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.
Hi Everyone its Truey I have been invited to play on a brand new project called Voices of Babylon which has been created by multi talented musician Alex Grata and the brilliant art designer Ed Unitsky. Many artists from all over the globe will be contributing to this very unique project.
I will be recording the track in the USA with my good friend Steve Unruh who is also contributing to the project, please follow this project here and onhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Voices-of-Babylon/455731134569292?fref=ts
On behalf on Mark and the Management Team, we would like to take the time to say a huge thank you to all of you for your hard work and continuing support, particularly to all the musicians, producers and admin/media support from all parts of the globe who give your time and talents freely even though you have busy lives of your own.
We have said before that UPF isn’t just about being a band and making music. More than this, it is what the band and its music stand for – a message to humanity about our environment and how we can make a change to save our distressed planet. You are there with us on this journey and that is why our concept exists in the form that it does. The more people that are involved to help us, whether it be from a musical, artistic, or a networking/media, the better our success will be in this. Your commitment to our cause is tremendously valued and we really appreciate all that you do.
We still have much to do and we hope that you will continue to be with us on the way and that you continue to enjoy the trip! From the comments some of you have given us, we know that you do!
So thank you, thank you, thank you one and all!
UPF (A) is delighted to announce two new members to our Australian base. They are Dan Burgess (sax), who played and toured with Unitopia in 2011-12. Dan [bio] plays flute, clarinet, all sax instruments, and didgeridoo. Also, on piano, keyboards, and vocals we are proud to welcome Barry Timmins. Barry [bio] has a strong musical background and will add the songwriting and arrangements on the new album.
On the last album we were extremely fortunate to have the brilliant Steve Hackett.. well I received confirmation that he will indeed lend his guitar talents once more; he is a real gentleman. While I was in London I caught up with Steve’s former keyboardist Nick Magnus [bio], he too will play keys on one of the tracks.
The Fraternity is growing! UPF is recruiting some fantastic new musicians for future tours, recordings and shows. We will be making announcements very soon… Truey X
Spent an extended long week-end in Sydney choosing arrangements from another great composer Dale Nougher we chatted about the concepts for Planetary Overload and some of the music he had written. I am very excited about the music that was presented to me. Dale is a new age composer with lots of world influences, I jammed a lyrical idea to one of the tracks and knitted perfectly, More soon…Truey X
My charming wife Cheryl and I will be heading to Providence USA in late September / early October. We will spend some time in L.A. and Vegas, then fly 7 hours to Providence to meet with the great Steve Unruh in order to write and record new songs for “Planetary Overload – Loss and Hope”. I have already penned many lyrical concepts and have plenty of new ideas that will bring this project together. Meanwhile on the other side of the planet, Guy Manning has created two more arrangements that are being reviewed by the band. Guy has already collaborated with me on a new piece called “Dark Sun” (a 16 min piece about air pollution). Steve Unruh has embraced the demo and is adding ideas to the arrangement.
The great thing about all of these collaborations,is that every song will be recorded and we will all have a say on what makes the final package. The songs that don’t make it onto this next album, will probably be played live on the forthcoming tour. I am also catching up with Nick Magnus over the week-end to discuss arrangement ideas. More soon…. Truey X