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Igor Khoroshev

Igor Khoroshev(Mixing and engineering)

Igor Khoroshev was born in Moscow, Russia. He took piano lessons from age four and later learned other instruments including the trombone, French horn, guitar and drums. He obtained a diploma in music.

In the early 1990s, he moved to the USA, settling in Boston, where he worked with Benjamin Orr of The Cars among others. Khoroshev met Carl Jacobson of the Cakewalk software house. Jacobson employed Khoroshev, who composed music for Cakewalk’s Pro Audio 9, and he also introduced Khoroshev to Yes’s Jon Anderson.

Khoroshev released a solo album Piano Works in 1999. He appeared on the Emerson, Lake & Palmer tribute album Encores, Legends and Paradox. In March 2000, he and Jon Anderson worked on an album called True You, True Me. The album was estimated to be released in November of that year, with a tour as a duet in early 2001. This did not, however, come to fruition and the collaboration project was shelved.

Since leaving Yes, Khoroshev worked on film soundtracks, including “Good Night Valentino” and “The Pearl”, and in a production role, often working with Mike Plotnikoff (e.g. With Shivering Hearts We Wait, 2011)

Octavia Brown

Octavia May 2017(Manager, UPF)

Octavia is one of the 80 or so volunteers who every year put together Italy’s biggest progressive rock event, the 2Days Prog + 1 Festival held every September in Veruno, Piedmont. She became a familiar face and name on the Italian Prog scene in 2014 when she was asked to step in at the very last minute as the festival’s co-presenter where, for the benefit of the non-Italian speaking members of the audience, she introduced the bands in English alongside her Italian speaking counterpart .

It was here that the seeds were sown for what was to become a lasting friendship with Swedish band, Änglagård and a working relationship with Italian band, Barock Project with whom, amongst other things, she collaborated as language consultant on their latest album, ‘Detachment’.  The following year she was invited back to become the Festival’s sole presenter, introducing the bands in both Italian and English. It was at the 2015 edition of the festival that she met and subsequently ‘adopted’  Italian band Syncage, recently signed to Bad Elephant Music, with whom she works constantly as advisor and PR.

In 2016 she launched the festival’s official Facebook page and actively began promoting the festival and all participating bands on social media. “Being the festival’s presenter was a great privilege but it never felt quite right to just turn up on the day and walk on stage, so spreading the word and making sure the world knew what we were doing became an everyday challenge. It’s  great to be part of the organization process, there’s an amazing team behind this Festival and I’m so incredibly proud to be a part of it”.

Earlier this year she began another working relationship with Italian band, Syndone, again thanks to her Festival work.
“The best thing about festivals is the people you meet, both musicians and members of the public. It’s quite an incredible community we operate in. It was at another festival, this year’s edition of RoSFest to be precise, that I met Mark Trueack.

We immediately hit it off as we discussed music, life and other things over a beverage purporting to be coffee in the hotel we were both staying at. Sometimes you just know when you’re on the same page as someone. Having said that I was still surprised when he invited me to become a part of the UPF project  but hey, when you get asked to be part of something this exciting who am I to say no? I did hesitate for a moment but only a moment, on the whole I’m pretty impulsive so if it feels right, I tend to do it first and think about it second! I’m really looking forward to seeing where this will take us”.

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).

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