WE LÅVE ROCK 2017

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Brian M. Talgo

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Under arbetet med den senaste skivan uttryckte sig en av A.C.Ts ljudtekniker såhär:

”Grabbar, jag börjar få grepp om er musik nu. Först kommer ett intro, sen en vers, sen… Ja, sen kan vad fan som helst hända.”

Det är en ganska träffande beskrivning av det numera populära och välkända progressiva rockbandet från Sverige. Att lyssna på A.C.T är som att se en film eller som att läsa en riktigt spännande bok. Musiken är fylld av oväntade tvister och tvära kast, det är ett äventyr, en resa. Och enligt A.C.T själv får musiken aldrig bli förutsägbar, den ska utmana, inte bara lyssnaren utan även musikerna i bandet. Det enda som egentligen är förutsägbart är att musiken är oförutsägbar. ”Vi begränsar oss inte, vi har friheten att göra precis vad vi vill och den möjligheten utnyttjar vi. Vi gör musik vi själva skulle vilja höra.” Men även om A.C.T kastar sig ut hämningslöst är influenserna tydliga. Stoppa ner band som Queen, 10CC, Eletric Light Orchestra i en gryta och krydda med band som Saga, Styx, Rush, Dream Theater, Kansas. Servera sen tillsammans med Toto och Beatles så har du kanske något som skulle kunna likna en beskrivning av den inre kärnan av A.C.Ts musik. I ytterområdena rör sig allt annat, rytmer, melodier och arrangemang från hela världen som försöker leta sig in mot kärnan och skapa kaos. Hur motsägelsefullt det än låter så har A.C.T ändå alltid strävat efter att vara lättillgängliga, med tydliga och starka melodier som alla kan ta till sig. Så även om musiken är fylld av kontraster och tvära kast så är det alltid melodierna som håller samman musiken.

A.C.T bildades 1994, men det var först 2001 som A.C.T kom att få den sättning de har idag. Bandet består av Jerry Sahlin (Keyboards), Ola Anderssson (Guitars), Herman saming (Vocals), Peter Asp (Bass) och Thomas Lejon (Drums).

Bandet har hittills släppt fem skivor, Today’s Report (1999), Imaginary Friends (2001), Last Epic (2003), Silence (2006) och Circus Pandemonium (2014). A.C.T har också gjort flera stora turnéer runt om i Europa, dels på egen hand, men också som support till bland annat Fish och Saga.

Nu är A.C.T aktuella igen när de släpper sin efterlängtade LiveDVD/Dokumentär den 2e april 2016. Den kommer att släppas som en dubbelDVD och dubbelCD. Detta firar dom med att komma ut och göra ett flertal gig. Be there!!

 

 

While working on the latest A.C.T album, one of the sound engineers expressed something like this:

"Guys, I'm starting to understand your music now. First comes an intro, then a verse, then ... Well, then anything can happen."

That's a pretty suitable description of the popular and well-known progressive rock band from Sweden. Listening to A.C.T is like watching a movie, or reading a really exciting book. The music is full of unexpected twists and abrupt turns. It is, and should be, an adventure, a journey. And according to the members of the band, the music can never become predictable. It should be challenging, not only for the listener, but also for the musicians in the band. The only thing that is predictable is that the music is unpredictable.

"We don’t limit ourselves, we have the freedom to do exactly what we want and that is a freedom we take advantage of. We create the music we want to listen to ourselves, make the music we really like".

But even if they throw themselves out there without any inhibitions, the influences are obvious. Put bands like Queen, 10CC and Electric Light Orchestra in a pot and spice it up with bands like Saga, Styx, Rush, Dream Theater and Kansas. Serve this with Toto and The Beatles and you might have something that is close to a description of the inner core of A.C.T’s music. In the outer areas, rhythms, melodies and arrangements from all over the world are trying to find a way into the core to create chaos. But in this chaos, A.C.T always strives to be accessible, to have clear and strong melodies that everyone can understand. So even if the music is full of contrasts and abrupt changes, it's always the melodies that keep the music together.

ACT was founded in 1994, but it was in 2001 that A.C.T became the band it is today. The band consists of Jerry Sahlin (Keyboards), Ola Andersson (Guitars), Herman Saming (Vocals), Peter Asp (Bass) and Thomas Lejon (Drums).

Up to now the band has released four albums. Today's Report (1999), Imaginary Friends (2001), Last Epic (2003) and Silence (2006). A.C.T has also done several big tours around Europe, some on their own, but also as support for bands like Fish and Saga.

Now, after nearly eight years, A.C.T finally breaks the silence and releases a new album in the spring of 2014. Expectations are obviously high, something that doesn’t scare A.C.T at all. The band describes the album musically as bombastic, beautiful and more of everything that is A.C.T. All events are taking place at a circus around the turn of the twentieth century. The main characters are a sinister ringmaster, a tamer who can talk to animals, a clown who has a drinking problem, a pretty line dancer and a freak who dreams of a better life. A.C.T is also cooperating with a cartoonist who will draw all images to the upcoming album "Circus Pandemonium".

 

 

MEER er åtte maksimalistiske hedmarkinger. Inspirert av søttitallets grenseløshet lager oktetten orkestral progpop med røtter i både rock, folk og klassisk musikk. Gjengen fra Mjøsa spiller rått, vakkert og suggererende, med sterke låter og et enormt spenn. Uttrykket er uforutsigbart og detaljrikt. Lydbildet preges av storslåtte strykearrangementer, og et tostemt vokalistsøskenpar i front. MEER slapp sitt selvtitulerte debutalbum i januar 2016, og høstet knallkritikker og radiospilling. Første singel fra plata, ”Night by Day” ble raskt listet på NRK Hedmark og Oppland, og flere av låtene har blitt anbefalt av P3 Urørt. Bandet har spilt sammen siden 2010, og har tidligere vært kjent under navnet Ted Glen Extended

 

 

MEER is an eight piece maximalist band from the shores of Mjøsa, the greatest lake in Norway. The octet's music is inspired by the boundlessness of the 70s with roots in rock, folk and classical music. The soundscape consists of grandiose string arrangement and harmonies by their sibling vocalists. The band, which has existed since 2010, released their debut EP in 2012 under the name Ted Glen Extended before releasing their self titled debut album in January of 2016 – both to critical acclaim. Despite their lack of radio friendly songs the band has received plenty of air time, most notably repeated plays of the 9 minute long Valentina in the Sky on NRK P3, one of Norway's biggest radio stations.

 

 

BANDMEDLEMMER:

Johanne Margrethe Kippersund Nesdal – vokal

Knut Kippersund Nesdal – vokal

Eivind Strømstad – gitar

Åsa Ree – fiolin

Ingvild Nordstoga Eide – bratsj

Ole Gjøstøl – piano

Morten Strypet – bass

Mats Lillehaug – trommer

 

Det Oslo-baserte progrock-kollektivet Gentle Knife teller 11 faste bandmedlemmer. De leverer et dynamisk livesett med gitarer, keys, synther og effekter, tre- og messingblås, bass, perkusjon og vokal. Musikken sammenlignes ofte med 70tallets tidlige proghelter (Camel, King Crimson, Tangerine Dream, Flower Kings), men med en moderne vri.

Gentle Knife har fått stor internasjonal oppmerksomhet og (over 50) anmeldelser for sin debut med konseptalbumet The Gentle Knife (Bajkal Records 2015). Albumet tar for seg en vandringsmanns uheldige endelikt i møte med naturen. Bandet ble nylig nominert til Independant Prog Awards 2015 av Friday Night Progressive, New York.

Gentle Knife henter inspirasjon fra kunsteren Brian M. Talgo, som også bidrar med tekst og spiller i bandet.

Bandet arbeider for tiden med sitt andre album.

Anmeldelser/sitater:

•Sweden Rock Magazine: -En mycket god albumdebut!

•Progglogg P13: -Gentle Knife føyer seg til den eksklusive klubben av norske progband som mener alvor.

•Blackmoon Magazine, N: -…En meget oppløftende debut. De som liker relativt melankolsk prog framført av dyktige musikere, anbefales å gi denne plata mer enn én lytting.

•Progwereld, Nl: -En intensiv opplevelse…Et album som krever din fulle oppmerksomhet.

•Babyblaue Prog-Reviews, De: -Small enough to enclose and include the listerer, but also large enough to be full of enjoyment to be lost in it.

•Neoprog, Fr: -The music is rich, gifted, sometimes quite virtuoso and flirts with Genesis, King Crimson, Transatlantic or touches of jazz.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gentleknife

Nettside: www.gentleknife.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/gentleKnife_official

Youtube: www.youtube.no/gentleknife

Clive Nolan

&

Gemma Ashley

 

Clive Nolan is an acclaimed musician and composer known in the field of progressive rock for his work with bands like Arena, Pendragon, Shadowland, Casino, Strangers On A Train and more. A decade ago he entered the world of musical theatre with his first theatre piece, a rock opera “She” (2008), a musical adaptation of H. Rider Haggard's classic adventure novel. With his theatre group Caamora Theatre Company, Clive has travelled the world performing "She" on stages in the UK, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and Bolivia. The international success of his theatre debut was followed by his second musical “Alchemy” (2013), this time Clive's original Steampunk story set in Victorian times, being a tale of adventure, passion, betrayal and revenge. Again, "Alchemy" was toured around the world including the famous London off-West End. The year 2017 will see the release of Clive's third musical, "King's Ransom", set in the same universe as "Alchemy" and featuring the same characters.

 

Both "She" and"Alchemy" were released on CD and DVD (the same is planned for "King's Ransom") featuring the renown progressive rock and musical artists, including Christina Booth, Alan Reed, Andy Sears, Damian Wilson, Paul Manzi, Verity Smith and others. In 2016 Clive and the members of Hurum Progrock Society decided to create Caamora Norway, a Norwegian branch of Clive's theatre company. Caamora Norway will launch a Norwegian production of "Alchemy" in May 2017. Meanwhile, Clive continues to compose and write musical as well as progressive rock pieces.

 

Gemma Ashley is a British classical crossover singer. With classical and musical theatre training she has a diverse singing and music background. She is also a trained dancer and has stunned audiences with her exceptional on stage performances.

 

Since 2015 Gemma is a key member of Clive Nolan's Caamora Theatre Company. She debuted in Caamora as Ustane in the UK production of "She" in Cheltenham. Subsequently, she preformed the leading role of Queen Ayesha in the concert version of the musical in the Netherlands in 2016. Over the last two years she accompanied Clive Nolan on the acoustic tour “Clive Nolan and Friends” performing in The Netherlands, France and Norway. Gemma has released her debut solo album "Vera Voce" in autumn 2016. Her classical crossover album including standards of classical music, was recorded, mastered and produced at Thin Ice Studio by Clive Nolan and Karl Groom. Gemma has been cast in the leading role in Clive's new musical, "King's Ransom". Currently she is recording vocals and preparing for the theatre productions of both "Alchemy" and "King's Ransom" at "The Fire and the Quest 2" Nolan festival that will take place in Cheltenham, UK in September 2017.

 

At We Lave Rock Clive (piano, vocal) and Gemma (vocal) will perform an acoustic show featuring the songs from Clive's versatile progressive rock and musical career.

 

www.clivenolan.net

www.gemmaashley.co.uk

 

 

Adventure er et progressivt/symfonisk/classic hardrock band fra Trondheim som startet på slutten av 1990 tallet. Bandet ble startet som et studioprosjekt av keyboardist Odd-Roar Bakken og gitarist Terje Flessen i 1996. De to har kjent hverandre siden 80-tallet og har mange felles musikalske inspirasjonskilder.

 

Låtskriving og innspillinger startet umiddelbart, men det første albumet «Adventure» kom ikke ut før i 2000. Albumet fikk god mottakelse både nasjonalt og i utlandet. Oppfølgeren «Beacon of Light» kom ut i 2009 på svenske Progress Records. Albumet solgte ganske bra i prog-verden og fikk mange gode kritikker fra prog-presse og nettsteder internasjonalt.

 

Album nr 3 «Caught In The Web» ble gitt ut i juni 2014 på Progress Records og fikk meget bra kritikker verden over. I forbindelse med dette albumet ble Terje Craig og Elen Cath Hopen med i bandet, og høsten 2014 ble trommeslager Alf Helge Lund permanent medlem. Høsten 2015 lyktes Adventure med å finne en dyktig vokalist. Kjell Myran har stemmemateriale som kler bandets musikalske uttrykk.

 

Bandet jobber nå med sitt fjerde album med tanke på utgivelse i løpet av 2017, og kommer med EP’en «Refufees», en liten vinylsmakebit i januar 2017. De tre første albumene finnes på CD og på de fleste digitale kanaler som iTunes, Spotify, Tidal osv.

 

 

Adventure is a progressivve, symfonic, classic hardrock band from Trondheim, Norway. It was started in the late 90ies as a studio project by keyboardist Odd-Roar Bakken and guitarist Terje Flessen. They had known each other since the 80ies and share many musical sources of inspiration. Songwriting and recording started right away, but their eponymous debut album wasn’t released until 2000. The album was well received both home and abroad. The follow-up album ‘Beacon of Light’ took ages to complete and was released on the Swedish label Progress Records in 2009. Another round of favourable reviews and quite good sales followed.

 

For the 2014 release ‘Caught in The Web” the band recruited bassist, singer and producer Terje Craig and female singer/multiinstrumentalist Elen Cath Hopen. They also brought in several guests for the album, and the reception was very good world wide.

 

"...incredible musicianship, the melodies are gorgeous, and choruses catchy without being too in your face." Rick Tilley, Metal Discovery

 

Adventure are now recording songs for their 4th album, and an EP called ‘Refugees’ is due in January 2017. As yet there is no release date for the yet untitled album.

 

 

Adventure’s current line-up

Odd-Roar Bakken – keyboards

Terje Flessen - guitars

Terje Craig – bass guitar/vocals

Elen Cath Hopen - vocals/keyboards

Alf Helge Lund - drums

Kjell Myran - vocals

 

Website: www.adventureprog.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/adventuremusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Adventureprog/

 

Infringement ble sjøsatt en kald novemberkveld, det herrens år 2015, da Stig Andrè Clason (Gitar), Kristoffer Utby (Trommer) og Hans Andreas Brandal (Vokal) møttes i en uoppgitt leilighet på et ubestemt sted i Oslo, over god whiskey og kjærlighet for musikk.

 

Våren 2016 mønstret Espen Larsen (Bass) på, og kursen ble staket ut mot et konseptalbum, som er forventet å komme i havn til første halvdel av 2017. Oktober 2016 blåste det virkelig i seilene da første singel, Conception ble sluppet og bandet ble lansert. Singelen ligger tilgjengelig i alle streamingtjenester verden over (Tidal, Spotify, iTunes etc...).

 

 

Infringement is a new up and coming progressive rock band from Oslo.

It all happened in the King’s year 2015. On a cold November evening, at an apartment in Oslo, Norway. Stig Andre Clason, Kristoffer Utby and Hans Andreas Brandal met over good whisky and love of music. Not long after we had rented a rehearsal space. Not long after we were rocking out, inspiration filled and conquest seeking.

 

But something was missing, an empty void in our musical expression. Queue Espen Larsen who joined spring 2016. He was Tonya Harding to our Nancy Kerrigan, a knee-crackling epiphany.

 

Now the posse of unlikely heroes are working on their debut album, and are proud to present to you……drumroll…..the first tune of the record……Conception. Available on your local wifi-network.

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/infringementband

Nettside: www.infringement.no

Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQuWJ1nQqoU

Tidal: tidal.com/track/65687134

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/0vlWmmlueKNlervN9tQ1U

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