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Lana Lane & Erik Norlander
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Written by RogorMortis   
Saturday, 21 October 2006

Symphonic rock vocalist Lana Lane and her keyboardist / producer / husband Erik Norlander have just completed a pair of covers albums for release this winter. It has been a tradition in Japan for the two to release a Lana Lane "specialty album" every two years. They started with the Lana Lane Ballad Collection in 1998, then continued with Ballad Collection 2 (2000), Covers Collection (2002) and Winter Sessions (2004). Now for 2006, Lana and Erik have recorded not one but two albums for the winter season.       details see below ......

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 October 2006 )
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Ian Anderson on tour
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Written by RogorMortis   
Saturday, 21 October 2006

New twist to classic rock

Ian Anderson, of Jethro Tull fame, performs with orchestra

BY TOM LOUNGES
Times Correspondent This story ran on nwitimes.com on Friday, October 13, 2006 12:37 AM CDT 

Vocalist/flutist Ian Anderson -- who founded Jethro Tull in 1968 -- is in the midst of a new tour that finds him leaving his legendary prog-rock group at home.
He will be performing with a large chamber orchestra, which adds a delightful new twist to selections from Tull's classic rock songbook.

"This is a series of concerts that I've been doing over the last three or four years in parallel to the regular Jethro Tull shows," said Anderson, citing performances of the orchestral kind in such places as Iceland, Latin America, Western Europe and Eastern Europe.

It was at one such concert in Mannheim, Germany, during December 2004 that the wizened British rocker recorded his brilliant 2005 two-CD concert set, "Ian Anderson Plays The Orchestral Jethro Tull."

"I'm very proud of the album," Anderson said of this amazing 20-song collection that brings fresh life into well-worn Tull favorites.

The opportunity to bring this particular show to America finally happened this year, as Jethro Tull was on hiatus from touring, affording Anderson enough time to travel the USA.

"We did some dates earlier this year that went very well and were very enjoyable," he said. "Now I'm back again (for 23 additional shows) through the end of October doing those places we did not get to the first time around."

One of those places is the Park West in Chicago.

"Unlike my little adventures in other parts of the world, though, this time I am not playing with a different local orchestra in each place," he said. "Instead, I am traveling from city to city with the same orchestra for the whole of the tour. So instead of just having a few hours of rehearsal and reading the music in a sort of clinical way, they actually learn the music as they play it and can get into the spirit of things in a way that is not possible when you are just doing a one-off show."

As for when a new Jethro Tull group album might materialize, Anderson estimates sometime in 2007. "We were supposed to record (recently), but the other guys also do side projects and touring, so they were not available to me when I hoped to start recording," he said. "We'll get around to it soon."

In the meantime, the group's fans can enjoy "Ian Anderson Plays The Orchestral Jethro Tull" and relish the recently released "Aqualung Live!" CD, that Jethro Tull as a group, recorded last year on a closed sound stage before a small live audience.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 October 2006 )
 
Tempustry for Rosfest 2007
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Saturday, 21 October 2006
The Rites of Spring Festival is excited to announce US electronic music project, Tempustry, as the first act to take the stage on Friday Night.

Allen Brunelle is no stranger in the prog scene. His live performances on drums with Iluvatar (neo-prog), The Dark Aether Project (prog), Architectural Metaphor (space rock), and Todesbonden (Celtic/renaissance metal) have put him in front of audiences in Argentina, Canada, and throughout the US.  In 2005, Allen released the 'Le Voyage du Temps' CD as Tempustry, his electronic music project.
 
'Le Voyage du Temps recalls some of the pioneers who blazed a trail for electronic progressive way back when the iconic Moog synthesizer ruled the realm. Names like Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre'.  - Progression Magazine
 
'If you like the past masters and grand gurus of kosmische musik, you'll like Tempustry's Le Voyage du Temps'. - Aural Innovations

Coinciding with Tempustry's appearance at RoSfest, Tempustry's 2nd CD release, 'Astral Gate' promises to be an all-out unrestrained assault and innovative blurring of Berlin & Dusseldorf schools of electronic music.  Tempustry's live show will be equally unparalleled as Allen performs with a vintage keyboard/drum stage setup that boggles the imagination, surrounded by Moog, Oberheim, and Roland analog synthesizers, sequencers, vintage Simmons and Tama electronic percussion, Zildjian cymbals, Celtic Bells, and Tama Gong Bass Drum.  Joining Allen on 'Astral Gate' in the studio and live on stage at RoSfest will be long-time friend and fellow synthesist, Jim Rezek (Iluvatar) on mellotron and synthesizers. Compositions will meld spacey and ethereal soundscapes, soaring leads, and subsonic salvos of electronic and acoustic motorik.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 October 2006 )
 
More Rush
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Saturday, 21 October 2006
Cassandra Szklarski of the Canadian Press reports:
Canadian rock icons RUSH are working on a collection of new songs based on Neil Peart's reflections on faith, the drummer said Thursday from his home in Los Angeles.

Peart said he, high-pitched singer Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson spent much of this year crafting the power trio's first slate of new material since 2004's "Vapor Trails" and expect to begin recording in November for an album release early next year.

Peart revealed few details about the record, except to say that reflections on faith emerged as a clear theme from the very beginning.

"I tried hard to look at it as a subject — what's good about it — and tried to balance that against what I saw as not being a good thing," said Peart, noting his experience as a Canadian living in the United States for the past six years has given him a unique perspective on world events.

"All we're seeing, especially in the world today, is a very malevolent kind of faith, in fundamentalism of all kinds, on both sides. One of the lines I use in the new songs equates Middle East and Middle West, because this stuff is going on in both localities, although both would probably be insulted by the comparison."

Peart said much of the new material was hashed out long distance, with him exchanging lyrics from Los Angeles for the song sketches of Lee and Lifeson, who both live in Toronto.

Read more at www.canadaeast.com.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 October 2006 )
 
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