It is with deep regret and disappointment that I have to announce that I am unable to appear on the ‘Cruise to the Edge’ shows.
A family crisis occurred last week which has necessitated me remaining at home to deal with what are ongoing problems.
The situation is complicated and I can’t elaborate further as they are private family matters but I can say they are too serious to contemplate being away from home for any length of time and especially out of the country. My wife and family need my close support just now and it ’s imperative I am here with them.
This has all come as a great shock to me but I have been left with no other option but to cancel my appearance. I can only apologize to those people who were anticipating our performances and both my band and I are distraught at having to pull out at such a late stage having spent so much time and energy making our own arrangements for the trip.
The decision was agonizing to make but circumstances are out of my control and I have to focus on what is important in my life. My family must always take precedence.
Once again I am so sorry to let people down so late in the day and I can only hope that I get a chance to make it up to you another time, Yours sincerely Fish
Fish has been busy promoting his latest release A Parley With Angels, watch (Lyric Video) video Man With A Stick here
At the end of last year HELHEIM announced the completion of their new album and teased fans with the statement that this was “by far the most intriguing album we’ve done thus far. Expect the unexpected!”. And today the unexpected has arrived, with Dark Essence Records revealing not just the details of HELHEIM’s tenth full-length album, but also the title track “Rignir”, as well details of the band’s first full European tour in several years.
For well over two decades HELHEIM have represented their Norse heritage through their music and their lyrics, with an authenticity and an integrity that is frequently diluted within the so-called “Viking” genres. With “Rignir”, the band again turned to their heritage when writing the poems that form the lyrics for the album, drawing inspiration from the ljóðaháttr, an Old Norse alliterative verse form used largely in the Eddas.
As to the actual subject matter of “Rignir”, which translated means Rain, HELHEIM explain:
This time around we have been very inspired by the local weather of Bergen. The autumn and winter seasons can summon the darkest of feelings within oneself, and this backdrop served as the fertilizer that would germinate the seeds of our lyrical ideas. Exploring the darkness of nature as something that can be seen, as well as sensed, it became a canvas where the pen drew words that rose from the depths of solemnity and alienation. Although each track depicts an ever growing intensity of suffering and loss, there’s still a dialogue on how to maintain some sort of sanity or inner peace.
Let the rain fall heavily upon you.
Once again HELHEIM have recorded the album at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen, calling on the services of Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) to mix and produce “Rignir” alongside the band, and Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED) to handle the mastering.
With a guest appearance by Ole André Farstad playing Lap Steel Guitar on the track “Ísuð”, and with artwork by H’grimnir, tracklisting for “Rignir” is as follows:
HELHEIM are set to appear at the Dark Easter Metal meeting in Munich on the 24th April, and will join VULTURE INDUSTRIES and Dark Essence Records label-mates MADDER MORTEM for the nine-date “Strange Rain” European tour. Tour routing and other confirmed shows as follows:
Apr 12 Kvarteret , Bergen, NO Apr 24 Dark Easter Metal Meeting , Münich, DE (Helheim only) Apr 25 Quantic Club , Bucharest, RO Apr 26 Flying Circus , Cluj Napoca, RO APR 27 TBC, Budapest, HU APR 28 Nova Chmelnice , Prague, CZ APR 29 Backstage, Paris, FR MAY 01 The Underworld , London, UK MAY 03 Konfus, Esbjerg, DK MAY 04 Skullcrusher, Dresden, DE
KANSAS INTRODUCES KEYBOARDIST TOM BRISLIN AS NEWEST MEMBER OF ICONIC BAND
ATLANTA, GA – KANSAS is excited to announce keyboardist Tom Brislin as the newest member of the band. Brislin replaces departing keyboardist David Manion.
An internationally acclaimed musician, Brislin has performed and toured with a variety of artists, including Yes (appearing on Symphonic Live), Meat Loaf, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Camel, Renaissance, Dennis DeYoung formerly of Styx, and many others. For years he fronted the band Spiraling and produced his debut solo album Hurry Up and Smell the Roses.
Most recently, Tom co-founded the progressive rock group The Sea Within. Along with guitarist Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings, bassist Jonas Reingold of the Steve Hackett band, and drum star Marco Minnemann, they released their first album in 2018 on Sony/Inside Out Music, joining KANSAS on the label’s roster. Tom has also formed Gold Rotation, a collective of diverse musicians and songwriters who premiered with a performance at Progstock Festival in 2018.
KANSAS original member and drummer, Phil Ehart comments, “We are extremely excited for Tom Brislin to be the newest member of KANSAS. We think KANSAS fans will really enjoy what Tom brings to the band. Rehearsals for the spring have been going great. We cannot wait to get back out on the road and perform for KANSAS fans. Then, it’s into the studio in August to begin a new KANSAS album, and back out on tour in September.”
Brislin adds, “It’s an honor to be asked to join such legendary band as KANSAS. Their music has been in the soundtrack to so many of our lives, and their repertoire has enduring depth, beauty, and power. I’m thrilled to perform the classics and I’m equally excited to be a part of the new music that KANSAS creates.”
Brislin’s first performances with KANSAS will be aboard the Rock Legends Cruise in February, followed by March 1 in Baltimore, MD at the Modell Lyric where the band will be resuming the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour. The band will perform a set of KANSAS Classics at shows throughout the summer, before returning to the studio to begin a new KANSAS album in August 2019.
A complete list of announced 2019 KANSAS tour dates is listed below. Ticket & VIP Package information can be found at KansasBand.com
SPRING 2019 KANSAS POINT OF KNOW RETURN TOUR DATES
March 1 Baltimore, MD The Modell Lyric March 3 Wilkes-Barre, PA F.M. Kirby Center March 8 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place March 9 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Theater March 15 Salina, KS Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts March 16 Salina, KS Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts March 21 Charleston, WV Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences March 23 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace Theatre March 29 Beaver Creek, CO Vilar Performing Arts Center March 30 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
April 2 Tucson, AZ Fox Tucson Theatre April 4 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre April 6 Los Angeles, CA The Orpheum Theatre April 7 Santa Barbara, CA The Arlington Theatre April 10 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre April 12 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall April 13 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre April 24 Vancouver, BC, Canada The Orpheum April 26 Edmonton, AB, Canada Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium April 28 Calgary, AB, Canada Jack Singer Concert Hall April 30 Saskatoon, SK, Canada TCU Place
May 1 Regina, SK, Canada Conexus Arts Centre May 3 Winnipeg, MB, Canada Burton Cummings Theatre May 10 Rockford, IL Coronado Performing Arts Center May 11 Fort Wayne, IN Foellinger Theatre
SUMMER 2019 KANSAS CLASSICS DATES
May 17 Ocala, FL Square Cultural Center May 18 Coconut Creek, FL Seminole Casino Coconut Creek May 24 Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino May 30 Bethlehem, PA Sands Event Center May 31 Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino June 1 Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend has recently announced the release of his forthcoming new album ‘EMPATH’ for March 29th, 2019, and today he is pleased to reveal the dates for the ‘Empath Europe – Volume 1’ tour starting in November 2019.
The full list of dates are as follows: 15th November – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France 16th November – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium 17th November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands 18th November – Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany 20th November – Logomo, Turku, Finland 21st November – Cirkus, Helsinki, Finland 23rd November – Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden 24th November – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway 25th November – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark 27th November – Astra, Berlin, Germany 28th November – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic 29th November – A2, Wroclaw, Poland 30th November – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary 2nd December – Simm City, Vienna, Austria 3rd December – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland 6th December – Academy, Dublin, Ireland 7th December – Limelight, Belfast, UK 9th December – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK 10th December – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK 12th December – Roundhouse, London, UK 13th December – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Devin comments: “After a year of intensive recording, mixing, and reflection, I have decided where I want to take the next level of my career as a live performer. I have had success and great memories from both the Devin Townsend Project as well as Strapping Young Lad, but now I am fortunate enough to be able to follow the muse where it currently leads. I am proud to announce that for the first ‘band’ tour of the Empath cycle, I am going to stretch my wings in ways I have not had the opportunity to do before and tour with a ‘backing band’ that can shift and morph as the music dictates instead of adhering to a click track. ‘Empath Europe Volume 1’ will be the first example of this, and the first tour will be in Europe (other territories to follow).
I have spent considerable effort think about the things I wanted to do for these shows, and one thing I came out of DTP with was the awareness that I wanted to incorporate a more improvisational element to what I do. With the best players I can find, my plan is to interpret my back catalogue, as well as the Empath material, in ways that may change nightly. less computers, and less of a rigid structure. I want to use Volume 1 as a way to bring my music to people in a potentially new way. People playing music…
I hope you will consider joining me at these concerts. As a performer, it’s important to be able to be willing to react, and my hope is that each of these shows will be a unique experience.
Thank you for allowing me to do what I do. See you there?
In the lead up to the album’s release, Devin will walk fans through how Empath came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch the first episode of that series here: https://youtu.be/y4sJ8odko2Y
Over the past few years, the success that Devin has slowly worked for has fortunately come with the power to control his own creative destiny. The recent successes with the DVD from a sold-out Royal Albert hall, or his 2012 ‘Retinal Circus’, or last year’s ‘Ocean Machine’ live DVD with the Orchestra and Choir of State Opera Plovdiv has put him in a position where with the new album ‘EMPATH’, he will once and for all define himself as a musical force outside of any particular genre classification.
On this album Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, EMPATH, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.
Joining Devin on this album is Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.
A bold statement with massive production values and dynamic, uncompromised musicality. This is a statement about not only pursuing creative freedom in a conservative scene, but also trying to show that heavy music is truly a valid musical tool.
‘EMPATH’ will be released on Limited 2 CD Digipak (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album. Pre-order now here: www.insideoutmusicshop.com
The full track-listing is as follows:1.Castaway 2.Genesis 3.Spirits Will Collide 4.Evermore 5.Sprite 6.Hear Me 7.Why 8.Borderlands 9.Requiem 10.Singularity Part 1 – Adrift 11.Singularity Part 2 – I Am I 12.Singularity Part 3 – There Be Monsters 13.Singularity Part 4 – Curious Gods 14.Singularity Part 5 – Silicon Scientists 15.Singularity Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun
Last year Devin announced a special ‘An Evening With’ tour that would see him performing acoustically, as well as taking part in a fan Q&A at each show.
The full list of dates are as follows, many of which are already sold out: 7th March – The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi, India SOLD OUT 8th March – Levi’s Lounge, Mumbai, India SOLD OUT 29th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT 30th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT 31st March – Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden SOLD OUT 1st April – Edderkoppen, Oslo, Norway SOLD OUT 2nd April – Bremen Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark 4th April – PassionKirchhe, Berlin, Germany 5th April – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland 6th April – La Fabrica, Prague, Czech Republic SOLD OUT 7th April – Freiheiz, Munich, Germany SOLD OUT 9th April – Kulturkirche, Cologne, Germany SOLD OUT 10th April – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany 11th April – Bravo Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands SOLD OUT 13th April – Reading 3, Tel Aviv, Israel 24th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT 25th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT 26th April – St George’s, Bristol, UK SOLD OUT 27th April – City Varieties, Leeds, UK SOLD OUT 29th April – Jam House, Edinburgh, UK SOLD OUT 30th April – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK SOLD OUT
Devin’s varied back catalogue is also being celebrated with lavish vinyl box-sets under the name of ERAS. Having already released parts 1 and 2 earlier in early 2018, the end of the year saw the release of part 3, which features some of his most recent work with Devin Townsend Project, including the albums ‘Accelerated Evolution’, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Transcendence’ & the first ever vinyl release of the second part of the DTP’s now legendary Royal Albert Hall show. Order your copy of this deluxe 10 LP box-set here: https://devintownsendproject.lnk.to/ErasIII
In celebration of 50 years, King Crimson announces 50 Concerts for 2019. The current eight musician line-up will perform 50 concerts across three continents as part of their 2019 Celebration tour.
Dates confirmed so far, are as follows:
King Crimson 2019 Tour Dates: JUN 10, 2019 – HAUS AUENSEE, Leipzig JUN 12, 2019 – JAHRHUNDERTHALLE, Frankfurt JUN 13, 2019 – JAHRHUNDERTHALLE, Frankfurt JUN 15, 2019 – LIEDERHALLE, Stuttgart JUN 16, 2019 – LIEDERHALLE, Stuttgart JUN 18, 2019 – ROYAL ALBERT HALL, London JUN 19, 2019 – ROYAL ALBERT HALL, London JUN 20, 2019 – ROYAL ALBERT HALL, London JUN 22, 2019 – DE VEREENIGING, Nijmegen JUN 23, 2019 – DE VEREENIGING, Nijmegen JUN 26, 2019 – TEATR ROMA, Warsaw JUN 27, 2019 – TEATR ROMA, Warsaw JUN 29, 2019 – ZITADELLE, Berlin JUL 04, 2019 – ROMISCHES THEATER AUGUSTA RAURICA, Basel JUL 08, 2019 – ARENA DI VERONA, Verona JUL 10, 2019 – STUPINIGI SONIC PARK, Torino JUL 12, 2019 – DOCTOR MUSIC FESTIVAL, Escalarre JUL 13, 2019 – DOCTOR MUSIC FESTIVAL, Escalarre JUL 14, 2019 – DOCTOR MUSIC FESTIVAL, Escalarre JUL 18, 2019 – ARENA SANTA GIULIANA, Perugia AUG 23, 2019 – TEATRO METROPOLITAN, Mexico City AUG 24, 2019 – TEATRO METROPOLITAN, Mexico City AUG 27, 2019 – TEATRO DIANA, Guadalajara AUG 29, 2019 – TEATRO METROPOLITAN, Mexico City SEP 03, 2019 – GREEK THEATRE, Los Angeles SEP 05, 2019 – FOX THEATER, Oakland SEP 06, 2019 – FOX THEATER, Oakland SEP 08, 2019 – PARAMOUNT THEATER, Denver SEP 10, 2019 – AUDITORIUM THEATRE OF ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY, Chicago SEP 12, 2019 – WARNER THEATRE, Washington D.C. SEP 14, 2019 – BUDWEISER STAGE, Toronto SEP 17, 2019 – ST DENIS THEATRE, Montreal SEP 19, 2019 – BOCH CENTER WANG THEATER, Boston SEP 21, 2019 – RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City SEP 23, 2019 – THE MET, Philidelphia SEP 25, 2019 – HARD ROCK ROCKSINO, Cleveland SEP 27, 2019 – THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM, Nashville SEP 29, 2019 – THE COBB CENTER, Atlanta OCT 06, 2019 – SUNSET STAGE ROCK IN RIO – Rio de Janeiro
Since the band’s return to live performance in 2014, with critically acclaimed sell-out shows all over the world including two defining shows at the Roman amphitheatre in Pompeii, the audience has been reinvented, as much as the band itself:
“In Pompeii, a large percentage of the audience was young couples; KC moved into the mainstream in Italy. I walked onstage knowing that this band’s position in the world has changed level.” Robert Fripp
The band’s packed three-hour shows regularly include material from twelve of their thirteen studio albums, including many of the songs from their seminal 1969 album In The Court of the Crimson King, described by Pete Townshend, as an “uncanny masterpiece”. The new 8-piece line-up plays many historic pieces which Crimson have never played live, as well as new arrangements of Crimson classics – “the music is new whenever it was written”. There are also new instrumentals and songs, as well as the compositions by the three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, which are a regular highlight. A unique show, where eight of the best musicians in the world play music without distraction or adornment.
Physical music releases include:
February: King Crimson 1972 – 74 – the second boxed set of 6LPs from Larks’ Tongues in Aspic to the expanded USA in 200 gram vinyl.
May: Heaven and Earth: Multi-disc CD/ DVD-a/Blu-Ray set covering the period from the late 1990s – 2008 – completing the availability of all King Crimson studio albums in 5.1 multi-channel audio.
October: Complete 1969 Recordings CD/DVD-a/Blu-Ray set – completing the availability of all King Crimson studio albums on Blu-Ray. A vinyl set of 1969 recordings is also being planned
Other planned music releases include: 200 gram vinyl editions of Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair, the 2CD 2019 King Crimson tour box – 6th in the series of releases issued to accompany each tour from 2014 onwards
50 Collectors’ Club Releases: 2019 will see the release of CLUB48, CLUB49 and CLUB50 – the final three in the Collectors Club series, taking it 50 releases in the band’s 50th year. CLUB48 will be a recently discovered board recording of the concert in Newcastle on 8th December 1972 by the complete Larks Tongues in Aspic line-up before Jamie Muir left the band.
October: In The Court of the Crimson King Companion & Boxed Set – Released to coincide and celebrate the original release date of King Crimson’s debut album on 12th October 1969: Limited edition expanded boxed set of In The Court of the Crimson King including all the live recordings, the expanded multitrack 1969 recording sessions, as well as a new 5.1 remix of the album. DGM Companion Vol 1, edited by Robert Fripp & David Singleton – Vinyl sized coffee table book covering the history of In The Court of Crimson King, with complete timeline, extensive photos, recollections and essays.
June: Sid Smith’s long out-of-print acclaimed biography, In the Court of King Crimson will be published in a revised, updated and expanded edition.
50 special Digital music releases, KC 50: 50 tracks, 1 per week featuring a new, rare or alternate take from across the KC catalogue and available via all major download and streaming services. Each track will be accompanied by a special spoken word introduction by King Crimson manager/producer David Singleton.
Documentary: Cosmic F*Kc: The King Crimson documentary, directed by Toby Amies, who has been given unique access to the current band as well as interviews with past members and archive footage. To be released in late 2019. An accompanying soundtrack will also be issued.
Limited edition Silk Screen prints of Barry Godber’s famous “Screaming Face” cover from In The Court of the Crimson King:
200 limited edition Silk Screen prints of the outer sleeve of In the Court of the Crimson King. 100 copies of the interior. Printed at actual size of the original art (46.5 inches x 27.5 inches including surround). All prints will be signed and numbered by Robert Fripp. Early purchasers will be given the option to buy matching numbered sets
Clothing: 12 special 50th anniversary T-shirts, complementing the artwork for the KC50 digital download series.
For more information: www.dgmlive.com paintings by Francesca Sundsten photographs by Dean Stocking and David Singleton
ROBERT FRIPP, though best known for his work in King Crimson, has contributed to numerous albums by players as diverse as Brian Eno, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Blondie, Talking Heads, Daryl Hall, The Roches, Peter Hammill, Keith Tippett, David Sylvian, The Orb, and The Grid. His 1979 solo album, Exposure was described as “the Sergeant Pepper of avant punk.” He has appeared twice in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarist Of All Time poll, although Fripp claims these are likely to have been mistakes by the typesetter.
TONY LEVIN has been a member of King Crimson since 1981. Internationally renowned and constantly in-demand for his distinctive bass work, he also tours with Peter Gabriel with whom he has worked since 1977. He has appeared on albums by Paul Simon, John Lennon, David Bowie and countless others and recently formed his own band, Stick Men alongside Crimson drummer, Pat Mastelotto.
JAKKO JAKSZYK was a member of Level 42, before working with Mel Collins as part of ex-KC alumni group, 21st Century Schizoid Band between 2002 – 2004. His solo album, The Bruised Romantic Glee Club (2006) was his first recorded collaboration with Fripp, followed by A Scarcity of Miracles in 2011. An acclaimed producer in his own right, Jakszyk has recently mixed Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson’s UK Top 20 album, Homo Erraticus. . MEL COLLINS was previously a member of King Crimson 1970 – 1972 appearing on In The Wake Of Poseidon (1970), Lizard (1970), Islands (1971), Earthbound (1972) as well as a guest appearance on Red (1974), the final King Crimson album of the 1970s. He subsequently worked with The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton and many others, before returning to King Crimson in 2014.
GAVIN HARRISON joined King Crimson in 2007, playing a series of dates in the USA the following year. A respected author and tutor, he has also recorded three albums with The Pineapple Thief, though Harrison is probably best-known for his work with Porcupine Tree. Modern Drummer magazine placed him in their Top 50 Drummers Of All Time.
PAT MASTELOTTO joined King Crimson in 1994 after working with Robert Fripp and David Sylvian. A member of the hugely successful American 1980s group and MTV favourites, Mr. Mister, he is at home in both experimental music working with KTU as well as pop and rock appearing on albums by The Rembrandts, Hall And Oates and XTC.
JEREMY STACEY is a British drummer. His early work included the 1990s band, The Lemon Trees (with twin brother Paul Stacey on guitars, Guy Chambers and others) and Denzil. He has also played with Sheryl Crow, the Finn Brothers, Nick Harper, Noel Gallagher, and many more. On March 7, 2016, it was announced that he would be taking the place of Bill Rieflin as the centre drummer on the 2016 King Crimson European tour, a position he retained even after Rieflin’s return to the band.
BILL RIEFLIN is a multi-instrumentalist but is primarily known for his drumming with Ministry and industrial rock outfit KMFDM. From 2003 until their dissolution in 2011 he played drums with REM. He recorded with Robert Fripp on Birth Of A Giant and The Repercussions Of Angelic Behaviour (both 1999) and most recently in the ambient super-group, Slow Music in 2006 and 2014.
Sharon Katz & Nonhlanhla Wanda set to Tour South Africa, United State, Cuba, Tijuana
Join Sharon & Nonhlanhla Wanda’s 25th Anniversary Creating Music Together
Musician/humanitarian Sharon Katz (originally from Port Elizabeth, South Africa) and singer/teacher, Nonhlanhla Wanda (from Durban, South Africa) celebrate 25 years of worldwide touring and musical collaboration. Some of the celebration includes duo shows in South Africa with performances in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in early 2019. Later on the two have performances and workshops in the United States, Cuba, and more border concerts with children from San Diego and Tijuana in Mexico.
The South African tour revisits cities that Sharon, Nonhlanhla, & the Peace Train visited just over 25 years ago, Dec. 1993, in South Africa. Sharon remembers that as a bonding time with everyone living together on the Peace Train, “as an experiment that for the first time in our history we could live and travel together as a multiracial group across the country. Nonhlanha and I, from opposite sides of the race divide, were able to achieve that as musicians and activists. We had 100 singers and a 12-piece band plus crew and parents as chaperones, a TV crew and invited Ladysmith Black Mambazo to join us.”
The international performers recorded their current album SIDE-BY-SIDE with producer Malcolm Nhleko of Maltre Studios. The Afro-Jazz-Contemporary fusion album features all original compositions by Nonhlanhla and Sharon and showcases their distinctive voices and gorgeous harmonies complemented by the instrumental virtuosity of Sharon on guitar; Qhubekani Mthethwa on bass; Charles Boykie Mnomiya on drums; and Sanele Phakathi on piano and synthesizer.
Sharon and Nonhlanhla are also the subjects of the multiple-award winning film, “When Voices Meet.” It documents the role of The Peace Train in creating South Africa’s first, 500-voice multiracial youth choir in KwaZulu-Natal in 1993; its groundbreaking concert tour across the country in support of the first democratic elections; The Peace Train’s first tour of America after President Mandela was elected; and the long-term impact of the project as told by the participants 20 years later. The film, which premiered at the Durban International Film Festival, has won awards at over 30 film festivals around the world and been broadcast in over 50 countries. John Kani and Abigail Kubeka are also featured in the film.
In 2018 The Peace Train initiated a multi-national project called “Transcending Barriers” which is designed to foster peaceful relationships between the countries of Mexico, Cuba, South Africa and the USA. In June 2019, Katz will perform with 2,000 children in Tijuana Mexico, and in November she will present a full production featuring Cuban, South African, American and Mexican children at the 33rd International Choir Festival in Santiago de Cuba.
The duo contributes proceeds from their concerts and CD sales toward social development projects in South Africa, including supporting a children’s home, bursaries for orphans, after-school cultural programmes, and therapeutic music projects across the country. Sharon Katz will also join Mlungisi Gegana in concerts to benefit the Mlungisi Academy in Queenstown.
In addition to their own CDs, the group was recorded on the Carnival! album with Sting, Tina Turner, Elton John and Madonna. They have also recorded with Dolly Rathebe and Abigail Kubeka and featured Ladysmith Black Mambazo on The Peace Train’s original tour.
2019 PERFORMANCES IN SOUTH AFRICA BY SHARON KATZ & THE PEACE TRAIN
9 February Sophiatown TheMix Johannesburg
Sophiatown Heritage Centre, 73 Toby St, Sophiatown, Johannesburg, 2092, South Africa
Celebrating Abigail Kubeka’s 80th birthday concert with full band featuring Abigail Kubeka & Friends
16 Feb Moyo Restaurant at uShaka Marina, Durban
Sharon Katz & Nonhlanhla Wanda with full band
22 Feb Cafe Roux, Noordhoek, Cape Town Duo with Nonhlanhla Wanda
Chapmans Peak Dr, Noordhoek, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa
24 Feb Alma Café, Cape Town – Duo with Nonhlanhla Wanda
Alma Cafe, 35 Freda Ave, Gauteng, Randfontein, 1760, South Africa
1 March Queenstown Hotel, Queenstown
Concert with Mlungisi Gegana Quartet
Benefit for Mlungisi Music Academy
2 March East London: The Square Africa Boxing Lounge
12 Station Street
East London, Eastern Cape 5200
27 April 2019 Oakland, CA: Park Day School
360 42nd St
Oakland, CA 94609
7:00 pm: Concert, Film screening
27 April San Francisco, The Brandeis School
55 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco, CA 94132
3:00 pm: Concert, Film screening
18 May 2019 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Universalist Church of Philadelphia
2125 Chestnut Street
8:00 pm: South Africa’s 25 Anniversary of Freedom Concert & Celebration
19 May Philadelphia, PA James A. Michener Art Museum
138 S. Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
1:00 pm: Unplugged
9 June Palenke Stadium, Tijuana, Mexico
Performance with Promotora De Las Bellas Artes
1:00 pm: Performance with children’s choir
28 June Old Songs Folk Festival, Altamonte, NY
11:00 am: Performance
14 September Grayhaven Winery, South African Wine, Food, & Music Festival
4675 East Grey Fox Circle
Gum Springs, VA
12:00 Noon: Performance
1 November: Santiago de Cuba, 33rd International Festival of Choirs