ProgDay is Pleased to Announce the First 3 Bands for 2017

• FLOR DE LOTO

“Flor De Loto has continued to grow as a musical entity, which means that thanks to them, Peru’s progressive scene remains an interesting point of reference regarding the healthy state of the affairs for current progressive rock around the globe.”
– Cesar Inca, Progarchives.com

Hailing from Lima, Peru, FLOR DE LOTO began in 1998. However it was years later before the band released their eponymous debut. Taking more than six months to record, Flor De Loto was a great success and is regarded by many as one of the best Latin American prog albums of 2005. Since then, the band has become the most well-known proponent of progressive rock from Peru. Often compared to Jethro Tull because of their flute/rock mix, their style also encompasses fusion, psyche, metal, folk (particularly Andean folk music) and film music.

ProgDay is happy to present FLOR DE LOTO for their first performance in the United States.

• SONAR

“…a revolutionary shot across the bow for what we might consider to be the possibilities of modern day guitar music… With so many forms of contemporary music seemingly satisfied to simply regurgitate weary and weathered tropes, Sonar has defied the norm by crafting something singular and magical.”
– Jeff Miers,The Buffalo News

SONAR is a avant-progressive, post-minimal band from Switzerland. Fusing a rigorous minimal esthetic with the power of a rock band, SONAR creates sonic rituals unlike anything you have ever heard before. While pointing to King Crimson, the compositional rigor of Nik Bärtsch, and minimalist composer Steve Reich as some of the band’s more obvious touchstones, the music comes out of the gate sounding like none of them. At a time when most guitarists are measured in notes per second, SONAR is, instead, the meeting place of rigorously considered writing, collective restraint, and a sound instantly recognizable as much for what is not there as for what is.

The band’s new release, Vortex, produced by David Torn, is scheduled to be available at ProgDay 2017.

• INFiNiEN

“Light at the Endless Tunnel takes the listener into a wide-range of directions, blending the familiar with unexpected Middle Eastern elements, Indian vocal percussion, soul and lots more. The band features extremely talented musicians who showcase their talent with looped guitars, creative bass lines, imaginative drum patters, Ethiopian scales, spectacular guitar solos, exquisite keyboard ambience, epic intensity, and Canterbury-ish keyboards… In other words, state of the art progressive rock… Every year, there is at least one progressive music act that stands out from the rest and iNFiNiEN is undoubtedly one of the best. This is one of the progressive rock gems of the past few months. Highly recommended.”
– Angel Romero, ProgressiveRockCentral.com

Philadelphia-born iNFiNiEN combines eclectic musical personalities into a visionary, unified force. Using rock, jazz, soul, world, and classical influences, the band plays intricately composed songs with a focus on the exploration of new territories of sound by using exotic scales, chords, and rhythms. A centerpiece of the band’s sound is the expressive voice of Chrissie Loftus, whose evocative and emotional vocals provide the lyrical glue that binds the widely-ranging compositions together. The band has hit a new peak with their latest release, Light At The Endless Tunnel, which found it’s way onto many “Best Of The Year” lists for 2016.

Join FLOR DE LOTO (Peru), SONAR (Switzerland) and iNFiNiEN (US) for the twenty-third edition of ProgDay. ProgDay 2017 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information, please visit us at www.progday.net.

To hear music from all this year’s bands, please visit the ProgDay Music page http://www.progday.net/ProgDay-Music.html

Five more bands to be announced.

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