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Yoga Music Trailblazers to Embark on US East Coast Tour

Combining the upbeat grooves of a world beat concert with the power of traditional devotional chanting, or kirtan, the GuruGanesha Band brings an entirely fresh and diverse sound to the sacred music genre. Their music draws upon many sources—raga, gospel, rock, folk, even a touch of the blues. In performance, these myriad musical tributaries merge in a river of sound that alternatively brings audiences to their feet in ecstatic dance and transports them inward, into a quieter, more meditative and soothing space. Much of the band’s material is drawn from GuruGanesha’s 2011 album Kundalini Surjhee, but they have also begun to incorporate some brand new compositions into their live performances.

The group is led by world devotional music pioneer GuruGanesha Singh, renowned for his work with singers Snatam Kaur, Tina Malia and Nirinjan Kaur, and widely respected as the founder of Spirit Voyage records. Grounding the GuruGanesha Band’s joyous beat are percussionist prodigy Tripp Dudley, accomplished bassist Gurusangat Singh, and rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Sat Kartar Singh. The GuruGanesha Bands’s rainbow tapestry of sonic hues is magnificently enriched by multi-instrumentalist Hans Christian, who performs on cello, sarangi, sitara and nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle). And then there’s Paloma Devi, the GuruGanesha Band’s divinely enchanting singer. She brings her entire life and soul to every note—her Cuban family background, her deep grounding in Kundalini yoga, her world travels, her ardent studies in everything from Sanskrit to flamenco dance.

The GuruGanesha Band is set to embark on their East Coast Tour at the Boston Yoga and Chant Fest on October 20th. They’ll next move on to Auburn, NY; Arlington, VA; Asheville, NC; and Davie, FL. For tickets and to learn more about this extraordinary new ensemble, visit GuruGanesha.com. The future of mantra music has arrived.

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October 13, 2012 Posted by | Blogroll | , , | Leave a comment

Jon Anderson’s Response to Yes Press Release

Here’s Jon’s response.    I welcome other members of Yes to comment.

September 18, 2008

Disappointed, and very Disrespected

Disappointed that, with the exception of one phone call from Alan, none of the guys have been in touch since my illness, just to find out how I am doing, and how we will foresee the future for YES. And disappointed that they were not willing to wait till 2009 when I’m fully recovered.

And I feel very disrespected, having spent most of this year creating songs and constant ideas for the band, spending time with Roger Dean creating a stage design, also working with VH1 and Sirius and XM Radio to help promote the welfare of YES.

Getting sick was not “on my radar”, and I thank my own angel Janeee and my family for helping me through this difficult time, and the many well wishers, friends and fans alike, for understanding that ”things happen”.

Of course I wish the guys all the best in their ‘solo’ work, but I just wish this could have been done in a more gentlemanly fashion. After all YES is a precious musical band.

This is not YES on tour…

I send best wishes to one and all,

Jon
Jon Anderson
September 2008

September 27, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Progressive Music | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eclectic Ultra Modern Band Discovered in the Jungle of LA

APEYGA 

I’m always afraid to share my favorites for guilt of having everyone discover them and then I never get the guilty pleasure of enjoying good music selfishly to myself.  Nonetheless, I’ll present to you a delight in musicality that you don’t come across everyday.  Derived from the Armenian word, apaga, which means ‘future’ – APEYGA (ah-pay-gah) certainly lives up to its name.  The futuristic fusions of jazz, punk, metal, funk and art rock music put this instrumental band in a class all unto its own.  It’s no wonder that they won the Rock City News Award for “Best Melodic & Instrumental Band 2006.” 

In 2003, Apeyga was started by two brothers – Justin and John Peloian; Justin plays guitar while John handles the bass.  The compositions are based on ideas Justin had while attending grad school for Visual Arts and further developed when John was seeking his Master of Arts degree in Psychology.  After playing various open mike nights, they developed a following and were asked to play the infamous Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Boulevard.  I’m no stranger to the Rainbow and I know if you get asked to play there, you’re obviously worth a listen. 

Justin and John describe their efforts as “Instrumental Fusion.”  They’ve consciously decided to forgo the vocalist allowing the instruments themselves to provide the verses.  However, their latest creations will have lyrics added into the mix of what inspires them in their quest for amelioration.  Their next album should have a vocalist joining in on the Apeyga venture to bring life to the lines they wrote for their latest songs.

The guys liken their music to “drinking a shot of whiskey for the first time.”  They say “It is shocking and you will remember it, however it might take a little while for it to grow on you.  For most people, they will try it again, appreciating more each time, and some even become addicted.”  

After grooving to their sound bites available on their website and Myspace page, I certainly see what they mean!  Apeyga hits you like a thunderbolt and jolts you so high you can’t help but keep coming back for a more.  Their music is intelligent supremacy yet digestible for the mere mortals of music appreciation. 

Apeyga’s unique style is “created by fusing guitar riffs together until the general structure of the song is built.”  The bass lines are added in next ascertaining that each piece transitions flawlessly into one another.  The drum sections are added in last using their drummer’s innovations.  A lot of their improv collaborations have formed into bona-fide originals. 

Their latest album Forward is a collective ultra mod mix of jazz and metal and was self-produced at their studio in Culver City, CA using a Mac Powerbook and Motu 828 interface and Audiodesk software.  Their latest endeavor is currently being played on internet radio collective Live 365.  My favorite song is “Traveler” a psychedelic groove of a journey reminiscent of a group called Television from times of yore.  I just love the heavy unparallel use of bass lines.  “151” is a strange brew of heavy metal and funk with sounds of swans dying in the background.  The jazzy funk-a-delic “Liberatus” and “Pinstripe” add to the diversity of the album.  The eerily spacey “The End of Reason” calls out from the dark with metal lurking in the shadows.  Another showstopper – “Galaxies” – is an oceanic melodrama dream. 

Although they are primarily Southern Cal based, they are generating fans from all over the world and may subsequently be able to tour outside their locale.   

Any fan of progressive music should make an effort to check these guys out.  They are not the future; they are the now!  Please visit their websites to find out more about Apeyga and how to purchase their albums and get the latest tour information. 

Website:http://www.apeyga.com

Myspace:http://www.myspace.com/apeyga 

The new album Forward is available on CD from CDBABY at http://cdbaby.com/cd/apeyga or Download it from iTUNES at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=261899221

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Kosmic Konnection – Kosmos Premiere Album Reviewed

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KOSMOS

Kosmos – a new project by Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin – is dedicated to progressive music at its psychedelic best. Both friends and musicians, these guys must have launched together in the spaceship that traveled them back to atomic punk. All of them – experienced in their art – give them license to explore the genre further. Joining Away on his space odyssey is the flamboyant hip swiveling JetPhil giving us his smoky groove guitar playing, the omnipresent Vincent Peake providing his rocket-fueled bass, and Alex Crow, guitar extraordinaire and electrically-talented keyboardist.

Dedicated to Denis “Piggy” D’amour, Voivod’s singular guitarist, who succumbed to colon cancer in August 2005, the album’s 12 songs are each chock full of bizarre distortions set to the maximum level taking you on a time traveling journey. The first song, which happens to be my favorite, Psycho has flavors of 70s prog rock bands such as Yes and Rush. JetPhil captures Jeff Beck’s guitar sounds at his best and Alex Crow channels Rick Wakeman in this whirlwind ride. Dreams remind me of a lullaby high on laser beams while Grand Grizou flies the spaceship to the next galaxy. The space-induced whispers of Yawa leads into the cosmic shaman sounding Indu Kush complete with Indian chants and featuring Away’s notoriously thunderous drumming.

This mostly instrumental album also has a couple of tunes with vocals. The Mark Bolan-style bluesy Much Too Old featuring Xavier Caféϊne on vocals and the poetic spaced-out Amerique Innavouable showcasing Vince Peake’s incredible bass grooves. Krautrock is a generous tribute to all the Kraut rock bands like Hawkwind, Zombi, and Monster Magnet. Finishing the tour is rocket-fueled Septial and Mess Noire – a 70’s grooved song that’ll have you up and dancing wondering what happened to Be-ins.

The best thing about Kosmos is the dream journey they unwittingly take you on – letting you forget the troubles of today and finding a future in your tomorrows. Close your eyes and keep believing.

Please visit their website at www.myspace.com/kosmostheband.

October 15, 2007 Posted by | Heavy Metal, Music, Music News, Progressive Metal, Progressive Music | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment