Kaizen — Gargula
(Progressive Rock Worldwide PRW 018, 1994, CD)
by Mike Ohman, 1997-02-01:
This was reviewed before, in issue #7. I'll admit to being not terribly impressed with this album upon first listen. But after several plays, the music got to me, and now I can't get enough of it. Violinist Kleber Vogel is the main writer, and it's obvious he comes from a classical background, as can be heard in the exuberant themes of pieces like "Noturno" or "Horda." A very special album.
by Alan K. Lipton, 1995-07-01:
Kleber Vogel, ex-Quaterna Requiem violin player, is all over with his expressive violin playing, be it acoustic, electric or MIDIfied. He wrote all compositions, except one he co-wrote with bass player Alvaro Seabra. The musicianship (keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums) is high, and contrary to the somewhat academic approach of Brazilian bands like Quaterna Requiem and Blezqi Satsaz, this is more of an emotional work. With its tragico-romantic themes, Gargula fits very well the progressive realm, being more a well-structured framework for the violin than a fusion adventure. Vogel literally leads the band, while an effective support and occasional solos are given by the rest of the guys (of note, the bass solo on the closing piece, "Kaizen"). Bringing additions to the sound palette, flute, oboe, bassoon and two cellos from the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra are featured on some pieces. Of a sometimes classical inspiration at the structural level, Gargula never fails to surface the emotions first. Recommended firstly to violin amateurs, then to the symphonic prog crowd at large for its sheer evocation power.
Related artist(s): Kaizen
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more