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Marek Arnold


(Sax, Clarinet, and Keyboards)

Marek (2017)“I was working on several recordings with my friend Guy Manning, so when he called me asking for contributions to a new project called UPF back in 2014, I didn`t have to think too long. The concept of UPF – the lyrics and the music – touched me instantly, so I`m glad to be part of that international project. After the first album was released, we all had a great time performing the songs on tour through Europe. I`m looking forward to the next release, bringing the visions of Truey and all the great musicians to life again.”

German saxophone / clarinet player and keyboardist Marek Arnold is the remaining founding member of German progressive rock band “Toxic Smile “, which has produced 6 albums (the first one was very successful with a major label in Asia), 1 orchestral DVD and an EP so far.

He also plays with and works as producer, composer and arranger for his second „baby“: the progressive crossover band “Seven Steps to the Green Door”, already working on fifth album and being part of nearly all important prog festivals in Europe after release of latest release „FETISH“.

After finishing the study of popular music / teaching of saxophone, he played in several bands from Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop to Progressive Rock/Metal and works as a sax & keyboards teacher at a European grammar school.

Marek was a member of legendary East german artrock band “Stern Combo Meissen” from 2010 – 2012. He still writes and arranges for this band and writes and plays live with the actual singer, Manuel Schmid.

After that he also co-founded melodic prog band “Cyril” ( with Manuel Schmid and „Toxic Smile“ – singer Larry B.), currently working on 3rd CD, and added his talents to progmetal band, “Flaming Row“.

Since the founding of his studio “b`side-music” several recordings, productions, compositions and CDs have been realised.

He has contributed Saxes and Clarinets to 3 Manning (Guy Manning) albums and was featured on the album and toured Europe with UPF for their debut album ‘Fall In Love With The World’.

More recently, Marek is the ‘EK’ in Damanek along with Guy Manning, and Dan Mash. The group, along with Sean Timms (Southern Empire), and Luke Machin performed at Summer’s End 2016 and the album ‘On Track’ was released on Giant Electric Pea (GEP) in May 2017.

Marek is a featured guest on the album “From Here to The Impossible”, with Oliver Rüsing’s band KariBoW, released in July 2017. Marek joined the band for their 2017 live tour through Europe.

Beside all the “Prog“ bands and studio work, Marek is also part of German jazz band “Passage“, playing nearly every week for nearly 20 years now.

 

 


Dan Mash

Dan Mash(Bass, vocals)

Dan has managed to achieve a lot in a very short period of time. His musical palette is made of his love of diverse styles, from the obvious influences of great bass play-ers like Wooten, King, Pastorius and Jamerson. With his considerable technical prowess he fuses tremendous pop sensibility into his playing, has a keen ear for melody and can spend hours enthusing about artists normally considered poles apart from Prog Rock, like Earth Wind & Fire or early Michael Jackson.

The funky edge he brought to The Tangent is his hallmark, and the older guys around The Tangent were quick to realise that this style is actually a very suitable way in which to approach Progressive Rock, in that Chris Squire’s legendary work for Yes is, intentionally or not, “well funky” as Dan puts it.

Dan met Luke Machin (The Tangent, Maschine) at BIMM in Brighton where Dan was studying under Franc O’Shea and the two worked together on many projects. By the time the bass position became available in The Tangent, there was no-one else under consideration. Dan was The Man!

“I try to capture the melodic quality of players like Jaco and McCartney and combine it with the groove of bassists like Wooten and Jamerson” he says, “If you find the balance between groove and melody your bass lines will not only sit well, but complement and add to the harmony of any given composition”.

Dan was featured on the album and toured Europe with UPF for their debut album ‘Fall In Love With The World’ in 2014.

More recently, Dan is the ‘DA’ in Damanek along with Guy Manning, and Marek Arnold. The group, along with Sean Timms (Southern Empire), and Luke Machin performed at Summer’s End 2016 and the album ‘On Track’ was released on Giant Electric Pea (GEP) in May 2017.

 


Raf Azaria

Raf Azaria 1(Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Mandolin, Accordian)

A man who speaks the language of music! He not only plays but has mastered instruments including Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Mandolin and the Accordian. His ability and music intellegence is like none other!

Raf holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Adelaide. He is a highly experienced musician and has over 30 years of teaching and playing music.

orianthiSome Highlights of his Career include:

– Teaching Orianthi who went on to play for the one and only Michael Jackson
– Taught at numerous schools, colleges and Tafe SA
– Recorded full length original CD in Sydney entitled ‘State of Reality’
– Winning 1st prize in Battle of the Bands in 2001 with his song ‘Do You Believe In Him’
– Qantas Corporate show
–  Hyatt Regency, Stamford Grand Glenelg, Hotel Adelaide, Arkaba
– Special Guest appearance for Adelaide 36ers
– Opening for the New Parliament House Camberra with the German Choir
– Numerous festivals, pubs and clubs interstate and overseas.
– Performed extensively with numerous bands. Tours around Melbourne and Sydney including The Felix Bar St Kilda and Kardomah Club in Sydneys Kings Cross
– Corner Hotel in Richmond
– Numerous wedding appearances
– Has played for Bowen Family Funerals
– Produced music for a film documentary soundtrack
– Produced music for local Adelaide musicians
– Produced music for commercial jingles.
– A Session Muso with airplay on Nova 91.9


Nick Mastro

Nick Mastro 1

(Guitars, Vocals)

“My greatest love is that of original music, particularly with a strong message, and with UPF nothing is more important than saving our planet, and the music is the vehicle delivering this message.”

Nick has been involved in music in some shape or form for what seems forever; playing in numerous cover, tribute and corporate bands.

He is currently with popular corporate band ‘AudioBox’.

Nick says;

‘In Progressive Rock anything (almost) goes, so when you love lots of musical styles it’s a buzz to be involved.’

 


Mark Franco

Mark Franco 1

(Bass, vocals)

“I’m looking forward to creating new music with such a strong and meaningful message behind it. I can’t wait!”.

Mark Franco started listening to bands such as Slade and Sweet and T. Rex at a very young age, but was fascinated by Deep Purple when he heard them for the first time at just six years old. After exploring the world of hard rock and heavy metal music, Mark found himself worshipping Rainbow’s Richie Blackmore and hoping to one day become a guitarist in a rock band just like his hero.

Mark became more influenced by the music his older brother and friends were listening to as he grew into his teenage years. Soon, he discovered the music of progressive rock band, YES and by the time he was 16 years old his entire world had changed musically. He no longer wanted to play the guitar but found a strong passion in becoming a bassist like Chris Squire from YES. From then onwards Mark continued to discover legendary and influential bands such as King Crimson, Gentle Giant, E.L.P, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Return to Forever and being a bass player of course, Rush, just to name a few. By the time he was in his twenties he then discovered and was captivated by the fretless playing of Jaco Pastorius and Bunny Brunel.

Mark went onto playing in an original progressive rock band ‘Arcane’ featuring Mark Trueack in the mid 80’s with his older brother and going on to various cover and original bands over the years; notably being a member in the instrumental band ‘Sound’ along with Joe Toscano and Matthew Atherton, who he has now joined up with again in the band UPF.

 


Matthew Atherton

Matt Atherton(Keys, acoustic guitar, vocals)

“In what may seem like a bleak outlook for humanity and the planet, glimmers of hope have been found.  They are in music, whether writing or performing, or both. Mark (Truey) has long held positive visions for the future and it’s a part of his character I’ve always admired. It’s humbling for me to contribute to this uplifting project with its global, ‘all-star’ cast.”

Matthew Atherton is an organist and composer, and is presently teaching at Pembroke School. He received tuition in organ from Christa Rumsey and Dr. David Swale, and in composition and arranging from Tristram Cary. Atherton was the first Organ Scholar at St Peters Cathedral, Adelaide, in 1988, and was organist at St Francis Xaviers Cathedral from 1989 – 2010.

His professional career has featured many solo and ensemble performances, including engagements with the Adelaide Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, most of Adelaide’s major choirs, along with many performances for the Adelaide Town Hall’s annual organ recital series. He has also performed on numerous cathedral organs around the United Kingdom, Paris, and in Uppsala Cathedral, Sweden.  As an organist, he maintains a keen interest in 20th Century and contemporary repertoire, in particular the work of Jehan Alain. 

In 1998 he was a participant in workshops at the Calgary International Organ Festival (Canada) with the acclaimed Dr. Marie-Claire Alain (with whom he was also granted a private interview to speak about her brother Jehan).  Atherton has also participated in masterclasses and similar events (locally and overseas), with distinguished organists including Dame Gillian Weir, Daniel Roth, and Thomas Trotter.  In 2011, Atherton was a guest of the Jehan Alain Association in Romainmôtier, Switzerland, performing on the restored Albert Alain organ.

As composer, Atherton has written in numerous genres for video documentaries, solo organ works, electronic works, vocal, choral, theatre works, orchestral works, and small ensemble pieces. The Graduate Singers and Lumina Vocal Ensemble have premiered a number of his choral works, including the substantial “Requiem To The Unknown”, “In Riddles Disappearing”, “Around Us” and “Crossing Parallels”. In 1999, one of Adelaide’s foremost trios, the Cameo Trio, premiered his compositions “From Life” and the following year, “La Vie est Belle?” Atherton is currently working on an independent film score.

Atherton is a student of Buddhism and member of the Buddha House FPMT community in Adelaide.

In maintaining his sincere affection for Progressive Rock, Jazz, Electronic and Ambient music, Atherton has enjoyed a parallel occupation as a keyboard player in various original and cover bands throughout the years. From the 1990s, he was involved in Genesis Touch (Adelaide’s only Genesis tribute band, with Mark Trueack), Sound (with Mark Franco and Joe Toscano), Glass Onion (a Beatles cover band with Matt Goodluck and Mark Franco), and The William Campbell Conspiracy (also with Mark Franco).


Mark Truey Trueack

Truey (2017)(Vocals, Artistic Direction, Songwriter, Co-Production)

“UPF – Why the United Progressive Fraternity? My original concept for this group was to make this a Universal project, allowing not only the members to come and go as they please, but also inviting the listener to share ideas on what they would like to hear, in other words making UPF the people’s group. It may sound a little odd, but when I read messages on various comment boards, it is apparent that people love to share their points of view; in some cases feedback can be very constructive and help in making the music and the message much more important.

There are bands all over the world who like to express their concerns and worries with what is happening to our world; for example social injustice and the environment we live in. Some have been very successful (i.e. Peter Gabriel, U2, Sting, just to name a few) so how can a project like this be any different? In my eyes, I see that if people are willing to share their inner thoughts and have enough courage to accept different ideas and expand on them we can make a difference. Our planet is not happy in so many ways, our climate is constantly changing, religious intolerance leads to conflict, bloodshed, and outright war in an already unstable social system, and our countries misunderstand each other, leading to mistrust and risk of further instability.

As the world and civilisation evolve, conflict appears more and more inevitable and our environment harder to live in as climate change takes its toll. If projects like ours can make a difference and if we can involve our friends and other lovers of music then we will have a better world..

Fall in love in the World, let the world fall in Love”

Having a unique voice, rich in character and tone has helped singer/songwriter Mark Truey Trueack to realise a life-long dream of a career in the music industry. From the mid 80’s to early 90’s, Mark worked on the other side of the industry gaining valuable insight & knowledge as a record company executive for EMI Music.

Also at that time, he pursued his passion for performing by re-creating a Genesis tribute show, ‘The Genesis Touch’. Highly regarded nationally, the group consistently played to packed houses.

While living in Sydney, Mark began his song-writing career with local producer, Matt Coxhead, penning two fine songs, ‘Time For Change’ and ‘This Life’. Returning to Adelaide in 1996, Mark was introduced to Sean Timms by a mutual friend, who noticed the similarities in their musical tastes and personality. After a night on the town & a few beers, the two began a song writing partnership that continues to this day.

Since the formation of Unitopia, Mark has also had several other opportunities to perform, most notably the John Lennon memorial concert on the anniversary of his death in late 2005. Although still working as an executive, Mark always hoped to one day make music his full time occupation as it was already his full time passion.

He is married to his wife of 36 years Cheryl, and they have two talented daughters, Holly (who has a cameo appearance on Justify) and Brittany. A keen surfer, Mark’s love of the sea is exemplified in the songs ‘Fate’ , ‘Inside The Power’, ‘Water’ and ‘Fall in Love with the World’.

As co-founder of Unitopia, Mark was integral part of the process, not only as a world class vocalist, innovative songwriter, creative co-producer and morale booster, but as a relentless driving force behind everything that Unitopia has achieved thus far. The passion he injects into his music is endless (as is his sense of humour!) and his knowledge of the music industry and record companies in particular has given Unitopia a wealth of knowledge from which to draw, making the journey forward an exciting one.

As the end of Unitopia became a reality in early January 2014, Mark had been working on a side project called “The HOPE” back in 2011 with Stephen Layton who was living in a remote area deep in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, in order to discuss some potential song ideas. Stephen’s undoubted song arrangement talents in combination of with Mark’s creative vision gelled perfectly.

Stephen had been working on a couple of projects with former Yes lead vocalist and composer, Jon Anderson (“Survival and other Stories” and the sequel to Jon’s classic “Olias of Sunhillow”) and he soon realised that perhaps there could be a real opportunity to bring the two voices of Jon and Mark together. Stephen contacted Jon Anderson and asked him if he would be interested in working on this project. The piece that was selected to test this exciting collaborative prospect was called “Water”.

The underlying musical content of United Progressive Fraternity ( UPF) is not that dissimilar to that of Unitopia however the sound is much edgier. Having several producers and songwriters within the core group certainly gives the listener a banquet of textures and moods.

“Fall in Love with World” was the first UPF release in 2014, containing over 60min of music that takes the listener on journey of self-discovery. The album was officially launched at the UK’s Summers End Festival in Autumn 2014. For the second album, a songwriting contest was sponsored by the band, and two albums worth of material were written, and are in the process of being arranged for the second UPF release, Planetary Overload (PO). It was decided to present PO in two parts: LOSS, and HOPE. By May 2017 the arrangements for Part 1: LOSS are nearly completed and being sent to the various musicians that are guesting on the album.

The other project Truey has been working on is ‘The Romantic’ with Frenchman Chris Lebled and Steve Unruh. They have already experimented with songs from the Unitopia and UPF catalogue with great results, and songs like This Time, The Great Reward and Fall in Love with the World have totally new soundscapes and presentation. Two new songs, New Beginnings, and Avalon of Love are also being written. The First Kiss will follow. A total of 12 songs will make up this album.

Mark has also worked contributed his vocal talents most recently to songs performed by The Samurai of Prog (Ghost Written) and Oliver Rüsing (The Impossible), among others.