The UPF website’s long awaited makeover is a reality. To ramp up for the release of Planetary Overload Part 1: Loss, there have been quite a number of updates, including:
- A new page of band member bios and statements for joining the fraternity
- Updated home page sliders of 28 recently added band members
- Updated Mission Statement
- Updated UPF Video Campaign for Fall In Love With The World
- New page promotion for the Unitopia Box Set 2017 and music video
- Cleaned up the links for Album Reviews (Fall In Love With The World)
- The latest UPF Newsletter (January 2018)
Website maintained and updated by Jacob Gates & Ted Ollikkala
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.
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/
Jerry Marotta has just delivered his files to Mark & Steve on work done on ‘What Happens Now’ (great job!)
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 (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
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).
Truey and Steve Unruh are very pleased with the entries for the Planetary Overload Lyrics Contest. They have selected the 2 winning lyrics, 1 runner-up, and 5 honorable mentions. Details are here.
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.
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