King Crimson alumni Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto join with touch guitarist Markus Reuter in this unique album featuring multiple Sticks. Levin, noted for the unique Stick opening riff of“Elephant Talk” on the seminal King Crimson album ‘Discipline’, is a premier player of the instrument. Mastelotto is in demand all over the world as the premier drummer for progressive rock. Markus Reuter is a composer/guitarist who designs and plays his own unique touch style guitar. With all these unusual instruments, this does not sound like three guys!
In addition to his eleven solo recordings, ten-string touch-guitarist, Trey Gunn has toured and/or recorded with King Crimson, David Sylvian, Vernon Reid, Brian Eno, Azam Ali,Maynard J. Kennan's Puscifer’s,John Paul Jones, Robert Fripp, and Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree. He is currently performing solo and with the groups TU, KTU, 3Below, The Security Project and the multi-dimensional performance group Quodia. When not on the road, Gunn continues his work scoring for tv/film, runs his own media label (7d Media) and coaches musicians and artists in the creative process.
The Security Project
Members of King Crimson, Shriekback and Peter Gabriel’s original band bring genre-less masterpieces or Peter Gabriel into the 21st Century. Seattleites Trey Gunn and Michael Cozzi join esteemed drummer Jerry Marotta and NY keyboardist David Jameson to harness the core of these songs. Added to the pedigree of these players is the voice of Happy Rhodes. Her 4-octave range is the latest edition to this mesmerizing group.
“The Security Project Live is a beautifully reverential and creative reinterpretation of this Peter Gabriel Classic !”- Kevin Killen, engineer of Peter Gabriel’s “So” record
Kwame Binea Shakedown
Soul rocker Kwame Binea was born in West London with native origins in Ghana now living in NYC. He has peppered his music with a unique brand of “Roots Rock” which embodies his fertile and culturally diverse personal saga. “Universal Love” by Jimmy Cliff, a featured track on his new debut album “Roots Rock n Universal Love,” was produced by Vernon Reid of the group Living Colour who also co-wrote the tune “Love Surreal.” Of the process, Vernon says, “Kwame connected to 'Universal Love' immediately. He brings a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of hope to this seldom heard classic.”
Before Buddhism reached Tibet, local people had practices involving shamanic rites derived from various ancestral cults. These rites evolved into what we became known as Bon. Phurpa, led by contemporary artist Alexei Tegin, is a Moscow based group in this tradition.
A typical ensemble usually includes a pair of nga drums, several rolmo cymbals and a pair of gyaling oboes, as well as telescopic dunchen horns, dunkar shells and short wandun horns. One of the unique features of the Tibetan monastic choir is a specific kind of overtone chanting, called "rgyud-skad", or the Tantric voice, which is based on the principle of the singer's transmogrification during the so-called "chanting meditation".
Pat Mastelotto is an internationally-renowned drummer whose pioneering work with King Crimson, Mr. Mister and XTC has cemented him as one of experimental music and pop/prog-rock's most talented percussionists. Pat has spent a lifetime jumping genres. His projects include OrK, TU, KTU, TUner, TUnisia, Stick Men, HoBoLeMa (with Alan Holdsworth, Terry Bozzio and Tony Levin), while still a member of King Crimson.
Since the late 1990s Markus Reuter has steadily made a name for himself as a formidable player, a gifted improviser and a a composer for both rock and classical music ensembles. As one third of Stick Men, since 2010 Reuter has toured extensively across Europe, Asia, Australia, and in North and South America alongside with King Crimson’s Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto. In 2013 his large-scale composition for orchestra, Todmorden 513 received its world premiere performed by the Colorado Chamber Orchestra.
TU Crazy, sick, heavy, electronic, loud and raw tunes and improvisation from King Crimson rhythm section Trey Gunn & Pat Mastelotto.
"Stunning debut from the two quiet KING CRIMSON players, reveals a Squarepusher, Zeppelinesque bombast tempered with an ambient Eno textured calm juxtaposed with the fury of a Coltrane improvisation." TU has toured in Poland, Russia, Japan, Mexico and the USA. They have perfromed with and joined TOOL onstage for several legs of their USA tours.
KTU Finnish accordion daredevil Kimmo Pohjonen joins with Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto (from King Crimson) forming the trio KTU (pronounced “K2”). KTU has performed in Russia, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Finland, Norway and the Spot Festival in Denmark.
David Fricke of Rolling Stone calls them "a robust tumult of Northern Lights sparkle, white-wolf guitar wail and rolling knotted thunder." Fricke continues, "When I saw KTU play in Europe recently, they were as powerful and transgressive as the killer King Crimson. Pohjonen is a wonder unto himself: animating his wind song with pedals and processing; attacking the bellows with the ecstatic fury of Jimi Hendrix."
Inna Zhelannaya was the first world music star in Russia. She was the founder of the group "The Farlanders" which performed in hundreds of prestigious festivals in throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. She has been releasing solo records since 2000.
"Cocoon", the first release of Inna Zhelannaya’s in the USA, is based on Russian folk songs. Inna is known combining electronica, trance and progressive rock with traditional songs from the different regions of her native Russia. Executed with the utmost care for these ancient melodies, meditative "Cocoon" has been acknowledged a boundary smashing work for Zhelannaya. The cd is co-produced with Trey Gunn and features his playing on several tracks.
Featuring Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Quodia "is a synthesis of music, theater, video art and animation; a psychedelic, contemporary parable" -- BBC Moscow
"The Arrow" CD/DVD is digital storytelling at it's most adventuresome. Part modern myth, part film score, these 7 stories are narrarated and set with the kind of powerful music that Gunn has been known for with his 7 solo records and over 100 collaborations with many contemporary masters.
Special guests include Regina Spektor, Azam Ali, Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos, Bill Frisell), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson). Also, includes 5.1 surround mixes and a children's commentary track giving their unique perspectives on the stories.
Under The Psycamore Neo-Progressive Rock from Sweden.
The Swedish Stockholm-based duo Under the Psycamore is in every way the definition of a true progressive rock band. Their debut album “I” is a melting pot of 70’s rock, math metal, classical music and rich vocal harmonies.
Trey Gunn (King Crimson) calls them “TOOL meets Motorpsycho meets Radiohead meets Yes.”
Pray For Brain Arabilly/Indofunk/Sufisurf mashup
Pray For Brain's organic and fearless mix of telepathic improv, progressive rock, jazz and funk steeped in Indian and Middle Eastern musical vocabularies is not your auntie's world music band: think 70s era Miles Davis and Chet Atkins playing with the White Stripes, Led Zeppelin and Isaac Hayes on a Calcutta rooftop with a bird's eye view to Morocco. Johnny Cash and Rabrindranath Tagore may sit in, too.
Fretless and fretted guitars, oud, upright bass and drums convene in this mashup.
Monster guitarist, Matte Henderson has worked with John Medeski, Screaming Headless Torsos, Henry Kaiser, Natalie Merchant and the late Mick Karn. One part electronica plus one part progression rock, Matte mixes and stirs together an incredible team of players for his debut disc “The Veneer of Logic”: uber-drummer Marco Minnemann, Tony Levin, David Torn, Pat Mastelotto, Trey Gunn, Mary Pastorius and Doctor Know of Bad Brains.