Wednesday, June 9, 2010
On “Bateless Edge,” Frogg Café consists of Bill Ayasse (violin,
mandolin, vocals, hand percussion), James Guarnieri (drums,
glockenspiel, orchestral percussion), Andrew Sussman (bass, cello,
acoustic guitar), Nick Lieto (lead vocals, keyboards, trumpet,
flugelhorn), John Lieto (trombone), and features the triumphant return
of co-founding member, Frank Camiola (guitar, string bass, banjo).
“Bateless Edge” is a stunning 78-minute statement, described by bassist/composer Andrew Sussman as a "reflection on incidents revolving around our own personal lives, as well as an integrated and newly formed sound that takes this band into realms that have been unexplored until now." “Bateless Edge” sees Frogg Café fearlessly breaking new musical ground while crafting some of the darkest and most intense musical statements made thus far by this ever-evolving band.
In this elaborate journey, Frogg Café explores many new textures and colors that add great dimension to the contemporary jazz-fusion sound that is unmistakably their own. The band incorporates for the first time detailed orchestration akin to symphony music. Clarinets,
mandolins, cellos, glockenspiels, bass clarinets, xylophones, string quartets and many other instruments all integrate to create a soundscape that will yield the listener infinite details on future listens. Classical Indian influences also find their way into the mix, along with new levels of intricate compositional complexity, including a track that boasts a 28-page musical score consisting of roughly twenty-five different instruments.
Many additional instrumentalists were recruited to record this latest opus, including Andrew Sussman's father, Steve Sussman, on clarinet, Cardboard Amanda member, Dee Harris, on Indian Slide guitar and Tamboura, as well as fellow 10T artists, Vessela Stoyanova (Fluttr Effect), and Steve Kastikas (Little Atlas).
“Frogg Café is very special to 10T Records,” says label president Steve Carroll. “They were one of the bands that were foundational to the creation of 10T, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be bringing this release to the world. It is quite simply the definitive creative statement for a band that has consistently made a career out of being among the best of the best.”
“Bateless Edge” is available for pre-order starting on June 1, 2010. All orders received between now and the official release date will ship by the end of the week prior to the official release.
Additionally, everyone who pre-orders “Bateless Edge” will receive exclusive FREE temporary access to download “On the LillyPadd,” a full length digital album featuring the following previously unreleased Frogg Café recordings:
1. A Brass Quartet piece called "Prelude" that was originally recorded for Bateless Edge, but was cut due to time constraints.
2. A 25-minute in the studio spaced-out Frogg jam called "At the Table of the Leptons".
3. Excerpts from a never-released live show from Orion Studios recorded in Dec. 2006.
The band feels that this was one of their best shows, and features never been heard tracks.
All tracks from “Bateless Edge” are currently available to preview in their entirety through the 10T Records website:
After July 2, “Bateless Edge” will be available through your favorite retail outlet for immediate purchase.
According to a press release: “Out Of The Tunnel’s Mouth is a rock album which features beautifully-sweeping symphonic sounds highlighted by Hackett's signature soaring guitar and unsullied vocals. The tracks contain a mélange of influences from classical to Middle Eastern and showcase Hackett's prowess as a composer with the ability to meld seemingly disparate styles. Although majestic in sound and scope, Out of The Tunnel’s Mouth was recorded in Hackett's living room and produced in a virtual studio there by long-time writing partner, keyboardist and producer Roger King."
Out Of The Tunnel’s Mouth tracklist is as follows:
‘Fire On The Moon’
‘Emerald And Ash’
‘Ghost In The Glass’
‘Last Train To Istanbul’
Live bonus disc tracklist:
‘Blood On The Rooftops’
‘A Tower Struck Down’
‘Firth Of Fifth’
‘Fly On A Windshield’
‘Broadway Melody Of 1974’
‘Every Star In The Night Sky’
Steve Hackett North American tour
18 - Bethlehem, PA - NEARFest/Zoellner Arts Center/Lehigh University
20 - Westhampton, NY - Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
22 - Arlington, MA - The Regent Theatre
23 - New York, NY - River To River Festival/World Financial Center Plaza
24 - Falls Church, VA - The State Theatre
25 - Greensburg, PA - Palace Theatre
30 - South Milwaukee, WI - South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
2 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
3 - Albany, NY - Hart Theater
4 - Trois Rivieres, QC - Festivoix
7 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
8 - Ottawa, ON - Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
9 - Montreal, QC - Place des Arts Theatre Maisonneuve
10 - Sherbrooke, QC - Theatre Granada
12 - Quebec City, QC - Quebec City International Summer Festival
The band features:
Steve Hackett - guitar/vocals
Roger King - keyboard/musical director
Nick Beggs - bass/chapman stick/vocals
Rob Townsend - sax/flute/vocals
Gary O'Toole - drums/d drums/percussion/vocals
Amanda Lehmann - guitar/vocals
For more info on Steve Hackett visit his website
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters has said he "won't be unhappy" if the band's performance at Live 8 in 2005 proved to be their last.
"It was an extraordinarily moving experience for me and if that's the way we draw a line under Pink Floyd, so be it," he told BBC News.
Waters, 66, will tour the band's classic album The Wall later this year.
He said Pink Floyd had been asked to reform for a show in New York but that bandmate David Gilmour had refused.
Continue reading the main story If the others wanted to do something at some point, I'm always open to suggestions. So far there haven't been any
Waters returns to The Wall
"I think Live 8 was probably it," Waters told the BBC's Rebecca Jones.
"And Live 8 was so beautiful, and Rick obviously was still with us then."
The band's keyboardist, Richard Wright, died in September 2008.
"If that's the way we draw a line under Pink Floyd, so be it," Waters said. "I won't be unhappy about that."
He said he had been asked by Hank Steinbrenner, co-owner of New York's Yankees Stadium, to reform the band to perform 1979 double concept album The Wall.
"I said, 'well, I don't think David wants to do anything again, and certainly not this'.
"He said, 'well, will you ask him?' So I did, and he said no.
"Which I knew he would and there's no reason why he wouldn't say no."
Waters added: "However, if the others wanted to do something at some point, I'm always open to suggestions.
"So far, there haven't been any."
Waters will begin The Wall Live tour of North America in Toronto, Canada, on 15 September.
European dates will follow, beginning next May.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
"We wrote about 15 minutes of music last month in my studio near London and we're very excited about it.
"I think people are going to be very surprised by the direction.
"If they're expecting some kind of death-metal-progressive rock, they're going to be surprised [because] it's not like that."
He continued, "If you put the two of us together, the last thing we're going to do is something similar to what people already know from our most high-profile project.
"It's very arty, very ambitious; it's going to be epic.
"We're still writing.
"[It's going to be] very dark, very twisted, very experimental.
"It's still rock music, but we're trying to do something really, really special and really different with this."
In a September 2009 interview with Australia's PyroMusic.net, Mike Portnoy stated about the project, "The three of us each mentioned wanting to work with each other years ago, and since then it's kind of been this rumor that won't go away. I think all three of us regret ever mentioning it at this point, but I think the hype or anticipation around it has surpassed anything we possibly could realistically deliver. So I think now all three of us are kind of hesitant to do it, because there's been so much hype about it. (laughs)
"This is an example of where the Internet can somehow be a bad thing and I think... that's why I try to keep as tight of a lid on things as possible when we're making a record, because anything that is said or leaked or heard, it opens up this can of worms of discussion and once people start discussing and discussing and discussing and dissecting and anticipating, they build up such a level of hype and expectations in their head that it's impossible to ever satisfy it. So that's one of the bad things about the Internet.
"In answer to your question though, I think we'd love to work together, but at this point, we just don't know when."