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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tim Bowness enters studio to record third solo album

Tim Bowness has been in NAM studios recording for his forthcoming album, to be released on the InsideOut label. Due in late Summer, the album is a follow-up to 2014's acclaimed Abandoned Dancehall Dreams and features Bowness' live band (including Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin), alongside Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill, Andrew Keeling and other guests (to be announced shortly).

Tim had this to say: "If Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of No-Man's 'Schoolyard Ghosts,' I'd say that the new album is something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of 'Abandoned Dancehall Dreams.' A logical step forward with some surprises, I hope. It's been really exciting working with the band on most of the pieces and getting some special contributions from the likes of Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill and Andrew Keeling."

Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was released last year to critical acclaim, with Classic Rock calling it a "cinematic, contemporary classic and Prog Magazine naming it "arch art-progger Bowness's masterpiece." Prog Magazine also included it in their top 20 critic's albums of the year 2014.

You can watch the video for "The Warm-Up Man Forever" from Abandoned Dancehall Dreams here: http://youtu.be/XuzHTgev7Hc

Tim Bowness is primarily known as vocalist/co-writer with the band No-Man, a long-running collaboration with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree). In addition to releasing six studio albums and a documentary DVD with No-Man, Tim has worked with popular Italian artist Alice, Robert Fripp, Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), OSI and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, amongst many others, and is a member of the bands Henry Fool and Memories Of Machines.

TIM BOWNESS online:
 http://www.timbowness.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/timbowness
https://twitter.com/TimBowness

England's HAKEN to tour North America in the spring!

Highly-regarded proggers Haken will be visiting North American shores for ten dates in the spring, including a headlining appearance at the 12th annual
Rites of Spring Festival (aka ROSfest) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
            
Supporting the band on most dates is Next to None, the band featuring Max Portnoy, son of prog drummer extraordinaire Mike Portnoy.  InsideOut label mates Spock's Beard are on the bill for the dates in Quebec City and Montreal.

Haken guitarist Charlie Griffiths had this to say about their imminent visit:

"One of our biggest ambitions since the beginnings of the band has been to tour the USA. For it to actually be happening is an amazing feeling. We honestly can't wait to get over there and play our music.

We've only had a couple of opportunities to meet our American friends before; first at Prog Power USA in 2011 and then at Prog Nation at Sea in 2014 and the fans were incredibly passionate about the music. We're looking forward to visiting some new places and hopefully seeing a lot more new faces.

We've put together a great set list covering the whole Haken discography and I really think they're going to love it. For a couple of the Canadian shows we're going to be sharing the stage with Spock's Beard, which is crazy because we've been fans of theirs for years.

We also have the pleasure of bringing Next to None along with us. I saw them play on the cruise and although they're young, you wouldn't know it by listening to them - they kick ass! When Haken was starting out we depended on the kindness of other bands to give us opening slots, so it's great to now pass that on to the next wave of musicians. I think this will be a great package. Don't miss it!" 

Tour dates are as follows: 
4/25/15 - Token Lounge - Detroit MI (with Next to None)
4/26/15 - Reggie's - Chicago IL (with Next to None)
4/27/15 - TBC - Toronto ON (with Next to None)
4/28/15 - Imperial - Quebec City QC (with Spock's Beard)
4/29/15 - Club Soda - Montreal QC (with Spock's Beard)
4/3015 - Studio at Webster Hall - New York NY (with Next to None)
5/1/15 - Bull Shooters Saloon - Philadelphia PA (with Next to None)
5/2/15 - RosFest - Gettysburg PA
5/3/15 - Empire -Springfield VA (with Next to None)
5/5/15 - Circo Volador - Mexico City

Haken released their third album, The Mountain, on InsideOut in 2013 to great acclaim. In late 2014 they dusted off and recorded three early songs for the Restoration EP. Their fourth full-length album is due on InsideOut worldwide later in 2015. Stay tuned.

Haken online:

  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Allan Holdsworth "Tales from the Vaults" - Recording of never-released tracks (Pledge Music Campaign)






ALLAN HOLDSWORTH's recording of
never-released tracks and You can hear it first!
PRE-ORDER FOR EXCLUSIVE ACCESS





MoonJune Music in association with John McCracken Music Group and with the great support from PledgeMusic is thrilled to announce a new campaign with guitar legend Allan Holdsworth for Tales From The Vault, a collection of unreleased songs from Allan’s own private collection, written and recorded over the past 15 years,  featuring various musicians with whom Allan has performed in the past one and a half decade: bassists Jimmy JohnsonJimmy HaslipErnest TibbsAnthony Crawford, Bunny Brunel, and drummers Chad WackermanGary HusbandJoel Taylor and Virgil Donati.  Fans have been waiting for over 14 years for new studio recordings from Allan and Allan has now chosen to release these through an extensive Pledge Music Campaign beginning February 24, 2015.  The wait is finally over!

Allan Holdsworth has long been recognized worldwide by music fans and world class musicians alike as one the greatest guitar players ever. His “legato” style playing, unearthly chord voicings and his use of the Synthaxe have inspired and influenced many of the most significant guitar players of the last 40 years including Eddie Van Halen, John Frusciante, Steve Vai, Alex LIfeson, Pat Metheny, Frank Zappa, John Petrucci, Joe Satriani and many many more.

The California-based English-born composer and guitarist whose music has spanned multiple genres over more than four decades, continues to reinvent and redefine the guitar and continues in his tradition of playing with the very best instrumentalists in the jazz and progressive rock idioms. Fans will not be disappointed with this new collection of music that can only be described as “mind blowing”. 

In exchange for pledging, pledgers will receive digital downloads of Tales From The Vault as they are released over the next 6 to 8 months, signed AH signature HH2 Carvin guitars, behind the scenes video of his recording process, Allan’s technical specs for each release along with selected AH merchandise only available through the campaign. To view more details on the campaign visit here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/allanholdsworth

Allan is available for a selected amount of exclusive interviews during the Pledge campaign.

For more information, please contact Allan Holdsworth Pledge Campaign coordinators
Leonardo Pavkovic of MoonJune Music and John McCracken of John McCracken Music Group.
noanoamusic (at) moonjune (dot) com / john (at) johnmccrackenmusicgroup (dot) com

www.therealallanholdsworth.com
www.facebook.com/moonjune.allanholdsworth

ALL RIGHT THEN, THEN….

Your generous support is truly appreciated.
And YES, please PLEDGE ==> www.pledgemusic.com/projects/allanholdsworth

Yours in Music
Leonardo Pavkovic
MoonJune Records & Management / MoonJune Music / MoonJune Asia

Special thanks are going to: wonderful and very supportive people at Pledge Music: Michelle Wong, Leigh Lust, Benji Rogers and Matt Pierson; Jeff Kiesel, Mike Jones and Richard Cruz at Carvin Guitars; Lorenza Coco at La Bella Strings; Chris Van Tassel at J Rocket Audio Designs, Jonathann Launer at Jonathann Launer Productionsr; all musicians involved in the project, and above all to all Allan Holdworth fans, old and new, from every corner of the world. Allan loves You all and appreciates Your continuos support, and above all, Your patience.






About PledgeMusic
PledgeMusic is the world's leading online,  direct-to-fan music community,  offering artists a unique way to engage their fans in the music making experience while interacting with PledgeMusic's global community of music fans. 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). "PledgeMusic sees the platform as a marketing tool that connects fans with artists. Fans that offer their support receive artist updates and exclusive content until the culmination of the project. A campaign for an album might deliver studio reports and audio or videos of in-the-works recordings to supporters. The platform allows artists to integrate email databases, FaceBook fans, Twitter followers and various other social networking sites." (Billboard Music)


Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Gentle Storm launch behind-the-scenes video updates

THE GENTLE STORM launch 
behind-the-scenes video updates

THE DIARY set for release March 24


 


Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) are set to release the debut album 'The Diary' from their new band The Gentle Storm on March 24, 2015, and in the lead up they have been posting some revealing behind the scenes videos. The latest one sees Anneke talking about Arjen and the vast array of instruments he plays. 

You can watch that here: 

You can catch the previous updates in this youtube playlist: 


A lyric video for the track 'Endless Sea (Storm Version)' was also recently launched and you can see that here: http://youtu.be/iPE3j6Gg_r4


You can also check out the Gentle version of 'Endless Sea' here: 


The album concept is a tale of love, loss, and separation told through the story of two fictional seventeenth-century lovers. A Dutch sailor embarks on a two-year voyage, leaving his wife at home in Holland. The only way for the couple to communicate and keep their love alive during the long separation is through letters. These letters form the basis for the songs on the album.
 
 


They are also pleased to announce that in advance of The Gentle Storm full band shows, Arjen will join Anneke for a select few European live acoustic dates in what will be quite a rare and special occasion. 

February 17 2015 - Planetarium, Budapest HU
February 18 2015 - Bronx, Istanbul TR
February 19 2015 - Hard Rock Cafe, Bucharest RO
February 20 2015 - Modern Theatre, Sofia BU
February 21 2015 - Traffic Club, Rome
February 22 2015 - K17, Berlin DE
February 23 2015 - Nosturi, Helsinki FI
February 25 2015 - Lo-Fi, Milan IT
February 26 2015 - Locomotive, Bologna IT
February 27 2015 - Hybrydy, Warsaw, PL
February 28 2015 - Blue Note, Poznan PL


As previously mentioned, a full all-star band will go out without Arjen in March and April, and the confirmed dates and band line-up can be found below. 

March 26 2015 - Melkweg, Amsterdam NL
March 28 2015 - ROCK ITtervoort Festival, Ittervoort NL
April 03 2015 - Hedon, Zwolle NL
April 03-05 2015 - Paaspop, Schijndel NL
April 11 2015 - Paard van Troje, Den Haag NL
April 15 2015 - Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg DE
April 16 2015 - Zentrum Altenberg, Oberhausen DE
April 22 2015 - Divan Du Monde, Paris FR
April 23 2015 - The Garage, London UK
April 24 2015 - The Musician, Leicester UK
April 25 2015 - The Roadhouse, Manchester UK
April 26 2015 - Prog-résiste Convention, Soignies BE
June 19 2015 - Dokk'em Open Air, Dokkum NL
July 09 2015 - Masters of Rock, Vizovice CZ 
July 17-19 2015 - Night of the Prog Festival, Loreley DE
July 30-Aug 01 - Wacken Open Air, Wacken DE


The Gentle Storm live:
Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering) - vocals
Merel Bechtold (Purest of Pain, MaYaN) - guitars
Ferry Duijsens (Anneke van Giersbergen, ex-Dreadlock Pussy) - guitars
Ed Warby (Hail of Bullets, Ayreon, ex-Gorefest) - drums
Johan van Stratum (Stream of Passion) - bass
Joost van den Broek (producer, ex-After Forever) - keyboards
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) - background vocals


THE GENTLE STORM online:

 


Tony Levin & Pete Levin: MoonJune Booking announces LEVIN BROTHERS March 2015 Tour

News from Moonjune Records






LEVIN BROTHER
Pete & Tony Levin on tour in March 
with their jazz band





Dear MoonJune Friends

It's my personal privilege to work as a booking representative for two great guys, two legendary musicians, two brothers, Pete and Tony Levin, and their very special project LEVIN BROTHERS. Their self-titled album Levin Brothers was officially released in September 2014 (liner notes by one and only and unimitable Anil Prasad)  by Seattle based Lazy Bones Recordings on CD and limited edition gold vinyl LP with smoky swirls. (The CD includes 14 tracks + 2 bonus cuts exclusive gto the CD)
Please visit Lazy Bones website for more info: www.lazybones.com/bands/levin-brothers

LEVIN BROTHERS
MARCH 2015 TOUR

PETE LEVIN - piano
TONY LEVIN - upright bass
ERIK LAWRENCE - sax
JEFF SIEGEL - drums

* more dates to be added soon, stay tuned  

For more info, please check Levin Brothers website: www.thelevinbrothers.com

If You are interested in booking Levin Brothers please contact






Few reviews on Levin Brothers album

"... a hearty portion of tightly cohesive songs that merge the best of Bach with the pace of bop."
      – Ira Kantor's, Elmore Magazine (USA)
"... every single cut qualifies as a standout!"
     –  Peter Thelen', Exposè (USA)
"... This is pure jazz, inspired by the music that the brothers heard in the fifties and came to love."
     – Wolfgang Giese's, RockTimes (Germany)
" ... there is a remarkable purity and innocence to this music. THE LEVIN BROTHERS manages to be both serious and playful without ever losing the passion and edge that comes from pairing two masters of their instruments playing a style of music they both love. A terrific album not just for fans of classic jazz, but for fans of music, period."
      – Jason Warburg, The Daily Vault (USA)
"... a player from the Jazz league has teamed up with one from the Progressive league and they both show just how they can swing. 'Cool' doesn’t come close to fully describing this album."
      – Travis Rogers, Jazz Times Magazine






As a French Horn major, Pete Levin earned a master’s degree from the Juilliard School. In the early ‘70s he switched to keyboards, becoming a synthesizer specialist in the New York City recording studio scene. Over the years, he has graced hundreds of jazz and pop recordings and performances by the likes of Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, Dave Brubeck, David Sanborn, Joe Louis Walker, Don Elliott, Freddie Hubbard, Annie Lennox, Paul Simon, Brian Ferry, Hiram Bullock, Gerry Mulligan, Chuck Mangione, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Dave Stryker, Lenny White, and man y others. He currently leads The Monday Night Orchestra featuring internationally known New York musicians, core alumni members of the seminal freewheeling Grammy-winning Gil Evans Orchestra of the mid and late '70s, reunited recently to celebrate the band's legendary "Monday Night At Sweet Basil" era.

Since graduating from the Eastman School of music, Tony Levin has become the bass and Chapman Stick voice for Peter Gabriel and King Crimson. In addition, he has played on notable recordings for John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Dire Straits, Carly Simon, Judy Collins, Peter Frampton, James Taylor, Stevie Nicks, Todd Rundgren, Warren Zevon, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Laurie Anderson, Liquid Tension Experiment, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, Bozzio Holdsworth Levin Mastelotto and many others. Tony has major jazz credentials, having worked with Buddy Rich, Steps Ahead, L'Image, Gary Burton, Chuck Mangione, Herbie Mann, and many others. He currently records and tours with Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Stick Men, and The Crimson ProjeKCt.

Recently Tony Levin has recorded two sessions for MoonJune Records for the upcoming albums of the Indonesian guitar icon Dewa Budjana, with Jack DeJohnette on drums and piano and Gary Husband on piano, keyboards and drums.








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