Author Archives : Ted Ollikkala


Sean & Truey on the Progressive Coffeehouse (Skype Interview and Performance)

Mark Truey Trueack (United Progressive Fraternity) and Sean Timms (Southen Empire) talk about their new project U.N.I.T. db with host Marty Dorfman on the Progressive Coffeehouse show, aired on 20 Jan 2017.

This is the ULTIMATE interview, everything you wanted to know about UPF, Southern Empire, U.N.I.T. db, side projects with Christophe Lebled, Oliver Rüsing (Karibow), Guy Manning (Damanek), Marco Bernard (Samurai of Prog), and MORE.

Live Piano & Vocal renditions of One Day, The Garden (excerpts), and a very rare song only performed once on a Netherlands tv show, called Reflections.

As Sean & Mark summed up the interview, “We have all these crazy projects, but we’re having a ball!”

Sean & Mark’s segment begins at 2:01:35


Updates & Project News (19 Jan 2017)

1. Planetary Overload has become two separate CD releases; CD1 ‘Loss’ (3/2018) and ‘Hope’ (11/2018) and is not a live (touring band) project at this time.4 Steve Mark copy

2. Planetary Overload (PO) already has more musicians & producers than the previous UPF album, ‘Fall In Love With The World’ – expect to see many new faces and exciting talent! Steve Unruh will co-produce.

 


UPF Endorses Atmospheric Scientist and Climatologist: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe photographed at the National Ranching Heritage Museum in Lubbock, Texas on April 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Ashley Rodgers—Texas Tech University

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe photographed at the National Ranching Heritage Museum in Lubbock, Texas on April 16, 2014.
Photo Credit: Ashley Rodgers—Texas Tech University

United Progressive Fraternity, in line with our mission of raising awareness of climate change and humanitarian concerns through music, endorses Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University, where she is director of the Climate Science Center, for her important research work which focuses on developing and applying climate projections to evaluate future impacts on human society and the natural environment. Learn more about Katharine Hayhoe here: http://billmoyers.com/guest/katharine-hayhoe/

Dr. Hayhoe, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014, has stated that she is “honored to receive our endorsement and is very encouraged to hear what UPF is doing to promote climate change awareness.”
Official website: http://katharinehayhoe.com/


New videos

Here is the background story for two important video releases filed under ‘Unitopia and side projects

1. Traveler (Mark Trueack with the Samurai of Prog) – from the album ‘Secrets of Disguise, with Marco Bernard, Kimmo Pörsti, Steve Unruh, and Mark on vocals. This is the remake of an early Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) song.

2. Day 6 Ninth Tale – Unitopia (from Decameron II) (Mark Trueack, Sean Timms, Tim Irrgang, David Hopgood, and special guest Steve Unruh (violins, flute) from the Samurai of Prog.

What is interesting about these two videos is Mark’s collaboration with Steve Unruh. They are writing, arranging, and recording for ‘Decameron 3’ as well as for UPF’s ‘Planetary Overload – Songs of Hope’ while Mark is in the USA this month.