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  • Posted 17 days ago in Gong Expresso To Release New Album “Decadence”
    Montreal - Hansford Rowe's HRIII merges with Gong Expresso! Gong alumni Francois Causse, Benoit Moerlen and Hansford Rowe join HRIII guitarist Julien Sandiford for the recording of the new album by Gong Expresso titled “Decadence.”Says Hansford, “ 'Decadence' is the title tune on the new Gong Expresso album. Here the word means 'falling away.' I hope this tune and all the music on the album somehow addresses this in an unadorned, direct way. When I play with these 3 musicians I am convinced there is something special happening. Benoit Moerlen (vibes, marimba) and Francois Causse (drums, perc) and I began playing together in early 1977 in PM's Gong and our rapport is of the kind only long term relationships can provide. On the other hand Julien who is 25 has been alive less time than I have been playing with the others. Yet our musical relationship feels infinitely long. We are recording in two cities, Paris and Montreal. Francois' studio in Paris is a tuned percussion church and Piccolo Studios in Montreal is owned by Denis Savage who is co-producing with the band. He is known for his work with Celine Dion.” Featuring:Francois Causse - drums, percussionJulien Sandiford - guitarBenoit Moerlen - vibes, marimbaHansford Rowe - bassPM's Gong was a major branch of the massive Gong tree. In the mid 1970's drummer Pierre Moerlen separated from Daevid Allen marking an end to the Flying Teapot period and a powerful jazz/rock unit was formed and signed to Virgin Records. Pierre's brother Benoit Moerlen, Hansford Rowe, Francois Causse, Allan Holdsworth were core members. Many major guests joined them both on albums and touring. Mick Taylor, Mike Oldfield, and French violinist Didier Lockwood were key participants. Mike Oldfield occasionally used the PMG rhythm section for touring also calling on members for albums such as “Ommadawn”, “Incantations”, “Exposed” and “Platinum.” Pierre Moerlen sadly passed away on May 5th, 2005.In concert Gong Expresso mines their huge repertoire and has exceptional guests joining them regularly. Along with finishing their new album, the band will be releasing a new video soon.For more information: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hr3Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GongExpresso/YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDb7pRK9A-fBjZTbp3vbd_wPress inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, [email protected]
  • Posted 22 days ago in Richard Niles' Bandzilla To Release Two New Videos
    Los Angeles - Composer Richard Niles has released the highly acclaimed album “BANDZILLA RISES!!!” Jazz Weekly says “BANDZILLA is hip to the bone!” while Music Street Journal says BANDZILLA “is killer jazz fusion that just plain rocks!…incredibly strange but also very cool.” Cherry Pop calls it “one of the most adventurous albums I have ever heard,” while Midwest Record says, “thinking man’s pop that also provides heat for the feet… killer stuff throughout!”Now Niles has released two new videos from the album:In YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lDYluRQNoY  jazz-icon Randy Brecker sings and plays stellar trumpet on this funk groove that satirizes corrupt politicians, and the “.1%”.In LIVE AS ONE, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNUrqGuPPU4&feature=youtu.be, released on Martin Luther King’s birthday, Niles echoes his “dream” that all races and religions can someday live in harmony. Sung by Kim Chandler and Niles, this sentiment is expressed with furious funk and a blistering solo from Incognito’s sax star Nigel Hitchcock. Featured in the video are Martin Luther King, Muhammed Ali, Niles, Chandler and Bandzilla trumpeter and co-producer Johnny Thirkell. Watch out for images of peace and love from Woodstock and from the United Colors of Benetton!Multi-Grammy winner Pat Metheny has called Richard Niles “one of the best composer/arrangers around and a truly exciting musical force.” For his jazz work with Metheny, Bob James, John Patitucci, Martin Taylor, Billy Cobham, Jane Monheit and Bob Mintzer, and his work on over 40 pop hits, Sound on Sound called Niles “the most versatile man in modern music.” Says Beatles legend Paul McCartney, “Richard Niles is a great orchestrator and musician and a pleasure to work with.”The new album, “BANDZILLA RISES!!!” is an unparalleled musical event - music that defies definition performed by artists beyond category.To purchase “BANDZILLA RISES!!!”: www.bandzilla.netOfficial Website: www.bandzilla.netPress inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), [email protected] 
  • Posted 5 months ago in Will Ackerman news
    Camarillo, CA - Marshall Blonstein, president of Audio Fidelity is pleased to announce an agreement with Will Ackerman and his West River Records. The agreement calls for Audio Fidelity, in conjunction with West River Records, to release the first 180g vinyl pressing of Ackerman's 2005 Grammy award winning recording, "Returning: Pieces for Guitar 1970-2004." Ackerman is universally recognized as the preeminent pioneer in the new age music movement, and the founder of Windham Hill Records. In 2004, after years of growth and introspection, Ackerman re-recorded an album of his best-known songs. A greatest hits collection of all new performances.  The playing and recording of these New Age instrumentals are sharper now than on those original Windham Hill classics and Ackerman's most popular compositions have rarely sounded as poignant. Blonstein felt one of the elements of working with Will Ackerman that would have great appeal to Audio Fidelity's music fans were simple words Will spoke at the time of the recording about why he wanted to make the album. "Today I'm recording in my own Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, Vermont on utterly state of the art digital equipment. It all brings me closer to what I hear as I sit alone and play; touching the sound as it literally moves through my body as well as my ears. I guess I am trying to find a sound that lets you hear what I hear."  Will's goal was to take a series of 11 favorite songs and record them for posterity in a way that reflects the emotional nuances, precision, and maturing beauty they've picked up along the road. He includes the graceful and lushly melodic "The Bricklayer's Beautiful Daughter," the sweet and melancholy "Anne's Song", and two peaceful early gems from 1970, "Pictures" and "Barbara's Song." Some were written as celebrations ("Unconditional"), others as elegies ("The Impending Death of the Virgin Spirit"), but all are intricate snapshots of a vastly influential musical life that keeps inventive to this day.ALBUM TRACKS:SIDE 1Bricklayer's Beautiful DaughterAnne's SongThe Impending Death of the Virgin SpiritPicturesHawk CircleSide 2Barbara's SongUnconditionalVisitingProcessionalIn a Region of CloudsLast Day at the BeachWill Ackerman official website: http://www.williamackerman.com/For more information: www.audiofidelity.netPress inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, [email protected] glassonyonpr2016-09-28 13:21:59

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