Sonic Voyage Fest Announces Fall Dates in October and Novemember

Progressive Rock’s Newest Traveling Festival Returns This Fall with Events in New York and Michigan.

On October 16, Stratospheerius, Shadow Eden, and Lovetester will be playing at Olives in Nyack (Rockland County), NY. LIKE Olives at www.facebook.com/OlivesNyack.

On Friday, October 23, the Sonic Voyage Fest will be at the Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI (Detroit). Featured are Tiles, Faded Main, Discipline and Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius.

On Friday, October 30, Halloween Eve, the Sonic Voyage Fest takes place at Gussys in Queens, NY (New York City). Performing are Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, Shadow Eden, Joe Stump, and Rob Balducci.

On Friday November 13, Shadow Eden and Ad Astra will be playing at Binghamton’s Cyber Cafe West. www.cybercafewest.com/

On Saturday, November 28, look for the Sonic Voyage Fest to rock Long Island in Bayshore, NY at Even Flow with Joe Stump, Shadow Eden, Stratospheerius & Ad Astra. www.evenflowbarandgrill.com/

Created Memorial Day 2015 by three incredible bands: Circuline, and Shadow Eden & Stratospheerius, Sonic Voyage Fest’s purpose is to create a night of music that dazzles with virtuosity, ignites the senses, and pushes boundaries. Writes ProgSheet’s editor John A. Wilcox, “Sonic Voyage Fest was like General Tso's chicken: spicy, filling, and I already want more!”

Part of Sonic Voyage Fest’s goal is also to raise consciousness of younger artists and also military veterans’ relationship with music. In the Fests band members invite dialog with fans and musicians between sets. Band members exchange notes on improvisation and composition, and other musical genres like jazz.

We are looking for sponsors to pay admission of interested veterans or students who might be going through financial hardships but would feel an event by musicians would help them. Please contact Anne Leighton, who works with Joe Deninzon, at 718-881-8183 if you can either help financially or know a veteran or student who’d benefit from going.


Shadow Eden, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, and Circuline: Now Available for Interviews. Please contact Anne Leighton at 718-881-8183

Their bios are below. Please note that Stratospheerius plus Shadow Eden will be on this Fall’s Fest.

Under the founders’ bios are bios of other confirmed acts for the Fall Sonic Voyage Fest: Tiles, Faded Main, Discipline, Rob Balducci, Lovetester, Joe Stump, and Ad Astra.

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

Led by electric violinist/vocalist Joe Deninzon (www.joedeninzon.com), who has been called “The Jimi Hendrix of the violin,” Stratospheerius have showcased their “frenzied mélange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly” throughout the world. The New York-based group has opened for The Levin Brothers (Tony and Pete), Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, and John Scofield… Their live performances are filled with funky dance grooves, rip-roaring guitar/violin jams, and hooks that mix jazz, funk, rock with Gypsy influences. Stratospheerius was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, and was named "Best Jam Band" in the Musician's Atlas Independent Music Awards. Joe recently premiered “Dream Diary: Concerto for Seven String Electric Violin and Orchestra” with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.

Shadow Eden

SHREDGUY RECORDS recording artist Shadow Eden deliver well crafted, listenable songs which feature virtuoso performances designed to please the ear of musicians and music lovers alike.  "Shadow Eden combine elements of progressive rock, fusion and guitar-driven metal into well structured, highly musical, and very listenable tunes.”-Shred Academy.


What do you get when you take two theatrical lead vocalists,  a keyboard player from Juilliard, a musical savant playing guitar, and a drummer with progressive rock in his DNA?  The new modern ProgRock band Circuline. Performing original and classic progressive rock, Circuline was founded in 2014 when former progressive rock tribute band Downing Grey members  Andrew Colyer (keyboards, vocals), Bill Shannon (guitars, vocals), and Darin Brannon (drums, percussion) had a burning desire to write original material.  Lead vocalists Billy Spillane and Natalie Brown were up for the challenge, having performed in countless venues as singers, actors, dancers, and rock musicians.

Circuline’s debut album features Guest Artists Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact) on bass, Randy McStine (Lo-Fi Resistance) as a songwriter and vocalist, and Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius) on electric violin. Paul Ranieri (Shadow Eden) is currently the touring bassist with the band.

“Cinematic…refined…polished…smooth as silk…not what you usually hear
from a first album…” – Marty Dorfman (The Prog Doctor), House of Prog

“There are many layers here on first listen…delicately placed strips of all
manner of sounds interwoven and joined without a hint of the seam…It’s
that good, and only gets better upon each playing…Trust me – You’ll know
what I mean when you listen to Return yourselves.” – Paul Watson, Progarchy

In addition to Shadow Eden and Stratospheerius, the following bands are confirmed for Sonic Voyage Fest, Fall 2015.


Hailing from the fertile musical landscape of Detroit, TILES features Chris Herin (guitar), Jeff Whittle (bass), Paul Rarick (vocals) and Mark Evans (drums). Formed in 1993, TILES has developed a style that blends the adventure of progressive rock with an aggressive hard rock edge.  The band has released five studio albums worldwide through Inside Out Music and recently commemorated their 20th anniversary with a pair of live recordings, “Off the Floor 01 & 02,” which serve as career retrospectives. “Off the Floor 02” was nominated for a 2015 Detroit Music Award.

TILES has completed their sixth studio album, the double-CD “Pretending to Run” which is scheduled for an early-2016 release.  “Pretending to Run” is produced by Terry Brown (Rush) and features guest appearances by Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Mike Portnoy (Flying Colors, Dream Theater), Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson Band), Kim Mitchell (Max Webster), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Matthew Parmenter (Discipline) and several others.  TILES endorses Mesa/Boogie Amplification, Elixir Strings, Aquarian Drumheads, Eden Bass Amplifiers and Ken Smith Basses & Strings.


The American art rock band “Discipline” formed in Detroit in 1987. Their earliest shows were memorable for raw energy and unusual theatrics. Discipline’s 1993 CD “Push & Profit” helped the band reach an audience beyond Detroit. After a short tour in Norway in 1993, Discipline would go on to perform regularly at U.S. progressive rock festivals and venues throughout the 1990s. Their latest studio release is “To Shatter All Accord” (2011).

Although Discipline took its name from a King Crimson album, they are most often compared to early Genesis and Van Der Graaf Generator. The progressive rock website ProgArchives.com classifies Discipline as “symphonic prog.” Hundreds of users and reviews at the site give Discipline five-star album ratings, which designates an album as “essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music.”

John Collinge, publisher of Progression Magazine, acknowledged “To Shatter All Accord” with the publication’s highest marks in his 2012 review (16 out of 16 stars).

Discipline’s festival appearances in recent years include a 2012 performance at Gettysburg’s “Rites of Spring” festival (RoSFest), and a 2008 performance at the Northeast Art Rock Festival (NEARfest) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Shows in their native Detroit are rare but not unheard of. Members of the band have performed and collaborated with other artists on occasion, including Phideaux and Tiles.

Faded Main

Faded Main is a metro-Detroit based rock band that has been together since 2008. Their gritty rock comes from a myriad of influences including, funk, jazz, grunge, and metal. Al Bushe’s powerful lead vocals are backed by the dual guitar sounds of Mike Batke and Craig Dipaola. The rhythm section is driven by Decibel Brown and Jeff Whittle. Faded Main focuses on storytelling with great music that still has an edge. Though Faded Main performs only a few times a year, they recently opened for Ashes of Soma.  Although music is only a hobby for these musicians, Faded Main is passionate about what they do and they plan on continuing to deliver solid rock music to their fans for years to come.

The Rob Balducci Band

Since his emergence on the music scene Internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso, producer, composer Rob Balducci has taken the music world by storm.  Balducci recently released his newest CD “821 Monroe Drive.” Rob’s astonishing technique, melodic phrasing and total command of the instrument instantly earned him respect amongst the international guitar and music communities.

The Rob Balducci Band has toured and shared the stage with Michael Schenker, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa,  Vernon Reid, Richie Kotzen, Andy Timmons, Extreme and many more. Balducci is known for his teaching and has performed master classes / clinics for all of the major music manufacturers and top music schools in The United States, Europe. Asia and Australia.

“Steve Vai – “There are two things that make an effective musician, one is the technical ability to perform on the instrument and the second is an emotional investment in what you are playing. Rob has a really good equilibrium for the technical side of things and the emotional investment” Guitar World Magazine –   ” Five Stars , Hum-able shred! What a concept!”


Lovetester was founded in 1999 as a vehicle to play songs from Rick Bartow's solo CD Asstravaganza. The band is currently playing shows supporting their new CD, SLOWMENTUM.

Rick met Wes and Boxy while performing with project object,  a Frank Zappa
tribute band that toured the country with various Zappa band alumni such
as Ike Willis, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Don Preston, and Bunk Gardner.

Lovetester says, "We love all types of music - Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Ween, YES, Rush, King Crimson, ELP, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Weird Al, Wesley Willis. We are always learning, practicing and striving for excellence. We know you have your choice of bands and we really do appreciate your support."

Joe Stump (“The Shredlord”)

Fans of maniacal guitar-driven releases,amazing displays of power and jaw dropping technical command, please, prepare yourselves as the Shredlord returns with his 10th solo album, “The Dark Lord Rises” October 24th on Lion Music.  

Joe Stump, known as The Shredlord, has been raining down full throttle neo-classical shred/speed metal since his debut album, Guitar Dominance was released in 1993 on Leviathan Records.  

Joe was named by Guitar One magazine as one of the top 10 fastest shredders of all time, by Guitar World as one of the 50 fastest players of all time and by Guitarist magazine as one of the top 20 shredders of all time. He has toured the world both as a solo artist and with metal bands Joe Stump`s Reign Of Terror, HolyHell, RavenLord and Exorcism.  

Joe`s also an Associate Professor at the esteemed Berklee College where he`s been the metal/shred guitar specialist for the last 22 years. “The Dark Lord Rises” marks Joe`s 10 solo record and once again the Shredlord has raised his game in every aspect still finding another gear. 

Ad Astra

New York based guitarist Joe Nardulli's self-titled debut CD inspired and intrigued a bunch of local progressive rock musos. After jamming with a few, Joe finally found the right people and put a band together. David Penna on drums, J. Levine on bass and Eric Davis on keys brought Joe's solo material to life. Harold Skeete and Tony Savasta are now filling the rhythm section duties.

Now as a band, Ad Astra (Latin for "To the stars" - inspired by the title of the closing track of Joe's self-titled debut CD) has taken the compositional process to another level and the new album is called Ad Astra! With tone and melodic sensibilities reminiscent of Steve Morse and Eric Johnson, the focus is on compositions that are tightly structured with smooth, thematic playing styles blending perfectly with soaring, uplifting melodies. Combined with odd and shifting time signatures, you have songs that always keep your interest.





Gentle Giant's OCTOPUS remixed by Steven Wilson Out Oct. 27

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Gentle Giant’s iconic album, OCTOPUS has been remixed by Steven Wilson and will be released on October 27, 2015 in both BLU-RAY/CD and CD formats.

Originally released in 1972, OCTOPUS is Gentle Giant’s fourth album. The album features band members: Gary Green (guitars, percussion), Kerry Minnear (keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, cello, vocals), Derek Shulman (vocals, alto saxophone), Phil Shulman (saxophones, trumpet, mellophone, vocals), Ray Shulman (bass violin, guitar, percussion, vocals), John Weathers (drums, percussion, xylophone).  The album was produced by the band and engineered and mixed by Martin Rushent.  

The album has been tastefully remixed by Steven Wilson who also remixed Gentle Giant's 'The Power & The Glory' in 2014. Also included is a bonus of Steven’s mix of live 15-minute concert performances of "Excerpts from Octopus"  from the band's 1976 tour.

New sketches by Roger Dean (who produced the original UK album cover) will be included in the new packaging as well as artwork from the USA album (an octopus in a jar created by Charles White).  

The Blu-ray’s remixed album and added 15 minutes of live excerpts will be in 96/24 PCM, DTS 5.1 Surround Sound Master Audio.  The Blu-ray also includes instrumental mixes of 5 of the original 8 tracks from this album. Also included is the flat transfer of the original mix of the album.  

The OCTOPUS releases will be through Caroline-UMG in North America, and on Soulfood in the rest of the world on October 27.

• 1. The Advent Of Panurge *
• 2. Raconteur Troubadour   *
• 3. A Cry For Everyone
• 4. Knots
• 5. The Boys In The Band *
• 6. Dog’s Life 
• 7. Think Of Me With Kindness
   • 8. River
• 9. Bonus Live “Excerpts From Octopus 1976”
* Original stereo mixes and Penteo surround sound upmixes



Blackmore's Night Gets Brave on "Will O' The Wisp" Video, Latest Single From ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

Among the things informing the songs of Blackmore’s Night are sagas and symbolism. In the case of the supernatural “Will O’ The Wisp,” the rock-based song continues the band’s vision involving what singer and lyricist Candice Night describes as “nature and folklore from around the world.” “Will O’ The Wisp” is from the group’s tenth album All Our Yesterdays now, offering us a mystical experience.

The “Will O’ The Wisp” video can be seen on Billboard by cutting and pasting this link: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6693008/ritchie-blackmore-blackmores-night-will-o-the-wisp-song-premiere. We are unable to embed that page or the video currently as Billboard is premiering the video!

Spotlighted in the video and the lyrics are lights (the will o’ the wisps), an ancient rock, castle ruins, a forest, as well as the crescent moon.  There is also a path.  Candice saw that path as part of the “Will O’ The Wisp”’s folklore as she watched the Disney/Pixar film Brave with her two children.  She was entranced by an early scene in which the heroine, Princess Merida is led through the woods to a cottage by a will o’ the wisp, a light that floats over swamps and moors. “The visual was amazing,” she says.  Beyond that, the soundtrack of Ritchie’s music spoke to her to blend his music and her lyrics into this enchanting song.

The video enhances the lyrics’ ancient feel.  In stark black and white, the only color element is the title character, a small, light blue will o’ the wisp that leads Night through ruins and moors and wide open spaces that the Celts would have approved of.  The wisps were symbolic and mysterious lights that led her through ancient stone circles to a destination that would ultimately change her fate.      

With concepts for this epic video running back and forth for weeks, Blackmore’s Night admits they took “forever” to finish it, and at the end of the entire production, Candice, Ritchie and the band, pretty much, used symbolism of the path of the light meeting a second light—two Will O’ The Wisps.  

Candice is adamant about one thing, though. “The concept,” she insists, “is in the lyrics.”  

Fans can also watch Blackmore’s Night’s first music video (and single), the title song from the upcoming ALL OUR YESTERDAYS’ album, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8gCGcSlRuw.  

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS will be released on a variety of formats: CD, CD/DVD and Digital versions on September 18 and in LP and Box Set configurations on October 16 (in North America). Pre-orders for the CD, CD/DVD and Digital versions are available on Amazon.com here: http://radi.al/BlackmoresNightAmazon and the Digital version on iTunes/Apple Music here: http://radi.al/BlackmoresNightiTunes     


* CD/DVD Deluxe edition includes the full album plus a DVD with music videos for "All Our Yesterdays” and “Will O’ The Wisp,” plus an extensive interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night on the making of the new album * LP vinyl edition with a gatefold sleeve * Box Set Limited Collector’s edition includes CD/DVD deluxe edition, LP, T-shirt (L size ONLY), poster, lithograph  


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 festivals and concerts in great, historic venues all over the world.  


Billy Sherwood's CITIZEN Due November 6

Billy Sherwood

On November 6, 2015, Frontiers Music Srl will release Billy Sherwood's latest, a concept album called CITIZEN.

The album can be pre-ordered at Amazon: http://radi.al/BillySherwoodAmazon and iTunes: http://radi.al/BillySherwoodiTunes.

Billy Sherwood 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.

The lead off track is called “The Citizen" which sets the stage for what's to come on the recording. “The Citizen” features Billy's longtime friends and members of the legendary Progressive Rock band Yes: bassist Chris Squire and former Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye.

Each song places the Citizen into a unique set of circumstances where decisions are made that have serious personal and global consequences. In the song “No Man's Land" (featuring Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/Kansas guitarist Steve Morse) the Citizen appears as a World War I trench runner who passes the message along to the troops that it's time to attack; the Citizen remains behind and is, ultimately, the only survivor. “Empire" (with lead vocals by Alan Parsons & violin from Jerry Goodman of the Flock, Dixie Dregs, Mahavishnu Orchestra) finds the Citizen as a conscript legionnaire in the final days of the Roman Empire. “Just Galileo and Me" (sung by Colin Moulding singer/bassist of XTC) shows the Citizen as a protective friend to Galileo, trying to tell the astronomer that he should not tell people that the earth is not flat or he will be labeled as a heretic.

Known as a multi-instrumentalist, Billy performs drums, bass, guitar, keys and sings several of the songs, including “A Theory of its Own” in which the Citizen appears as companion to Charles Darwin on the evolutionist’s maiden voyage. He sings of Native Americans affected by the Indian Removal Act of 1830 in the song, “Trail of Tears,” which features Patrick Moraz on keyboards. Former Genesis guitar player Steve Hackett adds his chops to “Man And The Machine,” which is about an assembly line worker and activist in the late 1890s. "Age Of The Atom” is about the creation of the Atomic Bomb and the questions of morality as a result of it; this features Geoff Downes on keyboards. Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess appears on “Escape Velocity,” a song that speaks to the political implications of the space race in the 1960s.

In “The Great Depression,” Billy's songwriter’s pen draws pain from the heart of a distraught Wall Street investor, who has lost everything in the stock market, and steps out to make a final step off the ledge. Rick Wakeman plays grand piano and other keyboards on this one. Finally, in CITIZEN’s 11th song, “Written In The Centuries,” performed by current Yes singer Jon Davison, Nostradamus is the Citizen busily composing his many predictions.

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
Billy online: www.facebook.com/pages/Billy-Sherwood/137916570076?fref=ts

Downloadable JPG of The Album Cover of CITIZEN