1/25/16

Renowned electric violinist Joe Deninzon Joins SEE 1 Rock Orchestra (Students From The Sycamore School System in the School’s Rock Orchestra) Live on February 19th.

LOCATION INFO:
Sycamore Junior High School
5757 Cooper Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
(513) 686-1760

Sycamore High School
7400 Cornell Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
(513) 686-1770

Contact: Sycamore Community Schools: Mallory Bonbright |  bonbrightm@sycamoreschools.org.

Contact: Joe Deninzon: Anne Leighton: 718-881-8183 | anne@anneLeighton.com

Renowned electric violinist Joe Deninzon Joins SEE 1 Rock Orchestra (Students From The Sycamore School System in the School’s Rock Orchestra) Live on February 19th. (Media avails from Deninzon & the School’s Conductor David Smarelli)

SEE 1 Rock Orchestra of the Sycamore Community Schools will be presenting contemporary hits by the Weekend, One Republic, Muse, classics by Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Van Halen, and the Allman Brothers, plus some of Joe Deninzon’s original music at Sycamore High School, in  Cincinnati, OH on February 19th at 7 pm. 
Admission is $10. Tickets will be at the door.
The school’s phone number is (513) 686-1760.
  The website is sycamoreschools.org. Tickets are available on www.SBOB.org through the online store.

Other activities will take place on February 18th, including workshops with students from both Sycamore’s Junior and Senior High Schools. Workshops run 8:15 am through 11:20 am at the High School and Junior High. 

Sycamore Electric Ensemble (also known as SEE 1) is Cincinnati’s first high school rock orchestra. Formed in 2003, SEE 1 is composed of electric string instruments along with traditional "garage band" instruments. SEE 1 has collaborated with national fiddling champion Alex DePue, Mark Wood, internationally known electric violinist and Emmy-winning composer and Christian Howes, internationally known jazz and rock violinist. The concert will feature a professional light show.  

Directing The SEE 1 Rock Orchestra is founder David Smarelli, now in his 27th year as the Director of Orchestras, and a strings teacher for the Sycamore Community Schools.  His musical credits include conducting the Ohio Northern University String Ensemble and the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra (where he also served as music director).

In Cincinnati, David performs regularly with the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and has guest conducted on several occasions. He currently is the assistant concertmaster with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. He has played violin in the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Chamber Players and—there—served as Co-Concertmaster and performed as a soloist. 

Under his direction, David’s school orchestras have received local and statewide recognition, performing at numerous Ohio Music Education events, Disney World, and in Chicago and Washington D.C. including a performance on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

Joe Deninzon has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” because of his innovative style on acoustic and electric seven-string violin.  A musician who transcends many genres, Joe has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Les Paul, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin, and Ritchie Blackmore, and performed for President Clinton. He can be heard on over 100 recordings and jingles as a violinist and string arranger.  

Joe is the lead singer and violinist for the progressive rock band, Stratospheerius, and a member of the Latin Jazz string quartet, Sweet Plantain, which tours extensively. Mel Bay books has published  his book/CD/DVD "PLUGGING IN: A Guide To Gear and New Techniques for the 21st Century Violinist." In 2016, Joe debuted “Dream Diary: Concerto for Seven-String Electric Violin and Orchestra” with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and world renown violinist Rachel Barton Pine debuted Joe’s composition “The Electric Lake of Soul” at Interlochen Music Festival.

Joe is a 14-time BMI Jazz Composer’s grant recipient and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. 

He has taught rock violin at Mark O’Connor’s String Camp and teaches at Mark Wood’s Rock Orchestra Camp, and has made repeated appearances performing with harmonica legend Robert Bonfiglio at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, where Joe co-founded the Grand Canyon School of Rock in 2006, an annual program for local high school students. He also has been involved in the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project (NACAP), which won the President's award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He continues to travel throughout the world as an on-demand clinician and performer.   

Downloadable flyer to share with friends in Cincinnati and Louisville.

1/22/16

Blackmore's Night U.S. Shows August 2016

www.blackmoresnight.com
www.facebook.com/blackmoresnightofficial
Blackmore’s Night will be touring in North America this Summer. Look for shows this August in Ridgefield, CT; Arlington, MA, Stroudsburg, PA, and in Wilmington, DE.

Blackmore's Night features legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, award winning vocalist Candice Night and their band of Minstrels:

• Bard David of Larchmont - keyboards
• Earl Grey of Chimay - bass, mandolin, rhythm guitar 
• Troubadour of Aberdeen - drums, percussion 
• Lady Christina  harmony vocals 
• Scarlet Fiddler - violin 

Blackmore's Night is an eclectic musical Renaissance Rock group.

Their unique blend of Renaissance themed melodies and some medieval instrumentation is blended with the contemporary sounds of guitars, keyboards, violin and percussion. They transverse time to take you on a musical journey without the stress of today’s tech world into a musical adventure that spans centuries of musical styles.combined with the ethereal vocals and charming legends and fairytale lyrics of Candice Night- it is a fun filled concert suitable for all ages. Many of their fans come dressed in garb or Renaissance costumes to add to the festivities of the evening.

Blackmore’s Night is a true musical and spiritual collaboration between vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night and her husband, legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The two met in 1989 when Deep Purple challenged Candice’s then radio station to a charity soccer match.  In 1993 she sang on Rainbow’s DIFFICULT TO CURE tour. They co-wrote four songs for Rainbow’s STRANGER IN US ALL and in 1997 they formed Blackmore’s Night; they continue to play in castles, opera houses, old theaters and UNESCO sites around the globe.

Blackmore’s Night’s current album, ALL OUR YESTERDAYS spent 12 weeks in the top 10 of Billboards New Age Charts.

BLACKMORE’S NIGHT SUMMER 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES  

Friday, August 12 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
Sunday, August 14 – Regent Theatre –Arlington, MA
Friday, August 19 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
Sunday, August 21 – World Café Live: The Queen – Wilmington, DE

 

1/7/16

Gary Lucas & Jann Klose's STEREOPTICON In Digital Stores Now

Guitarist Gary Lucas and singer Jann Klose’s new album, STEREOPTICON is now out on Cosmic Trigger Records/The Orchard. This is a songwriter’s album, probably most at home with fans of AAA, indie, acoustic folk-pop/“urban Americana” music.

Also active songwriters, Gary and Jann collaborated on songs over the past three years. Their friend Dan Beck, who has written with Dion DiMucci, the Iron City Houserockers, Felix Cavaliere, joined them as lyricist on 6 songs. In September 2014 and June 2015, Jann and Gary recorded 10 songs at New York City’s premiere analog studio The Maid’s Room.

STEREOPTICON can be found on all digital stores, including iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stereopticon/id1065240432 and on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018ZPIXGE.

DCRocks’ David Hintz writes about the album, "This is quite an exciting collaboration that makes a lot of sense. Lucas is more the veteran creative songsmith and Klose the younger, though well beyond rookie status, singer songwriter. They both understand the trippier original aspects to song structures with Lucas’ resume bordering on unbelievable as he has worked with Captain Beefheart, Peter Hammill, and Bryan Ferry.”

Music writer Arthur Levy posts of seeing Gary and Jann live at the Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 in New York City, “Memorable night indeed, the Gary and Jann project exceeded all expectations, and what a great little music room.”

STEREOPTICON is produced by Jann, Gary, and Dan, who call themselves “Dr. Tre.” The album was engineered by Jack McKeever (Joan As Police Woman, Anna & Kate McGarrigle) and Jason Candler (Queen Esther), who also plays soprano sax on “Nobody’s Talking” and tenor sax on "Well of Loneliness." STEREOPTICON was mastered by Ben Kesler (Robert Randolph and the Family Band).     

Gary’s co-written hits with Joan Osborne: “Spider Web,” and Jeff Buckley’s signature songs “Grace” and “Mojo Pin” from the singer’s double platinum album, GRACE. He’s worked extensively with Captain Beefheart. ROLLING STONE says Gary is, "One of the best and most original guitarists in America...a modern guitar miracle.” He just received the Premio Ciampi Lifetime Achievement Award in Italy, named for one of Italy's most famous songwriters. In 2014, Gary received the Ambassador's Award for Cultural Diplomacy from the US Consul General of Milan. His long-awaited GARY LUCAS’ FLEISCHEREI: MUSIC FROM MAX FLEISCHER CARTOONS is now available on Cuneiform Records. He is currently collaborating with Steve Kilbey (The Church), and Chris Shinn (new lead singer of Live), and was (this fall) Music Director of "State of Grace,” a multi-artist Australian tribute to Tim and Jeff Buckley.

Born in Germany and raised in Kenya, South Africa and the United States, Jann Klose is currently collaborating with Ann Hampton Callaway, Renaissance’s Annie Haslam, Hall & Oates’ John Oates and The Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty. In 2015 Jann and his music appeared in the short film THE BEAUTY OF DISASTER (Glimmer Girl, USA) and the award-winning Australian feature documentary A VENUE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (BrinkVision, USA). His most recent album, MOSAIC won three 2014 Independent Music Awards and charted for several months on the AMA and Roots Rock charts.

Gary and Jann both worked on the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Tribeca Film/Focus/Universal). Jann is the singing voice of Tim Buckley, while Gary consulted and played guitar. Tony Award winner Frank Wood plays Gary in the film. 

####  

SECRET WINGS music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvNeh8ozt_I&list=PL1385B6196B218BDD

www.LucasKlose.com
www.GaryLucas.com 
www.JannKlose.com
Contact: Anne Leighton, 718-881-8183 Anne@AnneLeighton.com
Dan Beck: Dan@bighonchomedia.com

12/17/15

PopDose Premieres Gary Lucas and Jann Klose’s New York City Music Video, “Secret Wings”

Pre-Order Link Of Songwriters’ Album On Amazon; more links to come for album to be released January 8
 

POPDOSE's website is premiering Jann Klose and Gary Lucas’ new music video “Secret Wings” at http://popdose.com/popdose-premiere-gary-lucas-and-jann-klose-secret-wings/.

Coming out January 8, STEREOPTICON is now available for pre order on Amazon at www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018ZPIXGE and at itunes.apple.com/us/album/stereopticon/id1065240432 .

Says the eclectic website’s Senior Associate Editor DW Dunphy, ”POPDOSE is thrilled to be the first line when it comes to exposing the audience to new and upcoming music. As a site which is steadfastly genre-agnostic, having the ability to post these premieres is important to us, and goes to the core of our mission statement as a multimedia venue."

The music video “Secret Wings” is a video Jann and Gary’s first song collaboration together when the duo started writing songs three years ago after Gary heard Jann perform the song “Mojo Pin” that Gary wrote the music to with lyrics by Jeff Buckley.  

Jann says that “SECRET WINGS” is about the City beating you down and us making it through the crap that can pile up." The SECRET WINGS video was created by DeAngela Napier and will be seen on YouTube, VEVO, Gary & Jann’s Facebook pages. The video features scenes of the City, with motion from skateboarders, pigeons, cabs and bike riders, trains, runners, dragon dancers, commuters and shoppers, fine art, street art, musicians, including a scene of Jann and Gary playing in the Rockwood Music Hall. (In fact Gary will be sitting in with Jann at the Rockwood Stage 3 on Monday, the 21st of December at 8:30 PM. After that date, the two will be back on the road in Germany, Washington, DC…).

This January 8, 2016 STEREOPTICON will be released on Cosmic Trigger Records/The Orchard. The album was recorded in New York City’s premiere analog studio The Maid’s Room in September 2014 and June 2015.  It is a 10 song album with mainly voice, guitar and sax on 2 songs. The album’s genres are songwriter/AAA/Roots music.  

STEREOPTICON is produced by Jann, Gary, and Dan, who call themselves “Dr. Tre.” The album was engineered by Jack McKeever (Joan As Police Woman, Anna & Kate McGarrigle) and Jason Candler (Queen Esther), who also plays soprano sax on “Nobody’s Talking” and tenor sax on "Well of Loneliness." STEREOPTICON was mastered by Ben Kesler (Robert Randolph and the Family Band).     

Dan Beck (Dion DiMucci, Iron City HouseRockers, Felix Cavaliere) contributes lyrics on six of STEREOPTICON’s songs. His co-write “Mary Magdalene,” has found support from a variety of New York City-area stations as the song is dedicated to the New York and New Jersey people still struggling to get their lives back to normal since Oct. 29, 2012's Superstorm Sandy. Gary and Jann encourage their fans to donate to the Island Park Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O Box 500, Island Park, NY 11558 or online at 2ndbattalion.org/departments/island-park/.

Gary’s co-written hits with artists Joan Osborne: “Spider Web,” and Jeff Buckley’s signature songs “Grace” and “Mojo Pin” from the singer’s double platinum album, GRACE. He’s worked extensively with Captain Beefheart. ROLLING STONE says Gary is, "One of the best and most original guitarists in America...a modern guitar miracle.” He’s currently writing with Chris Shinn, lead singer of Live. In 2014, Gary received the Ambassador's Award for Cultural Diplomacy from the US Consul General of Milan. His long-awaited GARY LUCAS’ FLEISCHEREI: MUSIC FROM MAX FLEISCHER CARTOONS will be released on Cuneiform, February 2016.   

Born in Germany and raised in Kenya, South Africa and the United States, Jann is currently collaborating with Ann Hampton Callaway, Renaissance’s Annie Haslam, Hall & Oates’ John Oates and The Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty. In 2015 Jann and his music appeared in the short film THE BEAUTY OF DISASTER (Glimmer Girl, USA) and the award-winning Australian feature documentary A VENUE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (BrinkVision, USA). His most recent album, MOSAIC won three 2014 Independent Music Awards and charted for several months on the AMA and Roots Rock charts.

Gary and Jann both worked on the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Tribeca Film/Focus World/Universal). Jann is the singing voice of Tim Buckley, while Gary consulted and played guitar. Tony Award winner Frank Wood plays Gary in the film. 

Pre-sale link at: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018ZPIXGE

Stay tuned for announcement of iTunes’ Pre-Sale at www.twitter.com/JannKloseBand and www.twitter.com/LucasGary.  

www.LucasKlose.com
SECRET WINGS music video: youtu.be/kvNeh8ozt_I
www.vevo.com/artist/lucas-klose

www.GaryLucas.com
www.JannKlose.com

Contact: Anne Leighton, 718-881-8183 Anne@AnneLeighton.com
Dan Beck: Dan@bighonchomedia.com

12/10/15

Anne Leighton and Priscilla Harriett Looking For Musicians’ Whose Eyes Wander... To Santa

Win $100 Making the Best Youtube Video of Songwriting Duo's XMAS Song

It was a spontaneous decision that Anne Leighton had with her friend, songwriter Dianne Baumgartner, “Everyone would have fun with your Christmas song.” Dianne, whose songs have been recorded by Carla Olsen and Shelby Lynne, also taught Anne how to write songs when she was starting in the music business.

Anne dabbles a little bit in songwriting, winning a DAR Songwriting contest in the 1970s as a high school student, and then in the ‘90s sharing an honorable mention with Buffalo’s first lady of Rock, Jessie Galante in a Billboard songwriting contest, Other than that, her career is in artist development and as a writer, doing publicity, management/music services, and poetry these days. (Anne’s new book, THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION on Canada’s Soul Asylum Records—released this past October—is still selling into the Christmas Season).

Priscilla Harriett is more focused as a songwriter and musician, and still is popular in the New Jersey/LeHigh Valley music scene. Famous rock musicians who later went on to play in Cinderella, Enuff Z’nuff and Britney Fox were in Priscilla’s bands.

“I Got My Eye on You, Santa” is a flirtatious Christmas song. Anne wrote most of the words and music. Priscilla improved it, tweaking some the melody plus getting specific with the lyrics, “waiting by the chimney with homemade cookies and a smile that is sparkling so bright!”

“I Got My Eye on You, Santa” lyrics and melody, plus the contest rules are available at soundcloud.com/leightonmedia/i-got-my-eye-on-you-santa.

The contest is free to enter.

These are the rules:

Make the best youtube music video of this song, with a wandering eye of "I Got My Eye on You, Santa," by Jan. 1, 2016, 12:00 AM EST, and you will be awarded a money order of $100 by Jan. 20, 2016.

Be creative-if you rap, go for it. If you do choir arrangements, get your choir to flirt with Santa. Rock it, folk it, funk it, showtune it. Most of all, have fun!

Choice of video to be determined by songwriters Anne Leighton & Priscilla Harriett. Money will be sent via money order from New York State.

Once you post the video, please tweet to Anne at @LeightonMedia on Twitter or feel free to post the youtube link below in the Comments' section for this song on soundcloud.

Downloadable flyer to share with musician friends for the contest:

12/8/15

Gary Lucas and Jann Klose’s STEREOPTICON To Be Released January 8, 2016

Pre-Order This Songwriters’ Album on iTunes and Amazon Starting December 18

This January 8, 2016 guitarist Gary Lucas and singer Jann Klose are releasing 10 songs they’ve collaborated on the past three years. Look for STEREOPTICON on Cosmic Trigger Records/The Orchard. The album was recorded in New York City’s premiere analog studio The Maid’s Room in September 2014 and June 2015.

STEREOPTICON is now available for pre order on Amazon at www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018ZPIXGE and at itunes.apple.com/us/album/stereopticon/id1065240432 .

Jann says “A Stereopticon is a classic slide projector that combines two images to create a three-dimensional effect. The title fit since there are the two of us and the album was recorded live on two-inch tape, the classic analog recording technique.“  

Gary explains how the two create their new songs, “There is a lot you can do with just voice and guitar; we took influences from all over the Americana spectrum, and added a few odd surprises.”

“Secret Wings” was one of their first collaborations. Jann says, “it’s about the City beating you down and making it through the noise and craziness, especially in New York City!” Created by DeAngela Napier, “Secret Wings” is the duo’s new music video and available on YouTube. “Secret Wings” features scenes of the City, from jarring cabs and graffiti to comfort zones like Jann and Gary playing at the Rockwood Music Hall and breathing in Central Park. (In fact Gary will be sitting in with Jann at the Rockwood Stage 3 on the 21st of December at 8:30 PM. After that date, the two will be back on the road in Germany, Washington, DC…) 

The jazzy “Fair Weather” is about two-faced people, while the Canned Heat-influenced “Walking And Talking” and the dramatic “Take Your Medicine” fit perfectly on blues radio.

Some songs “Nobody’s Talking” (about cellphone users who text in the company of friends) and a few with double-entendres: the sea shanty “Jewel Julia” and acoustic blues song “Let No One Come Between Us” were co-written with Dan Beck (who has collaborated with Dion DiMucci, the Iron Cityhouse Rockers, and the Rascals’ Felix Cavaliere). Dan also contributed to the Renaissance-esque “Overture,” and the pop-influenced “Well of Loneliness.”  

Dan co-wrote “Mary Magdalene,” which has found support from a variety of New York City-area stations as the song supports the people in Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and New Jersey still struggling to get their lives back to normal since Oct. 29, 2012's Superstorm Sandy. (Gary and Jann encourage their fans to donate to the Island Park Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O Box 500, Island Park, NY 11558 or online at 2ndbattalion.org/departments/island-park.)

STEREOPTICON is produced by Jann, Gary, and Dan, who call themselves “Dr. Tre.” The album was engineered by Jack McKeever (Joan As Police Woman, Anna & Kate McGarrigle) and Jason Candler (Queen Esther), who also plays soprano sax on “Nobody’s Talking” and tenor sax on "Well of Loneliness."STEREOPTICON was mastered by Ben Kesler (Robert Randolph and the Family Band).   

While Jann and Gary write as collaborators in the Roots Music Genre, both artists are eclectic musicians that tour throughout the world on their own.  

Gary’s co-written hits with artists Joan Osborne: “Spider Web,” and Jeff Buckley’s signature songs “Grace” and “Mojo Pin” from the singer’s double platinum album, GRACE. ROLLING STONE says Gary is, "One of the best and most original guitarists in America...a modern guitar miracle.” He just received the Premio Ciampi Lifetime Achievement Award in Italy, named for one of Italy's most famous songwriters. In 2014, Gary received the Ambassador's Award for Cultural Diplomacy from the US Consul General of Milan. His long-awaited GARY LUCAS’ FLEISCHEREI: MUSIC FROM MAX FLEISCHER CARTOONS will be released on Cuneiform, February 2016. He is currently collaborating with Steve Kilbey (The Church), and Chris Shinn (new lead singer of Live), and was (this fall) Music Director of "State of Grace,” a multi-artist Australian tribute to Tim and Jeff Buckley.

Born in Germany and raised in Kenya, South Africa and the United States, Jann Klose is currently collaborating with Ann Hampton Callaway, Renaissance’s Annie Haslam, Hall & Oates’ John Oates and The Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty. In 2015 Jann and his music appeared in the short film THE BEAUTY OF DISASTER (Glimmer Girl, USA) and the award-winning Australian feature documentary A VENUE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (BrinkVision, USA). His most recent album, MOSAIC won three 2014 Independent Music Awards and charted for several months on the AMA and Roots Rock charts.

Gary and Jann both worked on the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Tribeca Film/Focus/Universal). Jann is the singing voice of Tim Buckley, while Gary consulted and played guitar. Tony Award winner Frank Wood plays Gary in the film. 

www.LucasKlose.com
www.vevo.com/artist/lucas-klose

www.GaryLucas.com
www.facebook.com/gary.lucas
twitter.com/lucasgary
https://www.youtube.com/garylucas

www.JannKlose.com
www.facebook.com/jannklose
twitter.com/JannKloseBand
www.youtube.com/jannklose


Left to Right: Dan Beck, Gary Lucas, Jann Klose

Contact: Anne Leighton, 718-881-8183
Anne@AnneLeighton.com
Dan@bighonchomedia.com

12/3/15

JETHRO TULL Written And Performed By Ian Anderson Tours the U.S April 2016

The new JETHRO TULL concert tour returns to the States starting April 2016, in which Ian Anderson celebrates the life and times of English agriculturalist Jethro Tull.

Ian Anderson is known as the legendary frontman for the classic rock band Jethro Tull and reimagines his namesake with a narrative set in the near future. The show presents some of the best known songs from the repertoire of the band Jethro Tull.

JETHRO TULL (The Story), written and performed by Ian Anderson, runs from April 1 through the 16, with shows in Waukegan IL, continuing through the Midwest in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, and through the south in Tennessee, Alabama and Atlanta.

In JETHRO TULL, Ian touches on topical issues including including climate change, intensive food production and population growth. New material specially written for this show includes "Prosperous Pasture," "Fruits Of Frankenfield,” "And The World Feeds Me," "Stick, Twist, Bust," and "The Turnstile Gate."

JETHRO TULL features amongst many Tull favorites "Heavy Horses," "Farm On The Freeway," "Songs From The Wood," "Aqualung," "Living In The Past," "Wind-Up," "A New Day Yesterday," "The Witch's Promise" and "Locomotive Breath," sometimes with slightly re-written lyrics to better tell the tale.

The show has already played in the UK, Italy, Spain, Russia, Brazil and Argentina, recently finishing an eight day run in the North East U.S. to widely encouraging reviews. The Oakland Press writer Gary Graff offers: “A characteristically exceptional Tull concert…entertaining and original.”

Blogcritics’ Jon Sobel writes that Ian Anderson has “got plenty of creative tricks up his sleeve.”
philly.com’s A. D. Amarosi says that the show is “something new” and “weirdly winning.”

Ian is accompanied by David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests on screen including Ryan O’Donnell who shared the stage with Ian in recent tours for HOMO ERRATICUS and THICK AS A BRICK and Icelandic singer/violinist/actress Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir who appears on screen throughout the show.

In addition to U.S. dates in April and October 2016, JETHRO TULL will be performed by Ian Anderson in Czech Republic, Sweden and Germany plus more cities and countries to be announced. Look out for tour dates and much more information at www.jethrotull.com.

JETHRO TULL By Ian Anderson Tour Dates, North America: April 2016
4/1/16    Waukegan IL  Genesee Theatre 
4/2/16    Appleton, WI  Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 
4/4/16    Kansas City, MO  Uptown Theater
4/5/16    Omaha, NE  Holland Performing Arts Center 
4/7/16    Fort Wayne, IN  Embassy Theatre
4/8/16    Indianapolis, IN  Murat Theatre
4/9/16    Grand Rapids, MI   Devos Performance Hall
4/11/16  Akron, OH  Akron Civic Theatre
4/12/16  Cincinnati, OH  Aronoff Center for the Arts  
4/13/16  Nashville, TN   Ryman Auditorium
4/15/16  Montgomery, AL  Montgomery Performing Arts Center 
4/16/16  Atlanta, GA  Fox Theatre
 

www.iananderson.com www.jethrotull.com

11/6/15

Billy Sherwood’s album CITIZEN on Frontiers Music Srl

www.billysherwoodhq.com

Billy Sherwood’s new album, CITIZEN is out now.  Called “a landmark” album by the DAILY VAULT, this “imaginative concept album whose A-list guests deliver in spades, making this trip through time a memorable ride well worth taking.”

Players on the album include almost every keyboardist from Yes (Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz, Geoff Downes, and Tony Kaye), plus Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess.  There is singing from Alan Parsons and XTC’s Colin Moulding, and Yes’ current frontman Jon Davison. CITIZEN features guitar playing from Deep Purple/Kansas/Dixie Dregs’ Steve Morse and Genesis’ Steve Hackett, plus violinist Jerry Goodman of the Flock, Dixie Dregs, and Mahavishnu Orchestra.  

Of special note is the appearance of Billy’s mentor, the late Chris Squire of Yes, who plays bass on the opening song, “The Citizen" for what would wind up being his last studio recording. 

Billy created this concept album based on a lost soul that is reincarnated into various periods of history. "I was inspired by the notion that General Patton believed he was reincarnated on various battlefields through time; I wanted to take that concept even further." As the songwriter/producer, Billy placed the citizen character into significant moments of history. 

A special songwriter’s edition of the album is available on Spotify, where listeners can hear commentaries from the artist, himself, explaining the inspiration and meaning behind each song between the songs.

Songs and historical figures on CITIZEN include:
* “No Man’s Land” about a runner in World War 1
* “Just Galileo & Me” about the famous scientist’s earth being flat or round debate,
* “A Theory of its Own” with Charles Darwin, 
* “Trail of Tears” on the Indian Removal Act of 1830,
* “Empire” about the Roman Empire’s final days,
* “Escape Velocity” about space exploration, 
* “Man and the Machine” about the industrial revolution,
* “Age of the Atom” on the Atomic Bomb,
* “The Great Depression” about the stock market crash,
* “Written in the Centuries” about Nostradamus,
and * “The Citizen.”
 

Fans can order the album on Amazon at radi.al/BillySherwoodAmazon radi.al/BillySherwoodAmazon
and on iTunes: radi.al/BillySherwoodiTunes  

Billy Sherwood was recently handpicked by Chris Squire to fill in for him on bass and vocals in Yes, before he left for cancer treatment and ultimately, his untimely death. Billy started his career in the band Lodgic and then as a member of World Trade, who have two critically-acclaimed albums. He has produced and engineered for many artists including John Wetton, Motorhead, Queensryche, Paul Rodgers, and Yes. He joined Yes first as touring member on the “Talk” tour in 1994, and was a full time member from 1997 to 1999. He recorded two albums with Chris Squire as the “Conspiracy” project and released six albums with Circa, the band he formed with Tony Kaye.  

CITIZEN is Billy’s eighth album of new material, though he sees this as a group effort, "While I've created a lot of this record myself I couldn't have done it without the amazing talents brought to bear by all the great artists who participated. So I feel it's much more of a collective effort than a solo album. It's my desire to take this production onto the stage and some of these amazing artists can help bring this concept to life.”

#### 

Enjoy a CITIZEN EPK following this link: youtu.be/0t2xBIRHW7I

www.billysherwoodhq.com

www.facebook.com/BillySherwoodMusic

Amazon store: radi.al/BillySherwoodAmazon
iTunes store: radi.al/BillySherwoodiTunes

10/25/15

Anne Leighton Releases Her First Book of Poetry, THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION!

Tour dates and merchandise to follow, bit by bit, through 2017!

Anne Leighton is pleased to announce the birth of her first poetry book, THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION, which has always been the title Anne has wanted to use. “Inspired by The Music Explosion who rocked with a favorite song, ‘A Little Bit Of Soul.’ It's optimistic, glorious, fun, and self-empowering, which are qualities I love in art... “

Empowerment was something Anne felt all the way through the making of the book. She pre-sold THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Lots of friends, including her stepbrother Ken Bluttman, helped her along. “Through my whole adult life, when my dad was telling me to get ‘a real job with the phone company,’ Ken was one of the biggest cheerleaders I had.” In the campaign, Ken would cc Anne and some of her closest friends in round-robin emails, “Come on, let’s spread the word; she’s gonna reach her goal.” Anne says,”He believed in me.”

Her father’s attitudes changed for the better as Anne became an editor at a rock magazine, HIT PARADER, and built a freelance career as a writer in rock, fitness, and cat magazines including BILLBOARD, GOLDMINE, CREEM, CATFANCY, INSIDE KUNG FU/KARATE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, and then authoring books: USING YOUR ART AND THE MEDIA TO COMFORT PEOPLE (Free to Run, California) and PAWS FOR THOUGHT HOW TO KNOW WHAT YOUR CAT IS THINKING (Rockwell UK), and her own 2014 ebook, GET THE GIG: COMMON SENSE CAREER CONSULTING. Her plays are read in churches, libraries, and bars. They were also performed at the Howl Fest and by The Poets Repertory Theater of Long Island. She won some small writing awards and honorable mention for a 1993 BILLBOARD songwriting contest for the song “Carry Across” with Jessie Galante. She also works in music and publicity with clients that include Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson (who wrote the foreword to THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION).

Anne has also performed on radio and in a variety of recordings, from Jay Tausig’s TRIP AROUND THE MOON series to the the GRAMMY-nominated album, HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT: GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT. It was with the making of HFFT that she met Canadian poetry publisher Ken Cowle.

THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION is available for order at every major book chain in North America, Australia, Europe, South America. Next, look for Anne’s growing merchandise line (e-books, home recordings of the book, USB sticks, and her T-shirts, all designed by Anne!).

As for her agoraphobia, she’s becoming more mighty every day. She travels by buses throughout the city, and then asks people to help her cross the street till she reaches her destination. She will be traveling and sharing her poetry live through 2017 in New England, Washington, DC, eastern Pennsylvania, Buffalo, Bronx and Manhattan. She would love to open for Courtney Barnett.

E-books as PDF files will be available for media; please email Anne at Anne@AnneLeighton.com

“Anne Leighton is hilarious.” — Bebe Buell, author of REBEL HEART, singer, animal lover

“Whether musing about pets or past loves, the pleasure of her word-play is palpable.”— Sander Roscoe Wolff, LBPost.com

“You have an awesome book, Anne, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and found myself, smiling often, and laughing out loud at times too, with your great sense of humor and wit.” — Ken Cowle, Anne’s publisher at Soul Asylum books

www.anneleighton.com

Ordering page for Autographed copies anneleighton.com/store/

THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION on Amazon: www.amazon.com/The-Leighton-Explosion-Anne/dp/1926876539

Photos at www.flickr.com/photos/8320698@N05/albums/72157611847817960 between Vonda Shepard and Brenton Wood.

10/20/15

Elliott Murphy Honored by the French Minister of Culture

www.elliottmurphy.com

American singer-songwriter-novelist and long time Paris resident Elliott Murphy has been honored with the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. The medal will be awarded to Elliott in a ceremony on November 4 in Paris. He recently released his 35th album AQUASHOW DECONSTRUCTED, wherein he revisited the songs of his first album AQUASHOW (1973) and his novel MARTY MAY was published by Gallimard in 2013.

The Order of Arts and Letters includes such American artists as Clint Eastwood, Patti Smith, Terry Gilliam, Paul Auster and Meryl Streep.

He is planning a US tour in 2016.

####

10/13/15

Vonda Shepard Plays New York City November 21

www.vondashepard.com

Schmooze with us after the work week.

Vonda Shepard will be performing at (le) Poisson Rouge on November 21 at 7:45 pm.
(Opening act—to be announced) is on at 7 pm.
(le) Poisson Rouge is at 158 Bleecker St., in New York City, near the A, D, F train lines.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
The venue phone is 212-505-FISH.
The website is lepoissonrouge.com/ lepoissonrouge.com/

This is an “after work schmooze” with Vonda Shepard. This intimate room with Vonda (and her band or solo) should bring some wonderful memories.

ROOKIE, Vonda’s 14th album, is a title that bears no little irony, since last year marked 25 years since the release of her self-titled Warner Bros. debut and her hit “Don’t Cry Ilene” from 1989. Being of independent ways and means now, Shepard doesn’t necessarily have to raise a fortune to make a record that’ll sound like a million bucks, thanks to the ongoing participation of producer/maestro Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Crowded House, Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney), who’s been behind the boards for all of her albums since 1999’s BY 7:30.

ROOKIE promises a mixture of moods and tempos, with perhaps slightly more emphasis on the upbeat than some past efforts. Vonda says. “I felt a need to go a little bit crazy on this album.” The album features classic Vonda Shepard, whose pop-singer songwriter style weaves soulful and heartfelt pop ballads, with influences from gospel, country and jazz.

Vonda belts the mighty song “Rookie,” which is about not being a rookie. “It’s actually the opposite of what the title suggests,” she says. “It’s about a person who’s been around the block, around all the blocks! The chorus says ‘I’m not a rookie,’ and it really conveys this feeling that I’m a ‘bad-ass’ who’s going to throw it down.” “Need Your Love,” and the empowering “Walk On Water” are some of ROOKIE’S soulful highlights.

Her styling of ballads including “Saturday,” and “I just Don’t Get It” (with its surprising twist on love and shyness) is passionate. Vonda’s relationship songs also include ROOKIE’S “Train To Inverness” and “Long For The Days,” which offer both depth of dialog with ear-catching melodies.

ROOKIE ends with two live tracks of recent songs that have become show stoppers in Vonda’s sets, the funky “Downtown Dirtytown,” and the tender-hearted pop ballad, “Roll In The Dirt.”

Vonda is charging into an active touring season in the States and Europe after enjoying her belated debut as a musical stage actress, portraying sassy tart Martha in Randy Newman’s FAUST at New York’s City Center this past summer. Ms. Shepard earned such grand reviews from New York’s tough theater critics, you could almost believe she’d paid off the devil! Said Playbill: “Indie-pop singer/songwriter Shepard was the find of the evening, at least for audiences unfamiliar with her five years of acting and singing on Ally McBeal.” The Theatermania.com critic called the Newman/Shepard duet of “Feels Like Home” “one of the year’s great stage moments to date.” New York Times theater critic Christopher Isherwood weighed in with a rave, too, calling her duet with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer on “Feels Like Home” “the song that received the warmest reception” and adding: “Ms. Shepard’s soulful singing brought out the yearning quality in Mr. Newman’s own.”

With over 12 million album sales to her name, two Golden Globes, two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actor's Guild Awards as well as the Billboard prize for selling the most television soundtrack records in history for the hit TV series “Ally McBeal,” Vonda is a world-renowned artist who continues to delight audiences with her magnanimous live performances. She dedicates songs, tells stories, and-at the same time-projects dynamic charisma and intimacy with her audience.

Over the past few years Vonda has opened for Sugarland, who once opened for her, and she has performed live with the Indigo Girls and The Funk Brothers (a highlight of her life), and has shared the stage at music festivals with Sting, The Eurythmics, Santana, and Matchbox 20. She is also known for "Can't We Try," her duet with Dan Hill, which hit number 6 in 1987. She played keyboards and sang with Rickie Lee Jones, Al Jarreau, and Jackson Browne, eventually opening for Browne in the U.S. and Asia. Fans all over the world have been listening to Vonda for years, and there's a reason why Vonda Shepard live is getting the attention of fans everywhere.

Vonda Shepard's "Need Your Love"

####

Gary Lucas and Jann Klose Sing For Homeless Superstorm Sandy Survivors

Songwriting Duo Spotlights People Still Without Homes Due to October 2012 Weather Disaster

Guitarist Gary Lucas (Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart) and award-winning singer Jann Klose are adamant about bringing attention to our neighbors in need. With January 2016 plans to release STEREOPTICON, an album of song collaborations, the two continue to spread the word about their 2014 music video "Mary Magdalene.” Co-written with Dan Beck (who has written with Dion DiMucci and the Rascals’ Felix Cavaliere), “Mary Magdalene” brings attention to people in Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and New Jersey still struggling to get their lives back to normal since Oct. 29, 2012's Superstorm Sandy. 

Among the other indignities these disaster victims have faced, some people who didn’t have flood insurance were told by FEMA that they needed to return money.

These songwriters still hear stories of people desperately wishing Long Beach had its hospital back. “An urgent care center is not good enough for the different health emergencies any of us would have on a given night,” says resident and musician, bassist Joanne “J-Bird” Phillips. “I needed to go to the emergency room but the hospital has been boarded up since Superstorm Sandy. I had an eye emergency and went to the Urgent Care Center that's on the grounds of the former hospital. They had no ophthalmologist and a very limited pharmacy that didn’t have the medication I needed. I had to drive almost a half hour to a 24 hour pharmacy, with my eye problems, while waiting 3 hours to be seen by a doctor who didn't even physically examine my affected eye!”

Gary Lucas says, “Until everybody is back in their homes and things are back to normal, we are getting the word out in support of everyone affected by Superstorm Sandy.”  

Dan, Gary and Jann created the video for “Mary Magdalene” with help of Long Beach, NY travel agent Debra Michaels who cleared locations with colleagues in Island Park within a half hour of hearing about the video. They all said, "We want to get the message out that we're having a rough time getting Island Park back to normal."

Recalling tragic songs like Gordon Lightfoot's "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Christy Moore’s “Back Home in Derry, Peter Adamson's "The Titanic,” "Mary Magdalene" is about living through Superstorm Sandy. Jann, Gary and Dan, plus a three-person production crew: Z3Rro The Comet, and Ashley Christopher (recent graduates from Five Towns' College) and EDM DJ James Messina filmed "Mary Magdalene" throughout Island Park. They showcased footage of condemned homes, the local firehouse and a favorite pub, The Local Ale House. In addition to cinematography in Island Park, the video uses footage of Breezy Point supplied by Getty Images Editorial Footage/Getty Images. Jann and Gary's songwriting style is based in the Roots Music Genre. In actuality both artists are eclectic musicians, who tour throughout the world on their own.  

Through his career, Gary Lucas worked extensively with both Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart. He is a solo artist and band leader with 27 albums of his own to his credit.  He just toured Australia as the music director of A STATE OF GRACE, the music of Jeff & Tim Buckley; Martha Wainwright shared the stage with Gary. He shared a GRAMMY nomination with Joan Osborne for co-writing the song “Spider Web.” ROLLING STONE says Gary is, "One of the best and most original guitarists in America...a modern guitar miracle." His long-awaited Fleischerei album (Music from Betty Boop) will be released on Cuneiform, end of January.  

Jann Klose recently finished touring South Africa where he grew up as a child; he sang with South Africa's National Symphony Orchestra’s conductor Richard Cock and talented orchestra students from South Africa and Nambia. He is a multiple Independent Music Award (IMA) winner. In December, the award-winning Australian documentary VENUE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, that Jann appears in alongside of Dick Cavett and Ian Anderson, will be out on Brink Vision.  

Gary and Jann both worked on the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Tribeca Films/Focus World/Universal). Jann is the singing voice of Tim Buckley, while Gary consulted and played guitar. Tony Award winner Frank Wood plays Gary in the film. 

www.GaryLucas.com
www.JannKlose.com

"Mary Magdalene" appears on youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA-GJNH0I38.

Gary & Jann encourage their fans to donate to the Island Park Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O Box 500, Island Park, NY 11558 or online at 2ndbattalion.org/departments/island-park/.

Billy Sherwood's New Single "Just Galileo and Me" Features XTC's Colin Moulding

Billy Sherwood Available for Interviews in Advance of Album Release of CITIZEN due November 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—October 13

Frontiers Music Srl has released the single, “Just Galileo And Me” from Billy Sherwood's upcoming concept album, CITIZEN: and it can be heard on youtube at youtu.be/9Rp-Gblyzpw. The song features XTC’s Colin Moulding on lead vocals. 

"Just Galileo And Me" is about Galileo’s friend and confidante trying to convince the scientist to keep his theory that “the earth is not flat,” which is also the song’s hook, to himself for fear he’ll be labeled a heretic. The friend does acknowledge the scientist’s conviction, and the lyrics show how he knew that “eventually they would see.”

CITIZEN will be in stores and online November 6th.  Billy Sherwood created this concept album based on a lost soul that is reincarnated into various periods of history. Each song places the Citizen into a unique set of circumstances where decisions are made that have serious personal and global consequences. 

Fans can pre-order the album on Amazon at radi.al/BillySherwoodAmazon and on iTunes: http://radi.al/BillySherwoodiTunes radi.al/BillySherwoodiTunes . All digital pre-orders include instant downloads of "No Man's Land" and "Just Galileo And Me."

 Billy Sherwood was recently handpicked by Chris Squire to fill in for him on bass and vocals in Yes, before he left for cancer treatment and ultimately, his untimely death. Billy started his career in the band Lodgic and then as a member of World Trade, who have two critically-acclaimed albums. He has produced and engineered for many artists including John Wetton, Motorhead, Queensryche, Paul Rodgers, and Yes. He joined Yes first as touring member on the “Talk” tour in 1994, and was a full time member from 1997 to 1999. He recorded two albums with Chris Squire as the “Conspiracy” project and released six albums with Circa, the band he formed with Tony Kaye.  

CITIZEN is Billy’s eighth album of new material, though he sees this as a group effort, "While I've created a lot of this record myself I couldn't have done it without the amazing talents brought to bear by all the great artists who participated. So I feel it's much more of a collective effort than a solo album. It's my desire to take this production onto the stage and some of these amazing artists can help bring this concept to life.”

#### 

Listen to "Just Galileo And Me" at youtu.be/9Rp-Gblyzpw

Amazon pre-order link: radi.al/BillySherwoodAmazon
iTunes pre-order link: radi.al/BillySherwoodiTunes
CITIZEN EPK: youtu.be/0t2xBIRHW7I
BillySherwoodHQ.com
Facebook.com/BillySherwoodMusic
   

10/9/15

Martin Barre To Tour America-The South and East Coast-Nov. 15-Dec. 20

Jethro Tull Guitarist’s music also has touch of blues; he’s doing tour press

Martin Barre will be headlining his first solo tour of the States, starting this November as he is playing CRUISE TO THE EDGE November 15-19 with Yes, Marillion, Spock’s Beard, Enchant and rising prog guitarist Randy McStine. (In 2004, Martin co-billed in the United States with Willie Porter, whom he met when Porter opened for Jethro Tull in 2003.)

After Cruise to the Edge, Martin starts his solo date in Del Ray, Florida at the Arts Center on November 21, which is almost sold out. The tour moves up the east coast through Fayette, Alabama, Tupelo, MS; Jackson, MS, Shreveport, LA; Atlanta, GA; Asheville, NC; Vienna, VA; Rocky Mount, VA; Sellersville,PA; Binghamton, PA, Cleveland, OH; Rochester, NY; New York City, and other TBA shows. For the past four years Martin has toured the world with his own band to play the "classic" music from the Jethro Tull catalogue, but also many new tracks written by Martin including his new album, BACK TO STEEL, (plus his two recent solo albums MARTIN BARRE and AWAY WITH WORDS).

For 43 years Martin Barre was the renowned guitarist of Jethro Tull, and his role in the band cannot be overestimated. Bruce Eder wrote on allmusic.com, “His playing has provided much of the energy that allows the band to soar on record and in concert.”

His unique sound and style contributed enormously to their success, which includes several chart topping albums, eleven gold and five platinum albums, a Grammy Award for CREST OF A KNAVE in 1988, and album sales exceeding 60 million units. Tull continues to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.


Martin’s guitar playing has earned him respect and recognition; he’s been voted among the best ever in the USA and in the UK for his playing on “Aqualung.” Beyond numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has plied those award-winning chops with many other distinguished artists, including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa and Chris Thompson. He has shared a stage with such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.


Redoubtable drummer George Lindsay, alongside super songwriter and bass player Alan Thomson form the core of Martin’s accomplished band, with vocals performed by the talented and distinctive Dan Crisp. All members are committed to giving the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years with a few surprises along the way.

www.martinbarre.com
twitter.com/tullguitarist
www.facebook.com/officialmartinbarre

VIDEO “Song For Jeffrey”

MARTIN BARRE’S CONFIRMED TOUR DATES

November 15-19: Cruise to the Edge
w/ Yes, Marillion, Randy McStine, Enchant, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Spock’s Beard…
November 21, 2015 Arts Garage in Delray Beach
November 24 Fayette Civic Centre Alabama
w/ opener Chris Simmons
November 25: Tupelo, MS, The Blue Canoe
November 26 and 27: off
November 28 Bears on Fairfield, Shreveport, LA
November 29 Duling Hall, Jackson, MS
December 2, Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA
December 3: Asheville, The Grey Eagle
w/ opener: The Get Right Band
December 4:  Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA
December 6, 7:30 pm: Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA
w/ opener: The Get Right Band
December 10 Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
w/ opener: Joe Deninzon & Randy McStine
December 11, Dublin Double Celtic Pub, Endicott, NY
w/ opener: Joe Deninzon & Randy McStine
December 13 Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, Cleveland, OH
opener: Cuda Krishna & Cuda
December 15 The Lovin’ Cup (Presented by the Bop Shop)
December 18: The Spire Center for The Performing Arts, Plymouth, MA
December 19: Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
w/ opener: Black Cat Groove
December 20: The Ballroom at Outer Space, Hamden, CT
w/ opener: Phoebe Legere

Click the Downloadable Poster of Martin Barre To Enjoy It Fully

10/7/15

Jethro Tull, Written and Performed by Ian Anderson on tour in the United States, Nov. 1-11

1

The British Press loves JETHRO TULL, Written and Performed by Ian Anderson. Now delighting audiences in South America, the production wrapped up its first leg in the UK last week.

This multi-media night of music by the band Jethro Tull offers new life on both the songs and the inspiration of the original Jethro Tull, the famous 18th Century agriculturist and inventor of the seed drill.

It’s “something remarkable to beheld,” writes Andy Snipper of London’s MUSIC NEWS. “It isn’t often that I go overboard about live performances but I have to say that if you don’t have a ticket for a show on this tour you need to be out there searching. It wasn’t about the performances – although they were excellent – or about the songs – once more great songs. It is about a concept brought through to completion that is in itself circular and thoroughly original but also immediately familiar to anyone familiar with the band.”

It was only recently that Ian began researching the life of the man that his band took the name of 48 years ago on a weekly audition night at London’s famed UK club, The Marquee.

The performance of Jethro Tull includes favorites “Aqualung,” “Living In The Past,” “Wind-Up,” “A New Day Yesterday,” and “Locomotive Breath” alongside of songs that could be about Jethro Tull including “Heavy Horses,” “Farm On The Freeway,” “Songs From The Wood” and “The Witch’s Promise.” Some of them are rewritten slightly to better tell the tale.

The band features Greig Robinson (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and virtual guests including Ryan O’Donnell who toured with Ian from 2012-2014/15. Bassist David Goodier, who has played with both Jethro Tull and with Ian since 2002, appears in Ian’s virtual world. Also on the big screen is Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir as the Agricutluralist’s wife. Writes Public Reviews Selwyn Knight, “She is expressive and has a beautifully clear and pure voice that cuts through the rumble of drums and guitars. She’s a mean violinist, too.”

Knight also raves about Ian Anderson’s charisma, “to whom all eyes are drawn… a looming stage presence, stalking the stage like a caged animal casting notes from his flute far and wide, occasionally rising to stand on one leg in his signature silhouette. Even singing at the microphone, one feels there is great energy barely held in check as he is never quite still. A consummate showman with a unique voice and flute style.”

Ian Anderson recently won The Prog God Award from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.

Fronting seminal Prog outfit Jethro Tull and performing simply under his own name, Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years; he is widely considered an icon of the genre and is recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music. With over 60 million albums sold in its career, Tull has been characterized by Anderson’s trademark acoustic textures created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In many recent shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the progressive genre. Look for more dates in Russia and throughout Europe and South America before the end of the year. Below are the November U.S. shows. Below that are the full reviews. 


DATES:  
November 1: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
November 3: Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
November 5: CITI Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA
November 6: Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
November 7: Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA
November 8: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
November 10: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
November 11: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ

#####

Selwyn Knight’s write-up in THE PUBLIC REVIEWS of JETHRO TULL from Symphony Hall in Birmingham, UK. http://www.thepublicreviews.com/jethro-tull-the-rock-opera-symphony-hall-birmingham/

Say the name ‘Jethro Tull’ to people and you are likely to elicit one of three responses depending on their age and interests – a blank look; if of a historical bent: ‘Oh, yes, the famous 18th Century agriculturist and inventor of the seed drill’; or, if someone of a certain age, ‘Oh yes, the famous progressive rock/folk fusion band led by Ian Anderson’. The central conceit of this evening is that Ian Anderson and other musicians tell the story of Jethro Tull (the man) using songs from the extensive repertoire of Jethro Tull (the band, now, according to Anderson, officially disbanded).

Anderson tells how it was only relatively recently that he began looking into the life of the man and that he recognised that songs from his back catalogue could represent events and moods during Tull’s life. So the seed of the idea for Jethro Tull The Rock Opera germinated, was tended and grew.

Tull was an agricultural pioneer. His design of the seed drill improved productivity and he continued to invent ways of improving yields throughout his life. Anderson has taken the outline of Tull’s life and replanted it in the near future; in this vision, Tull becomes a leading government scientist and wealthy businessman in the field of genetically modified crops before becoming disillusioned and returning to a more organic lifestyle.

The song choices Anderson has made do indeed suit the story with little modification. And he has wisely ensured that some real crowd-pleasers are included – Heavy Horses, Aqualung, Songs from the Wood, Living in the Past, The Witch’s Promise and Locomotive Breath all feature. The story is largely told through video projection with characters from the story – Jethro Tull, his father, wife and son chief among them – appearing and singing with the onstage band. This is very effective and allows Anderson and the musicians to do what they do best – rock Symphony Hall to its foundations – while maintaining the narrative. On screen, Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir sings as Tull’s wife. She is expressive and has a beautifully clear and pure voice that cuts through the rumble of drums and guitars. She’s a mean violinist, too. Ryan O’Donnell, currently starring as Ray Davies in The Kinks’ musical, Sunny Afternoon, cuts a suitable figure as the young Tull trying to make a name and also the mildly disillusioned son. He sounds disconcertingly similar to the young Anderson as well. The whole is technically perfect with the onstage band and the video footage synchronising perfectly. A nice touch is the use of archive Jethro Tull footage showing a young Ian Anderson in full flow on the flute alongside today’s model live onstage.

And it is Anderson to whom all eyes are drawn. He has great charisma and is a looming stage presence, stalking the stage like a caged animal casting notes from his flute far and wide, occasionally rising to stand on one leg in his signature silhouette. Even singing at the microphone, one feels there is great energy barely held in check as he is never quite still. A consummate showman with a unique voice and flute style.

The other musicians are first rate: Scott Hammond’s drums provide an insistent, almost industrial driving force contrasting with the delicacy of some of Anderson’s flute work. Often understated keyboards from John O’Hara add to the tonal mix. However, the lead guitar of Florian Opahle really strikes the ear. Technically superb, he makes notes soar over the heads of the audience. All are equally at home rocking it and also with the pastoral more introspective pieces.

As an evening celebrating the music of Jethro Tull, a greatest hits evening, the performance works. The use of some other singers is refreshing and gives familiar songs a new sound and life. However, the narrative of the story of Jethro Tull (the man) is less well developed – one really needs to read the synopsis in the programme to see the narrative arc. However, this aspect of the evening is perhaps the least important to fans of Jethro Tull (the band). Wearing T-shirts celebrating all eras in the band’s long life from 1967 to 2014, they, and this reviewer, are happy to hear iconic songs performed with gusto by the man who originally wrote them. And in this regard, one cannot fault the evening.

 

 

From London’s MUSIC NEWS, this is Andy Snipper’s review. It isn’t often that I go overboard about live performances but I have to say that if you don’t have a ticket for a show on this tour you need to be out there searching.


It wasn’t about the performances – although they were excellent – or about the songs – once more great songs. It is about a concept brought through to completion that is in itself circular and thoroughly original but also immediately familiar to anyone familiar with the band.

To clarify: Ian Anderson named his band Jethro Tull after an 18th Century farmer and agriculturalist who invented a mechanical seed drill and mechanised hoe. Jethro Tull (the band) were extremely successful and Ian Anderson decided to make a rock opera of the life of the man who the band were named after, set in the modern day and using the songs of the band to illustrate his life.

 

The performance at Shepherd’s Bush last night was superb and the use of filmed and digital backdrops with some of the performers on the album singing in the film and perfectly synched with the live performance happening on stage added immensely to the ‘show’. 

The band were Anderson’s touring band of Florian Opahle on guitar, John O’Hara on keyboards, Scott Hammond on drums and Grieg Robinson on bass but there were also excellent filmed performances by Ryan O’Donnel as the young Jethro, David Goodier as the older Tull and wonderful singing and violin from Unnur Birna Bjornsdóttir as Jethro’s wife and mother. All were excellent but Ian Anderson is such a perfect front man that when he was on stage all eyes were inevitably on him. 



Speaking of Ian Anderson, when the band started in 1967 he was whip-thin, lithe and as hairy as any of his contemporaries. He also had a great and very unique voice and occasionally played flute. In 2015 he is stockier, bald and has less of a voice than 50 years earlier. However, he is the same prancing and gesticulating actor/artist, can still balance on one leg while playing flute, plays more and better flute than in the past and is still utterly captivating onstage.

The show itself featured a veritable ‘best of’ of Jethro Tull music including songs not heard for years – ‘Living In The Past’, ‘Witch’s Promise’ – tracks from ‘Aqualung’ and also the later albums such as ‘Heavy Horses’. These were not shoe-horned in to fit but, where necessary, the lyrics were tweaked to add relevance.

It is NOT a bog standard concert, it really does have a readily understood theme and the show in toto is something remarkable to behold.