Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Terry Bozzio: To Release "Composer Series" 4-CD/DVD

Los Angeles - Legendary & award winning melodic drummer, Terry Bozzio is releasing worldwide, what he calls a “Life's Work” project of Art & Music on the Japanese label Ward Records in December 2015. Bozzio is embarking on a world tour to promote it starting in Japan and Europe in the fall of 2015 & continuing throughout the US & other territories in 2016. Terry has worked with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Korn, UK, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson, Alan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Metropole Orkest, SMAP, Loudness' Munetaka Higuchi & “X” Japan's Hide - as well as Film score composers Basil Poledouris, Mark Isham & Patrick O'Hearn - see more at - Grammy winner, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer magazine's Hall of Fame Award, Rolling Stone's Top 5 Drummers of All Time!

Says Bozzio, “I've been composing, (not just song writing, like for Missing Persons & Jeff Beck) since the '70s. I compose in all styles (as one might classify them), from classical to ambient, electronic, film-like to fusion/rock or jazz. I have my own character or personality, it's unique. I work with many different processes from writing notes on paper, to recording live, to several different computer software applications I may use, that are suited to the particular result I am trying to achieve. Both Zappa & famed musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky encouraged me to compose & I have had my Chamberworks performed at the Vienna Jazz Festival & in Holland w/Metropol Orkest.”

He continued, “I first got interested in Art & Sketching at the encouragement of renowned artist Don Van Vliet (aka: Captain Beefheart) who I played with on my first Zappa/Mothers of Invention tour in 1975. Don was always carrying markers & paper & it looked like fun, so I bought some myself & started. He was very encouraging. Last year, I released my first project called Rhythm & Sketch in collaboration with the art group Scene Four. It's been successful & inspired me to do more. (available at”

Terry Bozzio fulfilled a major 2 &1/2 month US solo tour in 2014 in which he displayed his art as a stage set while performing melodic, tuned melodies on his strikingly large drum set, to sold out crowds.

“I thought it would be great to share this music which I’ve been working on & keeping to myself for so long. I hope to show a different side of my expression from what people are used to seeing from my solo drumming. And, I wanted to have an abstract painting to represent & be paired with each title to create this hybrid project of music & art,” Bozzio explained.

The “Composer Series” contains 59 individual pieces or movements of compositions with a painting in a booklet for each title, along with detailed liner notes for each piece, explaining his concepts, feelings, process and approach for each. It will be available in a deluxe hard-cover artbook which includes Terry Bozzio’s hand drawn illustrations and commentary for each piece, audio CDs & a solo drum performance Blu-Ray shot in Japan in 2015 (w/bonus footage), 192kHz/24bit Hi-Res audio of the 59 pieces on Blu-ray and a bonus DVD including 60min talk session of Terry Bozzio with Masa Ito. The material will also be made available in CD/DVD or 4CD/Blu-ray for record stores, as well as in many or individual downloadable formats online.

Release Formats:

Direct sales only Premium Edition / 4CD + Blu-ray + Hi-Res Audio Blu-ray + Bonus DVD (region free) - WRDZZ-334 (Limited to 500 sets)

All discs are enclosed in a hard-cover book along with Terry’s hand-drawn paintings and commentary (includes Japanese translations), with Terry's autograph. Fans purchasing the Premium Edition could participate an album listening event and autograph session with Terry Bozzio on 18th December 2015 *Details to be announced at a later date.

Pre-order Now!

Here are the English Language links:
[Hardcover Book Premium Edition 4CD+Blu-ray+Blu-ray (Audio)+Bonus DVD]

all Blu-ray and DVDs will be region free.

テリー・ボジオ – コンポーザー・シリーズ

CD Track list:

CD1 Fusion1
1. North 1012. Joe
3. Existential
4. Psychic Energy
5. Arabia
6. Cityscape
7. Offering
8. What Is A Memory?
9. Watched (Under Surveillance)
10. Me, Jeff & Tony

CD2 Fusion2
1. Marked Man
2. Al & Doug
3. Blues for ?
4. Miles
5. Fascist
6.Heavy Metal
7. Beast
8. Psychopath
9. Db Modal
10. OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
11.Three Friends
12. ADD
13. Rondo for Woodwinds

CD3 Classic
1. Six Miniatures for Guitar & Piano
2. Far East
3. Music For Idiots
Three Postcards From Japan
4. Ukiyoe (Full Version)
5. Matsuri (Festival)
6. Haiku (Go-Shichi-Go, 5-7-5)
7. The Courier
8. Sunday Morning
9. Wisteria
10. Mayumi
11. Afro-Industrial Fugue
12. Orchid
13. An Adventure in Modern Spain
14. Elegy
15. Drama
16. Herr Nordegg
17. What She Never Heard
18. Ukiyoe (String Quartet Version) (bonus track)

CD4 Ambient
1. Silenced
2. Self Deceived
3. Anime
4. Liquid
5. Displaced
6. Conversion Process
7. Perception of Honesty
8. Trees In Winter
9. Dream
10. Document 2.5
11. Siren
12. Dark Energy
13. Yon wa no Karasu (4 Crows)
14. Fractalization
15. Shrine
16. Cloud Chamber
17. In Memoriam 9-11
18. Alone

Blu-ray/DVD Contents (region free):
Terry Bozzio Drum Solo at Landmark Studio
Introducing Terry Bozzio's Drum Set
Terry Bozzio's Drum Set set up and take down time-lapse video

Blu-ray: Linear PCM Stereo / DTS HD Master Audio
DVD: Dolby Digital Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1ch Surround Sound
Audio Blu-ray

Bonus DVD:
Terry Bozzio and Masa Ito Talk Session
Run Time: Approximately 60 minutes

To purchase:
Hardcover Book Premium Edition 4CD+Blu-ray+Blu-ray (Audio)+Bonus DVD:

JAPAN TOUR 2015 / 2016 An Evening with Terry Bozzio
*Celebrating the release of “Terry Bozzio Composer Series” CD Box Set*

04 Dec (Fri) – Takasaki (Gunma) / Club Fleez
13 Dec (Sun) – Koufu (Yamanashi) / Sakuraza
22 Dec (Tue) – Toyama / Summer Knight
25 Dec (Fri) – Kanazawa (Ishikawa) / AZ
27 Dec (Sun) – Fukui /Chop

04 Jan 2016 (Mon) billboard-LIVE Tokyo
06 Jan 2016 (Wed) billboard-LIVE Osaka

Terry Bozzio's Official Drum Tech:  Mitsutaka "Michi" Edakawa

For more information:
Terry Bozzio biography:

Tony MacAlpine: The Benefit For Tony - Only 4 Days Away... check out the auction items!

On Saturday, December 12, the Benefit For Tony MacAlpine concert – featuring the stellar line-up ofSteve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, and John 5 – will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies.

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs) and Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) are joining this incredible line-up as part of the all-star jam.

In addition to this extraordinary musical event, a wealth of items will be available for auction. Fans around the world can bid by visiting from December 12 through December 19.

Auction items include:

Personal guitars donated by Steve Vai, KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley & Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer), Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, Steve Stevens, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, John Petrucci, Tom Morello, Richie Kotzen, Vinnie Moore, and Jeff Loomis

Signature snare drums from Simon Phillips, Gregg Bissonette, Mike Portnoy
Signature bass from Billy Sheehan
Personal bass lessons with Rudy Sarzo
Stage outfit worn by John 5 on the Rob Zombie tour
A balcony stateroom and 2 Gold VIP packages from the Axes & Anchors Cruise (February 20 – 24, 2016)

More items coming soon!

MacAlpine’s gear manufacturers – Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG, Source Audio, Voodoo Lab, andXotic Effects – have also generously donated equipment to be raffled at the show. Check out all the auction and raffle items at:

All proceeds will benefit guitar / keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, and his family (his wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer).

Tickets are on sale now via LiveNation: We also have a limited number of tickets available at a special rate through GoldStar: and Groupon:

Fans who would like to contribute can also visit:

Guthrie Govan: Tres Caballeros Backings and latest Aristocrats tour dates

We've got some big news for the guitar-minded Aristocratic faithful out there: The "Tres Caballeros" backing tracks package is now ready! Our friends at Jam Track Central have been slaving away for months, and the result is a pile of new official transcriptions and tab for Guthrie's parts throughout the album, all personally proofed by Mr. Govan himself.

Ready for a serious play-along challenge over the holiday break? Or perhaps you just want to soak it in from a music notation or tab standpoint? Or maybe you want a different insight into what the bass and drums sound like without guitar.

Whatever the reason, 'tis the season:

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Meanwhile the European "Tres Caballeros" tour rolls on…with the following remaining dates (3 Italy dates still TBA):

December 9th: Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij
December 10th: Verviers (Belgium) – Spirit of 66
December 12th: Dublin (Ireland) - The Grand Social
December 13th: Edinburgh (Scotland) – Liquid Room
December 15th: Manchester (England) – Club Academy
December 16th: Birmingham (England) – O2 Institute 3
December 17th: Bristol (England) – Bierkeller
December 18th: London (England) – Heaven
December 19th: Brighton (England) – The Haunt
December 20th: Paris (France) – La Maroquinerie
January 13th 2016: Espoo (Finland) – Sellosali (2nd show added!)
January 15th 2016: Äänekoski (Finland) – Painotalo (band clinic + concert)
January 16th 2016: Espoo (Finland) – Sellosali
January 18th 2016: Lisbon (Portugal) – RCA Club
January 20th 2016: Sevilla (Spain) - Custom
January 21st 2016: Murcia (Spain) - Garaje
January 22nd 2016: Madrid (Spain) - Caracol
January 23rd 2016: Valencia (Spain) - Rockcity
January 24th 2016: Barecelona (Spain) - Razzmatazz 2
January 26th 2016: Nice (France) – Forum Nice Nord
January 27th 2016: Genova (Italy) - La Claque
January 29th 2016: Athens (Greece) – Athina Live
January 30th 2016: Athens (Greece) - Athina Live
February 2nd 2016: Milan (Italy) – Blue Note
February 3rd 2016: Zurich (Switzerland) – Moods
February 4th 2016: Rubigen (Switzerland) - Muhle Hunziken
February 6th 2016: Verona (Italy) – Officina degli Angeli
February 7th 2016: Bologna (Italy) – Zona Roveri
February 8th 2016: Pordenone (Italy) – Il Deposito
February 10th 2016: Florence (Italy) – Teatro Puccini
February 11th 2016: Terni (Italy) – Auditorium Gazzoli
February 12th 2016: Malta (Malta) – Ir-Razzett l’Ahmar
February 14th 2016: Palermo (Italy) – Zsa Zsa
February 16th 2016: Roccaforzata (TA) (Italy) – Saloon Public House
February 18th 2016: Rome (Italy) – Planet Live Club
February 20th 2016: Tel Aviv (Israel) – Reading 3

It's been a fun and wild ride so far! Follow along on our social media for show pics and more:

Prashant Aswani: Bogner Ecstasy Red is the red channel in a pedal

Bogner Ecstasy Red is the red channel in a pedal. The famous Bogner Ecstasy Amp in a box!

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Keith Whalen: Practicing some Alkan very impressive picking excerpts

C.V Alkan - Perpetuum Mobile excerpt. Hybrid picking and pedal tone passages.

Practicing some Alkan excerpts

John Petrucci: Dream Theater - The Astonishing Box Bundle limited edition



Act 1
1. Descent Of The NOMACS
2. Dystopian Overture
3. The Gift Of Music
4. The Answer
5. A Better Life
6. Lord Nafaryus
7. A Savior In The Square
8. When Your Time Has Come
9. Act Of Faythe
10. Three Days
11. The Hovering Sojourn
12. Brother, Can You Hear Me?
13. A Life Left Behind
14. Ravenskill
15. Chosen
16. A Tempting Offer
17. Digital Discord
18. The X Aspect
19. A New Beginning
20. The Road To Revolution

1. 2285 Entr'acte
2. Moment Of Betrayal
3. Heaven's Cove
4. Begin Again
5. The Path That Divides
6. Machine Chatter
7. The Walking Shadow
8. My Last Farewell
9. Losing Faythe
10. Whispers On The Wind
11. Hymn Of A Thousand Voices
12. Our New World
13. Power Down
14. Astonishing

Availability: In stock

Pre-order - released on: 29/01/2016

The Astonishing Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set
The Astonishing Vinyl 4LP Box
The Gift Of Music
The Astonishing MP3 Album
The Astonishing FLAC
The Astonishing CD
The Astonishing Gift

The Astonishing Vinyl Box Set: a Custom 12”x12” hard slipcase that houses a 4LP set of 180-gram black vinyl housed in 2 gatefold jackets with inserts. A Double-sided 18”x24” map of The Great Northern Empire of the Americas. This bundle also includes a digital download of the album as a high quality FLAC files.

The Astonishing Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set: a custom box that houses a collectible NOMAC replica, 4.2” in diameter, 3D printed. The Astonishing Lyric book in the form of a screenplay, 28” x 40” collectible poster. A double-sided 18” x 24” map of The Great Northern Empire of the Americas, set of 20 trading cards and 2-CD set.

Please note that The Astonishing Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will ship in March 2016, customers will receive a copy of The Astonishing 2CD set on release date.