Featuring Steve Hackett, Tony Kaye, Robert Berry, Billy Sherwood, Nick D’Virgilio, Curved Air, Dave Kerzner, Fernando Perdomo and others
London – Yesterday and Today is a tribute album to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary prog rock band YES.
The album features the following special guests: Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood, Jay Schellen, Jon Davison, Steve Hackett, Nick D’Virgilio, Robert Berry, Francis Dunnery, Leslie Hunt, Marco Minnemann, Marisol Koss, Pat Sansone, Randy McStine, Robin Schell, Sally Minnear and co-producers Dave Kerzner and Fernando Perdomo
Six members of CURVED AIR appear on a newly recorded full band version of “Soon”.
The current bass player in YES, Billy Sherwood re-records Chris Squire’s signature bass track, “The Fish”, and current lead singer Jon Davison performs on an acoustic medley.
“YES turned 50 the year I turned 50 and Geoff Downes was one of the reasons I became a keyboardist myself! To celebrate and pay tribute to YES’s music with Geoff, Jon and Billy along with so many incredible musicians from different bands and generations has truly been a blast. YES are a big influence for me and my own music. This album was a great way for myself, Fernando and all of us to show our love for both the songs and the many great people who have been part of YES going all the way back to their very first album!” – Dave Kerzner, co-producer, Yesterday and Today
“The Beatles were my first love, then YES became the logical next step of evolution in my musical upbringing. YES have it all, songwriting equal to musicianship and creativity. The sonic bliss I got listening to their catalog incessantly when I was 10 years old left a permanent mark on me.
“As a producer, I am hugely influenced by the work of YES with Eddie Offord, Trevor Horn, Paul Clay and Tony Colton behind the board of their classic material. With the limited technology they had back then, they were able to create unparalleled sonic textures that were decades ahead of their time. Creating new versions of these songs was an incredible challenge even with today’s advancements in recording technology. Dave and I had so much fun amassing the gear and tweaking sounds to recreate all of the signature sonic elements of YES music.” – Fernando Perdomo, co-producer, Yesterday and Today
1. MACHINE MESSIAH (Featuring Nick D’Virgilio & Geoff Downes)
2. YOURS IS NO DISGRACE (Featuring Marisol Koss & Tony Kaye)
3. TURN OF THE CENTURY (Featuring Sally Minnear)
4. SWEETNESS (Featuring Pat Sansone)
5. SOON (Featuring Curved Air)
6. CINEMA (Featuring Steve Hackett)
7. CHANGES (Featuring Robert Berry)
8. I’M RUNNING (Featuring Robin Schell & Marco Minnemann)
9. ACOUSTIC MEDLEY: (Featuring Jon Davison)
i) YOUR MOVE
ii) AND YOU AND I
iii) WONDROUS STORIES
10. YESTERDAY AND TODAY (Featuring Dr. Danny)
11. LONG DISTANCE RUNAROUND (Featuring Leslie Hunt)
12. THE FISH (Featuring Billy Sherwood)
13. STARSHIP TROOPER (Featuring Francis Dunnery)
Frontiers Music Srl is honored to announce the signing of a monumental project entitled “Jesus Christ – The Exorcist”, a Progressive Rock Opera written and produced by legendary musician and singer Neal Morse with performances by Neal and an all-star cast of singers and musicians.
Neal explains, “Sometimes providence comes with a whisper; sometimes it comes with an unexpected phone call. A friend of mine who works in the music business called me from New York one day in 2008 and said “Hey man, a friend and I were listening to Jesus Christ Superstar last night and were saying, ‘Man, somebody ought to do a new rock opera based on the Jesus story.’ I told my friend, ‘I know the guy!'” He went on to tell me I ought to write an epic prog piece based on the gospels. With a New York accent he said, “Ya gotta do it!” I laughed and said, “Well, I’m busy right now, but I’ll think about it.” Over the next couple of months, I began to feel that “yes” inside and spent a few months writing the first draft. The strong sense that I was onto something continued to grow and the people that sang on the original version were really into it. However, my friend from New York, (Michael Caplan) shopped it around and a lot of people loved it, but it never found a home….until NOW! Again, the phone rang and it was Michael. He said, “You’re not gonna believe this, but I’ve got a company interested in the musical!” I replied, ‘”That’s great, ’cause I am in the middle of a rewrite as we are putting it on at Morsefest 2018 in a few months.” Very timely! The company is called Frontiers Music Srl and after some communication, we struck a deal! Cool! So, here we are…ready to record and release this collection of songs and themes that is very dear to my heart and I believe tells the greatest story ever told in a powerful, new way.”
With a cast of amazing singers and musicians like Ted Leonard, Eric Gillette, Nick D’Virgilio, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Matt Smith, and others, this progressive rock opera is a landmark event that will leave its mark on every listener. “Let him who has ears to hear…let him hear!”
With recordings set to commence imminently, the record will be released in 2019 on a double album set featuring about two hours of music that will encompass all the spectrums and genres Neal Morse is known for and will, of course, tell the Story of Stories. In the meantime, you can hear an audio sample of DEMOS of the musical here: https://youtu.be/s1qAjOGJ928
Additionally, the project will be performed live for the very first time on Saturday, September 15th at [Morse]Fest 2018 in Cross Plains, TN! “JESUS CHRIST – THE EXORCIST”, the world premiere of a musical written by Neal Morse will be performed by a Prog Rock all-star cast featuring Neal Morse (keys, guitar), Paul Bielatowicz (lead guitar), Bill Hubauer (keys), Randy George (bass), and Eric Gillette (drums). Featured vocalists will include Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard, Enchant), Nick D’Virgilio (Big, Big Train, Spock’s Beard), Jake Livgren (Protokaw), Matt Smith (Theocracy), Wil Morse and more. Also, John Schlitt (Petra) and Rick Florian (White Heart) have been added to the performance as well.
Neal Morse’s Jesus Christ – The Exorcist roll call video.
Ted Leonard – Jesus
Talon David – Mary Magdalene
Nick D’Virgilio – Judas
Rick Florian – The Devil
John Schlitt – Caiaphas
Matt Smith – John the Baptist, Pharisee 3
Jake Livgren – Peter, Pharisee 4
Neal Morse – Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1
Mark Pogue – Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2
Wil Morse – Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1,
Gabe Klein – Demon 2, Pharisee 4
Gideon Klein – Demon 4
Julie Harrison – Servant Girl
Plus strings, horns, orchestral percussion, vocal ensemble, and choir!
Visuals by Christian Rios.
More info and ticket information for [Morse]Fest 2018 is available HERE
Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading Progressive (“Prog”) Rock musicians, there is now no doubt that Neal Morse is a prolific musical driving force and his desire to move people through his music burns brighter than ever before. Born in California in 1960 to a musical family, Morse played in many bands during his youth, learning and mastering several instruments along the way. In 1995, he wrote and recorded “The Light” with his then new band, Spock’s Beard. It was an album grounded strongly in the then-unfashionable progressive rock genre, but the album and especially the title track became modern prog classics and brought Morse and the band global recognition. Over the next seven years, Spock’s Beard released six critically acclaimed studio recordings and multiple live recordings, while establishing a passionate fan base in the Prog Rock community.
In 2000, he formed the prog supergroup Transatlantic with drum legend Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Marillion’s Pete Trewavas, and The Flower Kings’ Roine Stolt. In a remarkably brief but productive few days together, they knocked out “SMPTe”, a richly received, massive work of vintage, long form prog. Two years later, the sophomore release, “Bridge Across Forever”, solidified Transatlantic’s global appeal. Additionally, in 2008 he also joined another prog rock supergroup, Flying Colors featuring Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai), Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, Kansas), Mike Portnoy(Dream Theater, Transatlantic), and Casey McPherson. The band has released two studio albums and two live releases.
In 2001, Morse shocked his followers with word that he was stepping away from secular music…with no indication of where he was heading. Morse was now walking an unknown road. After success with Spock’s Beard, he was starting all over again, this time boldly declaring his Christian faith and risking fan rejection and financial failure. He needn’t have worried. As the “Testimony” Live DVD triumphantly documented, his solo tour was full of magical moments and was a deeply life affirming experience. Morse returned to the studio with Mike Portnoy and touring bass player Randy George to record 2004’s “One”, a conceptual album that was a vast, rewarding piece of music that reached new heights. Morse, Portnoy, and George stayed on this musical journey together until Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette were added as permanent members of the Neal Morse Band in 2015 on “The Grand Experiment” album: a collective effort that saw collaboration between all of the members and has subsequently yielded another studio album, the astonishingly brilliant “Similitude Of A Dream” and two live releases.
Frontiers looks forward to partnering with Neal on his continuing musical explorations and extending his progressive rock legacy with his latest creative vision.
FERNANDO PERDOMO is a powerhouse of the LA music scene who lives and breathes music. The product of the eclectic record collection he put together at an early age as a regular customer in every thrift store and flea market in Miami, the LA Weekly dubbed him “The millennial answer to Todd Rundgren.” A veteran at 37, he has made a name for himself as an in-demand producer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.
As owner and operator of Reseda Ranch Studios (Reseda, CA), he has been involved in a wide range of musical productions. Some of his current projects include folk legend Linda Perhacs, Dean Ford, Andy Pratt, Rebecca Pidgeon, Cristina Vane, Jacob Jeffries, The Dirty Diamond, Ex Norwegian, Alih Jey, Emitt Rhodes (as bass player), Dave Kerzner (as bassist and guitarist), Cait Brennan, Ken Sharp, as well as TV music for Honda, Target, McDonalds, Goya, Dunkin Donuts, Toyota,
Shameless, and Dexter.
Fernando Perdomo photo
FERNANDO released his first solo album, Home Is Wherever You Are, in 2012, followed by Warm in 2014. In 2014, FERNANDO also joined acclaimed LA band The Dirty Diamond and performed at The Greek Theater, House of Blues, The Avalon, The Roxy, and The Troubadour.
In 2015, he recorded most of the bass and guitars on the acclaimed album New World by Dave Kerzner. The album also features Steve Hackett (Genesis), Keith Emerson (ELP), Simon Phillips (The Who), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Durga McBroom Hudson (Pink Floyd), Francis Dunnery, Nick D’Virgilio, and Billy Sherwood. In October, Fernando was one of the guitar players at the “Echo In The Canyon” concert in Los Angeles with Fiona Apple, Jakob Dylan, Regina Spektor, Beck, Cat Power, and Jade Castrinos. Fernando will also be on the companion album of the project scheduled for release in 2018.
2016 saw the release of his third solo album, Voyeurs.
In the summer of 2017 FERNANDO released, The Golden Hour. The album was recorded at the iconic Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, with engineer Adam Hill, and at his own Reseda Ranch Studios, mixed and mastered by Grammy Award winner Zach Ziskin. 2017 also found FERNANDO recording most of the bass and guitars on Kerzner’s highly-acclaimed second solo album, Static.
His fifth solo album, and his first instrumental progressive rock album, was released by Forward Motion Records on February 9, 2018. Out To Sea was recorded and produced by FERNANDO at Reseda Ranch Studios, mixed and mastered by Zach Ziskin, and features cover art by Paul Whitehead (Trespass, Nursery Cryme, and Foxtrot by Genesis).
Fernando Perdomo photo
FERNANDO PERDOMO’s touring and recording credits include Christian Castro, Paulina Rubio, Soraya, Mika, Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave), Frankie Negron, Hilary McCrae, Elsten Torres, and Dave Kerzner. As guitarist for the Dave Kerzner Band, he performs annually on the progressive rock music cruise experience Cruise To The Edge. In 2017, he performed with Dave Kerzner Band at ProgDay, ProgStock, Progtoberfest III, and at the ProgDreams VII festival in Amsterdam in March of 2018.
Legendary US progressive rockers Spock’s Beard release their 13th studio album ‘Noise Floor’on May 25th, 2018. As revealed previously, for this album Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros & Ryo Okumoto are joined in the studio once again by drummer & original member Nick D’Virgilio.
Following the release of the opening track from the album, they are now pleased to reveal the second track from the record, titled ‘Somebody’s Home’.
Watch the video now here:
Dave Meros called the track “one of my favorite songs on Noise Floor”, while Ryo Okumoto comments “This is a great song by Ted Leonard.”
The album has been receiving brilliant reactions, and you can find a few of them below:
“one of the most defiantly immediate, hook-laden and upbeat records of their career.” – Prog Magazine
“The album endorses the group’s skill at balancing great songwriting with clever muso ingredients, and surely confirms their status as prog royalty.” – Guitar Techniques
“Melody is paramount, and Noise Floor is sensational.” – The Prog Report
I’m very pleased to announce my brand new sci-fi progressive rock band called “In Continuum”!
The first album will be released later this year! Joining me on lead vocals will be Gabriel Agudo (Steve Rothery Band, Bad Dreams) with special guest Jon Davison of Yes and it will feature multi-instrumentalists Matt Dorsey (SOC), Randy McStine (The Fringe, SOC), Wes Dearth(Porcupine Tree, SOC), Nick D’Virgilio (BBT, Spocks Beard), Derek Cintron and Fernando Perdomo (DKB) and the amazing Steven Rothery(Marillion) and more! Just announced today, “In Continuum” will be doing a big show on Cruise To The Edge Feb 4-9th, 2019!
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