Published on 1st February 2021

TPA News – February 2021

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Latest Prog News from across the progressive music spectrum & updated throughout February 2021.

11/02/2021: Chick Corea ~ RIP

From the announcement on his website: It is with great sadness we announce that on February 9th, passed away at the age of 79, from a rare form of cancer which was only discovered very recently.

Throughout his life and career, Chick relished in the freedom and the fun to be had in creating something new, and in playing the games that artists do.

He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, and a great mentor and friend to so many. Through his body of work and the decades he spent touring the world, he touched and inspired the lives of millions.

Though he would be the first to say that his music said more than words ever could, he nevertheless had this message for all those he knew and loved, and for all those who loved him:

“I want to thank all of those along my journey who have helped keep the music fires burning bright. It is my hope that those who have an inkling to play, write, perform or otherwise, do so. If not for yourself then for the rest of us. It’s not only that the world needs more artists, it’s also just a lot of fun.

“And to my amazing musician friends who have been like family to me as long as I’ve known you: It has been a blessing and an honor learning from and playing with all of you. My mission has always been to bring the joy of creating anywhere I could, and to have done so with all the artists that I admire so dearly—this has been the richness of my life.”

Chick’s family will of course appreciate their privacy during this difficult time of loss.

SOURCE: Chick Corea

10/02/2021: Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy add more UK dates for 2022

Like so many other’s Carl Palmer has moved UK touring plans to 2022. Below you will find a list of the confirmed UK dates thus far.

As for concerts further afield Carl comments: “We expect more dates in the UK and other parts of the world to be added as the situation becomes more clear.”

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy: Trilogy 50th Anniversary Tour
03/04/22: COLCHESTER, Arts Centre
06/04/22: MILTON KEYNES, The Stables
09/04/22: DEVIZES, Corn Exchange
10/04/22: EXETER, Corn Exchange
14/04/22: NORWICH, Epic Studios
17/04/22: HESSLE, Town Hall
18/04/22: KINROSS, The Green Hotel (Backstage)
19/04/22: KINROSS, The Green Hotel (Backstage)
21/04/22: LEAMINGTON SPA, The Assembly
22/04/22: LONDON, Under The Bridge
*More dates TBA

SOURCE: Carl Palmer

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06/02/2021: Van der Graaf Generator move UK dates to 2022

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Peter Hammill has reveled that the Van der Graaf Generator April 2021 UK dates have now been re-scheduled to 2022.

“Well, as I suppose many will have expected, we’ve now had to move the UK VdGG shows. They’ll now take place in February and March 2022.”

Van der Graaf Generator UK Tour 2022
21/02/22: BIRMINGHAM, Town Hall
22/02/22: MANCHESTER, Bridgewater Hall
24/02/22: LONDON, Palladium Theater
26/02/22: EDINBURGH, The Queen’s Hall
01/03/22: BATH, The Forum

SOURCE: Sofa Sound

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04/02/2021: TPA Exclusive: Magnalith Announce Debut Single, Intimacy’s End

Magnalith have announced the release of debut single Intimacy’s End from the forthcoming EP. The music is described as “dense but concise, expressionistic but corporeal” as well as “tangentially metal, curiously harmonic”. “Unbridled structural deviations see handbrake slides into weird, cinematic passages that lurch back into leviathan riffs.”

In a TPA exclusive, you can hear the whole of the single here ahead of it’s official release date:

“Brevity does not constrain the expansiveness of the three tracks. Experimental vignettes, conceptual lyricism, pathos and sagacious mixing by Dave Holmes (Jakob, Saint Agnes, Maisha) lend to the fantastical but humanistic atmosphere. The effect is bursts of contemplative, layered composition to capture the imagination of progressive metal/rock fans.”

The release was the result of an international collaboration: recorded in historic and hideaway places in Auckland, New Zealand and then mixed remotely through UK lockdown—re-amping the guitars and bass through vintage gear locally. Bosher gathered three engineer friends from across his career to undertake sections of the production. Work began at The Lab below Mt Eden’s Crystal Palace Theatre in the storied ballroom popular in the 1920s (later a cabaret room). Capturing the kinetic energy of the drums on the Neve console helped to create the foundational tank tread of the EP’s heft. The team moved to makeshift spaces for other instrumentation and the material then shipped to the UK to be re-assembled within a 500-tonne lightship and then an ex-food processing plant. The record is a result greater than the sum of its parts in the pandemic post-production context — presented with a “pretty, ugly” treatment oozing thickly between the cracks of an ornate edifice.

SOURCE: Magnalith

02/02/2021: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets ‘The Echoes Years’ Tour rescheduled

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the UK tour for Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets has had to move again, with the shows now being held in April/May 2022. Details of all the venues, and revised dates, can be found on the band’s website.

In a statement on their Facebook Page the band comment: “Apologies for any inconvenience these changes might cause; the band are desperate to perform, but have to ensure the experience is a safe one for everyone!”

The Echoes Tour – Rescheduled UK Dates 2022

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - The Echoes Tour poster16/04/2022: BARBICAN, YORK
20/04/2022: G LIVE, GUILDFORD
24/04/2022: REGENT, IPSWICH
26/04/2022: DOME, BRIGHTON
07/05/2022: FORUM, BATH

SOURCE: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets

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01/02/2021: Nad Sylvan to Release New Album Spiritus Mundi in April 2021 Along with Video for The Fisherman

At the end of 2020, Nad Sylvan released You’ve Got To Find A Way which contained a bonus track from his upcoming album Spiritus Mundi. Nad has now released the first album track The Fisherman off the new release, scheduled for April 2021.

Nad comments: “No one is a prophet in their own land”. W.B Yeats, the famous Irish poet penned the poem “The Fisherman” in 1914 that this song is based on. At this point in time, he felt misunderstood by his contemporaries, just like I have done growing up in a small minded world. Yeats poems are filled with double and hidden messages. So is this video.”

Watch the video for “The Fisherman” here:

After concluding the Vampirate’s trilogy, Nad is now changing course on his fourth album by converting poems of WB Yeats into music. The new album is due for release on 9th April 2021 featuring new cover artwork by Robin Damore.

The pre-order for “Spiritus Mundi” will start on February 12th 2021.

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

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