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  • Posted 58 days ago in Jon Anderson & Jean-Luc Ponty Form New Band!
    For Immediate ReleaseMusic Legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty Announce Formation of New Music Ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band!Los Angeles, CA - Music legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty announce the formation of a new ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band! YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God” - Jon AndersonThe Anderson Ponty Band also includes Jamie Dunlap on guitars - well known as a film and television composer, most notably 'South Park'; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band will visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy, while creating new compositions as well.The Anderson Ponty Band have been writing and arranging old favorites during the past three months. They will be in residence for three weeks in September at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado rehearsing, recording and playing a public performance on Saturday September 20th. An album will be finished in Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in early 2015. Also, a videography documenting the making of the album will be released as well as videos and performances. A world tour beginning in March 2015 is in the planning stages.The Anderson Ponty Band announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign today July 25th beginning at 2PM Eastern. The campaign will encourage fans and friends to become a stakeholder in the project. Numerous tiers of donations will be rewarded by album downloads, premium CD/DVD packages, VIP ticket access, merchandising, special one of a kind collectibles, special meet and greets with the band and much more.Kickstarter campaign: http://bit.ly/apband2014Anderson Ponty Band Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andersonpontybandJon Anderson official website: www.jonanderson.comJean-Luc Ponty official website: www.ponty.comManager: Jim Lewis, andersonpontyband@gmail.comPress inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com
  • Posted 6 months ago in Visionary Pianist & Composer Sean Wayland New CD
    For Immediate ReleaseVisionary Pianist & Composer Sean Wayland Releases His 23rd Album, 'Barrenjoey'New York, NY - Australian-born pianist, composer and keyboardist Sean Wayland has released the 23rd studio album of his prolific career, a magnificent and stylized take on jazz and funk with roots in Australian rock. In fact, this album, 'Barrenjoey', takes its name from Wayland’s homeland in Australia (not, as those familiar with the New York jazz scene might think, from famous local drummer Joey Baron). This album tells a different story, and one that’s highly personal to Wayland.“I was inspired by surfing in Australia, New South Wales Coast, and Australian rock circa 1980,” says Wayland. “The title track is about a tombolo, or tied island, attached to palm Beach, the most northerly point of the Sydney region.” It’s not difficult to hear these inspirations shine through, particularly on the title track. With drumbeats that crash like waves, the landscape and the lighthouse the lyrics speak of come to life through the song. The passionate musicality and life of this album will transport listeners to the Australia of Wayland’s youth.As a composer, Wayland is deeply rooted in the jazz piano tradition, and this is highly evident in all his work. He is a graduate of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, where he won the Jack Chrostowski Piano Award. He established himself as a creative star of the Sydney jazz scene before relocating to the States and making himself a fixture of New York City’s jazz scene. After moving to the city 14 years ago, Wayland has been recording at a staggering pace. Now, with Barrenjoey, he explores broadened stylistic territory in jazz and funk, while simultaneously harkening back to his roots. “Better Down South” is a memory, an autobiographical piece about surfing in the Ulladulla and Jervis Bay regions of Australia when Wayland was young. Stories like these, told through his carefully constructed musical harmonies and rhythms, are close to the artist’s heart. “It’s a stylized, personalized take on various musical traditions including Australian rock, jazz and funk,” Wayland says. “There is a musical message that is hard to put into words.” Listeners to this album will certainly find the message easy to hear: a personal journey drawing from the music and recollections of Wayland’s past.'Barrenjoey' features a number of other talented musicians and performers, including Keith Carlock on drums, James Muller and Nate Wood on guitar, and Jeff Harley on bass. Virna Sanzone lends her beautiful vocals to complement Wayland’s singing throughout the album.'Barrenjoey' is available for download now on Sean Wayland’s Bandcamp page.For more information on Sean Wayland, please visit SeanWayland.comPress inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com
  • Posted 8 months ago in French-Brazilian Guitar Virtuoso Marcelo Paganini
    French-Brazilian Guitar Virtuoso Marcelo Paganini To Release Two Behind The Scenes Videos Featuring Jazz Legends Deodato and Gary Husband In Support Of Forthcoming CD“Impossible things I do right away, miracles take a bit longer” (lyrics from the song “For Real” by Marcelo Paganini)Paris, France - It took 35 years to finally make the album French-Brazilian guitar virtuoso Marcelo Paganini dreamed about in 1979, when he wrote the song “Lost Secrets”. The album '2012 Space Traffic Jam', which will be released on January 25, 2014, was written in the stars and had to happen, no matter how impossible it seemed to be. To make the impossible possible is Marcelo Paganini's full time job. He was called a crazy man, a fool, a dreamer... but the album now is a reality. Recorded Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 at Phil Bagenal's Eastcote Studios in London by George Murphy, this is a big international production most indie labels only dream about. “Your band is just as good as your drummer”. Gary Husband plays drums on the entire album. Eumir Deodato plays keys on three songs. Marc Madore plays bass on nine songs. And two ex-YES members (now in CIRCA:) Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood play on the song “Somewhere Somehow”, which is featured on the covermount CD included in the latest issue if UK's PROG Magazine available on January 8, 2014. “The song is in 7/4 and my picture is on page 7, reality is magical if you know how to look at it”. Marcelo is a happy man Mode: ON.“I fly to the future closed inside my studio” (lyrics from the song “Somewhere Somehow” by Marcelo Paganini)The album version of “Somewhere Somehow” is actually more than two minutes longer than the version released on the PROG magazine covermount CD and features a brilliant drum solo by Gary Husband and a burning Hammond solo by Tony Kaye. Says Marcelo, “If my band on the song 'Somewhere Somehow' is not a supergroup I don't know what is. In my book any band with Deodato and Husband is a supergroup too, by the way. The song is a big 'I love you' to English prog rock that completely changed my musical vision forever. In my hometown of Belo Horizonte we have a strong prog rock tradition since the 70's, heavily influenced by ELP, Gentle Giant, Genesis, King Crimson and of course YES... But we also have an even older tradition in dense harmony and counterpoint going back to the 18th century. Some of the best jazz musicians in Brazil live there, Milton Nascimento and the Corner's Club (Clube da Esquina) put the town on the musical map. And of course Belo Horizonte is also the place where Sepultura came from, some call it the metal capital of the world. And I was lucky enough to have assimilated and linked all these influences together in my own music”.The lyrics are also very important... “If your heart were bigger my ego would be smaller”, “Can't autograph your mp3”, “There is only now and we are here forever”, “Act as if you had a brain” and so forth... The lyrics will surely resonate in your head for a while. “This record changed my life forever, maybe it will change yours too...”, says Marcelo with a laugh. And about the album title, it started as a joke: “Eumir Deodato was number 2 in the USA in 1972/73 with his historical Grammy awarded jazz funk version of 'Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)', an arrangement of the theme from '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Forty years later there were so many UFOs coming our way at the same time that the infamous 2012 Space Traffic Jam happened on the other side of the galaxy and we saw nothing here...so far. Now it is coming to earth on January 25th”.Gary Husband has invited Marcelo to record one song on his next album 'Dirty & Beautiful' volume 3.The two videos being released today are trailers from a forthcoming Marcelo Paganini documentary about the 'making of' the album. On the first video drum legend Gary Husband recorded a groove so deep it became hot to the point of making the fire detectors scream!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg43ENjQW9U&feature=youtu.beLet's take a London cab with Eumir Deodato (legendary Brazilian jazz producer, arranger and keyboardist with 16 platinum albums, 25 million records sold in the USA alone, who has recorded with Frank Sinatra to Bjork and everyone in between, as well as having a successful solo career) going to Eastcote Studios to record three songs on the album. He remembers some of the great guitar players he worked with, and reveals how he used to call Sinatra back in the day...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdUqx6cMGqo&feature=youtu.beMarcelo Paganini first started performing back in 1975, and has worked with the likes of renowned guitarist Tiberio Nascimento in New York City, 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 in France, 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 in the countryside close to Le Mans in Normandy and leads the only Brazilian funk/rock band in France that has played at some of the best clubs in Paris: New Morning, Divan du Monde, Cithéa, La Java, Flèche d'Or. 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 received the Oddball TV 69 Hours Film Challenge at the Portobello Film Festival in London in September 2011. For more information: http://marcelopaganini.zimbalam.com/To preview Marcelo Paganini's forthcoming album '2012 Space Traffic Jam' on Amazon:http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00HJIRB6C/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dpBuy Marcelo Paganini '2012 Space Traffic Jam' CD on Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes and other stores on January 25th!Press Inquiries: Glass Onyon PR,

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