New York based prog band EDENSONG, recently called “a great example of contemporary Progressive Rock” by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, is heading out on a North American tour next week with Detroit’s Imminent Sonic Destruction. This will be EDENSONG’s first tour in support of their newest album, the critically acclaimed Years in the Garden of Years(2016, Laser’s Edge).
Ian’s quote, which appears in the News Section of JethroTull.com, is “Edensong are a great example of the contemporary face of Progressive Rock. Detailed and energetic performances with heavy guitars, which give way to subtle blends of dynamic variation.”
Fresh off a successful appearance at ROSfest in Gettysburg, PA on May 7th, the band heads next to the Terra Incognita Festival in Quebec City, QC on May 20 before meeting up with ISD in Toronto on May 22 to kick off the official tour. The two bands join forces with a variety of popular, local support acts, including Half Past Four in Toronto, District 97 in Chicago, and Next to None in New York City.
“Each show is like its own miniature festival,” says guitarist/singer James Byron Schoen. “We’re teaming up with some of our favorite bands in each city we’re stopping. There’s gonna be a ton of variety at these shows so the nights should appeal to fans of progressive rock and metal alike.”
TRYO (Chile) is considered one of the most important and influential Chilean and Latin American Progressive bands in the last decades. They recently published their new acclaimed acoustic album “Ofrenda” and conceptual album “Órbitas”, and will soon celebrate 3 decades of extraordinary artistic career (1987 – 2017) with their upcoming 2017 Anthology album (with bonus material) and a “30th Anniversary World Tour”.
Their unique sound is the result of the creativity and virtuosity of the band´s multi-instrumentalists, with electric and acoustic compositions, and fusing Prog with other various musical genres (e.g., Metal, Rock, Jazz, Latin American folklore, World and Classical Music), providing great variety to their discography
Some of the TRYO´s career highlights are: a) Opening acts for amazing international artists, such as: “Yes”, “Adrian Belew”, “Kansas”, “Hermeto Pascoal”, “Flairck”, “Joe Satriani” (Satriani, Minnemann, Beller & Keneally) and “Marillion” (Marillion Weekend Chile, May 2017); b) That their musicians were invited to play with “Jimmy Page & Robert Plant” (Led Zeppelin), “Congreso”, “Los Jaivas”, “Focus” and “Luz de Riada” (Ramsés Luna); and c) Have composed the soundtrack of the successful application of the city – port of Valparaiso (Chile) as “World Heritage” at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
During these three decades of music, “TRYO” (Chile) has received many awards and excellent specialized music press reviews in Chile and abroad. Last year was one of the best in the band´s trajectory: a) Recently named “Chilean Artist of the Year 2016” (by Rockaxis – Vanguardia); and b) Their “Órbitas” album was recognized as “Best Chilean Album of 2016” (by ChileanSkies), “Surprise Album of 2016” (by Rock at Night´s Progressive Rock Extravaganza U.S.A.), while the album´s songs were included in important prog compilations and radio programs worldwide (e.g., “Music for Relief” – There is Hope Records U.S.A.).
The band has maintained its original line up to these days, and is composed by the famous Chilean academics and musicians Ismael Cortez A. (electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards and lead vocals), Francisco Cortez A. (fretted & fretless electric bass guitar, bass pedals / station, cello and backing vocals) and Felix Carbone K. (drums and various acoustic- electric-hybrid percussion instruments, such as Mallet Kat, marimba, vibraphone, Handsonic, Wavedrum, Octapad, djembe, derbake, kultrun, udu, tabla, gong, quartz and tibetan bowls).
Los Angeles based Rock Fusion trio, King Llama, is hitting some big stages this year with their album, RETURN TO OX. Happening right now is a South American tour. Look out as King Llama performs at a few notable festivals, including 2 days at Summer Camp Festival in Chillicothe IL this Memorial Day weekend, and Progtoberfest in Chicago on Saturday 10/21.
As the band is now touring in Argentina and Chile, they will also be recording a new live music video in the historical studio “Zanezi” in Mendoza. Look out for these releases this summer!
RETURN TO OX – recorded and produced with Dave Schiffman at East West Studios in Los Angeles – is available in all mediums including a double LP (vinyl), and can easily be found through the band’s website: www.kingllama.com
Canada’s profilprog.com says it best: “The album is a great success. Each title is deploying a multiplicity of environments covering a broad stylistic spectrum (from jazz to metal) and offers many variations of dynamic, alternating saturation and its clear epileptic breaks, harmonic progressions in black textures and air.“
Relix Magazine hits home with this: “King Llama draw from an impressive range of musical styles to forge their own brand of acid-jazz and prog-rock.”
King Llama has certainly forged their own style of fusion, and each show they perform more than demonstrates their ability to surprise the ear with fresh and clever approaches towards composition.
KING LLAMA on the Road:
May 4 Willys Bar, Chacras, Mendoza, Argentina
May 5 Al Toque, San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina
May 6 Sala Hugo del Carril, San Luis, Argentina
May 7 N8 Studio, Mendoza, Argentina
May 11 Maal Wines, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
May 12 Centro Cultural Rojas Magallanes, Santiago, Chile
May 13 Alfonsi, San Felipe, Chile
May 14 Bar 1, Santiago, Chile
May 18 Estudio Locatel, Zona Norte, Buenos Aires
May 19 Centro Cultural Leon Leon, Buenos Aires
May 20 Detroit, Morón, Buenos Aires
May 21 Quetzal, Buenos Aires, Argentina
May 25 Summer Camp Festival, Chillicothe, IL (Campfire Stage pre-party)
May 26 SummerCamp Festival, Chillicothe, IL
July 8 Casa, Costa Mesa, CA
September 16 Casa, Costa Mesa, CA
October 20 Sonic Voyage Fest, Wisconsin w/ Aisles, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius
October 21 ProgtoberFest, Chicago, IL
L2R: Dani Rabin (guitar), Blake Jiracek (drums), Danny Markovitch (sax), Jon Nadel (bass).
MARBIN SPRING 2017 TOUR
DANI RABIN guitar
DANNY MARKOVITCH sax
JON NADEL bass guitar
BLAKE JIRACEK drums
MARBIN, one of the biggest treasures and musical talents found by MoonJune’s honcho Leonardo Pavkovic,is a progressive instrumental jam-jazz-rock-blues-fusion band based in Chicago, IL, with a unique story that stands out in today’s music world. With a do-it-yourself approach and encouragement by Mr. Pavkovic, MARBIN started touring extensively in 2011, bringing their original instrumental music to every part of the United States. Through word of mouth, MARBIN has gained tens of thousands of devoted fans all over the world, and has sold tens of thousands of albums. MARBIN has released six albums: Marbin (2009; self-release), Breaking the Cycle (2011; MoonJune), Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013; MoonJune), The Third Set (2014; MoonJune), Aggressive Hippies (2015; self-release; marketed by MoonJune), and Goatman and the House of the Dead (2016; self-release; marketed by MoonJune).
“The hardest working band in America! Averaging 250 shows a year!”
“Far from being just another jazz-rock fusion band, Marbin occupies their own stylistic space. More an instrumental rock band than a jazz fusion band, Marbin’s music seems to come from the guitar hero world of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Joe Bonamassa. But there’s a good deal of other stuff going on in their music. Steeped in blues, surf, and the folk music of their native Israel, in addition to jazz- rock, Marbin consistently avoids easy pigeonholing. Part of this is due to the fact that the band is based on the musical partnership of two virtuosos: guitarist Dani Rabinand saxophonist Danny Markovitch. People stopped thinking of saxophone as a virtuosic lead instrument in rock music decades ago, but Markovitch seems determined to change that view single- handedly.” – Dave Wayne, All About Jazz
“Jazz-fusion, rock, folk, blues, prog-rock, bits of heavy metal, and straight jazz…it’s all here folks in one nice little package. [Marbin is a] band that needs to be on your immediate radar if they aren’t already.” – Pete Pardo, Sea Of Tranquility
“Danny Markovitch might not be the best driver in the world, but he can play a heck of a sax, he is a monster.” – Allan Holdsworth (R.I.P.)
“Guitarist Dani Rabin and saxophonist Danny Markovitch generate lightning fast unison choruses and dynamic solo sprees atop the rhythm section’s tight, razor-sharp focus.” – Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
”Marbin is a crazy talented group making music hard to pin down but easy to appreciate. – Victor Aaron, Something Else
“Let’s just say I’m completely blown away from this group and their albums.” – Zachary Nathanson, Music From the Other Side of the Room
It gives us great pleasure to announce our return to North America! We had an incredible time last year promoting and performing our latest album ‘Affinity’. This time round, we hope to up the ante by bringing our 10th Anniversary Tour to a whole bunch of new cities and venues, as well as revisiting some of our favorite locations!
We look forward to celebrating our career so far with all our fans and friends, old and new.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, midday EST!
23 AUG – DETROIT, MI @ THE SHELTER
24 AUG – TORONTO, ON @ LEE’S PALACE
25 AUG – MONTREAL, QC @ CLUB SODA
26 AUG – QUEBEC CITY, QC @ SALLE MULTI
27 AUG – BOSTON, MA @ BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL
29 AUG – COLUMBUS, OH @ SKULLY’S MUSIC DINER
30 AUG – CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH @ THE GROG SHOP
31 AUG – PITTSBURGH, PA @ REX THEATER
01 SEP – PHILADELPHIA, PA @ FOUNDRY @ THE FILLMORE
02 SEP – NEW YORK, NY @ HIGHLINE BALLROOM
03 SEP – WASHINGTON, DC @ ROCK & ROLL HOTEL
05 SEP – DURHAM, NC @ MOTORCO MUSIC HALL
06 SEP – ATLANTA, GA @ ProgPower USA XVIII
10 SEP – MEXCO CITY, MX @ EL PLAZA CONDESA
12 SEP – ANAHEIM, CA @ THE HOUSE OF BLUES
13 SEP – SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ SLIM’S
14 SEP – W.HOLLYWOOD, CA @ THE ROXY THEATRE
15 SEP – LAS VEGAS, NV @ BACKSTAGE BAR & BILLARDS
16 SEP – SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ URBAN LOUNGE
17 SEP – DENVER, CO @ MARQUIS THEATER
19 SEP – ST.PAUL, MN @ AMSTERDAM BAR & HALL
20 SEP – MILWAUKEE, WI @ SHANK HALL
21 SEP – INDIANAPOLIS, IN @ THE EMERSON THEATER
22 SEP – ST.LOUIS, MO @ DELMAR HALL
23 SEP – CHICAGO, IL @ BOTTOM LOUNGE
with special guests Sithu Aye (except Atlanta and Mexico)
Now in stores and all online digital sites is THE STRING QUARTETS, the new album by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and The Carducci String Quartet. THE STRING QUARTETS features the classic songs of Jethro Tull, arranged and orchestrated by Ian’s keyboardist John O’Hara. Ian plays flute on most of the tracks and even sings a few lines here and there to provide his trademark sounds in the context of classical music traditions. “Locomotive Breath,” “Living In The Past,” and “Aqualung,” are amongst the songs revised with new arrangements and titles— “Loco,” “In The Past,” and “Aquafugue.” (Full track listing appears below.)
“The album finds its most authentic voice the further it gets away from the original songs” writes Russ Coffey of UK’s ARTS DESK.
John O’Hara delved deeper and offered new imagining of each classic. “An orchestrator’s job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work.” O’Hara also felt “a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song.”
THE STRING QUARTETS was recorded in the crypt of Worcester Cathedral, UK and in St Kenelm’s Church, Sapperton, Gloucestershire, UK.
The Carducci String Quartet is highly celebrated for its interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works. The group has won international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition. This Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. Their website is www.carducciquartet.com
The album is available in the U.S. via The End Records/BMG.
01. In the Past (Living In The Past)
02. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman / Reasons For Waiting)
03. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle)
04. We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)
05. Farm, the Fourway (Farm On The Freeway)
06. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood / Heavy Horses) **
07. Only the Giving (Wond’ring Aloud)
08. Loco (Locomotive Breath)
09. Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song) **
10. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)
11. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells) **
12. Aquafugue (Aqualung)
After the album’s release, Ian Anderson will return to the United States this May, June, August, and November to present multi-media JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson concerts in the Mountain States, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Midwest, Florida. He will be accompanied by Tull members David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), and by Florian Opahle (guitar), and Scott Hammond (drums). Please see below for concert dates and ticket links. More shows to be announced.
JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson – U.S. Tour
5/23: Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, UT
05/26: Red Rocks Amphitheater; Morrison, CO (with the Colorado Symphony)
05/27: Route 66 Casino; Legends Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
05/28: Plaza Theatre PAC; El Paso, TX
05/30: Smart Financial Centre; Sugar Land (Houston), TX
05/31: ACL Live at the Moody Theater; Austin, TX
06/01: Choctaw Casino, Choctaw Grand Theater; Durant, OK
08/08: Bethlehem MusikFest, Bethlehem, PA
08/15: Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC
08/18: Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, Grand Rapids, MI
08/19: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
08/22: First Niagara Presents Tuesday in the Park, Lewiston, NY
11/1: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
11/4: Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theatre, Mashantucket, CT
11/5: France-Derrick PAC-Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD
11/7: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL
11/8: Walt Disney Theater, Orlando, FL
11/9: The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
11/10: Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, FL