Saturday, October 11, 2008

Progressive Rock Stalwarts K2 Sign Deal With Umbrello Records

October 10th, 2008, New York - Critically acclaimed progressive rockact K2 has signed a major distribution deal with Umbrello MusicEntertainment. The agreement covers both digital downloads and physical CD distribution worldwide. Included in the deal are the album Book of the Dead, a DVD and their upcoming disc, (working title: Black Garden). This deal is just the latest in a series for Umbrello (a label that is quickly becoming both a progressive rock establishmentand a leader in digital and video technologies).

K2 was formed by Ken Jaquess in 2001. Beginning with guitar lessons atage 11, and switching to bass at 13, Jaquess found a desire early on to play unconventional music, far from the path of commercial, radio pop. That desire led him to perform with Newcross (Rain of Thought), Dresden and Atlantis before ultimately creating K2 (K Squared).

Book of the Dead was originally released in April of 2005 and received worldwide acclaim, even being heralded as a top 10 release by many critics. Jaquess was joined by drummer Doug Sanborn along with Spock's Beard keyboardist Ryo Okumoto, vocalist Shaun Guerin, violinist Yvette Devereaux, guitarist John Miner and guitarist Allan Holdsworth. Holdsworth, who was once named by Eddie Van Halen as the best guitarist in the world, is well known for his work in the progressive rock supergroup UK, but has also made a name for himself in fusion. He is a true musicians' musician.

In response to live gig requests, Jaquess assembled a new line-up tohit the road. Sanborn, Okumoto and Jaquess teamed up with Atlantis guitarist Karl Johnson and vocalist Josh Gleason of The Waiting Room. In January 2006, K2 performed their first gig in Hollywood. The entire Book of the Dead album was performed, along with a few surprises and was filmed live in widescreen. The DVD includes a bonus live video performance from their summer 2006 tour, as well as behind the scenes footage of rehearsals and a photo gallery. This long awaited item will finally see the light of day!

Jaquess is currently working on the new K2 album, which will also be released through Umbrello in early 2009. This deal will allow worldwide distribution of long anticipated material from this vital progressive rock outfit.

About Umbrello Music Entertainment UME is an independent producer and distributor of high-quality content for diverse digital entertainment platforms worldwide. With production studios in London, Philadelphia and New York, UME's library of premium short form programming content is extensive with unending contentdevelopment. UME offers their clients a competitive advantage with unique, attention-grabbing content that gives their viewers more choices. As a video partner, UME works with clients to assess their content needs and develop effective quality programming for maximum impact to their target markets.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Echolyn To Re-release Cowboy Poems Free, Guitarist Working On New Album

Last Of The Curlews Brett Kull's second CD is finished and being mastered at Zen Mastering in California. The forthcoming recording is made up of 12 new songs.

1. Acadia Gulls

2. Lullabies and Starlings

3. Hey Horizon

4. If She Could Be Who She Wanted

5. Nightingale

6. Halos

7. Love Is On The Discarded Street

8. Become A Ghost

9. Autumn Endings

10. Last Of The Curlews

11. There Was A Place For Us

12. Windows Of Light

Brett plays all the instruments except the Drum Kit, which is played by longtime friend Paul Ramsey. Guest vocals by Molly Decker and Jacque Varsalona add color throughout the album. The Album cover was painted by Tara Jane O'Neil specifically for this project. Brett will spend the next 2 months promoting the album by making a couple music videos, creating interest inprint and on line and updating his website to correspond to the new music. The Album has a late fall release date in the works. A more solid date will become evident over the next few weeks.

Echolyn's 2000 release titled Cowboy Poems Free has been re-mixed and sent off to be remastered. The artwork is 90% complete. An early fall release date is planned. The band is looking forward to re-releasing the album with its improved sound and package!

With one more show booked at Cal Prog on Saturday the band will be done focusing on live performance and able to concentrate on new music again. The show in Los Angeles California will be the first the band has played there since 1994. The audio and video is being recorded for posterity and hopefully a future Live Video! The album has been on hold for the summer but the band is excited to start work again this fall. So far they have working titles for 6 songs:

1. Accumulated Blur

2. Hey Little Man

3. Moments Without Sound

4. Some Memorial

5. What Comes After

6. The Cardinal and I

No release date has been set...The track "Heavy Blue Miles Live in Hengalo" was donated to Raise Money for Stan Whitaker from "Happy The Man" who has been diagnosed with Cancer. Details on that release will be available soon.

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Iron Maiden, David Gilmour Involved in Featured Artists Coalition

According to a posting on the Brain Damage web site, IRON MAIDEN and PINK FLOYD's David Gilmour are among the artists who have signed up for the Featured Artists Coalition. FAC campaigns for the protection of performers' and musicians' rights. They want all artists to have more control of their music and a much fairer share of the profits it generates in the digital age. Their aim is to speak with one voice to help artists strike a new bargain with record companies, digital distributors and others, and are campaigning for specific changes.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Moogfest™ 2008 Honors Bob Moog, Features The Moog Guitar

New York, NY , October 7, 2008: Metropolitan Talent and In Touch Entertainment, in cooperation with Moog Music, Inc. presents Moogfest 2008, Monday, October 13 at the Hammerstein Grand Ballroom in New York City. A stellar lineup of top Moog users will gather for an evening of ground-shaking music to honor Bob Moog and commemorate his groundbreaking achievements.

“This is our fifth year presenting this tribute to Bob and we’re excited about moving to The Hammerstein, which is more than twice as large as our previous venue,” said Mike Adams, Moog Music President. “Every year the artists who play at Moogfest tell us what a fun event it is, and as a result we have been privy to many fine performances. This year’s lineup and our annual “Bob Tribute” award will make for another fantastic evening for music fans.”

Moogfest 2008 will also feature Moog Music’s transforming new instrument, The Moog Guitar.

Performers scheduled to participate include Umphrey's McGee, Eric McFadden Trio, Bernie Worrell (P-Funk), The Machine, Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Jamie Shields (The New Deal), Joe Russo (Benevento/Russo) and others.

Bob Moog's namesake analog synthesizers helped catapult the careers of such diverse artists as rockers Todd Rundgren, Edgar Winter, Gary Numan and Devo; funksters Parliament-Funkadelic and Zapp; disco producer Giorgio Moroder with disco diva Donna Summer; fusioneers Chick Corea with Return To Forever, Herbie Hancock with The Headhunters, Jan Hammer with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Klaus Doldinger with Passport and Joe Zawinul with Weather Report; New Age icon Tomita and classical performer Wendy Carlos.

Tickets for Moogfest 2008 are available through
Ticketmaster. For more information on Moogfest 2008, visit For more information on The Moog Guitar visit