Thursday, 31 May 2012

Martin Miller: recording session for Valeriy Stepanov

Hey guys, haven't really posted anything in a long time, so I thought I'd hook up my two cameras and film a few minutes during a recording session I did earlier today. Keep an eye out for this single release!

Valeriy Stepanov - Keyboards & Composition
Anton Davidyants - Bass

Damien Schmitt - Drums

Martin Miller - recording session for Valeriy Stepanov (Anton Davidyants - Bg, Damien Schmitt - Dr)

Joe Satriani: Chickenfoot All Access

With members from Van Halen and Red Hot Chili Peppers plus Joe Satriani, Chickenfoot is definitely deserving of the term "Supergroup" and on May 27th you can see the rock legends LIVE on HDNet Concerts. This year Chickenfoot joins the Rocklahoma lineup and before the big day they chat about their formation and love for music.

HDNet Concerts: Chickenfoot All Access

HDNet Concerts: Rocklahoma All Access

Russ Parrish: Steel Panther Backstage Interview at MMRBQ 2012

Steel Panther Backstage Interview at MMRBQ 2012

Jess Lewis: 'Get It Like That' by The Aristocrats

Over the last year or so we have witnessed some incredible Jess Lewis releases. With her latest release, 'Get it Like That' by Guthrie Govan's band The Aristocrats, she raises the bar even further....and she is still only 18 years old! This track totals 13 pages of TAB and is arguably one of the most difficult tracks on the album to play. Her performance of the track is so impressive and her technique is flawless.
This download comes with the official Aristocrats backing track as well as the usual video, track and 13 pages of TAB and Notation. It is available for just £4.99 and the extremely kind Aristocrats gents have agreed to split their % of the sales with Jess, to help support her young yet very exciting career.

Check out the quote by the band at the end of the video!

So sit back and enjoy this superb performance and then get downloading and get learning!

Jess Lewis 'Get It Like That' by The Aristocrats

Tom Hess,Roberto De Micheli: Rhapsody of Fire - Unholy Warcry

Rhapsody of Fire performs "Unholy Warcry" from their album "Symphony of Enchanted Lands 2" at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, PA on May 25, 2012.


Fabio Lione - Vocals
Alex Staropoli - Keyboards
Roberto De Micheli - Guitar
Tom Hess - Guitar
Oliver Holzwarth - Bass
Alex Holzwarth - Drums

Rhapsody of Fire - Unholy Warcry [LIVE]

Thomas Youngblood: Kamelot Studio Update

Kamelot Studio Update - May 2012

9/12/2012KamelotCenter Stage 1374 West Peachtree St
Atlanta Ga
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Show: TBD
Tickets: $40.00
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9/13/2012KamelotCenter Stage 1374 West Peachtree St
Atlanta Ga
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Tickets: $40.00
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9/16/2012KamelotElectric Factory 421 N 7th St
Philadelphia PA
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Show: TBD
Tickets: $31.75-$100.00
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9/17/2012KamelotThe Palladium 261 Main St.
Worcester MA
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Show: TBD
Tickets: $31.50-$100.00
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9/19/2012KamelotCEPSUM University of Montreal 2100 Boul Edouard - Montpetit
Montreal QC
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Tickets: $50.00-$110.00
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9/20/2012KamelotSound Academy 11 Polson St
Toronto ON
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Tickets: $44.00-$84.00
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9/21/2012KamelotNewport Music Hall 1722 N. High Street
Columbus OH
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Tickets: $27.50-$100.00
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9/23/2012KamelotRoyal Oak Music Theatre 318 West Fourth St.
Royal Oak MI
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Tickets: $30.00
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9/24/2012KamelotCongress Theater 2135 N. Milwaukee
Chicago IL
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Tickets: $35.00-$125.00
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9/25/2012KamelotPop's 1403 Mississippi Ave.
Sauget IL
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Tickets: $31.00-$100.00
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9/27/2012KamelotBeaumont Club 4050 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City MO
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Tickets: $25.00-$45.00
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9/28/2012KamelotOgden Theatre 935 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver CO
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Tickets: $33.00-$67.50
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9/29/2012KamelotThe Complex 537 West 100 South
Salt Lake City UT
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Tickets: $35.00
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10/1/2012KamelotShowbox SoDo 1700 1st Ave
Seattle WA
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10/2/2012KamelotCrystal Ballroom 1332 West Burnside
Portland OR
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Tickets: $30.00
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10/3/2012KamelotThe Warfield 982 Market St
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Tickets: $36.00-$110.00
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10/5/2012KamelotThe Grove 2200 East Katella Ave
Anaheim Ca
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Tickets: $30.00-$110.00
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10/6/2012KamelotHouse of Blues San Diego 1055 5th Ave.
San Diego CA
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Tickets: $39.50-$65.00
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10/7/2012KamelotThe Marquee 730 North Mill Ave
Tempe AZ
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Tickets: $35.00
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10/9/2012KamelotDiamond Ballroom 8001 S. Eastern Ave.
Oklahoma City OK
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10/10/2012KamelotEmo's 2015 East Riverside
Austin TX
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Tickets: $33.50-$100.00
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10/11/2012KamelotHouse Of Blues New Orleans 225 Decatur
New Orleans
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Tickets: $30.00-$80.00
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10/13/2012KamelotRevolution 200 W. Broward
Ft Lauderdale FL
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Tickets: $37.50-$100.00
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10/14/2012KamelotHouse of Blues Lake Buena Vista 1490 E. Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista FL
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Show: TBD
Tickets: $37.50
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Misha Mansoor: Periphery (Icarus Lives) 2012

Periphery (Icarus Lives) live @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest 4/21/2012

Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes: Lingua Franca out now on Sumerian Records

Lingua Franca out now on Sumerian Records!

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T.R.A.M. - Inverted Ballad (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

Guthrie Govan,Daniele Gottardo,Salvatore Russo: Announced for Eddie Lang Jazz Festival 2012

The Eddie Lang Jazz Festival also in 2012 the Seminar Music for jazz training, combined with the usual schedule of concerts by internationally recognized value, that will be encountered in the week from July 30 to August 5, 2012. The courses, conducted byNicola Cordisco, will take place on the premises of the castle of Monteroduni Pignatelli,and provide an educational program as follows

Jazz Guitar: Alessio Menconi Pasquale Grasso (Assistant: Simone Pace)
Gypsy Guitar: Salvatore Russo
Fusion Guitar: Guthrie Govan Daniele Gottardo Daniele Gottardo II (Assistant AndreaAntonilli)
Learn the Violin Making: Richard Mordeglia
Saxophone / Flute / Clarinet: Louis Grasso (Assistant: Jordan Carnival)
Battery: Luca Santaniello
Plan: Massimiliano Coclite
Laboratory Analysis and Musical Listening: all teachers
Laboratories of Ensemble: all teachers
Laboratory Music for Brass. Mauro Ottolini NOT MISS OUT! for all other information have a look at the link.

Vinny Valentino: Steve Smith and Vital Information: One Great Night (CD+ DVD)

Steve Smith and Vital Information: One Great Night (CD+ DVD)

Steve Smith (Drums); Baron Browne (Bass); Tom Coster (Keyboards); Vinny Valentino (Guitar)

Deluxe CD/DVD edition. 2012 live release from the former Journey drummer and his Jazz Fusion group Vital Information. Apart from Smith, the band features Tom Coster, Baron Browne and Vinny Valentino.

Interwoven Rhythms-Synchronous (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Seven and a Half (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
The Trouble With (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Interwoven Rhythms-Dialogue (LISTEN TO AUDIO)

Cat Walk
Time Tunnel
Interwoven Rhythms-Synchronous
Seven and a Half
Khanda West
The Trouble With
Interwoven Rhythms-Dialogue
The Closer
Jimmy Jive

Robben Ford,Michael Landau: Renegade Creation - Bullet

Renegade Creation/Robben Ford/Michael Landau/Jimmy Haslip/Gary Novak: Bullet *
RELEASING JUNE 6Robben Ford (Guitar); Michael Landau (Guitar); Jimmy Haslip (Bass); Gary Novak (Drums)

With engineering and production legend Ed Cherney (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan) at the helm, Renegade Creation, featuring guitar greats Robben Ford and Michael Landau, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Gary Novak, re-entered the studio to record Bullet, the super-charged follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2010 debut. Delivering a set of rootsy, blues/rock vocal tunes, the band draws on the unique guitar interplay between guitar giants Robben Ford and Michael Landau who inspire each other to new personal bests. Bullet is a guitar tour de force riding on the fierce rhythmic foundation of bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Gary Novak - one of the finest rhythm sections around. Renegade Creation brings to mind the essence of classic Blues Rock crossed with hypnotic vocal melodies and a touch of the adventurous sophistication of fusion, allowing each player’s phenomenal abilities to shine. The well-arranged compositions on Bullet, while brimming with fantastic soloing, exhibit a synergy rarely heard in music today. Demanding repeated listening, Bullet is guaranteed to remain on heavy rotation in any fans playlist.

Michael Landau is a renowned session guitarist and solo artist who has played on albums since the early 1980s by such notable artists as Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Richard Marx, Joni Mitchell, Steve Perry, Seal, James Taylor, Laura Branigan and many others. Robben Ford began his recording career in the ‘70’s with the Charles Ford Band, a blues band with his highly musical siblings.

As Robben progressed more as a player he delved deeper into Jazz, joining Tom Scott’s band in 1974. After more than 30 years as a solo artist, Ford is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists in the world.

Jimmy Haslip is an in demand bassist and record producer, known by many fusion fans as a founding member of the pioneering fusion group, “Yellowjackets.” He was one of the first high profile players to routinely use a 5-string electric bass. Haslip has worked with many notable artists, including Tommy Bolin, Marty Friedman, Bruce Hornsby, Gino Vannelli, Allan Holdsworth, Chaka Khan, Donald Fagen and Anita Baker. He continues to be one of the most in demand bassists in the industry.

Gary Novak was born into a musical household and began drumming at age eight. After years of studying and working as a drummer he landed a gig with George Benson and subsequently joined Chick Corea’s band. He has also toured with many highly acclaimed musicians including Bob Berg and Allan Holdsworth. In 1998 he joined Canadian pop star Alanis Morissette’s band, recording and touring with her for over a year.

Track 1 All Over Again (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 2 Bullet (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 3 On a Mountain (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 4 Nazareth (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 5 People Like Me (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 6 Too Much of Nothin' (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 7 Greedy Life (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 8 High and Low (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 9 Older Today (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 10 Saint and Satan (LISTEN TO AUDIO)

David Fiuczynski: Planet Microjam

David Fiuczynski with Jack DeJohnette, Kenwood Dennard, Evan Marien and more: Planet Microjam

David Fiuczynski (fretless guitar, 1/4 tone guitar); Jack DeJohnette, Kenwood Dennard, Jovol Bell, Erik Kerr (drums); Evan Marien, David Ginyard (fretless bass); Evgeny Lebedev (piano and microtonal keyboards); David Radley (violin); Takeru Yamazaki (microtonal keyboards)

At the crossroads of African American rhythms, microtonal harmonies, and eastern melodic inflections and improv concepts - in other words all the elements that the Greater Boston area has to offer with Berklee as its base – new musical ideas are on the horizon.

Drawing on unique elements of western classical microtonality and ethnic folk melodies organized in a jazz/groove context, unheard of harmonies and counterpoint are possible. What sets this microJam apart from other microtonal music is its method of organization. Unlike the microtonal chromaticism of Julian Carrillo, the athematicism of Alois Haba and the post-Scriabin style of Ivan Wyschnagradsky (all venerable microtonal pioneers in western classical music), this MicroJam is not so much MICROtonal as microTONAL. The emphasis is on microtonal harmony that has a jazz-based modal origin. New harmonic colors can be expressed vertically through the stacking of, for example, an Arabic maqam (a type of Arabic mode) into chords based on 3rds or 4ths over a tonal center – in other words, harmony derived from a microtonal chord scale. This is not done in eastern music traditions or modern classical music. Music from the Middle East and Asia rarely has chordal harmony and in the modern western classical tradition, either tonal centers are avoided or harmony is produced from counterpoint. In our ever-shrinking global village could Global MicroJam be a shape of Jamz to come?

My particular bent is a sound that is raw with simple but rich ingredients like a Gauguin painting – a raw, powerful, extremely colorful mix of eastern and western elements. I was initially attracted to microtonality through “eastern blue notes” – the heart-wrenching pitches in an Arabic call to prayer that are outside of our 12-tone equal temperament just like our very own blue notes that one cannot find on a piano. Most of these scale tone gems are roughly a quarter-, sixth- or eighth tone off of our tuning system. With new microJams (or microGems!) in 24, 36, 48 and 72 note per octave equal tempered systems (and eventually also in just intonation), I would particularly like to feature African American rhythmic innovations from the gospel church and modern RnB. For me, these beats always induce a feeling of inexplicable hope. My Global MicroJamz will highlight African American rhythms in a new way and underline the debt we owe to this craft. Often it seems that Black music is taken for granted and anyone can appropriate anything without giving credit to its creators.

Also, within this Global MicroJam concept I would like to introduce concepts of “open form,” “Seyir,” and “Jor.” Within open form a soloist can cue different sections at will and not be boxed in by a preconceived solo form. Jor is the section from an Indian raga after the rubato introduction (alap) and before the metered composition (gat). Jor is playing in pulsed time recapping the material introduced in the alap. I’ve seen heightened creativity when soloists and rhythm sections are untethered from time signatures and can freely express themselves. Seyir is the Turkish concept of unfolding a makam – a pitch set with melodic rules. These concepts force improvisers to shape their solos, but in a freer manner that still draws on the motifs of the composition at hand.

But why microtonality now? The study of microtones is important. Composers like Schoenberg and Busoni, historians like Robert Morgan (author of “20th Century Music”) and more and more musicians are asserting that our 12-tone equal tempered language is exhausted. It’s a surprising statement Schoenberg made before he invented his 12-tone technique. Also interesting is his prediction that microtonality will establish itself “when its time has come.” I believe the time for microtonality will come once an affordable microtonal keyboard is available along the lines of a Starrlabs keyboard. This will make microtonal harmonies much easier to play and will encourage new microtonal pieces because the keyboard is still an extremely powerful compositional tool.

Berklee could be a real pioneer in this context. After all of my travels and tours in Japan, the US and Europe, communicating with microtonal societies (American Festival of Microtonal Music in New York, the UK Microfest in London) and with composers in Australia and Germany, fans in Thailand and Argentina, and surfing online, I have not come across anyone melding these elements in an improv/groove context. When a new movement or style commences, it is usually outside the academic context, and eventually music schools start to slowly incorporate the new ideas into their curriculum. Here’s an opportunity where Berklee could lead the way with innovative MicroJam classes and could thereby influence the music industry. In the process, Berklee would be helping to create a new musical language reflecting our immediate access to all musics in our ever-shrinking global village.

1. Micro Emperor (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
2. Mystic Microjam (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
3. Meditacion (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
5. Horos Fuzivikos (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
6. Drunken Longing (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
7. Madoka Blue (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
8. En Secreto (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
9. Green Lament
10. Apprehension
11. Ragaku

Christophe Godin: Morglbl: Brutal Romance

Morglbl: Brutal Romance

Christophe Godin (guitar); Jean Pierre Frelezeau (drums); Ivan Rougny (bass)

Brutal Romance is the fifth release from the intense French instrumental trio MORGLBL. Through extensive gigging in the US, MORGLBL has developed an ever expanding fan base addicted to their crazy blend of jazz and metal. The band consists of Christophe Godin (guitars), Ivan Rougny (bass), and Aurelian Ouzoulias. All three members of the band are known around the world not just from MORGLBL but as clinicians as well.

Today MORGLBL has unveiled the artwork and track listing for Brutal Romance which will be released June 5th via Free Electric Sound.

MORGLBL injects a dose of tongue in cheek humor into jazz rock laced with crushing power chords. They have a strong crossover appeal between fans of progressive rock, fusion, and metal. MORGLBL has performed at festivals alongside Liquid Tension Experiment and Umphrey's McGee. They have most recently toured the US as co-headliners with Sweden's Freak Kitchen. The band is currently planning their fourth tour of the US for late 2012.

Track 1 Gnocchis On The Block (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 2 Brutal Romance (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 3 Le Surfer d'Argentine (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 4 Golden Ribs (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 5 Fidel Gastro (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 6 Oh P1 Can Not Be (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 7 Cantal Goyave
Track 8 Glucids In The Sky
Track 9 Wig Of Change
Track 10 Metal Khartoom