The Union Chapel” will be available at Renaissance online store, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Rdio, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube Music, Microsoft Groove, and MediaNet

For more information:
http://www.renaissancetouring.com
facebook.com/renaissancetouring
http://www.anniehaslam.com
facebook.com/anniehaslamart

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


Symphonic Rock Icons Renaissance To Tour The US Fall 2015!

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For Immediate Release

Symphonic Rock Icons Renaissance To Tour The US Fall 2015!

Symphonic rock icons Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the US in the Fall 2015! Responding to requests from fans, Renaissance will be performing “Song For All Seasons”, “Sounds Of the Sea” and “Northern Lights” along with favorite classics and debuting “Immortal Beloved” from their critically acclaimed “Symphony of Light” album on this tour.

Legendary keyboardist Patrick Moraz, best known for his work with YES and the Moody Blues, as well as his innovative solo career, will be making a special guest appearance with the band at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ on October 9 and 10, 2015!

Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band’s career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.

In the early years Renaissance toured Europe extensively. It wasn’t long before influential progressive rock stations in the US, such as WNEW (NYC), WMMR (Philadelphia) and WHFS (Washington) were turning on America to Renaissance. Before too long the band started thrilling concertgoers on the world’s most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in NYC with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to the Royal Albert Hall in London with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. In 1978 they had a top ten hit in the UK with ‘Northern Lights’, which has become a classic radio favorite, still demanding regular airplay to this day.

The band eventually disbanded in the late 1980’s at which time Annie Haslam launched a solo career. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original founding of Renaissance, Michael and Annie in 2009 decided to form a new touring band. More recently they have toured the UK, Belgium, Holland, Israel, Portugal, North America, Canada, Japan and South Korea and produced their first album in 13 years entitled ‘Symphony of Light’. The album is a testament to the unforgettable melodies that Michael Dunford infused into his work, Michael died prematurely in 2012.

Renaissance toured Europe this April, the first in over 35 years! They recorded the London Union Chapel show for a ‘live’ DVD to be released soon! The tour was very successful and the fans loved every minute!

The current personnel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, Tom Brislin keyboards, Mark Lambert acoustic guitars, Leo Traversa bass guitar, and Frank Pagano drums.

Renaissance Fall 2015 US Tour Dates:
Oct 08 Landmark Theater – Port Washington, NY
Tickets http://www.landmarkonmainstreet.org/event.cfm?id=262
Oct 09 New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, NJ
Tickets http://www.ticketmaster.com/Renaissance-tickets/artist/735960?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name
Oct 10 New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, NJ
Tickets http://www.ticketmaster.com/Renaissance-tickets/artist/735960?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name
Oct 11 Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
Tickets http://www.ramsheadonstage.com/event/877319-renaissance-songs-for-all-our-annapolis
Oct 15 Fairfield Theater Stage One – Fairfield, CT
Tickets https://fairfieldtheatre.org/shows/renaissance
Oct 16 Infinity Music Hall & Bistro – Norfolk, CT
Tickets http://www.infinityhall.com/Events/renaissance-fall-tour-2015-songs-for-all-our-times-featuring-song-for-all-seaso/
Oct 22 Shalin Liu Performance Center – Rockport, MA
Tickets http://rockportmusic.org/renaissance/
Oct 23 Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY
Tickets https://tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org/ordertickets.asp?p=2208

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHRvohYloEo

http://www.renissancetouring.com
facebook.com/renaissancetouring
http://www.anniehaslam.com
facebook.com/anniehaslamart

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


Progressive Rock Legends Renaissance To Tour The UK April 2015!

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For Immediate Release

Progressive Rock Legends Renaissance To Tour The UK April 2015!

London, UK – Much to the excitement of music fans in the UK, progressive rock icons Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the UK in April 2015! Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band’s career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilised the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.

“In April of this year we will be touring Europe for the first time in over thirty years and we are all extremely excited. It is our goal to chronicle this journey by filming and releasing a new live concert DVD.” – Annie Haslam

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHRvohYloEo

In the early years Renaissance toured Europe extensively. It wasn’t long before influential progressive rock stations in the US, such as WNEW (NYC), WMMR (Philadelphia) and WHFS (Washington) were turning on America to Renaissance. Before too long the band started thrilling concertgoers on the world’s most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in NYC with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to the Royal Albert Hall in London with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. In 1978 they had a top ten hit in the UK with ‘Northern Lights’, which has become a classic radio favourite, still demanding regular airplay to this day.

The band eventually disbanded in the late 1980’s at which time Annie Haslam launched a solo career. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original founding of Renaissance, Michael and Annie in 2009 decided to form a new touring band. More recently they have toured North America, Canada, Japan and South Korea and produced their first album in 13 years entitled ‘Symphony of Light’. The album is a testament to the unforgettable melodies that Michael Dunford infused into his work, Michael died prematurely in 2012.

The current personel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, Tom Brislin keyboards, Mark Lambert guitars, Leo Traversa bass guitar, and Frank Pagano drums.

Renaissance UK Tour Dates:

APRIL
14th: MILTON KEYNES, The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK17 8LU http://www.thestables.org Time tbc Price tbc
16th: LONDON, Union Chapel, 19B Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN Doors 7pm £28.50 (adv) plus bf. 020 7226 1686 http://www.unionchapel.org.uk/
17th: FROME, Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BE http://cheeseandgrain.ticketsolve.com/ 18.50 (adv) £22.00 (door). Tickets from b/o 01373 455 420 OR – Raves From The Grave 01373 464 666. Doors 8pm Fully seated event. Support – Amelia Orgill & The Teazle Band
18th: FARNHAM, The Maltings, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR 01252 745444 £28/£30 plus bf 8pm https://farnhammaltings.com/
19th: LEAMINGTON SPA, Assembly, Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 3NF, £21.50 7pm Ticketline 0871 220 0260 http://www.leamingtonassembly.com/
21st: WIMBORNE, The Tivoli, West Borough, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1LT £20 7.30pm http://www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/
23rd: BILSTON, The Robin 2, 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton WV14 7LJ 01902 401211 £20 (adv)/£22 (door) http://www.therobin.co.uk/ Time tbc
24th: ST.HELENS, Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 1PX 01744 735436 £20 Doors 7.30pm presented in association with the Classic Rock Society http://www.citadel.org.uk/

http://www.renissancetouring.com
facebook.com/renaissancetouring
http://www.anniehaslam.com
facebook.com/anniehaslamart

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


Cleopatra Records To Release Two Rare Live Albums By UK Prog Legends Renaissance!

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Cleopatra Records To Release Two Rare Live Albums By UK Prog Legends Renaissance!

Los Angeles, CA – Cleopatra Records will be releasing two rare live albums by UK progressive rock legends Renaissance. The first release on February 3rd is ‘DeLane Lea Studios 1973’; a captivating live-in-the-studio recording from Renaissance performing to a small gathering of friends at the historic DeLane Lea Studios in London (used by everyone from The Beatles to Queen, Jimi Hendrix & Pink Floyd). Beguiling vocalist and ingenue Annie Haslam leads her group through nearly the entire fourth album ‘Ashes Are Burning’ with special guest appearances by Wishbone Ash’s Andy Powell and folk singer Al Stewart!

Track List:
1. Can You Understand
2. Let It Grow
3. Sounds Of The Sea
4. Carpet Of The Sun
5. At The Harbour
6. Ashes Are Burning (with Andy Powell and Al Stewart)
7. Prologue

To purchase Renaissance ‘DeLane Lea Studios 1973’ CD: http://geni.us/1fQp
iTunes: http://geni.us/1oAT

Renaissance’s ‘Academy of Music 1974’ will be released on March 31st and is an astonishing live performance of the ensemble at the height of their career. The concert showcases the band’s latest release at the time ‘Ashes Are Burning’. Unlike other prog-rock groups, Renaissance forwent much of the technology in favor of acoustic instruments and orchestral arrangements. Electric guitars and synthesizers were seldom used, giving the band’s music more of a symphonic sound.

DISC 1
1. Can You Understand
2. Black Flame
3. Carpet Of The Sun
4. Cold Is Being
5. Things I Don’t Understand
6. Running Hard

DISC 2
1. Ashes Are Burning
2. Mother Russia
3. Prologue

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158


Audio Fidelity To Release Renaissance’s Legendary Prog Album ‘Scheherazade and other stories’ On Limited Numbered Hybrid SACD

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Audio Fidelity To Release Renaissance’s Legendary Prog Album ‘Scheherazade and other stories’ On Limited Numbered Hybrid SACD

“One of the signature albums of 1970’s progressive rock!”

Camarillo, CA – Prog fans worldwide are buzzing with excitement over the forthcoming release of Renaissance’s legendary Prog album ‘Scheherazade and other stories’ by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity on limited numbered Hybrid SACD. 1975’s ‘Scheherazade and other stories’ is a beautifully crafted album, expertly sung and played by Renaissance. The recording is filled with lush, orchestral progressive pop-rock and considered by many music critics to be their best album. Unlike other prog-rock groups, Renaissance eschewed much of the technology in favor of acoustic instruments and orchestral arrangements. Electric guitars and synthesizers were seldom used, giving the band’s music more of a symphonic sweep.

“The group’s magnum opus – The music is absolutely stunning!”

Renaissance is a band that went through various permutations, the best known being the line up featured here and they shine throughout the album: Annie Haslam’s soaring, pure vocals, John Tout’s considerable piano prowess, Jon Camp’s imaginative bass, Michael Dunford on guitar and Terence Sullivan on drums.

The work is unique because it represents a rare example of musical collaboration between Dunford and the rest of the group. Dunford and lyricist Betty Thatcher wrote the three vocal sections, keyboard player John Tout wrote the opening fanfare and fugue sections, with bass player Jon Camp working with Dunford and Tout on the other sections. The orchestrations were arranged by Tony Cox.

There are only four pieces on the album: “Trip To The Fair” is a heavenly 11-minute dreamscape. “The Vultures Fly High” is a short but very effective prog-rocker. “Ocean Gypsy” is a gorgeous song, and one of the band’s all-time classics. And then, of course, there’s the 25-minute, nine-part epic, “Song Of Scheherazade,” one of the highlights of rock history featuring the prog icon’s unique interpretation of the Scheherazade legend accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra and a chorus. The classical tale is told about the Sultan and the magical woman, Scheherazade, who ultimately wins his heart.

Aficionados of classical music will also appreciate the album.

TRACKS:
1-Trip to the Fair – 10:51
2-The Vultures Fly High – 3:04
3-Ocean Gypsy – 7:05
4-Song of Scheherazade – 24:39

i. Fanfare
ii. The Betrayal
iii. The Sultan
iv. Love Theme
v. The Young Prince and Princess
as told by Scheherazade
vi. Festival Preparations
vii. Fugue for the Sultan
viii. The Festival
ix. Finale

Produced by Renaissance
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/renaissance-scheherazade-and-other-stories

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