Nick Katona, head honcho of one of the finest music labels around, is back with this year’s charity offering. Seven songs by different artists who have all contributed the music so you have the opportunity to hear something very special indeed while also giving back. You see, you cannot buy this EP or download it without contacting the label, who will then send it to you free of charge (this is a digital-only release). All you have to do to get this is to provide proof of helping others. As Nick says, “To receive your copy as a gift from MRR and with the kind permission of all of our contributing artists we ask you to commit a great act of kindness. Send us proof of you donating to your local charity of choice, it can be your time, or tangible goods such as blankets, food or clothing even pet food. Think outside of the box; donate your time at the local food bank, soup kitchen or shelter. Certainly, the hospitals would be grateful for volunteers or donate blood today and save a life.”
I know that most people who think of others do so with no thought of reward or recognition, it is just because it is the right thing to do. Others aren’t aware of how much pressure this time of year can bring to those who are less fortunate, yet whatever society or country you live in there will always be some who are struggling. Not everyone has access to a computer to read this review, not everyone has access to clean water, food, clothing or a place to stay.
Each year at this time Melodic Revolution makes available a release like this, hoping it is a spur for those who are caught up in their own festivities to remind them of those less fortunate. If this release makes you think of that person who has no-one at Christmas or spurs you into buying a few extra bits and pieces at the supermarket to donate, or for you to find where you can volunteer for a few hours, then it has more than accomplished its goal.
It is almost an aside to say this seven-track release featuring Potter’s Daughter, Andrew Colyer, Harlequin Reborn, Don Schiff, Babal and Murky Red and Franck Carducci are an absolute delight. It is a winter album, not a Christmas album, and is a great way to discover “new” bands: a few here are new to me, while others are old friends. Potter’s Daughter even wrote the sublime “This Winter Child” just for this. Christmas is not about eating too much food or drinking too much wine, it is actually about people. Nick said to me “It’s more than just holiday music; it’s about love and hope”. Get out there, make a difference, and then contact the label with proof and in the subject matter put ‘Pay it Forward’, sending it to [email protected]
You will be making a real difference in people’s lives, and while that will always be reward enough, now you can also get to hear wonderful music by amazing people as well.
A year passes and we aren’t sure where the time has gone. Memories are made and tucked away for another day. Sadness for the loss of a friend, a brilliantly talented musician and incredible human turns to action to give him the legacy that he deserves. Colin Tench,WE SALUTE YOU!
One year ago we lost Colin Tench, he had just completed his final work minor Masterpiece, and a masterpiece of musical artistry it is. The news of his passing was devastating to not only the management and staff of Melodic Revolution Records (MRR) but to the musicians on the label who were his musical family. So many of them had worked with Colin over the years; and his energy and exuberance for music and life had been infectious, inspiring several projects in his wake. For a time we stood in silence, but now we must come from under our mourning shroud to unveil the legacy of music he has left us and to celebrate a life well-lived.
During the past year members of the Tench Family: Amanda and Jim Tench, Colin’s brother and sister-in-law would have the very difficult task as executors of Colin’s estate. They contacted MRR and asked if we would work with them in keeping Colin’s legacy alive by selling and promoting all of his releases and donating the net proceeds from the sales of his work to two charities of the estate’s choice. Without hesitation, MRR became involved in this monumental task to immortalize Colin’s work in musical history. MRRhad been fortunate to work with Colin during his lifetime on various projects and releases; this project became a labor of love for the label.
His music will continue to be available via all digital outlets worldwide, with physical distribution via Melodic Revolution Records, Amazon, CD Baby and an all New Bandcampstore that features the work of Colin Tench in all his various incarnations: BunChakeze, Odin of London, Corvus Stone, Colin Tench Project, Andy John Bradford’s Oceans5, as well as his work with Transmission Rails, Andres Guazzelli, The Minstrel’s Ghost and Murky Red. Our goal is to keep Colin’s legacy alive and well for generations of new fans to enjoy his wonderful music. The new Bandcamp store “The Music and Projects of Colin Tench” will give people a chance to discover the many different artists that Colinhad worked with over the years. “The Music and Projects of Colin Tench” Bandcamp store will open On December 27th a year to the date of Colin’s passing. Colin was only 63 when he passed away peacefully due to natural causes; some candles burn with great intensity for only a short time and leave us with eternal light.
In a statement from Colin’s Brother Jim Tench As a young boy, my brother Colin had a fascination for insects and other small creatures which escalated later in his adult life to include a love and respect for wildlife, especially large mammals. He was very passionate about scuba diving and enjoyed swimming with, and filming, aquatic wonders too. His heart was very much in preserving, and not destroying, this amazing planet we live on. Music was also very dear to his heart and he became very disappointed in the post 70’s manufactured sound – he believed music should be an expression of your soul and not a path to fill three minutes of radio space and fifteen minutes of fame.
Prog Rock gave Colin hope that there were like-minded people, all around the world that would be able to come together via the internet and keep this incredible music genre alive. Colin gave 100% of his time for many years to try to achieve this – I think we can all agree he succeeded.
Myself, Colin’s younger brother David, and our mum Joan felt that it would be Colin’s wishes to donate all net profits from the sale of his music to benefit two charities dear to his heart. As Colin subscribed to and donated to, the World Wildlife Fund (and visited many of their sanctuaries around the world) we felt this would be a natural choice. The second charity is the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation that helps fund young musicians who need financial support to purchase their own instruments so they can explore and develop their musical talents. We believe this to be an incredible legacy left behind by Colin and one that he would be very proud to be a part of. Jackie Aris has also been very much involved in this process, having shared their lives together for 29 years she truly knew his passions and causes in life. We thank Jackie from the bottom of our hearts for donating the funds to ship Colin’s CDs to MRR for circulation. Thank you to MRR for their dedication and support to make this possible, and to every single one of Colin’s friends, musician buddies and fans around the world. Jim Tench
Melodic Revolution Records is thrilled to return to RoSfest as a vendor for our 6th year… we are celebrating our 10th year anniversary as a prog label and we will be located in the upstairs lobby of the theater throughout the 3 day festival beginning on May 5th.
We will be selling all of our current and new releases including releases by Murky Red, NeverWake, Darrel Treece-Birch, Marco Ragni, Leon Alverado, Nth Ascension, Sunshine & Bullets and DDrive to name a few, we will also be selling classic release by The Minstrels Ghost. Time Horizon, Corvus Stone, Kinetict Element, Anuryzm, Gekko Projket among others.
We are thrilled beyond belief to have MRR Recording Artist Unified Past confirmed to perform on day 2 of the festival.
Please stop by the booth and get all your favorite UNIFIED PAST releases. As usual we will have some very special announcements and surprises to make during the festival.
We will also have some cool MRR various artists CDs featuring tracks from our newest releases and Download Cards featuring unreleased up and coming and some best of MRR Releases as well as band Swag, so stop by the MRR vendor table located on the 2nd level of the Historic The Majestic Theater @ 25 Carlisle Street. Gettysburg, PA 17325. There will also be many other cool music vendors, so make sure you drop on by during this amazing event. We will be open between the live performances all weekend.
Other bands on the bill include: The Neal Morse Band, Anglagard, Moon Safari, The Fierce & The Dead, Edensong, The Aaron Clift Experiment, Evership, Kyros & Prognation
Theiranthrope is an album, whose themes are dedicated to the emotions of the mind, torn by different assets of mental illness in the context of quickly developing world on the brink of the war, social and economical catastrophe. In the other worlds, it explores a twisted, ugly side of anyone of us in the modern world.
Besides the conventional music pieces, Therianthrope also features The Abstract Symphony, a set of songs and instrumental pieces based on blind improvisation by the team of guest musicians. Nobody knew what the other musician would play, as they were only given a theme to describe and photographs to emphasize the visual in the sound. Such experimental approach is a manifest of modernity, an information field that contains the similar artistic concepts and thus allows any music to be created out of idea, without other forms of direct physical or intellectual interaction.
For the first time, Transport Aerian features numerous guest musicians, including Paul Sax (Curved Air, Praying For The Rain), Elvya (Ayreon, Elvya), Marco Ragni (solo), Peter Matuchniak (Gekko Project), JoJo Razor (Gekko Project), Dyian, Stef Flaming (Murky Red, Ocean 5), Darren Brush, Stefan Boeykens and Rachel Bauer. Therianthrope is set to be released in late 2017 by Melodic Revolution Records.
Transport Aerian and Melodic Revolution Records would like to unveil the first official teaser video for upcoming album Therianthrope.
The teaser video features a fragment of the song Smirking Sirens from the upcoming album, featuring Paul Sax (Violin), Elvya (Hammered Dulcimer) and Dyian (Hurdy-gurdy). Transport Aerian’s Therianthrope is scheduled to be released in 2017.
About Transport Aerian
Transport Aerian is essentially a one man progressive-oriented project led by a producer and multi-instrumentalist Hamlet. It sets no strict genre borders, knows no musical or spiritual limits. At the different times, the project had been working with different musicians, always changing and shifting its live and studio experiences depending on what the current creative state demands, performing drastically different kinds of music, yet always staying in the shape of poetic, sharp-edged artistic kind.
The project’s philosophy is closest to those, calling themselves expressionists in poetry and fine arts, therefore, the inner side of the emotional expression is what Hamlet intends to bring through project’s music to whoever who is willing to hear the word said.
The Cast of Therianthrope
Hamlet // Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Programing, Drums and Samples Rachel Bauer // Spoken Word and Vocals
JoJo Razor // Vocals
Paul Sax // Violin
Stefan Boeykens // Guitar
Elvya // Hammered Dulcimer
Dyian // Hurdy-gurdy
Peter Matuchniak // Guitar
Marco Ragni // Guitar & Keyboards
Darren Brush // Chapman Stick
Murky Red Release are thrilled to release their new official video for Pixelated Friends from the Special CD Edition Murky Red album: ‘No Pocus Without Hocus’ releases last month.
According to Murky Red Pixelated Friends is a song about coping with modern times. As usual the clip makes no sense but it makes no sense if we would have made a clip that makes sense. Strange thing is, in a weird way the clip does makes sense.
Confusion must be complete now. Just like modern times.
Stef Flaming: Vocals & Guitars
Rene Marteaux: Drums
Luk Lantin: Bass
Yolanda Flaming: Keys
Marie Vancamp: Percussion & VocalsMusic and lyrics by Stef Flaming
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