The forthcoming releases from United Progressive Fraternity, dubbed 'the most communicated albums ever made’, are an ambitious undertaking that unites the Fraternity in the recording of two CDs worth of material that will delve deeper into the environmental issues that we all face as a united world.
The albums, titled 'Planetary Overload 'Part 1: Loss' (mid 2018) & 'Part 2: Hope' (mid-2019), 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.
United Progressive Fraternity: Band Bios
“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.
“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).
“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.
“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’.
‘In Progressive Rock anything (almost) goes, so when you love lots of musical styles it’s a buzz to be involved.’
“I come from an environmentally conscious family – where my upbringing was greatly influenced by a mum who used to march down the streets in protest against nuclear weapons, who cared about animals and the environment and the future of our planet. I feel that this UPF project further continues that quest and purpose – through music – to bring a positive change to this planet. I humbly thank Mark for this great opportunity”.
Raf is a talented and up and coming musician from Adelaide, South Australia. He is proficient in piano/ keyboards, guitar, bass, violin, vocals, mandolin, piano accordian and any other stringed instrument you can throw at him!
He has been playing music since the age of 6 – initially being taught piano by his mum – and later on progressing to achieve his Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree from the University of Adelaide.
Some 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
– Chief composer, guitarist and keyboardist in Adelaide band Innuendo – and recording a full length CD titled State of Reality in Sydney – this band also featured talented singer Cavan Te Ratana.
– 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
– More recently featuring as pianist for the Adelaide Carols by Candlelight 2017 under conductor Graeme Press and accompanying singers Dami Im and Samantha Jade.
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.
“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.
(Violin, guitars, flute, vocals, producer, songwriter, co-production)
Bands: Resistor, The Samurai of Prog, Marco Bernard’s Decamerson I, II, III, Voices of Babylon.
Steve says that he is proficient at: Drumkit, Percussion, Violin, Guitar, Mandolin, and getting pretty decent at Flute, Voice and Bass (now that’s an understatement!)
- Yes – Close to the Edge (This is officially my favorite album of all time in any genre.)
- Yes – Tales from Topographic Oceans
- Yes – Symphonic Live (Amsterdam, DVD)
- The Flower Kings – Stardust We Are
- The Flower Kings – Unfold the Future
- Dream Theater – Scenes from a Memory
- Dream Theater – “Score” (Live in New York, DVD)
- Phideaux – Doomsday Afternoon
- Porcupine Tree – Fear of a Blank Planet
- Rush – A Farewell To Kings
- Rush – Permanent Waves
- King Crimson – Red
- Gentle Giant – The Power And The Glory
- John Coltrane – Giant Steps
- John Coltrane – Crescent
- John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
- Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out
- Glen Velez – Rhytmicolor ExoticaRock,
- U2 – The Joshua Tree
- U2 – Achtung Baby
- U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind
- Indigo Girls – Indigo Girls
- Indigo Girls – Despite Our Differences
- Bob Kindler – Tiger’s Paw
“As we humans evolve as a species, our technology and ambitions are our key motivators that propel us into the future. Unfortunately, along the way, these leave behind a trail of destruction. It begins as unintentional – the depletion of our resources was an unforeseen outcome when we wired up homes to electrical power grids, and the slight rise in global temperature was never considered when we first manufactured the automobile.
But in recent years, the same advancements of technology have been used to study its own impact on the environment and the truth is now indisputable. But it doesn’t mean technology and ambition for our species is bad. It’s a matter of changing. Developing smarter and cleaner practices. This can only be done once there is mass awareness and we are still at the stage where spreading the word to all corners of the world is necessary. And what better way to communicate this truth than music, the greatest communicator? Music is the language I speak best and the clearest way I can help.”
Cornel Wilczek is an Australian award winning screen composer and music producer. He is driven by experimentation and the desire to find something new in music. Working with colour and contrast, he combines lush, acoustic sources with home-made electronics to take listeners to new places and help create unique worlds for his projects.
His feature film work includes ‘Cut Snake’, ‘These Final Hours’ (Best Score at Festival International Du Film Fantastique de Gérardmer), ‘The Mule’ and Academy Award winner, Eva Orner’s upcoming ‘Chasing Asylum’. His TV work includes Glitch (AACTA Award for best music score in television), Offspring (TV Series), and the international award winning children’s show ‘Nowhere Boys’. His music production work includes 2015’s (AMP Awards nominee) ‘Severe’ by My Disco, Wagon’s ‘Rumble, Shake and Tumble’ and his own electronic music under the moniker ‘Qua’.
Cornel runs and owns Electric Dreams Studio (opened 2009), in South Melbourne, Australia. It is a high-end, acoustically designed space that facilitates creative development, broadcast composition and mixing, surround for TV and film, as well as album production. The studio houses 9 employees, including producers, composers, sound-designers and engineers. He has an MA (2007) in Sound Art, RMIT.
Cornel’s love for music and film began in Adelaide as he obsessively studied his favourite films and played in many bands. He studied guitar through most of his childhood and teen years, beginning with classical guitar and eventually spending a lot of time in the metal scene, where he enjoyed the camaraderie and musical extremism.
He moved to Melbourne in 2000 to study Music/Sound-Art, with mentors Philip Brophy and Philip Samartzis at Media Arts, RMIT. During this time he formed the moniker Qua and released 4 albums of experimental electronic music that led to national and international touring.
After his BA, he went on to complete his Masters, majoring in composition in surround. After many years working from a home studio, writing for short film and producing bands, Cornel built his commercial studio and business, Electric Dreams Studio, in South Melbourne. During the first 4 years of Electric Dreams, Cornel scored over 150 TV Commercials and won many Awards including Gold and Silver at the London International Awards.
2014 saw an AACTA Nomination for his first TV show, the teenage, mystery/drama “Nowhere Boys” (Matchbox Pictures) and in 2015 he won Best Original Score for the feature “These Final Hours” at the Festival international du film fantastique de Gérardmer (France) and later that year went on to win an AACTA Award for BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE IN TELEVISION for GLITCH – 6-part Supernatural/Drama “Glitch” (dir. Emma Freeman In 2016, Cornel is scoring season 6 of Offspringand season 3 of Nowhere Boys.).
MUSIC TO FILM AND TV
In 2012 Cornel completed his first feature film soundtrack for the Australian film “Save Your Legs” (released Feb 2013). Later in 2013, he worked and completed two other films, Zak Hilditch’s apocalyptic thriller”These Final Hours” and Angus Sampson’s drug smuggling, intestinal thriller “The Mule”. In 2014 he composed the thriller/romance “Cut Snake” (released 2015) for Tony Ayres and contributed to the Award winning Feature Documentary “That Sugar Film”. 2015 he scored the film “Nowhere Boys – The Book of Shadows”. 2016 saw the release of his latest Soundtrack to Academy Award Winner – Eva Orner’s film”Chasing Asylum”.
In 2013 he also began his TV career with the music for Nowhere Boys, Matchbox Pictures (first screened in Australia Nov 2013), in which he received his first AACTA nomination for best Australian Original Music Score for TV. In 2014/15 he completed season 2 of Nowhere Boys. In 2015 he won an AACTA Award for BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE IN TELEVISION for GLITCH – 6-part Supernatural/Drama “Glitch” (dir. Emma Freeman). In 2016, Cornel scored season 6 of Offspring and season 3 of Nowhere Boys.
Other soundtrack work includes internationally award-winning animations “The Luminary” (Nick Kallincos) and “Kings of Power” (Paul Robertson).
Cornel is also renowned as one of Australia’s most in demand composers for the advertising industry, having scored over 150 TV commercials both locally and internationally. His work in this sector has been recognised with multiple awards. More info on current projects and copies of viewing material can be delivered in person or by email.
ELECTRIC DREAMS STUDIOS
In January 2009 Cornel opened his commercial sound and music studio in South Melbourne to accommodate and consolidate all his sound production. Electric Dreams Studios is a high-end, acoustically designed space (engineered by Chris Morton) that facilitates creative development, broadcast composition and mixing, surround for TV and film, as well as album production. The studio houses 9 employees, including producers, composers, sound-designers and engineers. It has a unique combination of analogue and digital equipment. From large ensemble string
recordings, to electronic scores, the facility can accommodate just about any production.
SOLO MUSIC ARTIST
Cornel has released four albums under the alias Qua on labels in USA, Japan and Australia. Touring internationally as a live performer since 2002, Qua performance highlights include two of Australia’s biggest Music Festivals – “Golden Plains” and “Laneway Festival” in 2007 and 2008. He has also played at Liquid Architecture (National 2003), O’Nest (Japan 2005), Sydney International Arts Festival 2009 and Perth Arts Festival 2010. Cornel’s work has also been exhibited in sound installations at international galleries such as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ACMI & CCP.
As a Record Producer Cornel has produced and engineered over thirty albums for local and international artists including two award-winning albums for The Wagons: “The Rise and Fall of Goodtown” and“Rumble Shake and Tumble”. In 2015 he produced My Disco’s “Severe”. He has also produced for Clare Bowditch, Architecture in Helsinki, Miaou, World’s End Press, Mountains in the Sky and PVT.
“Music is the great communicator and unlike modern technologies like e-mail, social network threads etc., it implicitly carries a great deal of emotion within its message…you do not need emoticons here!
When I was first talking to Mark about the formation of UPF, it was important to us both that as well as to entertain (ourselves and you too hopefully), that we tried to educate or at least spark debate on some of the things we feel passionately about.
Ecological change and its consequence has formed a solid backbone of all my recorded output since 1999 starting with “The Last Psalm” on the debut “Tall Stories for Small Children” through “Domicile” [The Cure], “Ragged Curtains” [The Ragged Curtain],”One Small Step… (Parts I-VIII) [One Small Step], “Dr Jonathan Anser” [Anser’s Tree] “The Southern Waves” [Margaret’s Children], “Autumn Song” [The Root, the Leaf & the Bone]” and more…
Lyrics have always been extremely important to me and the whole package comprises of Music + Words + Artwork – With UPF we aim to provide excellence in all these areas.
So let’s get the word out there, start the talk and walk the walk”
Guy formed his first band when he was still at school, bringing together members of the school orchestra and other more ‘basic’ musicians to play complex 20 minute epics! Sometime (much) later, Guy was the founding member of two Leeds (UK) based bands in the 1980s, “Let’s Eat!” and “Bailey’s Return”. He was also recruited in 1987 to be the keyboards player in art-rock band “Through the Looking Glass”. This band split up a year later and a more pop based offshoot, “KingGlass”, emerged and continued on for a further year (the other half of the original band got “Through the Loo” for their name).
Manning and local keyboardist/vocalist Andy Tillison joined forces in an early unsigned band called “Gold Frankincense & Disk Drive”. The band’s final line-up included a guest spot from “Van Der Graaf Generator” organ player, Hugh Banton.
Tillison and Manning recorded the album “No More Travelling Chess” at this time, which consisted of a set of covers of material by Peter Hammill plus a couple of original pieces. This album was first released as a mail order cassette item (before an augmented and remastered version was eventually released by Cyclops Records in 2001 under the band name of “Parallel or 90 Degrees”).
Tillison and Manning then formally formed the band, “Parallel or 90 Degrees” with Sam Baine also on keyboards, but Guy was soon to leave to work abroad.
Guy has gone on to write, record and release his own albums, the first five were on the Cyclops label and then three more, “A Matter Of Life & Death (The Journal of Abel Mann)”, “One Small Step…” and “Anser’s Tree”, for United States label, ProgRock Records.
The ProgRock Records album covers were all created by noted graphic arts designer, Ed Unitsky. Manning’s ninth release, “Songs From The Bilston House” (2007), was released on the Festival Music (F2) label as were the follow ups, the appropriately named “Number Ten” (2009), “Charlestown” (2012) and 2011’s “Margaret’s Children (which also featured a reprised/updated Ed Unitsky cover).
Andy Tillison has guested on several of the earlier releases, whilst other guests have included Martin Orford (IQ), Ian ‘Walter’ Fairbairn (Hedgehog Pie & Jack the Lad), Steve Dundon (Mick Abrahams Band & Molly Bloom), Angela Gordon (Mostly Autumn), Marek Arnold (Toxic Smile & Seven Steps to the Green Door), Leon Camfield (Tinyfish), Phideaux, Chloe Herrington (Knifeworld, Chrome Hoof) and John Young (Lifesigns, Asia)
Whilst all this was happening, plans for a solo album by Andy Tillison transformed into the first release by “THE TANGENT”; the album was called “The Music That Died Alone” (2003). This initial ‘Tangent’ line-up included Guy Manning, Sam Baine plus Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold and Zoltan Csorsz (from The Flower Kings) and David Jackson (from Van der Graaf Generator). Other subsequent ‘Tangent’ members have included Theo Travis, Jaime Salazar, Krister Jonsson, Jakko M. Jakszyk, Jonathan Barrett, Paul Burgess, Dan Mash, Tony Latham, Luke Machin, the entire “Beardfish” band and Michael Gilbourne.
Guy announced his formal departure from the “The Tangent” in May 2010. In all, Guy played on five studio and one live album with The Tangent (although he reprised this with a cameo role for 2013’s “Le Sacre Du Travail”)
Manning and Tillison also had time to team up as fictional Italian band, ”La Voce Del Vento”, to provide two long pieces for the Colossus Project Discs (The Spaghetti Epics #1 and #2)
Manning also provided an unreleased track for KINECTIONS, the US ProgDay festival support album.
Manning’s “The Root, the Leaf & the Bone” was released to critical acclaim in October 2013, appearing in some ‘Top 10 album of the year’ polls.
MANNING – THE BAND(s)
In recent years, Guy has fronted his own band exclusively performing his music. The band has performed at ROSFEST in 2010, the Cambridge Rock Festival (twice), Summers’ End Festival (twice). The Manning band performs in two varieties, ELEKTRIK (the full symphonic rock band) and AKOUSTIK (a cut down more simple and ‘unplugged’ version). The AKOUSTIK band performs material from the AKOUSTIK albums releases (2013). In Jan 2014, Guy announced that MANNING (the band) would retire to allow him to carry on working with other people and to concentrate on other project writing and solo albums in the pipeline.
UNITED PROGRESSIVE FRATERNITY
Guy was subsequently asked to join the new band fronted by Mark ‘Truey’ Trueack – the United Progressive Fraternity. He helped developed and record material for the debut album “Fall In Love With The World”.
Following the UPF Promotional Tour in 2014, Guy settled down to write material for the next UPF album. Truey however was working in partnership with Steve Unruh at this time and had assembled an Australian based UPF band and the pieces presented for consideration at that time were felt to be not quite what was needed.
So, Guy decided to continue developing his new material for an new Project alongside his UPF friends Marek Arnold and Dan Mash (the UPF European arm!). Sean (Timms) was also asked to join the ensemble and the quartet, now named DAMANEK, started to record the eight pieces selected for the debut album “On Track”. DAMANEK performed most the new material live at Summer’s End 2016 with the quartet augmented by Luke Machin on guitar and Henry Rogers on Drums. The band went down a storm!!!
“On Track” was finally released in May 2017 on the Giant Electric Pea label and has garnered fantastic reviews across the board (see www.damanek.com) for details. Guy is currently writing the Damanek follow up album and also some new pieces for UPF’s second album in collaboration with Truey!
“I’m really excited about putting myself into United Progressive Fraternity and giving it my best. Plus, it’s great to be a part of a band that has an important lyrical message too. The concepts that Mark has written are vital issues that really speak to us all.”
From a very young age, Joe Toscano was beating on pots and pans in time while his father played the guitar. It seemed Joe was destined to become a drummer even back then. As an impressionable young boy, watching Animal on the Muppets and Kiss’ Peter Criss helped cement his decision and by the age of ten, Joe began taking formal drum lessons to develop his craft.
“I realised at that point that there was more to the art of drumming than just playing along in time,” said Joe. “A whole new world opened up to me, where I started to pay attention to music theory, syncopation and the different rhythmic aspects of playing. At the age of twelve, I remember my drum teacher loaned me a copy of Deep Purple’s California Jam concert on video and he told me to pay attention to Ian Paice and that really blew my mind!”
After years of being exposed to his Dad’s record collection, which included Jimi Hendrix, The Shadows and Black Sabbath, Joe’s love of music combined with his own curious nature led him to start broadening his listening tastes and he began to discover bands like Rush, Iron Maiden, Rainbow, Scorpions and Led Zeppelin.
By the late 80’s Joe was attending drum clinics held by the likes of virtuosos Simon Phillips, Dave Weckl and Virgil Donati (with whom Joe had a lesson) and this opened up his musical vocabulary even more as he started to become influenced by jazz, prog rock and world music.
Joe joined his first proper band Einstein’s Child (later The Childs) in 1990 playing covers around the local music scene in Adelaide. His first show with the band even included a tribute to Neil Peart’s famous Rhythm Method drum solo, much to the surprise of the modest audience! Later the band began writing original material and Joe went with them to Melbourne to record their first album at Sing Sing Studios, which was then mixed at John Farnham’s Gotham Studios. The band began receiving local radio airplay and had become a favourite on the Adelaide music circuit with high profile support slots for bands like The Angels, Joan Jett, The Divinyls, Tim Finn and Screaming Jets cementing their reputation.
Joe spread his wings in the mid to late 90’s by playing a mix of covers and original material with a number of other local rock bands in Adelaide such as Outshine, The Court Jesters and Sound. It was during this time period that Joe first met up and played with vocalist Mark Trueack in a fledgling progressive outfit that went on to become Pangea (and much later Unitopia).
In 2001, Joe was invited to join Adelaide metal band The Loving Tongue, with whom he recorded “Shadows of Innocence” (2009) and “Temple of Love” (2012). It was through The Loving Tongue that led Joe to join Metal Blade act Raven Black Night, with whom he recorded “Choose The Dark” (2004) and “Barbarian Winter” (2013).
“It’s funny how sometimes things come full circle” said Joe about reconnecting with Mark Trueack in United Progressive Fraternity. After a number of years playing covers in Adelaide pubs with various outfits, Joe and long time friend and bass player Mark Franco reconnected with Mark Trueack who was scouting for talented musicians to join his prog rock collective. Joe said “I’ve always really loved prog rock. It gives musicians an opportunity to stretch out and try new things. It’s also exciting to be recording with other talented players such as Guy Manning and Steve Unruh not to mention prog heavyweights such as Steve Hackett and Jon Anderson, who have long been heroes of mine”.
(UPF Choir, Opera Singer, Soprano)
“I am proud to be a part of the United Progressive Fraternity and I am deeply honoured to be working with so many wonderfully talented musicians who are passionate about their music and environment because I believe it is important to love and protect our planet and its precious resources. I am concerned about the devastation caused to our river-ways such as that witnessed by the destruction of the Coorong & Murray River systems across South Australia as well as other parts of the Eastern water ways. Equally, I am troubled by the visual & environmental pollution caused by wars, poverty and famine, including the destruction of historical monuments and natural surrounds. It is my hope that my voice and music will inspire audiences to find a deeper connection to their environment and human compassion for their fellow man.”
By age 14, soprano Grace Bawden’s voice was already likened to a Stradivarius by a former State Opera Chorus Master.
Grace’s mature, operatic voice can soar from highs to lows across over four octaves.
At age 15, Grace was a Judge’s Choice, Grand Finalist in the Channel 7 Australia’s Got Talent 2008 series & has already been noticed by many heavy-weights in the music & entertainment industry, including Entertainment Editor, Richard Wilkins; Australian Idol Judge, Mark Holden, BJ Cook, & Hans Ebert, Former Executive Director, Universal Music & EMI SE Asia.
In 2008, Grace completed work on her Debut Album “Gifts of Grace”, with multi-award winning Producer/ Writer, Audius Mtawarira and despite offer of a recording contract by a major Sony BMG, Grace remains an independent artist. One of her highlights was singing with the Soweto Gospel Choir, as featured in “Cold Outside”. Later in 2008, Grace sold-out her Sydney Opera House show for World Youth Day, finishing to a standing ovation.
In 2010, Grace was ranked #57 out of over 2000 applicants world-wide for entry into the prestigious Centro Universale del Bel Canto (CUBEC) in Modena, Italy; run by one of Italy’s most revered & beloved sopranos, Ms Mirella Freni. As one of the youngest (by average of 7 years) Grace was one of only 60 auditionees to even be ranked as “Fit for Entry”. Grace one day hopes to study at the La Scuola Dell’ Opera Italiana in Bologna, where a place has been exclusively reserved pending raising the substantial scholarship funds needed for her tuition.
In 2014, Grace attracted full-house standing ovations to a sell-out season of Co-Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly, performing in the lead role of Cio-Cio San.
Since then, Grace has performed as Leonora (Il Trovatore), Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), Countess (Marriage of Figaro), Yum Yum (The Mikado) and Mimi (La Boheme).
Grace has featured in global news through NITV and SBS World News and is also the subject of a feature documentary, “Finding Grace” which is currently in production.
In recognition of her charitable work through the arts, Grace was made a “Living Legend” of the City of Salisbury, a “Friends of Australia” Ambassador to Tourism Australia & “Young Citizen of the Year 2012”.
KEITH THOMAS, Levosia (Multi-award winning Sony Producer to Charlotte Church):
“Grace’s voice is one of the best I’ve ever heard!! …Dear God, this girl is a star! In my opinion, all she needs to do is stand up there & smile the way she does. The music is a bonus! That’s star power for you.”
The Stickista Guillermo Cides is an Argentinian musician recognized internationally for his concerts and CDs played with the Stick. A pioneer in solo Stick concerts in his country, Cides has performed a large number of concerts in different countries throughout a musical career of more than 15 years, becoming one of the most highly regarded players of this instrument.
In the decade of the 90s appeared the first concertists and Chapman Stick solo recordings, and Guillermo Cides was one of the most active performers with his albums ‘El mundo interior de los planetas’, ‘Primitivo’ and the brilliant ‘The Bach Tribute’, completely played with the Stick.
As one of the few exponents of this instrument in the world, he has played as an artist guest in concerts of Roger Hodgson (Supertramp); Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Jethro Tull; Fish (Marillion), John Wetton (Asia, UK); Rick Wakeman (Yes); Trey Gunn (King Crimson), California Guitar Trio and has also toured world wide offering his own shows.
The Chapman Stick combines bass / chords and guitar, is hung diagonally on the chest and is played by tapping the strings with the fingers of both hands simultaneously with a piano-like logic, transforming the musician into a tactile percussionist. It was invented by the Californian luthier Emmett Chapman in the 1970s and is at present hand-made by its inventor.
Guillermo Cides would cultivate his own style with the Stick, marked specially by popular melodies combined with modern sounds and a style of playing that would characterize him in the future. The multiplicity of sounds in the stage generated with the Chapman Stick turned him into a real one-man band. From 1994 he began to experiment with loops, a technology based on recording sounds onstage at the same moment in which they are played and in this way generating complex sonic environments. He was to apply this modern technique in particular to popular and classic melodies (J. S. Bach).
Chus Gancedo got his first drumkit at the age of 12 and has never stopped studying his instrument till this day. He ́s had lessons with some of the greatest drummers around Spain (Salvador Niebla, Ángel Crespo,…) and also around the UK (Pete Zeldman, RitchieStevens, Tristan Maillot,…).
During 2007 Chus got a scholarship from the spanish government to study at the London Centre Of Contemporary Music (LCCM), and graduated with distintion in performance and production that year.
In 2012 Chus won the Shure Mastery competition in Spain and travelled to Iceland to play in the final phase of the international competition. And also in 2013 he won the Roland V-Drum championship in Spain and got the chance to play in the final competition in Germany during the Frankfurt Musikmesse.
He ́s been touring around Spain with different bands and also as a clinician, performing in some of the most prestigious drum festivals around his country, such as La Rioja Drumming Festival.
“Music’s potential to communicate ideas and touch the soul should be harnessed to the full, and there can surely be no bigger idea worth communicating than the dangers facing the only habitable planet we know of. I’m honoured to have been invited by Truey to contribute to this important project, and to help alert the world to facts that profoundly affect each and every one of us.”
Composer, keyboard player and producer Nick Magnus is best known for his work with ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett from 1978 to 1989, providing his keyboard talents to at least twelve of Hackett’s albums to date, as well as extensively touring Europe, the UK and the US.
Nick started his musical career in early 1976 with the cult symphonic rock ensemble, The Enid. At the end of that year, he and drummer Robbie Dobson left The Enid to spend two years with the progressive rock band Autumn. On February 15th, 1999 Autumn released a Mini CD of their material originally recorded 23 years ago, entitled Oceanworld.
He has released four previous solo albums of his own compositions: ‘Straight On Till Morning’ (1994), ‘Inhaling Green’ (1999), ‘Hexameron’ (2004) and ‘Children Of Another God’ (2010). A live album with John Hackett was released in March 2011. Nick’s fifth solo album ‘N’monix’ was scheduled for release on April 28th 2014.
The latter half of the 80’s was spent doing session work with many diverse recording artistes such as China Crisis, Renaissance, George Martin, Mungo Jerry, Johhny Mars, Cilla Black, Jose Carrerras, Brian May, Richie Havens, Bonnie Tyler, Mike Batt, Classix Nouveaux, David Essex, Pete Bardens (Camel), Duncan Browne, Chris Rea, and Colin Blunstone.
The 1990s saw album chart successes for Nick’s co-productions of the Project D Synthesiser albums. He also achieved platinum sales for his productions and arrangements for the internationally acclaimed series of Pan Pipe Moods albums, released by Polygram records.
Further productions include two albums by Celtic Spirit : Celtic Dreams and Celtic Dreams 2, both of which have enjoyed international success. ‘Is That Your Final Answer?’ was Nick’s 2000 dance remix version of music from the smash-hit TV gameshow ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’. Subsequently in 2007, he was commissioned to produce an ‘energised’ re-recording of the theme music for ‘Millionaire’ which is currently being broadcast on the show in the UK. Throughout the summer of 2001 audiences applauded the new arrangements of Lennon and McCartney songs Nick contributed to the West End musical, ‘All You Need is Love’.
As well as a varied history as a composer, producer and arranger, Nick also penned the soundtrack to the cult horror movie “Bloody New Year”, directed by Norman J Warren (Inseminoid, Terror, Satan’s Slave, Prey). As a result of contributing to numerous other works for film, TV and radio, Nick has since gained much experience in working with music to picture.
He has also delivered lectures and seminars on many aspects of music technology and music production, whilst also writing diverse articles on these subjects for the music press.
“In a world where brute force as a means to an end has only brought hurt to many, a gentler, more compassionate means is the the new paradigm. Imagine a revolution based in only love for all sentient beings? Yet this has been the way right under our noses for over two thousand years. The time is now for us to start practicing this as a means, not to an end, but to a beginning. I believe the UPF project is well on the path to this new beginning, and I’m looking forward to paying it forward with Mark and the rest of the Fraternity.”
Lisa grew up surrounded by music, having an opera singing mum and a professional jazz drumming dad. She was never too far from a piano or drum kit, and was most profoundly influenced by her father’s passion for World Music. Her first love was drums, after watching Nigerian drummer, Baba Olatunji on a TV special at the age of 8. Attending Potsdam College in the 1980’s, she was able to work with many of the talented music students at the renowned Crane School of Music, singing in various bands for pocket money and studying studio recording technique. It wasn’t until 1997 when she decided to take formal drum lessons and, whilst studying for her Medical Boards, bought her first drum kit, a Gretsch 4 piece jazz kit.
Since then, and many drum kits later, she continues to practice medicine, sing, and play as a sessions musician with groups in the U.S., most notably as the touring drummer/percussionist for progressive rock group, Edison’s Children. She has performed with West African drum troop, Adanfo, and studied Middle Eastern hand drumming and Latin percussion. She most recently performed with Bowie guitarist, Earl Slick and Rolling Stones vocalist, Bernard Fowler. She is a regular as part of an ensemble group of Central New York’s most talented musicians at The Ridge Tribute Tuesdays. She runs progressive music agency, SmokeWind Music and Productions.
Though her music influences are vast, and change from week to week, a few of them include Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, UK, Bill Bruford, Gavin Harrison, Nina Simone, and Oliver Mtukudzi.
“United Progressive Fraternity brings a much needed message to the people of the world, as stated in my book ‘Storms of My Grandchildren’. I stand wholeheartedly by their commitment to raise the awareness of as many people as possible to take corrective action and innovate fastidious planning to mitigate the runaway effects of Climate change.”
We are extremely honoured and pleased to announce that Dr. James E. Hansen, one of the world’s foremost climate scientists, has endorsed the message of United Progressive Fraternity.
Dr. Hansen will be an honorary contributing member to the music and lyrics of Planetary Overload – Loss and Hope. At least one song will feature Dr. Hansen’s spoken messages, based on the theme of his 2010 book ‘Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity’.
Background: Dr. Hansen, former top climate scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and currently Director of Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions program -The Earth Institute at Columbia University, presented testimony before congress in 1988 that brought the issue of global warming to the attention of the world and continues as an leading activist, researcher, and advocate for climate warming intervention worldwide. Dr Hansen also served as science adviser to Al Gore on the 2006 documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.
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)
“It’s a real honour to be asked to contribute to UPF. It’s great to see Australia making such a strong mark on the progressive music scene and it’s a real pleasure to be a part of that. Furthermore, this is a musical collective with an important environmental message that will hopefully make everyone think about the responsibility we all have to look after this planet we call home.”
Matt’s mother says she remembers Matt coming down the hallway singing the song “Movie Star” by one hit wonder Harpo, when he was just a toddler – a sign of things to come perhaps? He was always drawn to music as a child and a love of Kiss and the animated music video for Roger Glover and Ronnie James Dio’s hit “Love Is All” both left a huge impression on him.”
As a youngster, Matt always had a transistor radio in his room along with a small record collection, which he treasured. “I was an only child until the age of ten and music was a great companion for me, something that entertained me and fully captured my imagination” said Matt. At the age of twelve, he began to discover bands like Van Halen and Rush and instantly fell in love with heavy metal and prog rock. “It was around this time that many of my friends were learning an instrument and while I showed an interest in learning the guitar, it just never really stuck for me” says Matt.
By 18, Matt decided to take some vocal lessons from a local teacher. It was then that he discovered a natural ability to sing but his lack of confidence meant the only person who ever heard him was his teacher! Matt spent much of his 20’s living in the UK and Europe working in the music industry with some of the biggest names in prog rock. However aside from a guest vocal spot on a friend’s album (“Uneasy Listening” by Dirtbox ), he rarely pursued his interests in singing.
Upon returning to Australia in late 2001, Matt finally joined his first band – a Beatles tribute called ‘Glass Onion’. Matt explained, “A friend of mine was starting a Beatles cover band and encouraged me to come down and have a jam with them. He said you’ve always wanted to sing, if you don’t have a go now you never will. I figured as it was with people I knew, I had nothing to worry about. It didn’t take long before I realised I could sing the songs well and from there the confidence thing just grew”.
Matt performed locally around the Adelaide music scene for a few years both with ‘Glass Onion’ and then later with ‘Toast’, another group of friends playing classic rock covers by bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Whitesnake. Then in 2014, Matt answered an online ad from a Pink Floyd tribute band seeking a lead vocalist. His audition was a success and since then, Matt has been performing in theatres around the country with Echoes of Pink Floyd – Australia’s premier Pink Floyd tribute show. A combination of his experience and passion for Pink Floyd, made him the perfect vocalist to re-create the stylings of both Roger Waters and David Gilmour.
After reconnecting with his old band mates from ‘Toast’ who introduced him to vocalist Mark Trueack, Matt was honoured to be asked to take part in United Progressive Fraternity. “It’s exciting!” said Matt, “I’ve not really had the opportunity to be a part of an original band before so I really appreciate being asked to contribute to the new UPF album. It’s so great to see Australia really developing quite a respectable prog scene and to be a part of that in some way is a dream for me”.
“I love music… I believe music to be one of the few truly tangible forms of expression that can divulge the makeup of our universe: dimensions of colour, resonance, vibrancy, dynamics, emotion and feel. Our universe is a living entity teaming with energy. Music is the song it sings… I believe a musician’s goal is to be able to hear how music wishes to be written by listening to the story it wants to tell us… musicians represent the voice of the universe. Our planet is currently crying out in pain and needs to be heard. I am overjoyed to have been invited to partake in UPF and help lift the voice that is pleading with us about environmental needs, our fellow creatures and our fragile existence. United Progressive Fraternity provides an important, musical vocalisation of support for the move towards new solutions that this world needs to find. This move forward has never been as urgent as it is right now.”
Angus Keay grew up in a very musical environment. His mother; a talented soprano and accomplished singing teacher, would often find him sitting in on her classes absorbing everything that went on. He would regularly browse through his parent’s extensive record collection and listen intently whilst studying every detail of the record sleeves, thereby cementing his love for journeying through the various landscapes of recorded sound. Somewhere along the line he picked up a new sound in his head that followed him everywhere as a small child. He would vocalise these fascinating tones by using his throat and mouth while he went about the daily activities of a typical 1970’s kid with the world at his feet. Then late one evening it all made sense… his father told him to turn on the TV and check out ‘The Kids Are Alright’ with The Who. He recognized the sound and finally understood who he was. He was put on this earth to play the electric guitar.
Having a broad musical background allowed his interest in music to grow exponentially. He consumed a varied diet of music and absorbed everything he could find with true devotion and at this point; an unrequited love for the electric guitar. He then discovered a trinity of influences that would join together to form the solid foundation upon which his journey as a musician would begin: Frank Zappa, Stanley Clarke and Pink Floyd.
Angus studied the guitar and bass privately throughout his teens and went on to study at university majoring in classical music theory. He then began another degree in jazz while playing in various bands around Adelaide, Australia. To support his studies, he took on guitar and bass students of all ages, styles and abilities. By doing this, Angus soon discovered that to teach with the highest level of quality and professionalism, he needed to reflect upon the didactic process involved in learning and teaching and thereby internalise his own understandings on completely different level. This helped to raise his musical comprehension to new heights and established him as the go to guitar teacher at the “John Reynolds School of Music” and at “Fretco” in Adelaide.
This was a very busy time. Angus was teaching 40-50 students each week, playing in the hugely successful Adelaide cover band “The Court Jesters” with drummer Joe Toscano three nights per week, working as a guitar tech for another band and composing and performing original music with the instrumental progressive rock band; “Sound”, together with keyboardist Matthew Atherton, bassist Mark Franco and drummer Joe Toscano. “Sound” remains one of Angus’ crown achievements where the influences of King Crimson, Yes, Il Balletto Di Bronzo, Genesis, Rush, PFM, Zappa and more became channelled into a striking new chapter of progressive rock.
While playing a cover gig in Adelaide during the 1990’s, Angus met his future wife; a Swedish girl. Before he knew it, he was living in Sweden, making new friends and embarking on new musical adventures. Since moving to Sweden Angus has played in a variety of cover bands including the popular “Two Up Front” and the endearing “Mike Hardon and the Nude Contribution”. He was also a key member in the heavy rock bands “Cosmic Flow” and “Bi-Polar Fuzz Attack”, both of which featured the talents of drummer Bosse Lundström and guitarist Pelle Gunnarsson.
Angus has continued teaching guitar and bass privately since moving to Sweden at his studio, “Shredus Studios”. He has also worked as the head guitar teacher at “Folkuniversitetet” for many years, and is currently working as a qualified Yamaha teacher at “Svandammens Musikskola”. Having a strong interest for the rhythm techniques of South Indian Carnatic music; Angus is currently in the process of writing a book aimed at teaching young children the rhythmic language of konokol.
Knowing that Angus has always had a passion for sound, playability and technology, it will be of no surprise to hear that he is an avid collector of guitars, amps and effect pedals. His knowledge and ear for great tone has led to his appointment as an ambassador for both the BJFE and One Control brands of effects.
Via Melodic Revolution Records (30 Dec 2017):
The music has gone quiet temporarily at Melodic Revolution Records as we sadly report the tragic news of the loss of one near and dear to our hearts and a member of our Melodic Revolution Family. Last evening our dear friend and Musician Extraordinaire, Colin Tench left this world, and though the music lives on we will forever feel the loss of his creativity.
According to members of the family we have learned that Colin passed away peacefully due to natural causes. Out of respect to his family we felt it necessary to keep this info out of the public attention until all family members were notified.
On behalf of us all at Melodic Revolution Records we extend our deepest love, eternal respect and condolences to the family, friends and fans of Colin Tench. Colin was 63 years old and had just released his latest album “minor Masterpiece” under the “Colin Tench Project.” Anyone that knew or had worked with him could and most definitely would tell you that he was an under-rated and exceptionally talented musician who was charismatic and witty, well respected and loved. Colin was a rare breed indeed in today’s world, a friend and mentor to so many. Colin will be missed more than words can express. We hope that he has taken his wings to join the great gig in the sky, heaven is blessed with our loss. May you rest in peace.
My Dear Colin,
My beautiful, wonderful, amazing friend and brother. I can’t express this deep heartbroken loss I am feeling right now. It is the unspoken word that says the most sometimes… you know… that pause between the musical phrases of life that we reflect upon. I will miss you so and be lost without your friendship and the comradery that we have shared. Your humor was amazing and always brought a smile of admiration to my face even at the worst times, thinking how truly honored I was to even be working and collaborating with a musical genius as you are was simply astounding to me. For in this brief time I’ve been blessed to have known you, you’ve taught me so much. The musical connection we had was simply amazing and divinely inspired… this I know is true. Your compassion, love and knowledge of people and music was unending, honorable at the very least, and this energy and life that IS Colin is still alive and with us and can never cease until times end. You are truly The Maestro of this Masterpiece of life that you have led… and so today… as I write this letter to you with tears in my eyes, I take my hat off to you and bow my head in silence, in love, in respect, and in admiration for your very being and know that you have been lifted up on angels wings my dear dear friend… I know I will one day see you again, the Mad Yeti is not getting rid of me that easily, my orchestra awaits your next baton wave boss… Until we meet again dear brother… Godspeed … natti natti … xoxoxo Gordo Bennett
“My interest in UPF is more than just the music. I have seen pristine coral reefs and then returned to the same places later to find the coral devastated by weird temperature changes in the sea. I visited an Orang Utan rehab centre in Sumatra, mountain trails in the Himalayas, untouched islands in Asia, etc. Sadly, all of these places are now suffering climate problems, massive increases in tourism or war. I’ve seen it and don’t like it!”
In the last 2 years I have been working with many wonderful musicians on albums under the “Colin Tench Project” (CTP) name. Right now the drummer is Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh, Eagles, CSN etc), a true statesman of rock.
The prime singer on both albums is Peter Jones (Camel, Tiger Moth Tales etc), another stunning musician and human being. Through meeting Mark Trueack, I had the luck to find Gordon Bennett, who is now my main collaborator in music, so I have to thank Mark for being the centre of so many good things and even hope that he will honour us with his magical voice one day!
I am also known by some, as the guitarist in Corvus Stone. We tend to play rock music with a touch of just about everything, and often instrumental only. Some say retro. It probably is but not by design.
I love varied music. I grew up with the music of the 60s & 70s in London. It was surprising, fun and it encompassed almost every form of music known. We now call that no rules approach, “Prog”.
I was not involved in actually playing music until the 80s and that was a mistake! Progressive music was not wanted much back then, so 3 years gigging in London with Odin was almost doomed to failure, although we very much enjoyed it.
In 1985 three of us from Odin plus a singer from Los Angeles formed BunChakeze and recorded an album with no help or backing. Again it was great to do but the wrong time. Record companies all showed us the door without listening even.
I began to focus more on work and my other passion: Travel. I love discovering new places, Mountains, Deserts, Jungle, “Real things”. I spent as much time as possible, travelling all over the world. The fact that I was ever in a band became a distant memory.
I can claim for certain, that I was the first backpacker in Afghanistan with the album “Animals” on cassette in 1977. I left a copy of it in a cafe there. I have always forced good music on people! I now live in Sweden, probably the last wilderness in Europe and have fallen headlong into music again.
I started by releasing the BunChakeze album “Whose Dream” 25 years late.
(2012) Corvus Stone released our first 80 minutes album
(2012) I played guitar on The Road To Avalon with ” The Minstrel’s Ghost” Blake Carpenter(a regular with Corvus Stone) and the great Zoltan Csörsz Jr played drums.
(2013) Produced and played guitar on “Return to Mingulay” with Andy john Bradford’s Oceans 5. This is a folk based band but with a difference. Vic Tassone (Unified Past) on drums & Marco Chiappini (also on the Road to Avalon) played keys. We were honoured to have Pink Floyd’s Lorelei McBroom was a guest on the single.
(2014) Corvus Stone II, our 2nd 80 minute album was released
During this time I also played guitars on a semi classical piece called “Wish you could Hear” with Andres Guazzelli, who was also a guest with Oceans 5 and Corvus Stone.
(2014-2015) I did some production and guitars with the band Transmission Rails, which will see a full album in the future. Stef Flaming plays most of the instruments and he was the bass player in Oceans 5 and guest also with Corvus Stone. Our guest drummers so far have been the amazing Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh), and Gary Lynn Hodges (Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham)
2015 Corvus Stone Unscrewed was released
This year (2017), I joined Steve Gresswell’s Coalition as guitarist and that album is about to be released.
I have been working on some music for UPF with Steve Gresswell of Coalition and Petri Lindström, the bass player of Corvus Stone.
Yes I have been busy!
I would say that my approach to music is about getting the right notes or additional melodies to add something to a composition. In Corvus Stone, we all play what we want and that results in something that is unique. You actually can hear that we are all different kinds of musicians. So we end up with a new recipe for every song we do. I also mix our albums and have no equipment at all really. I use my ears and very basic tools and those tools are way easier to use than the 4 track studio world not so long ago. I am not avoiding technology, I just find that it usually sounds bad and takes the life away from music rather too often.
We all have music in us, tho’ nobody knows why. A simple sound, the right note, a magic phrase. That’s what I try to get. That is me!
Jerry 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.
“The idea of Loss and Hope is vital as a driving force behind this CD. Whilst there is so much carnage and violence in today’s world, awareness is growing at a fast rate and indeed Hope is reflected by all our sentiments and actions. Music can lead the way, with a message of love over hatred and the need to care for both the planet and all its inhabitants. I am proud to be a part of this project.”
Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, that produced acclaimed albums such as Selling England by the Pound (a favourite of John Lennon). With Steve’s extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he involves influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues. He is equally adept in his classical albums that include renditions of pieces by composers from Bach to Satie, his own acoustic guitar compositions that have gained the admiration of many, including Yehudi Menuhin, and ambitious guitar/ orchestra albums such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic.
With Genesis, Steve’s guitar playing produced some of the most memorable moments, from the sensitivity of his acoustic sound on Horizons and Blood on the Rooftops to the dramatic rock guitar solos of Firth of Fifth and Fountain of Salmacis. As he embarked on his solo career he developed his exceptional range, pushing musical boundaries into exciting areas, inventing new sounds and also techniques such as ‘tapping’. His solo career went from strength to strength and the mid eighties not only saw the hit single Cell 151, but also the Steve Hackett and Steve Howe supergroup GTR, highly successful in America.
After GTR Steve worked further with many renowned musicians such as Paul Carrick, Bonny Tyler, John Wetton and Brian May, who has credited Steve as an early influence. Steve went on to produce his hit album Genesis Revisited. He went even further back to his roots with Blues with a Feeling, whilst continuing to challenge his own ‘horizons’ with an amazingly eclectic mix of sounds, genres and a sense of the exotic that excites his many followers to this day.
Recent albums have possessed a high level of sophistication, along with an ever-present powerful dynamic, from the dramatic and atmospheric darkness of Darktown and Wild Orchids to the colourful voyage through time and space of To Watch the Storms. 2009’s Out Of The Tunnel’s Mouth, written and recorded in the midst of domestic and professional upheaval, was released to an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and reviewers alike, many of them proclaiming it his best ever. Hot on the heels of OOTTM was Beyond the Shrouded Horizon released in 2011, which has easily received an equally enthusiastic response. In 2012 Steve collaborated with Chris Squire of Yes on the “Squackett” album A Life Within a Day.
Steve’s live electric gigs take his fans on an extraordinary journey drawn from a rich musical heritage. Perennial Genesis favourites such as the mighty Firth Of Fifth sit alongside solo classics, while more recent solo material is also included, demonstrating that Steve is an artist still at the very top of his game. Supported by some of the best musicians on the planet, Steve’s unique guitar work remains the fulcrum on which this challenging and exhilarating show is balanced.
Genesis’ induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2010 stands as a testament to the enduring qualities of their music. Steve has always held a torch for the classic Genesis music. His Genesis Revisited II, a double CD, involves several iconic artists and contains many Genesis favourites. It was released in late October 2012. A Genesis Revisited worldwide tour in 2013 was followed by a Genesis Extended tour in 2014 and early 2015 due to popular demand…
Never one to rest on his laurels, Steve continues to blaze a trail with new material and to be an exhilarating and groundbreaking artist. Following the success of his album Wolflight, his latest album The Night Siren gained even more notoriety, charting in several countries and reaching the top 30 in the UK charts. He tours worldwide. In February / March 2018 he will tour from North America to South America encompassing his whole career with Genesis Revisited, new and old solo numbers and a touch of GTR…
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“First and foremost I’d like to say It’s truly an honor and a pleasure to be able to work with such a great artist, musician, and advocate as Mark Trueack truly is. Being a part of this global fraternity “United Progressive Fraternity” and the stellar musicians and artists that are collaborating as well as their vision and awareness of that which is greater than all of us is incredibly inspiring and rewarding on a personal level. I feel being a part of UPF will allow me to grow in more ways then just musically, as it allows me to be able to contribute to something far greater then one person can achieve of his own doing using music as a vehicle to help achieve the vision, goals, and ideals of The Fraternity in a collaborative and global effort. We have all been given choices in life, and those choices we make are what truly define us as individuals. What we do and how we use what we have been given with respect to this beautiful earth of ours, or anything that we do in our life regardless of how large or small our contribution is, is our responsibility for future generations to come.”
Gordon ‘Gordo’ Bennett, an American guitarist picked up his first guitar, a $15 acoustic, at the age of 10 and immediately fell in love with the instrument and had to have it. Finally with enough pleading convinced his mom to buy it for him. “Thanks Mom!”
By the time the mid 70’s rolled around Gord being 16 was able to get his first electric guitar and amp. Being influenced by the likes of Genesis, Rush, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, etc. Gordo was soaking up the musical atmosphere of the time. Then the awakening came in his mid 20’s, discovering bands like Return To Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson and Frank Zappa putting Gordo on a musical path he is still on today.
Now playing guitar for over 45 years, and having played in various rock and progressive rock bands through the years. Gord became more interested in synth guitar, electronic music, midi and audio recording and the production of music. Finally being able to build his first full fledged recording studio in the mid 90’s boosting 32 tracks of pristine digital audio Gordo’s musical dream was at last a reality. Gordo has recorded and produced several of his own albums over the years including, Electronic New Age, Acoustic New Age, Rock and Progressive Rock Albums.
Gordo’s main guitar influences include Robert Fripp, John McLaughlin, Steve Hackett, Adrian Belew, Frank Zappa, and Alex Lifeson, with all of them leading him into guitar synthesis.
2014 – 2015 was a pivotal year defining Gordo musically, finding his musical niche, and fitting comfortably into it. By going back to his roots and searching out what he truly loved and wanted to do musically, he left the band he was currently in and began composing and recording music without boundaries. “I find solace and completeness in composing music” “It defines me for who I am” he says. Incorporating symphonic and classical music into his writing has been a vision of his for some time stemming from his love of classical music. This all leading him into the writing and recording of his album ‘Fun In OuterSpace’ released June 2015. All the music on this album was composed & performed by Gordo using a Godin synth access guitar and a Macbook. All of his projects are produced & recorded at GorMusik Studio’s.
In September of 2015 Gordo was asked to collaborate on the release of Ron Marquiss new album “One Or The Whole”, composing the title track, a 12 minute Symphonic Rock piece for the album, with contributions from Robert McClung and Ron Marquiss on the piece. The project is a concept album, with spoken word and narration, the brainchild of Ronald Marquiss / M Destiny including a host of many great Friday Night Progressive artists on the album.
At the same time in 2015 Gordo was approached by Mark Truey Trueack to see if he’d like to work on some music for the upcoming United Progressive Fraternity Album ‘Planetary Overload’ and was extremely happy to contribute to such a huge project. The arrangement written will feature some incredible talent on it and is entitled ‘Seeds for Life’ which will be on the Planetary Overload album – ‘Part 1 Loss’ slated for a 2018 release. Also Gordo is currently working on another arrangement for the second Planetary Overload album, ‘Part 2 Hope’ of the 2 album project.
2016 – 2017 brought more opportunities for Gordo to work his orchestral skills with Colin Tench on his Album ‘Hair in a G-String’ which was released September 2016 featuring a host of many talented musicians and vocalists.
In between working with Colin Tench Gordo was asked to score orchestra on a track entitled ‘As You Do’ for Joshua Leibowitz for his single track released in November 2016.
January 2017 saw the first single release for GorMusik’s GorFusion album featuring the bass playing of Joe Serwinowski for that side project with several more tracks currently in production.
March 2017 brings Gordo back to the Colin Tench Project. Now with a core band being established, featuring Peter Jones on Vocals (Tiger Moth Tales, Camel), Joe Vitale on drums (Joe Walsh, The Eagles), Petri Lindstrom on bass (Progeland, Corvus Stone), and now Emmy Award nominated vocalist Joey Lugassy the work has begun with Gordo scoring more orchestral arrangements for the upcoming project with Colin Tench on guitars piano and production (Corvus Stone, Bunchakeze). The new album ‘minor Masterpiece’ is slated for a 2017 release.
Currently Gordo is also working on several recording projects of his own ranging from Symphonic Progressive metal, Hard Rock, Fusion, Acoustic, and New Age music with more on the way for future release.
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“The future of humanity will certainly go through the conquest of new planets far from our solar system. Proxima Centauri b is certainly the exoplanet most suited to accommodate a human colony in the course of the 22nd century… But before embarking on this wonderful space adventure we need everything possible to preserve the balance and the majesty of which has greeted life for millions of years. This is the land of our ancestors and it deserves that we respect it as they have done for thousands of years. Some tribes all around the globe still know how to use the treasures it contains for food or medicine. Our ultra-consumer appetite pushes us to gradually destroy our environment. Soon 10 billion people will seek to feed themselves and draw in the final resources; a single drop of water and the slightest ears of wheat to survive. Before reaching the point of no return we must teach to future generations the importance of preserving our natural environment and find sustainable solutions to living with the animal and plant Kingdom. This musical project is proof that united together we are able to awaken our consciences.”
Christophe Lebled has worked with YES’ singer Jon Anderson a number of times over the years, more recently providing instrumentals for Jon Anderson’s prized concept album Survival & Other Stories. Jon again requested Christophe to collaborate on ‘Race to the End’ for the Olympic Games in London 2012.
Chris plays a big tribute to Vangelis while keeping within the same melody and intricate harmony structures of Vangelis compositions; the sound and atmosphere are 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.
Jon Anderson, who had joined with Vangelis years ago going by the musician title ‘Jon & Vangelis’ had this to say about Christophe Lebled’s release Tribute to Vangelis:
“It has been almost impossible to find a musician who can make music as Vangelis does, and here we have Chris Lebled, a wonderful music man very capable of morphing into many styles of music, and sound very unique at the same time. I have a wonderful energy with Chris, and feel blessed to enjoy a rich working relationship.” – Jon Anderson.
Christophe Lebled from France began training on classical piano and then keyboards when he discovered progressive rock music, and the most influential and popular artists of the time period which, as you might have guessed were Jon Anderson of Yes and the band, Genesis. Their influence in music during this time period cannot be overstated.
During the 1980’s when new wave was popular Christophe instead chose the direction of Jazz-Fusion and took up formal studies of harmony and arranging at the American School of Modern Music. He also studied jazz piano with artists Barry Harris and Kenny Barron.
Christophe then intermixed a new cultural sound to his repertoire and entered the world of Latin music during the 1990’s in Paris France. It was during this period the Vox Terrae label enlisted him on several projects. Christophe Lebled’s first release in his own name was About Us (2007), and Tribute to Vangelis (2011).
Chris began to compose music for TV shows in 2004 with the album ‘Cycles’ for Kokamedia/Universal. In 2012 Chris wrote an entire concept album for the label Encore Merci. ‘Special Investigation’ is a 20 track album of Action/Investigation inspired music for TV & radio Shows. Christophe has also composed hundreds of tracks for French label Kaptain Music. His music features on Ninja Warriors, The Bachelor, The Island, Political and many other kinds of TV shows in France. He also composed original music for TOTAL / L’Oreal & GSK Laboratory.
Christophe is playing keyboards on the upcoming album of California singer Joanna St. Claire, ‘Naked Kiss’ alongside Jimmy Haun (Yes) and Dave Meros (Spock’s Beard ) .
Chris has joined the United Progressive Fraternity by adding his arrangement for the opening theme which is part of the upcoming ‘Planetary Overload’ double set during summer 2016. He is also playing keys on ‘What Happens Now’.
Christophe Lebled is honored to be a member of the professional society ‘Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music’ (SACEM).
“There is no doubt concerning the overload of the planet, and no doubt about the Hope, as well. Working on this project has meant a huge effort to translate my love for the planet, and my great hope, into music. I will always thank Mark and the whole staff for this opportunity. Until then, we will be hoping we will make music, and where there is music, there will be hope.”
Ettore Salati (born April 29, 1974) is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer from Milan, Italy.
He is best known for his work with The Watch, Alex Carpani, David Jackson, Aldo Tagliapietra, Karl Potter and many others.
He has been part of The Watch from 2000 to 2007, then entered Alex Carpani Band till nowadays and had frequent side-projects collaborations with the above mentioned artists.
He has been featured in several progressive rock world-released albums and has produced many full-lengths, including SoulenginE’s “Mind Colours” and The RedZen’s “Void”.
Since 2000 he tours Europe, North, Center and South America and Japan, playing live in the most world-renowned progressive rock international festival, like Baja Prog, RoSfest, Prog’Sud, Trieste Summer Rock Festival, Progday International Festival, Prog Exhibition, Nisville Jazz Festival, Gong Prog Fest, Fasano Jazz Festival, Virada Cultural and many others.
“In February 2017, I turned 50 and by Victorian standards that basically means I am now in extra time. If I want to make a difference I don’t actually have that much time left. But don’t think that means I want to make a mark, no, my future will be dedicated to the exact opposite, that of not leaving a mark. Unfortunately I start out with a severe handicap – my mere existence has already been a bigger burden on the planet than it should have been. I have added to the damage done to the atmosphere, plastic I have bought has without doubt found its way into our oceans, my carbon footprint can probably be seen from space, yes, I have already left my mark.”
All of our actions and choices have an effect on the world around us. UPF reaches out through music to spread a sense of awareness and ultimately of hope that it isn’t too late to turn the tide. I’ll be honest, when I was first asked to become part of the UPF team I didn’t initially realise the full extent of the impact it was about to have on my way of thinking and living. I know it won’t fail to affect other people in the same positive way.”
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”.
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“I give my time freely to support the cause of awakening and activating a change in mindset that is necessary to save the human race from self-annihilation. For me there is no better way to spread the message than through the creative musical talents of ‘The Frat’ (UPF) created by Mark Truey Trueack.”
Ted has been fascinated by progressive rock since the early 70’s starting with a flurry of self-discovery with albums such as Queen (Sheer Heart Attack), ELP (Welcome Back My Friends…), and avalanching into Kansas (Leftoverture), Rush (A Farewell to Kings), Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper, Renaissance, Gentle Giant, Genesis, and on and on. Going to university in Boston provided ample opportunity to hone a collection of both new and second-hand vinyl masterpieces. Concerts at the Boston Garden were cherished events.
Fast forward to 2006. MySpace opened up a plethora of first contact opportunities with frontmen and managers of various cover bands, and Ted quickly seized the opportunity to curate a collection of prog rock videos online. He then began blogging and interviewing various personalities including roadies, album cover designers, etc. Eventually he befriended and interviewed rock royalty such as Paul Bielatowicz (Neal Morse, Carl Palmer Band), the late Tony Ortiz, Damon Shulman (son of GG’s Phil Shulman). He collaborated with Anne Leighton on a Gentle Giant project, and has met up with both Paul Whitehead and Leonardo Pavkovic (Moonjune Records) when they were passing through Singapore. He did a 40 minute phone interview with Orianthi Panagaris in 2008 (she was an unknown recording her first album, pre-Grammy performance with Carrie Underwood), and enjoyed chatting with Nikki Squire (Esquire) in both English and Spanish.
Along came Facebook, and Ted became the co-administrator of the first Orianthi FB fanpage, and provided publicity/promotion for Moonjune Records. Working on a project in collaboration with Olga Potekhina (Ed Unitsky fanpage), he was in contact with several of Ed’s best known clients, including David Rohl (Mandalaband), and Mark Trueack (Unitopia). This is how he first met Truey.
Several years and many interviews/websites later, United Progressive Fraternity announced their first single “The Water”. Ted chatted up his friend Truey and offered his services, and the next thing he knew, was given the keys to the website. Since 2014 their friendship and deep understanding of one another’s causes and concerns has rung true in many senses, musically, graphically (Ted now produces the band’s music videos), lyrically (Ted has co-written the lyrics for the epic ‘Seeds for Life’). In addition he managed the lyrics contest for Planetary Overload (PO), and connected with none other than the ‘father of climate change’, Dr. James E. Hansen who agreed to be involved in support of UPF’s message on PO.
For the music video ‘Fall in Love with the World’, Ted arranged for many of the future guest arrangers and musicians on PO to record footage. The video features Kristoffer Gildenlöw, Phil Naro, Steve Unruh, Joanna St. Claire, Owen LeLean, Dale Nougher, Ben Craven, Jose Manuel Medina, and of course, Truey.
For the music video ‘Travelling Man (The Story of ESHU)’ he liased with several award winning international producers of live action, animation, stop motion, and cgi (Blender) short films to create a 20+ minute mini-movie featuring live band footage from UPF’s 2014 European tour (6 cameras). Steve Hackett filmed a guest spot for the video also.
Ted now produces music videos for The Samurai of Prog (Marco Bernard, Steve Unruh, Kimmo Pörsti), DAMANEK (Guy Manning), Interpose+ (Sayuri Aruga, Japan), Paidarion (Kimmo Pörsti), Unitopia (2017 box set). He created the video projections for U.N.I.T.db (RoSfest 2017) for the Unitopia songs ‘The Garden’, ‘Tesla’, ‘Suffocation/Artificial World’, and ‘The Great Reward’. Other video work includes syncing a Skype audio feed from Pennsylvania with camera footage from UPF ‘live in the studio’ in Adelaide, Australia for Marty Dorfman’s Progressive Coffeehouse.