Daily Archives: September 27, 2017


Ettore Salati

Ettore Salati(Guest Arranger)

“There is no doubt concerning the overload of the planet, and no doubt about the Hope, as well. Working on this project has meant a huge effort to translate my love for the planet, and my great hope, into music. I will always thank Mark and the whole staff for this opportunity. Until then, we will be hoping we will make music, and where there is music, there will be hope.”

Ettore Salati (born April 29, 1974) is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer from Milan, Italy.

He is best known for his work with The Watch, Alex Carpani, David Jackson, Aldo Tagliapietra, Karl Potter and many others.

He has been part of The Watch from 2000 to 2007, then entered Alex Carpani Band till nowadays and had frequent side-projects collaborations with the above mentioned artists.

He has been featured in several progressive rock world-released albums and has produced many full-lengths, including SoulenginE’s “Mind Colours” and The RedZen’s “Void”.

Since 2000 he tours Europe, North, Center and South America and Japan, playing live in the most world-renowned progressive rock international festival, like Baja Prog, RoSfest, Prog’Sud, Trieste Summer Rock Festival, Progday International Festival, Prog Exhibition, Nisville Jazz Festival, Gong Prog Fest, Fasano Jazz Festival, Virada Cultural and many others.


Jerry Marotta

Jerry_Marotta (fb) - 3(Drums)

Jerry Marotta was a member of the bands Arthur, Hurley & Gottlieb (1973–75) Orleans (1976–77 & 1982), Peter Gabriel’s band (1977–86), Hall & Oates (1979–81), the Indigo Girls (1991–99), Stackridge (2011), Sevendys (2010–present) and The Tony Levin Band (1995 to present).

Marotta also played drums on Stevie Nicks and Michael Campbell’s song “Whole Lotta Trouble” from Nicks’ 1989 album The Other Side of the Mirror. He has also performed on albums by Ani DiFranco, Sarah McLachlan, Marshall Crenshaw, The Dream Academy, Suzanne Vega, Carlene Carter, John Mayer, Iggy Pop, Tears for Fears, Elvis Costello, Cher, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Peter Gabriel, Lawrence Gowan, Ron Sexsmith, Banda do Casaco and many others.

In addition to his work as a studio and stage drummer, he is a singer, composer and record producer. In 1996 he produced Ellis Paul’s A Carnival of Voices. He is currently touring with The Security Project. Marotta currently lives in Woodstock, New York with his wife.


Raf Azaria

Raf Azaria 1(Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Mandolin, Accordian)

A man who speaks the language of music! He not only plays but has mastered instruments including Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Mandolin and the Accordian. His ability and music intellegence is like none other!

Raf holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Adelaide. He is a highly experienced musician and has over 30 years of teaching and playing music.

orianthiSome Highlights of his Career include:

– Teaching Orianthi who went on to play for the one and only Michael Jackson
– Taught at numerous schools, colleges and Tafe SA
– Recorded full length original CD in Sydney entitled ‘State of Reality’
– Winning 1st prize in Battle of the Bands in 2001 with his song ‘Do You Believe In Him’
– Qantas Corporate show
–  Hyatt Regency, Stamford Grand Glenelg, Hotel Adelaide, Arkaba
– Special Guest appearance for Adelaide 36ers
– Opening for the New Parliament House Camberra with the German Choir
– Numerous festivals, pubs and clubs interstate and overseas.
– Performed extensively with numerous bands. Tours around Melbourne and Sydney including The Felix Bar St Kilda and Kardomah Club in Sydneys Kings Cross
– Corner Hotel in Richmond
– Numerous wedding appearances
– Has played for Bowen Family Funerals
– Produced music for a film documentary soundtrack
– Produced music for local Adelaide musicians
– Produced music for commercial jingles.
– A Session Muso with airplay on Nova 91.9


Tim Irrgang

Tim IrrgangTuned and un-tuned percussion

Tim Irrgang began studying drums in 1986, and tuned percussion in 1992. He completed his Bachelor of Music (Hons) in 1996. During this time he gained valuable experience playing in the Adelaide University Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Big Band,The Adelaide Connection (jazz vocal group), and The Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. In 96 he spent a month at ISSU University, Yogyarkata, Indonesia, with fellow Adelaide percussionists on a cultural exchange.

While at University, Tim & fellow students formed a quartet called ‘The Rhythm Works’. They played at the 98 Fringe Festival, performed live on radio and TV, were actively involved in the ASME National Conference in 2001, and were part of the Musica Viva in Schools programme until 2017. In 2006 they toured Australia and Singapore.

In December 1999 Tim travelled to South Africa with the Australian Aboriginal Jazz Connection – Warkala, to perform at WOMAD – Living Treasures Festival in Durban, as well as The Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Mamelodi & also performances in Pretoria and Johannesburg. The tour also included performances with some of the local artists.

As part of the Hormingo Ensemble, Tim was involved in the Elder Conservatorium Evening and Lunchtime Concert series, Sunday Salon at the Festival Theatre and the Bundaleer Forest Music Festival. They were the first group to be part of the Musica Viva, Menage Series. In 2001 they travelled to Malaysia with state trade delegates to provide entertainment for official functions held in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Tim has played with The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as part of the Adelaide Festival of the Arts with their Symphony “Under the Stars” in 2004. Further work followed, including The Australian Ballet, The Zep Boys ‘Led Zeppelin Tribute’ and The ASO’s Masters Series. He continues to work with the orchestra on a casual basis.

Tim has also had the opportunity to perform with The South Australian Police Band, Etype jazz, Lucifer’s Lounge, Cathie Renner, J.C. Jazz, The Australian Girls Choir, Orianthi, Boogiemen, Flat on your Bacherach, Akhter Jahan, and Rataque. Events include the Glenelg Jazz Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Cabaret & Arts Festivals, Bundaleer Forest Music Festival, Come Out Festival, Tour Down Under, Tasting Australia, and WOMADelaide. In 2005 Tim was adjudicator for percussion competitions at the National Band Championships, and performed for Cirque Du Soleil ‘Quidam’ for the majority of the Adelaide season.

In 2012 Tim spent 3 months working for The Royal Guard of Oman. This included directing a 70+ piece drum corps and teaching on the palace grounds at the ROSO (Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra) Music School, which His Majesty Sultan Qaboos set up for children to study, with a focus on music.

Tim regularly performed on both drum kit and percussion with numerous groups including Unitopia, The Liars Bench, Fig Jam, The Bob Johnson Big Band, TWIT (Thompson, Whitney, Irrgang Trio) and Taylor Made – a James Taylor tribute show that Sean Timms is also a member.

Currently Tim is a member of UPF and the Raiders Drum Corps, and performs with Kelly Menhennett and occasionally with Laura Hill. Performances with Kelly Menhennett include Coonawarra Arts Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Semaphore Music Festival and WOMADeldaide.

Up until May 2017 Tim also tutored privately and at some of Adelaide’s leading colleges, and has also been employed by Adelaide University to tutor in the Diploma of Education (percussion workshops) and CASM (Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music). He ran the only steelband in South Australia at one of the schools he taught at, and directed 7 ensembles including Concert Bands and Percussion Ensembles.

At the end of May 2017 Tim had a career change and is currently working as a Security Officer after a 9 week training course. He runs his own percussion hire business, and when time allows, enjoys running, mountain biking and other physical activities.


Joe Toscano

Joe Toscano(Drums, Vocals)

“I’m really excited about putting myself into United Progressive Fraternity and giving it my best. Plus, it’s great to be a part of a band that has an important lyrical message too. The concepts that Mark has written are vital issues that really speak to us all.”

From a very young age, Joe Toscano was beating on pots and pans in time while his father played the guitar. It seemed Joe was destined to become a drummer even back then. As an impressionable young boy, watching Animal on the Muppets and Kiss’ Peter Criss helped cement his decision and by the age of ten, Joe began taking formal drum lessons to develop his craft.

“I realised at that point that there was more to the art of drumming than just playing along in time,” said Joe. “A whole new world opened up to me, where I started to pay attention to music theory, syncopation and the different rhythmic aspects of playing. At the age of twelve, I remember my drum teacher loaned me a copy of Deep Purple’s California Jam concert on video and he told me to pay attention to Ian Paice and that really blew my mind!”

After years of being exposed to his Dad’s record collection, which included Jimi Hendrix, The Shadows and Black Sabbath, Joe’s love of music combined with his own curious nature led him to start broadening his listening tastes and he began to discover bands like Rush, Iron Maiden, Rainbow, Scorpions and Led Zeppelin.

By the late 80’s Joe was attending drum clinics held by the likes of virtuosos Simon Phillips, Dave Weckl and Virgil Donati (with whom Joe had a lesson) and this opened up his musical vocabulary even more as he started to become influenced by jazz, prog rock and world music.

Joe joined his first proper band Einstein’s Child (later The Childs) in 1990 playing covers around the local music scene in Adelaide. His first show with the band even included a tribute to Neil Peart’s famous Rhythm Method drum solo, much to the surprise of the modest audience! Later the band began writing original material and Joe went with them to Melbourne to record their first album at Sing Sing Studios, which was then mixed at John Farnham’s Gotham Studios. The band began receiving local radio airplay and had become a favourite on the Adelaide music circuit with high profile support slots for bands like The Angels, Joan Jett, The Divinyls, Tim Finn and Screaming Jets cementing their reputation.

Joe spread his wings in the mid to late 90’s by playing a mix of covers and original material with a number of other local rock bands in Adelaide such as Outshine, The Court Jesters and Sound. It was during this time period that Joe first met up and played with vocalist Mark Trueack in a fledgling progressive outfit that went on to become Pangea (and much later Unitopia).

In 2001, Joe was invited to join Adelaide metal band The Loving Tongue, with whom he recorded “Shadows of Innocence” (2009) and “Temple of Love” (2012). It was through The Loving Tongue that led Joe to join Metal Blade act Raven Black Night, with whom he recorded “Choose The Dark” (2004) and “Barbarian Winter” (2013).

“It’s funny how sometimes things come full circle” said Joe about reconnecting with Mark Trueack in United Progressive Fraternity. After a number of years playing covers in Adelaide pubs with various outfits, Joe and long time friend and bass player Mark Franco reconnected with Mark Trueack who was scouting for talented musicians to join his prog rock collective. Joe said “I’ve always really loved prog rock. It gives musicians an opportunity to stretch out and try new things. It’s also exciting to be recording with other talented players such as Guy Manning and Steve Unruh not to mention prog heavyweights such as Steve Hackett and Jon Anderson, who have long been heroes of mine”.


Gordo Bennett

Gordo Bennett(Guest Arranger)

Guitarist / Synth Guitarist / Bass Guitarist / Composer / Producer

“First and foremost I’d like to say It’s truly an honor and a pleasure to be able to work with such a great artist, musician, and advocate as Mark Trueack truly is. Being a part of this global fraternity “United Progressive Fraternity” and the stellar musicians and artists that are collaborating as well as their vision and awareness of that which is greater than all of us is incredibly inspiring and rewarding on a personal level. I feel being a part of UPF will allow me to grow in more ways then just musically, as it allows me to be able to contribute to something far greater then one person can achieve of his own doing using music as a vehicle to help achieve the vision, goals, and ideals of The Fraternity in a collaborative and global effort. We have all been given choices in life, and those choices we make are what truly define us as individuals. What we do and how we use what we have been given with respect to this beautiful earth of ours, or anything that we do in our life regardless of how large or small our contribution is, is our responsibility for future generations to come.”

Gordon ‘Gordo’ Bennett, an American guitarist picked up his first guitar, a $15 acoustic, at the age of 10 and immediately fell in love with the instrument and had to have it. Finally with enough pleading convinced his mom to buy it for him. “Thanks Mom!”

By the time the mid 70’s rolled around Gord being 16 was able to get his first electric guitar and amp. Being influenced by the likes of Genesis, Rush, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, etc. Gordo was soaking up the musical atmosphere of the time. Then the awakening came in his mid 20’s, discovering bands like Return To Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson and Frank Zappa putting Gordo on a musical path he is still on today.

Now playing guitar for over 45 years, and having played in various rock and progressive rock bands through the years. Gord became more interested in synth guitar, electronic music, midi and audio recording and the production of music. Finally being able to build his first full fledged recording studio in the mid 90’s boosting 32 tracks of pristine digital audio Gordo’s musical dream was at last a reality. Gordo has recorded and produced several of his own albums over the years including, Electronic New Age, Acoustic New Age, Rock and Progressive Rock Albums.

Gordo’s main guitar influences include Robert Fripp, John McLaughlin, Steve Hackett, Adrian Belew, Frank Zappa, and Alex Lifeson, with all of them leading him into guitar synthesis.

2014 – 2015 was a pivotal year defining Gordo musically, finding his musical niche, and fitting comfortably into it. By going back to his roots and searching out what he truly loved and wanted to do musically, he left the band he was currently in and began composing and recording music without boundaries. “I find solace and completeness in composing music” “It defines me for who I am” he says. Incorporating symphonic and classical music into his writing has been a vision of his for some time stemming from his love of classical music. This all leading him into the writing and recording of his album ‘Fun In OuterSpace’ released June 2015. All the music on this album was composed & performed by Gordo using a Godin synth access guitar and a Macbook. All of his projects are produced & recorded at GorMusik Studio’s.

In September of 2015 Gordo was asked to collaborate on the release of Ron Marquiss new album “One Or The Whole”, composing the title track, a 12 minute Symphonic Rock piece for the album, with contributions from Robert McClung and Ron Marquiss on the piece. The project is a concept album, with spoken word and narration, the brainchild of Ronald Marquiss / M Destiny including a host of many great Friday Night Progressive artists on the album.

At the same time in 2015 Gordo was approached by Mark Truey Trueack to see if he’d like to work on some music for the upcoming United Progressive Fraternity Album ‘Planetary Overload’ and was extremely happy to contribute to such a huge project. The arrangement written will feature some incredible talent on it and is entitled ‘Seeds for Life’ which will be on the Planetary Overload album – ‘Part 1 Loss’ slated for a 2018 release. Also Gordo is currently working on another arrangement for the second Planetary Overload album, ‘Part 2 Hope’ of the 2 album project.

2016 – 2017 brought more opportunities for Gordo to work his orchestral skills with Colin Tench on his Album ‘Hair in a G-String’ which was released September 2016 featuring a host of many talented musicians and vocalists.

In between working with Colin Tench Gordo was asked to score orchestra on a track entitled ‘As You Do’ for Joshua Leibowitz for his single track released in November 2016.

January 2017 saw the first single release for GorMusik’s GorFusion album featuring the bass playing of Joe Serwinowski for that side project with several more tracks currently in production.

March 2017 brings Gordo back to the Colin Tench Project. Now with a core band being established, featuring Peter Jones on Vocals (Tiger Moth Tales, Camel), Joe Vitale on drums (Joe Walsh, The Eagles), Petri Lindstrom on bass (Progeland, Corvus Stone), and now Emmy Award nominated vocalist Joey Lugassy the work has begun with Gordo scoring more orchestral arrangements for the upcoming project with Colin Tench on guitars piano and production (Corvus Stone, Bunchakeze). The new album ‘minor Masterpiece’ is slated for a 2017 release.

Currently Gordo is also working on several recording projects of his own ranging from Symphonic Progressive metal, Hard Rock, Fusion, Acoustic, and New Age music with more on the way for future release.

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Steve Hackett

SH InsideOut(Acoustic Guitars)

“The idea of Loss and Hope is vital as a driving force behind this CD. Whilst there is so much carnage and violence in today’s world, awareness is growing at a fast rate and indeed Hope is reflected by all our sentiments and actions. Music can lead the way, with a message of love over hatred and the need to care for both the planet and all its inhabitants. I am proud to be a part of this project.”

Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, that produced acclaimed albums such as Selling England by the Pound (a favourite of John Lennon). With Steve’s extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he involves influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues. He is equally adept in his classical albums that include renditions of pieces by composers from Bach to Satie, his own acoustic guitar compositions that have gained the admiration of many, including Yehudi Menuhin, and ambitious guitar/ orchestra albums such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic.

With Genesis, Steve’s guitar playing produced some of the most memorable moments, from the sensitivity of his acoustic sound on Horizons and Blood on the Rooftops to the dramatic rock guitar solos of Firth of Fifth and Fountain of Salmacis. As he embarked on his solo career he developed his exceptional range, pushing musical boundaries into exciting areas, inventing new sounds and also techniques such as ‘tapping’. His solo career went from strength to strength and the mid eighties not only saw the hit single Cell 151, but also the Steve Hackett and Steve Howe supergroup GTR, highly successful in America.

After GTR Steve worked further with many renowned musicians such as Paul Carrick, Bonny Tyler, John Wetton and Brian May, who has credited Steve as an early influence. Steve went on to produce his hit album Genesis Revisited. He went even further back to his roots with Blues with a Feeling, whilst continuing to challenge his own ‘horizons’ with an amazingly eclectic mix of sounds, genres and a sense of the exotic that excites his many followers to this day.

Recent albums have possessed a high level of sophistication, along with an ever-present powerful dynamic, from the dramatic and atmospheric darkness of Darktown and Wild Orchids to the colourful voyage through time and space of To Watch the Storms. 2009’s Out Of The Tunnel’s Mouth, written and recorded in the midst of domestic and professional upheaval, was released to an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and reviewers alike, many of them proclaiming it his best ever. Hot on the heels of OOTTM was Beyond the Shrouded Horizon released in 2011, which has easily received an equally enthusiastic response. In 2012 Steve collaborated with Chris Squire of Yes on the “Squackett” album A Life Within a Day.

Steve’s live electric gigs take his fans on an extraordinary journey drawn from a rich musical heritage. Perennial Genesis favourites such as the mighty Firth Of Fifth sit alongside solo classics, while more recent solo material is also included, demonstrating that Steve is an artist still at the very top of his game. Supported by some of the best musicians on the planet, Steve’s unique guitar work remains the fulcrum on which this challenging and exhilarating show is balanced.

Genesis’ induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2010 stands as a testament to the enduring qualities of their music. Steve has always held a torch for the classic Genesis music. His Genesis Revisited II, a double CD, involves several iconic artists and contains many Genesis favourites. It was released in late October 2012. A Genesis Revisited worldwide tour in 2013 was followed by a Genesis Extended tour in 2014 and early 2015 due to popular demand…

Never one to rest on his laurels, Steve continues to blaze a trail with new material and to be an exhilarating and groundbreaking artist. Following the success of his album Wolflight, his latest album The Night Siren gained even more notoriety, charting in several countries and reaching the top 30 in the UK charts. He tours worldwide. In February / March 2018 he will tour from North America to South America encompassing his whole career with Genesis Revisited, new and old solo numbers and a touch of GTR…

Source: http://www.hackettsongs.com/biog.html


Nick Magnus

Nick Magnus(Keyboards)

“Music’s potential to communicate ideas and touch the soul should be harnessed to the full, and there can surely be no bigger idea worth communicating than the dangers facing the only habitable planet we know of. I’m honoured to have been invited by Truey to contribute to this important project, and to help alert the world to facts that profoundly affect each and every one of us.”

Composer, keyboard player and producer Nick Magnus is best known for his work with ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett from 1978 to 1989, providing his keyboard talents to at least twelve of Hackett’s albums to date, as well as extensively touring Europe, the UK and the US.

Nick started his musical career in early 1976 with the cult symphonic rock ensemble, The Enid. At the end of that year, he and drummer Robbie Dobson left The Enid to spend two years with the progressive rock band Autumn. On February 15th, 1999 Autumn released a Mini CD of their material originally recorded 23 years ago, entitled Oceanworld.

He has released four previous solo albums of his own compositions: ‘Straight On Till Morning’ (1994), ‘Inhaling Green’ (1999), ‘Hexameron’ (2004) and ‘Children Of Another God’ (2010). A live album with John Hackett was released in March 2011. Nick’s fifth solo album ‘N’monix’ was scheduled for release on April 28th 2014.

The latter half of the 80’s was spent doing session work with many diverse recording artistes such as China Crisis, Renaissance, George Martin, Mungo Jerry, Johhny Mars, Cilla Black, Jose Carrerras, Brian May, Richie Havens, Bonnie Tyler, Mike Batt, Classix Nouveaux, David Essex, Pete Bardens (Camel), Duncan Browne, Chris Rea, and Colin Blunstone.

The 1990s saw album chart successes for Nick’s co-productions of the Project D Synthesiser albums. He also achieved platinum sales for his productions and arrangements for the internationally acclaimed series of Pan Pipe Moods albums, released by Polygram records.

Further productions include two albums by Celtic Spirit : Celtic Dreams and Celtic Dreams 2, both of which have enjoyed international success. ‘Is That Your Final Answer?’ was Nick’s 2000 dance remix version of music from the smash-hit TV gameshow ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’. Subsequently in 2007, he was commissioned to produce an ‘energised’ re-recording of the theme music for ‘Millionaire’ which is currently being broadcast on the show in the UK. Throughout the summer of 2001 audiences applauded the new arrangements of Lennon and McCartney songs Nick contributed to the West End musical, ‘All You Need is Love’.

As well as a varied history as a composer, producer and arranger, Nick also penned the soundtrack to the cult horror movie “Bloody New Year”, directed by Norman J Warren (Inseminoid, Terror, Satan’s Slave, Prey). As a result of contributing to numerous other works for film, TV and radio, Nick has since gained much experience in working with music to picture.

He has also delivered lectures and seminars on many aspects of music technology and music production, whilst also writing diverse articles on these subjects for the music press.

(from http://www.magnus-music.com/biography.htm)


Lisa Wetton

Lisa Wetton(Drums, Background Vocals, UPF Choir)

“In a world where brute force as a means to an end has only brought hurt to many, a gentler, more compassionate means is the the new paradigm. Imagine a revolution based in only love for all sentient beings? Yet this has been the way right under our noses for over two thousand years. The time is now for us to start practicing this as a means, not to an end, but to a beginning. I believe the UPF project is well on the path to this new beginning, and I’m looking forward to paying it forward with Mark and the rest of the Fraternity.”

Lisa grew up surrounded by music, having an opera singing mum and a professional jazz drumming dad. She was never too far from a piano or drum kit, and was most profoundly influenced by her father’s passion for World Music. Her first love was drums, after watching Nigerian drummer, Baba Olatunji on a TV special at the age of 8. Attending Potsdam College in the 1980’s, she was able to work with many of the talented music students at the renowned Crane School of Music, singing in various bands for pocket money and studying studio recording technique. It wasn’t until 1997 when she decided to take formal drum lessons and, whilst studying for her Medical Boards, bought her first drum kit, a Gretsch 4 piece jazz kit.

Since then, and many drum kits later, she continues to practice medicine, sing, and play as a sessions musician with groups in the U.S., most notably as the touring drummer/percussionist for progressive rock group, Edison’s Children. She has performed with West African drum troop, Adanfo, and studied Middle Eastern hand drumming and Latin percussion. She most recently performed with Bowie guitarist, Earl Slick and Rolling Stones vocalist, Bernard Fowler. She is a regular as part of an ensemble group of Central New York’s most talented musicians at The Ridge Tribute Tuesdays. She runs progressive music agency, SmokeWind Music and Productions.

Though her music influences are vast, and change from week to week, a few of them include Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, UK, Bill Bruford, Gavin Harrison, Nina Simone, and Oliver Mtukudzi.


Dr. James E Hansen

Dr. James E. Hansen(Special Guest Narrator)

 “United Progressive Fraternity brings a much needed message to the people of the world, as stated in my book ‘Storms of My Grandchildren’. I stand wholeheartedly by their commitment to raise the awareness of as many people as possible to take corrective action and innovate fastidious planning to mitigate the runaway effects of Climate change.”

We are extremely honoured and pleased to announce that Dr. James E. Hansen, one of the world’s foremost climate scientists, has endorsed the message of United Progressive Fraternity.

Dr. Hansen will be an honorary contributing member to the music and lyrics of Planetary Overload – Loss and Hope. At least one song will feature Dr. Hansen’s spoken messages, based on the theme of his 2010 book ‘Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity’.

Background: Dr. Hansen, former top climate scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and currently Director of Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions program -The Earth Institute at Columbia University, presented testimony before congress in 1988 that brought the issue of global warming to the attention of the world and continues as an leading activist, researcher, and advocate for climate warming intervention worldwide. Dr Hansen also served as science adviser to Al Gore on the 2006 documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.