It was the evening of the 6th of May and just a week or so before IQ had played De Melkweg in Amsterdam where they premiered new album The Road Of Bones to an enthusiastic crowd. 18:30 sharp and the telephone rang. Mike Holmes presenting himself on the other side of the line as I thanked him for taking the time to talk to DPRP.
Formed in 2010 in Saint Petersburg, Russian duo iamthemorning has just released its second album as part of the ever-growing Kscope records roster. Featuring Conservatory-trained pianist Gleb Kolyadin and vocalist Marjana Semkina, Belighted was recorded and mixed by Marcel van Limbeek (Tori Amos) and also features Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) on drums.
Taking influences from an equal measure of classical and progressive rock greats, Belighted is a rare gem of chamber Prog which lyrically and musically offers sadness, loneliness and pain, amidst beauty, happiness and hope. Andy Read puts the questions. Marjana provides some answers.
I recently had the good fortune to speak to Joel Cummins, keyboard player with American band Umphrey’s McGee, freshly returned to the US after a three-night stint in London, England.
What Rob did next, after the Kompendium and Magenta albums, Magenta’s bass player Rob Reed is releasing an album that is very personal to her him, a Mike Oldfield and Tubular Bells inspired epic called “Sanctuary”. DPRP’s John Wenlock-Smith caught up with Rob recently and he had this to say about this new album
With a fourth release coming up it is high time for an interview with The Psychedelic Ensemble, after receiving raving reviews for the first three releases we all are wondering what is up next.
Being ever the courteous man I expected him to be, the phone rang 9:30 sharp and as I answered the call, there was the unmistakable voice of Ian Anderson asking me whether he was phoning to a landline. As I answered “Yes, most certainly” a “Good” was muttered and we ventured into the interview.
A good friend from Spain, called Rafa, noticed the Progdreams III festival that I was going to had Harvest on the line-up. He congratulated me on that and urged me to do an interview. And although I was not familiar with the band, I’m glad I followed his orders! So here I am at a table of the cosy venue’s café, a few hours before the show, facing singer Monique van der Kolk and Jordi Prats (lead guitar). And Toni Munné (bass) on my left.
Alan White has been a member of Yes since 1972 joining after the classic Close to the Edge album but just in time forYessongs, prior to joining Yes he was the drummer in John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band appearing on three albums with the legendary ex-Beatle, some forty years on he still fills the same drum stool despite all the comings and goings throughout the years only Alan and Chris Squire have remained constant, On the eve of their world tour where they will play three classic albums in their entirety DPRP’s John Wenlock-Smith took time to speak with Alan White about these shows and future prospects for Yes
In the second part of our Transatlantic special we bring you DPRP’s Basil Francis in conversation with the indefatigable Neal Morse. Keen eyed readers may notice that we asked both Neal and Pete some of the same questions – we’ll pull these together on Facebook later in the week.
In a first instalment of Transatlantic we bring you Marcel Hartenberg’s interview with Pete Trewavas. Tune in tomorrow at the same time for Basil Francis in conversation with Neal Morse!