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.
Word reaches us today of the death of Ian McDonald, who was a founding member of King Crimson in 1969 and Foreigner in 1976. McDonald's sax work contributed greatly to the sound of In the Court of the Crimson King, and he also did session work for a wide variety of artists, including T. Rex, Daryl Way's Wolf, Herbie Mann, Fireballet, Steve Hackett, and many more. McDonald was born in London June 25th, 1946 and died February 9, 2022 at the age of 75.
One of the most prominent guitarists of 70s jazz-rock fusion has died. John Goodsall’s work with Brand X set standards of technique and inventiveness that many subsequent guitarists tried to match. He died on 11 November at the age of 68.
Influential composer and trumpet player Jon Hassell died on June 26 after over a year of health issues. Starting in the late 70s, his music helped redefine what music could sound like, bringing together influences from around the world with modern technology. Fourth World, Vol 1: Possible Musics, his 1980 collaboration with Brian Eno, was a kind of mission statement that showed the way for many composers and musicians who would follow. Hassell was 84. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2021-06-27)
No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be released as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2021-04-01)