Estonian composer, guitarist and singer RIho Sibul, a member of In Spe, Kaseke, VSP Projekt, Ultima Thule etc. as well as a solo career from 2000 onwards, passed away at the age of 64 on November 20th 2022.
Electronic musician Mark Shreeve has died at the age of 65. Shreeve began his career in the early 80s, and specialized in Berlin School electronic music, primarily using modular synthesizers. His many collaborations included the groups Redshift and ARC, which featured Ian Boddy.
ProgDay, the yearly festival held in North Carolina, bills itself as the world's longest-running progressive rock festival. Maintaining a showcase for non-mainstream music is a challenge in today's world, not that it's ever been easy, so the organizers are to be applauded for keeping up the good work. This year's event will take place the weekend of September 3-4 at Storybook Farm near Chapel Hill. The schedule includes Nektar, Cheer-Accident, Mike Keneally, Infinien, Lux Terminus, Schwizz, Aziola Cry, and the Jon Stickley Trio.
Many of our readers shoiuld remember the wonderful and eccentric American band called Alex's Hand. Well, the Hand is no more, but bassist Kellen Mills has formed Tryon, a large ensemble to play his music, which forcibly merges rock, jazz, chamber music, and improvisation into a truly unique sound. Such artistic endeavors are expensive, so they're appealing for donations to finance their first album.
Seattle's festival of progressive, psychedelic, and experimental music is back after a Covid-forced hiatus. There will be a single-day event on Friday August 5 at The Crocodile's Madame Lou's stage. The headliners will be Bent Knee and Cheer-Accident, with other artists to be announced. Since its beginning in 2013, Seaprog has hosted a wide range of artists from various streams of progressive music, focusing on contemporary avant-rock but also touching on classic styles. 2022 promises to be another stellar event, with two of the best American art rock groups on the bill.
Sound worlds will flow across time and space with a two-hour journey led by Southwestern legend of ambient synthesis Steve Roach. Held in a historic cathedral in Manhattan, the performance will be accompanied by an immersive, architecturally-mapped light performance.
Noted jazz-fusion trio The Aristocrats will be releasing an album of music in collaboration with Poland's Primuz Chamber Orchestra on June 3, 2022. The album features arrangements of tunes from The Aristocrats catalog arranged by Wojtek Lemański. Guthrie Govan (guitar), Bryan Beller (bass), and Marco Minnemann (drums) are featured alongside the orchestra in reimaginings of such tracks as "The Ballad of /bonnie and Clyde," "Stupid 7," and "Culture Clash." Shortly after the album's release, the trio will embark on a 50-date North American tour.
The world has lost one of its true musical innovators. German electronic pioneer Klaus Schulze has died at the age of 74. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to overstate the importance his work has had on the course of music since he started working in the late 60s. He was an early member of Tangerine Dream, and also involved with such groups as Ash Ra Tempel, The Cosmic Jokers, and Stomu Yamashta’s Go, though he is best known for his extensive solo catalog. He died on 26 April, 2022 after a long illness.
Gary Brooker, best known as the leader and chief songwriter of the band Procol Harum, has died at the age of 76. Brooker founded Procol Harum in 1967 with Keith Reid (lyrics), Matthew Fisher (organ), Ray Roper (guitar), and David Knights (bass), and presided over many versions of the group over the subsequent decades.