Thursday, April 26, 2012

French-Brazilian Guitar Virtuoso Marcelo Paganini Recording With Eumir Deodato, Gary Husband and Billy Sherwood

French-Brazilian Guitar Virtuoso Marcelo Paganini Recording With Eumir Deodato, Gary Husband and Billy Sherwood

4/23/2012 – Paris, France – One of the most intriguing guitarists to emerge from South America, Marcelo Paganini, a French/Brazilian guitarist/composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist/actor/journalist, who is best known for his hit song “Blues de Ninguem” with Brazilian rock band Kamikaze, has resided in Paris since 1984, and through the years has garnered a number of impressive accomplishments to his credit. Marcelo, whose YouTube channel has had over 33,000 views, most recently created a new video for his 2007 single "Technodream", which is now available for viewing on YouTube.

"Marcelo Paganini always reminds me of Glauber Rocha: 'A guitar in hand and an idea in your head'." Arrigo Barnabe (Brazilian avant garde composer of "Clara Crocodilo")

"Marcelo Paganini is a truly unique musician. His style and vision are one of a kind and it is written into the DNA of his music. In a world of pastiche and imitation, Marcelo actually has something original to say which we should all sit up and take notice of." - Guy Michelmore (Award-Winning film composer, Marvel Films)

Marcelo Paganini first started performing back in 1975, and has worked with the likes of renowned guitarist Tiberio Nascimento, as well as legendary Belo Horizonte ensemble Tribo de Solos. In 1985 Marcelo made a guest appearance on the album 'Four French Forms' released on Luc Mariani's Delphes Records, which has become a cult classic amongst progressive rock fans. His one-man Midi band show 'Marcelo Paganini is the Band' was one of the first Brazilian live electronic acts back in 1986 and had influenced countless musicians and bands. He has his own studio on the countryside close to Le Mans, in Normandy, and leads the only Brazilian funk/rock band in France. Over the past 30 years Marcelo has written over 300 songs, and in 2004 he composed his first symphony titled 'Belo Horizonte'. From 2003 to the present Marcelo has been active in film making and has won the Oddball TV 69 Hours Film Challenge at the Portobello Film Festival in London in September 2011. In recent years Marcelo has formed the Marcelo Paganini Hendrix Tribute and has performed in France and the US; most recently at Billy Bob's Disneyland Paris in November 2011. “There is 'before' and 'after' Jimi Hendrix,” says Marcelo. “He changed music forever. I felt that I had to pay tribute to him in a special way 40 years after his tragic death. To understand him better I bought a white left-handed Strat and turned it upside down, bought almost the same gear he had. The first gig ever of The Jimi Hendrix Experience was in Evreux in 1966, close to where I live in France. We played our first gig 50 miles from there one day after his birthday in November 2010, celebrating his life instead of his death. I also went to London and NYC, played at Cafe WHA and visited Electric LadyStudios. We are looking forward to playing more gigs to celebrate Jimi's 70th anniversary this year.”

Marcelo Paganini is busy in his studio now recording an album for his friend Michael Molenda to be released later this year on the new label Guitar Player Magazine Records. Eumir Deodato, Gary Husband and Billy Sherwood kindly accepted Marcelo Paganini's invitation to join the project. Expect some more surprise guests among the best musicians in the industry. Marcelo's single from 2007 “Technodream”, described as an intense, frantic, intricate piece of music with virtuosic guitar playing throughout, is about hit 30,000 plays on MySpace, creating a major buzz among the worldwide guitar community. “Every time I buy a new piece of gear I write a new song to celebrate,” explains Marcelo. “ 'Technodream' was made the day I bought my iMac and tried out Logic on it for the very first time. Then I uploaded it to MySpace and it became an instant hit there. To celebrate 5 years since it all begun, I uploaded an experimental video I made for 'Technodream' on YouTube, it will be screened at Portobello Film Festival next September." 

Here's what is being said about Marcelo Paganini's "Technodream": 

"Marcelo Paganini represents what's coming in music. And by that I mean the future!! His guitar concepts are out of this world! Check out his 'Technodream' concept." - Eumir Deodato (legendary Jazz artist)

"Really good, so crazy and interesting." - Dinho Leme (drummer from legendary Brazilian psychedelic rock band  Os Mutantes)

"Marcelo Paganini, a guy with conceptions that smokes!" - Jan Dumee (former guitarist with Focus)

"Check out this cool track from my good friend Marcelo!" - Jack Hotop, Korg

Lastly Marcelo has this to impart to his fans and listeners, “Great music and musicians helped me get through the hard times in my life and inspired me to become who I am today. I hope someday young people who listen to my music will be inspired to express themselves in an original way too.”

Osada Vida Release Trailer Of Forthcoming DVD

Osada Vida, one of the most interesting Polish bands on the prog-rock scene, reveal new details of their first live DVD. The material entitled “Where The Devils Live” features the recording of their live appearance at the Wyspianski Theater in Katowice, Poland in November 2011 and is scheduled for release on June, 18th in Europe and July, 24th in USA. And today you can see the trailer of the DVD – track "Hard-Boiled Wonderland" is available on Metal Mind Productions’ official chanel on YouTube in THIS location. 

Osada Vida’s discography includes three demos and three well received official releases - “Three Seats Behind a Triangle” (2006/2007), “The Body Parts Party” (2008), “Uninvited Dreams” (2009). Their albums feature elaborately beautiful music in the vein of Yes, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation and Riverside.
“Where The Devils Live”  DVD - outstanding performance and intriguing visuals make for an exceptional and deeply engaging spectacle. Richly diversified track list features songs from all previous albums, as also a previously unreleased song “Hard-Boiled Wonderland”. The DVD also includes an interview with Łukasz Lisiak (vocals, bass) and Rafał Paluszek (keys).
Osada Vida
Where the Devils Live DVD
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Cat. no: MMPDVD0200
Barcode: 5907785037465
Format: DVD
Genre: Progressive rock
Release date: 18.06.2012 Europe / 24.07.2012 USA
1. Intro – Remember Your Name
2. Hard-Boiled Wonderland
3. Uninvited Dreams
4. Brain (Mind on Cloud Nine)
5. Muscle (Strong but Powerless)
6. Bone (My Name Is Bone, the Single Bone)
7. Is That Devil From Spain Too?
8. Everyday Ltd.
9. Neverending Dream
10.Childmare (A Goodnight Story)
Bonus material:Interview with Łukasz Lisiak and Rafał Paluszek (video)
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JOE SATRIANI, JOHN PETRUCCI And STEVE MORSE To Join Forces For South American 'G3' Tour

Joe Satriani (CHICKENFOOT), John Petrucci (DREAM THEATER) and Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE) will join forces for the South American edition of the G3 tour in October.

Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Oct. 11- Citibank Hall - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Oct. 12 - Credicard Hall - Sao Paulo, Brazil

More shows will be announced soon.

G3 is a concert tour organized by Satriani, featuring him alongside two other guitarists. Since its inception in 1996, G3 has toured most years and has featured many guitarists, including Vai (Satriani's former student), Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Robert Fripp, Paul Gilbert, Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, Adrian Legg and many other special guests, including Tony MacAlpine, Johnny Hiland, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Keith More, Chris Duarte, Andy Timmons, Neal Schon, Gary Hoey, Brian May, Billy Gibbons, Johnny A, George Lynch, Patrick Rondat, Herman Li, Alejandro Silva and Eric Sardinas.

ASIA To Release New Studio Album With Original Lineup

Thirty years after its eponymous debut album, ASIA ascended to
the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart (where it remained No. 1 for nine consecutive weeks), the legendary British classic rock band returns
with a brand new studio album, a 30th-anniversary edition of their debut album, 2 DVDs, and a world tour that includes Europe, Japan and

ASIA will release its new studio album, "XXX" (pronounced Triple X) via Frontiers Records on June 29 in Europe and July 3 in North America. The new record, produced by Mike Paxman, which is being hailed as ASIA's best album since its classic early '80s releases, will be made
available as a CD, collector's-edition CD/DVD (featuring new music
videos and behind-the-scenes footage), and on vinyl (limited edition
Europe only). Original artwork for "XXX" was created by Roger Dean.

The first single taken from the highly anticipated new album is entitled "Face On The Bridge", released worldwide on May 14. The official video for the song can be seen below.

"We're very pleased with, and confident about 'XXX'," says John Wetton. "It encapsulates, lyrically and instrumentally, the essence of ASIA today. However, it is the very same four people that gave you the
original, iconic album 30 years ago. If you loved it then, you will
love it now."

"We wanted to recapture the energy of the first album," adds ASIA's guitarist Steve Howe. "ASIA has always been about great songs, and fantastic musicianship. I'm sure fans of the first album will fall in love with 'XXX'."

"XXX" CD edition track listing:

01. Tomorrow The World (Wetton/Downes) (6:47)
02. Bury Me In Willow (Wetton/Downes) (6:01)
03. No Religion (Howe/Wetton/Downes) (6:36)
04. Faithful (Wetton/Downes) (5:37)
05. I Know How You Feel (Wetton/Downes) (4:53)
06. Face On The Bridge (Wetton/Downes) (5:59)
07. Al Gatto Nero (Wetton/Downes) (4:36)
08. Judas (Howe/Wetton/Downes) (4:43)
09. Ghost Of A Chance (Wetton/Downes) (4:21)

Total Time 49:41

"XXX" Special Edition 11-TRACK CD (+ Bonus DVD) - track listing:

01. Tomorrow The World (Wetton/Downes) (6:47)
02. Bury Me In Willow (Wetton/Downes) (6:01)
03. No Religion (Howe/Wetton/Downes) (6:36)
04. Faithful (Wetton/Downes) (5:37)
05. I Know How You Feel (Wetton/Downes) (4:53)
06. Face On The Bridge (Wetton/Downes) (5:59)
07. Al Gatto Nero (Wetton/Downes) (4:36)
08. Judas (Howe/Wetton/Downes) (4:43)
09. Reno (Silver and Gold) (Howe/Wetton) (5:15) (bonus track)
10. Ghost Of A Chance (Wetton/Downes) (4:21)
11. I Know How You Feel (Midnight Mix) (Wetton/Downes) (5:23) (bonus track)

Total Time: 60:20

Bonus DVD

01. Face On The Bridge (Music Video) (4:33)
02. Faithful (Music Video) (4:34)
03. The Making of XXX (Featurette) (20:33)

Total Time: 29:40

In addition, ASIA has also completed work on "Resonance", a DVD concert film of the group's 2010/2011 Omega World Tour, captured live in Switzerland. The effort will be released in the fall.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, ASIA will release a collector's edition box set based on its legendary 1982 eponymous debut album, supported by a myriad of ASIA releases in 2012. The 30th-anniversary edition of the first LP will
feature two audio CDs (a remastered edition of the debut album, plus a
CD of live rare tracks), an expansive historical booklet, a limited
edition ASIA T-shirt, goodies from ASIA's 1982 tour, plus a DVD of the new band documentary: "ASIA - 30 Years On". A newly commissioned painting by Roger Dean updates the symbolic dragon and pearl from 1982 to 2012, the Year of The Water Dragon (in the Chinese calendar).

ASIA is:

Geoff Downes - keyboards
Steve Howe - guitar
Carl Palmer - drums
John Wetton - bass and vocals

MASTODON Schedules Vancouver In-Store

Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON will take part in a meet-and-greet on May 1 at Scrape Records in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

MASTODON has just released a split seven-inch single with Canadian singer-songwriter Feist to celebrate Record Store Day. This very exclusive and highly anticipated pressing features MASTODON covering the Feist song "A Commotion", while Feist covers MASTODON's "Black Tongue".

MASTODON is currently taking part in a spring North American tour in support of their latest album "The Hunter", which was released by Reprise Records in September. The tour kicked off on April 4 in Portland, Maine, and
will visit more than 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up with a hometown show at Atlanta's Masquerade Music Park on May 12.
These shows feature an amazing night of powerful music featuring a dream bill with Swedish metal band OPETH as co-headliners, with special guest GHOST providing support on all dates.

MASTODON was among the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band's Grammy nomination was for "Curl Of The Burl", the first single from MASTODON's new album, "The Hunter".

MASTODON received its first Grammy nomination in 2006 for the single "Colony Of Birchmen", from the band's Reprise Records debut album, "Blood Mountain".

DREAM THEATER Begins Writing Material For Next Album

According to a new Facebook posting by guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER, "writing for the next DT album officially commenced while in Osaka [Japan] the other day." He adds, "Jet lag seems to open up one's creative channels."

When asked why new DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini was not involved in the writing sessions for the band's last album, 2011's "A Dramatic Turn Of Events", Petrucci told The Aquarian Weekly, "I decided to do it this way because I wanted to make sure that we were able to focus on DREAM THEATER's core compositional elements and sounds without a new person coming in.
Whatever that Mike might have brought to the table, I thought it was too early to kind of bring in somebody that we didn't really know at all,
as far as their compositional abilities."

He added, "I've been
writing this music forever and just felt comfortable in that kind of
environment. When you can focus on just guitar, keyboards, bass and our
singer is there, it's just a more intimate environment and you're not
trying to integrate somebody else and feel them out. I just kind of
wanted to eliminate that whole process. I mean, it could have been
great, but I was more comfortable doing it this way for this album at

"At this point, [Mangini has] been in the band for
[more than] a year, we've already done a [couple of] tour[s] with him,
we're gonna have completed another full world tour, we have a chance to
jam with him during sound checks and sit with him — we'll know him way
better. I think it'll make more sense to bring him into that process for sure."

DREAM THEATER has annouced a second North American leg of a world tour in support of its acclaimed and globally successful album "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" (Roadrunner). The progressive hard rock icons, who've sold in excess of 10 million
records and DVDs worldwide, will launch their summer dates June 15 in
Rochester, New York and wrap July 21 in Chester, Pennsylvania. The tour
includes stops at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles and the PNC
Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey plus a two-night engagement at
the Paramount Theater on Long Island, New York.

Joining DREAM THEATER, starting June 16 in Columbus, Ohio and for the rest of the tour, is special guest CRIMSON PROJEKCT featuring Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter, Julie Slick and Tobias Ralph. They'll be performing the songs of progressive rock legends KING CRIMSON.

DREAM THEATER's new album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events", sold 36,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 8. The band's previous
CD, 2009's "Black Clouds & Silver Linings", opened with 40,000 units to land at No. 6. This was roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by its predecessor, "Systematic Chaos", which shifted 36,000 copies in 2007 to enter the chart at No. 19. 2005's "Octavarium" premiered with 27,000 copies to debut at No. 36.

DREAM THEATER was among the nominees in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.