Thursday, February 4, 2010

Renaissance To Play Rosfest 2010

Renaissance Announced for RoSfest 2010

Renaissance are an English progressive rock band that rose from the
ashes of the Yardbirds, with Annie Haslam and Michael Dunford joining
at the dawn of the 1970s to define their work with folk rock and
classical fusions, including quotations from/allusions to such composers
as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff. The band is most notable
for their 1978 UK top 10 hit "Northern Lights" and progressive rock
classics like "Mother Russia" and "Ashes Are Burning."

Throughout the 70s/80s, progressive rock FM stations across the USA,
such as WNEW (New York), WMMR (Philadelphia) and WHFS (DC), were
turning America onto Renaissance, while the band was thrilling
concertgoers on the world's most distinguished stages, from Carnegie
Hall in New York City to the Royal Albert Hall in London. Records
released throughout the 70s by Renaissance placed in the top-half of
the Billboard Hot 100 Album Charts including Ashes Are Burning,
Scheherazade and Other Stories, Live at Carnegie Hall and Novella,
among others.

Led by Haslam and Dunford, the voice and principal songwriter of the
band's most popular lineup, Renaissance reunited in October 2009 to
celebrate their 40th anniversary. The band embarked on a highly
successful nine-city East Coast tour of theaters and performing arts
centers which inspired them to consider additional engagements for
2010. Joining Haslam and Dunford in the latest incarnation of
Renaissance are keyboardist Rave Tesar and bassist-vocalist David J.
Keyes, both of whom were previous members of Renaissance and the Annie
Haslam Band, in addition to keyboardist-vocalist Tom Brislin Yes,
Debbie Harry, Meat Loaf, Francis Dunnery) and drummer-percussionist
Frank Pagano (Bruce Springsteen, Smashing Pumpkins, Bette Midler, Barry
Manilow). Together, these world class musicians are revisiting the
symphonic textures, stunning vocals and poetic lyrics that embody the
band's haunting and compelling international themes, with fresh
interpretations of the most admired compositions from Renaissance's
most prolific period (1972-78).

Now, Renaissance begins an exciting new chapter, while honoring its
beloved body of vintage work. Haslam and Dunford promise that the new
six-piece lineup will perform the band's timeless classics with the
same care with which the material was originally crafted, while
utilizing technological advances to reproduce the music's original
symphonic textures like never before. They're also enthusiastic about
introducing the music to a new generation of listeners as well as
longtime fans.

"I'm thrilled to be performing these songs again, and to be performing
them with Michael Dunford and a great group of musicians," Haslam
states. "These songs are a big part of my life, so I'll be singing my
heart out."

"We're very excited to be playing for American audiences again," adds
Dunford. "With these great musicians, I'm expecting the songs to sound
better than ever, and I'm looking forward to it with great
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