Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Swedish progressive/experimental metallers THERION have been confirmed for next year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 12-14, 2011 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, United Kingdom.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


The Bloodstock Open Air heavy metal festival was established in 2005 to bring a wider choice of heavy metal bands to the U.K. and provide a venue for the best established and unsigned metal bands to perform in front of a large an enthusiastic audience of true metalheads.

Bloodstock Open Air features three days of diverse international heavy metal bands across three stages, a large selection of merchandise stalls, metal karaoke, campsite and a wide selection of food, bars and other refreshments.



New Jersey's progressive metal masters SYMPHONY X will embark on a North American headlining tour in April/May 2011. Support on the trek will come from Seattle's NEVERMORE, Sweden's SOILWORK, Boston's POWERGLOVE and Montreal's BLACKGUARD. The trek will launch on April 21 in Philadelphia and wrap on May 22 in West Springfield, Virginia.

The dates are as follows:

Apr. 21 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 22 - Best Buy Theatre - New York, NY
Apr. 23 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Apr. 25 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC - CANADA
Apr. 26 - Salle Albert Rosseau - Quebec City, QC - CANADA
Apr. 27 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
Apr. 29 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Apr. 30 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
May 01 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
May 02 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
May 04 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO
May 06 - Showbox - Seattle, WA
May 07 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
May 08 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
May 10 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
May 11 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
May 13 - Trees - Dallas, TX
May 14 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
May 15 - Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
May 17 - The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL
May 18 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 19 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
May 20 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
May 21 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
May 22 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA

Exclusive pre-sale tickets are available now at VIP tickets/packages are available for select shows and will include early entry and a meet-and-greet. After December 1, tickets can be purchased via regular ticketing outlets.


SYMPHONY X are currently recording their Nuclear Blast debut and follow-up to 2007's "Paradise Lost", which has sold over 60,000 copies in North America.

Formed in 1994 in New Jersey, SYMPHONY X has seven studio albums and one live album to its credit.

Pendragon Getting Ready To Tour In 2011

British Neo Progressive band Pendragon get ready to tour Europe. Here are the dates for your diaries for the Pendragon Passion Tour 2011 full details and ticketing info will be on the website very soon

25/26 Mega Daze UK - Riffs Bar Swindon- UK (SOLD OUT)

2nd/3rd Mega Daze Europe - De Boerderij - Zoetermeer- Holland

(be the first to get your hands on PASSION at the Euro MegaDaze event, 2 unique shows, a copy of the Special Edition Album, exclusive T-shirt, Lanyard and Laminate all inclusive of the ticket price)

10 - Oberhausen -Zentrum Altenberg - Germany
11 - Reichenbach - Bergkeller - Germany
12 - Poznan - Blue Note- Poland
13 - Gdansk - Parlament - Poland
14 - Bydogoscz - Filharmonia Pomorska - Poland
15 – Warsaw - Progresja - Poland
16 – Krakow - Loch Ness - Poland
17 – Bielsko Biala - BCK - Poland
18 – Wroklaw - Firlej - Poland
20 – Katowice -Teatr Śląski - Poland 22 - Pratteln - Z7 - Switzerland
24 - Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal - Germany
25 - Lyon - Ninkasi Kao- France
26 - Verona - Club Il Giardino - Italy
27 - Rome - Stazione Birra - Italy
28 - Trezzo sull'adda, [Milan] - Live Music Club - Italy
29 - Barcelona - Bikini -Spain
30 - Madrid - to be confirmed - Spain

1 - Lisbon - Santiago Alquimista - Portugal
2 - A Coruna - Colon Theatre to be confirmed - Spain
3- Billere [Pau] -Ampli - France
4 - Bordeaux - BT 59 - France
5 - Paris - Divan Du Monde - France
6 - Verviers - Spirit of '66 - Belgium

27 - Cardiff - The Globe - to be confirmed- UK
28 - Kingston-Upon-Thames - The Peel - UK
29 - Kingston-Upon-Thames - The Peel - UK
30 - Bilston -The Robin 2 - UK

2 - Birkenhead - Pacific Road - UK
3 - Glasgow - The Ferry -UK
4 - Sheffield - The Boardwalk - UK

Monday, November 8, 2010

Adventurous New Jazz From Jazzwerkstatt and Naxos of America

Jazzwerkstatt and Naxos of America, Inc. Announce U.S. Rollout of New CD Releases & Catalog

Naxos of America, Inc. and German jazz label Jazzwerkstatt announce the U.S. distribution of their catalog, including November 2010 releases by The Dave Liebman Group, the Perry Robinson Trio, The Ullmann/Swell 4, and Chris Dahlgren & Lexicon.

Jazzwerkstatt is a name that has a fine tradition deriving from the “Jazzwerkstatt Peitz”, which once was the biggest jazz festival in the GDR (German Democratic Republic) outside of Berlin. In the early ‘70s, the festival was organized by Ulli Blobel and Peter ‘Jimi’ Metag. Jazzwerkstatt Berlin-Brandenburg is picking up where the original left off. In 2008, a new annual festival was started in Berlin “A EUROPEAN JAZZ JAMBOREE”.

Jazzwerkstatt’s next logical step was to start its own label to complement the concerts, whose line-ups have included big names like Max Roach, David Murray, Steve Lacy, Mal Waldron, and others. In addition, historic radio broadcasts from Peitz in the GDR – which featured musicians such as Conny Bauer, Gianluigi Trovesi, Dietmar Diesner, and Tony Oxley – will be released on the label along with recordings from the concerts of Jazzwerkstatt.

JazzWerkstatt Wien (Jazz Workshop Vienna) was established in 2004 by Daniel Riegler, Peter Rom, Bernd Satzinger, Clemens Wenger, Wolfgang Schiftner, and Clemens Salesny. To document and distribute the musical output of this initiative, JazzWerkstatt Records was founded the following year. The unorthodox approach to jazz and improvised music of this new generation of Austrian composers and musicians produces a wide scope of artistry – work that transcends outdated genre classification, work that expresses the current Zeitgeist, or spirit of the times.

The November 16, 2010 Releases:

“In Ornette’s music there is a joyful spirit which permeates throughout and explains why people love his art as they do. His music expresses an irrepressible joie de vivre, uplifting and mournful at the same time, playful and deadly serious-a full view of the human condition. With deep respect to a true individualist and master of his art, I hope you enjoy our Ornette Coleman voyage.” -- Dave Liebman, September 2009

“The voice coming from The Ullmann/Swell Quartet is saying listen, feel, and become the goal in these sonic excursions is to explore music in all of its moods, colors and shapes. There is also a strong investment in silence, space, and texture. The compositions are delivered in ten installments, four pieces written by Gebhard Ullmann, two collective composed pieces and four songs composed by Steve Swell.” -- William Parker, April 9, 2009

“Perry Robinson is a musician’s musician. He has been one of the most productive protagonists of the jazz scene for over half a century, and his creativity is still in demand internationally. If the public at large is less aware of his name than of his colleagues Ornette Coleman and Carla Bley, the reason may be that his instrument, the clarinet, is associated with the heyday of Benny Goodman, the king of swing. But Robinson’s roots run far deeper. They reach back into folk and blues, the ground water of American music, and to a time long before the division into old-time vs. avant-garde and black vs. white. This is the basis out of which, over the decades, a mighty trunk grew up and put out a crown of widely spreading branches. In other words, Perry Robinson tells living stories in that most universal of languages, music. From A to Z...” -- Tobias Richtsteig

“The music of “Mystic Maze” is based upon a selection written critiques against the music of the great composer Béla Bartók, who lived from 1881-1945. I wanted, in my own way, to vilify some of the very critics who judged Bartók’s incredible music so harshly by turning their own words against them- in other words, to turn their words into music.” – Chris Dahlgren

The Jazzwerkstatt label releases recordings from three sources:

1. Recordings from the archives of the East German broadcaster Rundfunk der DDR. These excellent recordings of exceptional Jazzwerkstatt Peitz concerts were made in the1980s. In most cases, the lineup was either brought together exclusively for Jazzwerkstatt Peitz or the musicians just got together for impromptu sessions.

2. Recordings of Jazzwerkstatt Berlin-Brandenburg concerts. Plenty of the jazz world’s big names have played in Berlin since jazzwerkstatt was first established and many of these concerts were recorded by the regional broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. The JazzWerkstatt label has released some of these recordings on CD and DVD.

3. Our third and most important mainstay are our recordings of Berlin-based musicians. At Jazzwerkstatt we devote most of our attention to the Berlin jazz scene – this enables local musicians to make quality recordings in a professional studio without being under pressure of time, whilst also offering them the facilities of a professional label.

Source: Michael Bloom PR


Frontiers Records has announced that Derek Shulman and 2Plus Music Entertainment have agreed to oversee the label development and marketing over the North American market.

After an internationally acknowledged career as singer for the progressive music band GENTLE GIANT, Derek Shulman became involved in the recording business in the early '80s. Starting as an A&R representative at PolyGram Records, where he rose to the ranks of Senior Vice President, he signed BON JOVI, DAN REED NETWORK, CINDERELLA, and KINGDOM COME, among many others. In 1988 he became President and CEO of Atco Records (where he signed the progressive metal band DREAM THEATER, as well as PANTERA). He also re-established the careers of AC/DC and BAD COMPANY, both of whom sold multi-platinum albums under his watch. He then went on to become President of Roadrunner Records, overseeing signings like SLIPKNOT and NICKELBACK.

2Plus directors, internationally renowned music impresario Leonardo Pavkovic and CFO Lawrence Offsey, join him in this endeavour.

2Plus will coordinate artist acquisition and marketing for Frontiers in North America and will represent the label in the relationship with the local distributors and promoters.

Frontiers Records label President Serafino Perugino stated, "Working with 'the professor' Derek Shulman has been nothing but a joy so far. His experience and wisdom are going to guide Frontiers Records growth to the next level and we are absolutely excited to share with him and 2Plus a vision for the future growth of Frontiers in the North American market."

Derek Shulman stated: "I am extremely excited about being involved with Serafino and Frontiers Records. It is very gratifying to work with people who are music fans and yet understand the dynamics of the ever-changing music business model. Frontiers Records is committed to making the leap to become the premiere independent rock music company worldwide. I am very happy to lend my experience to my friends at Frontiers to realize this goal."