prog pioneers Renaissance recording new studio album

By on September 16, 2012

Announces Details of 1st New
Studio Album in 12 Years: Grandine il Vento

World renowned progressive rock pioneers Renaissance have completed recording their first new studio album in twelve years. The new album is currently titled Grandine il Ventoand was recorded at Studio X in Ridgewood NJ, USA, June – September 2012. The album was produced by band member Rave Tesar, with lead vocalist Annie Haslam co-producing. The album is expected to be released in early 2013.
Grandine il Vento features band mainstays Annie Haslam on Lead & Backing Vocals and
Michael Dunford on Acoustic Guitars and backing vocals joined by Rave Tesar on Piano/Keyboards, David J. Keyes on Bass Guitar and backing vocals, Jason Hart on Keyboards and backing vocals and Frank Pagano on Drums/Percussion and backing vocals. All the music was composed and arranged by Michael Dunford (except ‘Blood Silver Like Moonlight’ arranged by Rave Tesar) with all lyrics by Annie Haslam.
Orchestral Arrangements by Michael Dunford and Jason Hart. Additional Arrangements by Rave Tesar, Jason Hart and Annie Haslam. Vocal Arrangements by Michael Dunford, Rave Tesar and Annie Haslam. Additional Arrangements by Rave Tesar, Jason Hart and Annie Haslam.
The album was Produced by Rave Tesar and Co Produced by Annie Haslam. Having finished recording the new album, the band will be undertaking the first leg of their upcoming 2012-2013 Concert Tour presenting two different programs on the tour:
  • Classic album Novella along with timeless favorites and selections from the upcoming new studio album
  • Reprise of the successful ‘Turn Of The Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories‘ concept
In addition the group just released a live album and DVD Turn of the Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories Live 2011, which was just released on the group’s own label Symphonic Rock Recordings, distributed by RED via an arrangement with MegaForce Records. The dates being announced now are an initial leg of their touring and additional dates in more cities and other countries are planned.
Renaissance’s current lineup joins long time members Haslam and Dunford withfour world-class musicians whose considerable talents maintain the group’s high standards of musicianship and creativity that provides the foundation for their seminal fusion of rock, avant-garde experimentation and classical composition. Keyboardist Rave Tesar and bassist/vocalist David J. Keyes are veterans of prior incarnations of Renaissance as well as Haslam’s solo band and recordings. Keyboardist/vocalist Jason Hart has recorded and performed extensively with Rufus Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, Antony and the Johnsons, and Keren Ann among others, and drummer Frank Pagano has worked with artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen and the Smashing Pumpkins.
Renaissance’s members are all honored and excited to perform the many timeless masterpieces that Annie and Michael created during the earlier years of the band. Their concert performances will be true to the original recordings, their lush and ambitious orchestrations performed live thanks to the skills of the new members and their command of cutting edge technology.
They are supporting Haslam’s legendary five octave vocal range and the timeless music that’s been taking audiences on a magical journey for over 40 years.
Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford and company first took the helm from former Yardbirds members, Keith Relf and Jim McCarty in 1971 and soon had established Renaissance as a world class recording and touring act, able to sell out venues like New York’s Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall in London. They would go on to release over a dozen albums before eventually parting ways in the mid-80’s. However, Annie and Michael would continue to write new material together and in 2001 reunited the band to record a new studio album, tour the following year, and release a live album. After another sabbatical, a new incarnation was introduced to the world through a series of amazing live shows, captured for posterity on Turn of the Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories Live 2011.
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