Saturday, May 9, 2009

JON LORD's 'Concerto For Group And Orchestra' To Premiere In Scotland

Stevenson College, in a major collaboration with The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, The City of Edinburgh Music School and the Edinburgh Schools Symphony Orchestra, will presents Jon Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra on Monday, October 5, 2009 in The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Ken Thomson, Head of Music and Drama at SCE, has put a Scottish music education marker on the international map by persuading Jon Lord, founder member of DEEP PURPLE, to include this Edinburgh performance in his world wide itinerary.
"This unique collaborative event will feature the virtuosic skills of Stevenson College's finest rock band and the talents of a 100-piece symphony orchestra," says Ken Thomson. The orchestra comprises musicians from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, The City of Edinburgh Music School and the Edinburgh Schools Symphony Orchestra. Jon visited Stevenson College Edinburgh in February to rehearse the rock band and begin the preparation for this very special event.
"This concert is intended to reveal the exceptional talents of students studying music from school to conservatoire level in Scotland," says Ken Thomson. "It will be a high profile event and an important date in the Scottish music diary."
Grant Kilpatrick, lead guitarist in the SCE rock band, says, "I couldn't believe my eyes when Jon Lord walked into the college. It is a great privilege to perform with him especially in this piece. We all know 'Smoke on The Water' but this is something else!"
The first half of the program will comprise of SCE and RSAMD's jazz band (directed by Ken Thomson), followed by a combined traditional folk music ensemble (directed by Phil Cunningham). Jon Lord will be performing part of the folk session with Phil.
The second half of the programme will feature Jon Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra followed by an orchestrated version of his rock anthem "Child in Time" (1969).
Jon Lord will play the Hammond organ, with the rock band.Jon Lord (composer and founder member of DEEP PURPLE) wrote this piece in 1969. The concerto, a fusion of classical and rock styles, was first performed later that year in the Albert Hall, with Malcolm Arnold conducting, featuring DEEP PURPLE and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It has since been performed regularly throughout the world to great acclaim.
"I am very pleased to be involved with this exciting project," says Jon Lord."I have a strong interest in music education and I am delighted to be invited, as composer and performer, to be part of this very significant event. My Concerto for Group and Orchestra has been performed extensively throughout the world. This will be a Scottish premier for the piece. It will not only expose my classical work to the Scottish concert going public but also, and very importantly, provide a platform to expose the talent of Scotland's finest aspiring musicians."

John Novello To Have New Interactive Blog

LOS ANGELES: (, a web design and website marketing company, has completed designing a new blog for acclaimed jazz keyboardist, composer, producer and music educator John Novello ( ).

The purpose of the blog is to contain links to all Novello’s other sites, including his main personal site, his new online instructional site for musicians, and his pages on social media sites such as MySpace, YouTube and Twitter, and also allow Novello to connect with fans with timely touring and gig information, and helpful music performance tips and more!

John Novello stated “Hi all! I'm really excited about launching this new Novello Blog as it's been long overdue. The Novello Blog is for any musician or connoisseur of music who seeks a deeper understanding of this truly universal language - a gift from the muses! I’m currently in my Studio writing the latest Niacin CD featuring again myself on B3, Billy Sheehan on bass and Dennis Chambers on drums... This is going to be another scorcher! Also my solo project "Novello B3 Soul", coproduced with multi-platinum sopngwriter/producer Andy Goldmark, has just been released on NoGo/NuGroove Records and my single "Feelin The Beat" is climbing the charts. The live B3 Soul Band currently featuring myself on B3 and keys, Eric Marienthal on sax, Bill Sharp on drums and Tommy Brechtlein on drums will be playing the Baked Potato in Universal City May 21st. Stay tune for more touring dates.”

John Eberhard, President of stated, “John Novello is smart to be expanding his Internet presence with this new blog, linking together all his web sites, his pages on MySpace, videos on YouTube, and page on Twitter. He’s got a lot of musical projects going on and this allows him another really effective avenue to connect with his fans.” Keyboardist/composer/producer and music educator/author, John Novello has played and worked with everybody from Chick Corea, Isaac Hayes, Ritchie Cole, Hubert Laws, Andy Summers of the Police, Eric Marienthal, Steve Lukather, to legendary rock bassist Billy Sheehan, Edgar Winter, Mark Isham, Donna Summer and The Manhattan Transfer. As a player he has a worldwide reputation in contemporary jazz and R & B/Soul on both acoustic and electronic instruments but most famously the Hammond B3 Organ.

He is considered one of the world’s most in demand keyboard instructors, clinicians and music consultants and is called on by record companies, film producers, managers and agents to personally instruct many VIP’s at his Los Angeles studio and/or on location. His manual The Contemporary Keyboardist has become the “bible” of contemporary keyboard instruction worldwide and is endorsed by such top professionals as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Henry Mancini, Andy Summers, and many more.

Novello has also produced The Contemporary Keyboardist Three Part Video Series now available in DVD as well and just recently released two more books - Stylistic Etudes which consists of 86 original song studies that cover over 17 contemporary styles - jazz, latin, rock, pop, blues, new age, modal, fusion, gospel, country and many more and The Contemporary Keyboardist for Beginners. The Contemporary Keyboardist Line is now published worldwide by Hal Leonard Publications, Inc. and is one of their most popular and innovative methods. DoReMi Music publishes the Japanese Edition.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Keith Emerson Cancels Upcoming Tour And ELP Reunion Temporarily

From Keith Emerson:

Dear Friends,
It is with much regret that I have to announce that due to past right hand injuries the resulting nerve damage and dystonic factor has made it unable for me to play the keyboards to the high standard I have always set myself and have to cancel my forthcoming Keith Emerson Band featuring Marc Bonilla USA and European tours.
I am also going to have to cancel the proposed Emerson, Lake and Palmer tour which we were going to do at the end of this year.
I will of course continue with my physical/chiropract ic/acupuncture therapy etc. in the hope that this will eventually get me back on form.
This is absolutely devastating to me as music will always be my main key to communicating with a world-wide audience. I know how much my fans and fellow band members were looking forward to these shows and it saddens me greatly to have to come to this decision and make this announcement.
Thank you for your understanding.
Keith Emerson