Monday, March 21, 2016

Jon Anderson's latest collaboration

I always look forward to hearing what unique music the ever-prolific Jon Anderson comes up with...
Anderson/Stolt, the new duo of former Yes vocalist and singer/songwriter Jon Anderson and Swedish prog rock vet Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic), have announced the release of their collaborative album 'Invention Of Knowledge' on June 24 via InsideOut Music.

Jon Anderson says, ".....Music is always the driving force in my life...working with such a wonderful musician as Roine Stolt made the creation of this album very unique,we are very excited with the release of 'Invention of Knowledge'."

Roine Stolt adds, "It is not aiming at being new Yes music; just new music, modern and classical, rock and ethno, tribal and orchestrated, grooving and floating. Hopefully in the true spirit of "progressive" - leaning forward, surprising and also comforting with familiar run-arounds. 

We've been 'inventing' as we go along - Jon is an endless source of new ideas. We've been bouncing ideas back and forth for months and as a result there are probably dozens of versions of these songs. It's been a very interesting and rewarding time and the result is just insanely detailed."

The idea came to life after a performance from Roine's band Transatlantic and Jon Anderson on the Progressive Nation At Sea Cruise in 2014, and was initially instigated by InsideOut Music label boss Thomas Waber. The duo set about crafting new music in the spirit of early epic works such as 'Tales From Topographic Oceans', 'Awaken' & 'Olias Of Sunhillow.'

Written and recorded over the course of 1 1/2 years, the tracks were formed as Roine and Jon traded ideas via the internet. In March 2015, an ensemble was put together by Roine to realize the music live in the studio. Joining him there was Tom Brislin (Yes' Symphonic tour) and Lalle Larsson on keys, Jonas Reingold and Michael Stolt on bass and Felix Lehrmann on drums.

Track listing:

1. Knowing 17:45 
2. Everybody Heals 13:20 
3. Invention Of Knowledge 23:10 
4. Know 11.20

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