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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/

Welcome Christophe Lebled

Welcome Christophe Lebled! Chris has joined the United Progressive Fraternity – UPF, by adding his arrangement for the opening theme (CD1 track 1 LOSS-HOPE) which is part of the Planetary Overload double set. Chris has added some nice keyboards to the song “What Happens Now”. He has also created the theme/overture called “Loss and Hope”.

Christophe Lebled

Christophe Lebled

Christophe Lebled (A great composer)

Chris has in turn worked with Jon Anderson a number of times over the years, more recently providing instrumentals for Jon Anderson’s prized concept album Survival & Other Stories.

Chris plays a big tribute to Vangelis while keeping within the same melody and intricate harmony structures of Vangelis compositions, the sound and atmosphere is uniquely his own, which makes a masterful re-creation to compliment the graceful soundscape of composer Vangelis. Christophe Lebled not only re-creates the sound of Vangelis, but rivals the composer in effect with some areas on this fine tribute release. You can listen to some of his wonderful work here: https://soundcloud.com/christophelebled

Welcome Jerry Marotta

Jerry Marotta

Jerry Marotta

6 April 2016 – United Progressive Fraternity is indeed proud to welcome on board world-class drummer and producer Jerry Marotta, who is currently working on the drum layout for the track “What Happens Now” on the forthcoming UPF release ‘Planetary Overload’.

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.

We welcome Jerry to the growing ensemble of acclaimed musicians to join the Fraternity for the release of ‘the best communicated album ever made’, Planetary Overload (coming March 2018).

Planetary Overload is now ‘Planetary Overload – Loss and Hope’

Planetary Overload is now ‘Planetary Overload – Loss (CD1) and Hope (CD2)’

News update for immediate release (10 November 2015)

The forthcoming CDs by United Progressive Fraternity (UPF), described by the founder and ‘Architectual-Director’ of the musical concept that is UPF, Mark ‘Truey’ Trueack, (co-founder of the band Unitopia) as ‘the most communicated albums ever made’, is an ambitious undertaking that unites a team of international artists who are collaborating with Truey to record two CDs worth of material that will delve deeper into the environmental issues that we all face as a united world.

The two themes, ‘Loss’ [CD1] and ‘Hope’ [CD2] will focus on the problems we are already beginning to encounter on a troubled planet and expected to face with increasing severity in the near future, and taking immediate positive action to mitigate those effects to ensure humanity’s survival. The album release is expected to culminate in a series of exciting global musical events which will raise further awareness about the plight of our planet and what we can all do to help.

Planetary Overload - Loss and HopeDr. James E. Hansen

 

United Progressive Fraternity is working alongside with the support of climate gurus such as Dr. James E. Hansen, and we invite other environmental warriors to contact us.

Contact: trueack (at) bigpond.com
http://unitedprogressivefraternity.com/

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