Glass Hammer Addendum

gh mostly live in italy

In my previous post on Glass Hammer News, I forgot (rather stupidly) to include Tad Wert’s excellent review of Glass Hammer’s Mostly Live in Italy.  No time like the immediate to fix a mistake.

Here, for one and all–wonderful Wert’s wonderful (yes, I employed “wonderful” several times) review: https://progarchy.com/2018/05/05/glass-hammer-lives-it-up-in-italy/

Wonderful News about Iamthemorning

This, from our great friend, Brian Rocha, and Fresno Media:

RUSSIAN PROGRESSIVE DUO IAMTHEMORNING WINS ‘ALBUM OF THE YEAR’ AT PROGRESSIVE MUSIC AWARDS
“Lighthouse” out now on Kscope
LONDON, U.K. – Russian progressive duo iamthemorning has won the prestigious ‘Album of the Year Award’ for its latest Kscope album release, Lighthouse. The award was presented to the band last night at Prog Magazine’s fifth annual Progressive Music Awards in London. The ceremony took place at the world famous Underglobe beneath Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
“This was definitely a night to remember,” commented vocalist Marjana Semkina upon receiving the award. “We were of course very excited about attending as it is a great chance to catch up with old friends and meet some new people – some of the finest people of Prog, I should say! And that’s it, we never even thought we’d get the award.
“The nominees in our category are all so amazing, some of them are our good friends too, and it feels generally awkward to sneak the award from them, because every single one of them deserves it. But we are of course really happy and humbled, it is such a great honor for us to actually win, and it’s so inspiring. Big thanks to our team of engineers that put all their time into this project – Marcel van Limbeek, Gianluca Capacchione and Vlad Avy, as well as people that contributed their amazing musicianship, including Gavin Harrison, Colin Edwin and Mariusz Duda, this whole thing wouldn’t be possible with all of them. We hope that more than anything it will give us a chance to actually start playing Europe properly, but for now I can’t wait to start working on the next album!”
In addition to the ‘Album of the Year Award,’ iamthemorning has also revealed the official music video to its track, “Libretto Horror,” taken from Lighthouse, on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gFMg2vvLCKw. A live performance of the song from St. Petersburg, Russia’s Aleksandrinksy Theater can also be viewed at https://youtu.be/iLPM8EH767Y.
Lighthouse released via Kscope earlier in 2016, following up the band’s 2014 album Belighted and was described by Prog Magazine as “life affirming, beautiful, heavenly – a monumental album.”
As with Belighted, the engineering and mixing on Lighthouse is handled by Marcel van Limbeek (Tori Amos) and self-produced by Gleb and Marjana. The album also features guest musicians Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) on drums, Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) on bass and additional vocals on the album’s title track by Mariusz Duda (Lunatic Soul, Riverside).
Lighthouse is a rich and eclectic album with echoes of classical music, the Canterbury scene, northern folk, jazz and electronic sounds. Featuring a story of the progression of mental illness, the album takes the listener through the stages with the story’s central character, her attempts to fight it, and temporal remission leading to a final breakdown. Lyrically, the works and lives of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath inspire the album.
Recorded across London, Moscow & St Petersburg, the core instrument of the band, the grand piano, was recorded in Mosfilm Studios Moscow, one of the largest and oldest studios in Russia. Founded in 1920, Mosfilm is renowned for recording orchestras for soundtracks for the most famous Soviet-era films, including works by Tarkovsky and Eisenstein.
The album artwork for Lighthouse was created by watercolor artist Constantine Nagishkin who the band has previously collaborated with before.
Lighthouse is available digitally now on iTunes at:
http://smarturl.it/LIGHTHOUSE_DIGITAL and on CD, LP (with MP3 download code) through the Kscope webstore at: www.kscopemusic.com/store.
1. I Came Before the Water (pt. I)
2. Too Many Years
3. Clear Clearer
4. Sleeping Pills
5. Libretto Horror
6. Lighthouse (feat. Mariusz Duda)
7. Harmony
8. Matches
9. Belighted
10. Chalk and Coal
11. I Came Before the Water (pt. II)
12. Post Scriptum
Stay tuned for more information on iamthemorning and Lighthouse, out now on Kscope.
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iamthemorning is:
Marjana Semkina – vocals
Gleb Kolyadin – grand piano, keyboards
iamthemorning online:

Pre-Order Neal Morse: Morsefest 2014

[Ed. note–For those of you who have purchased anything from Radiant, you know that the packaging is always beautiful and well worth owning.  I have no doubt this set (in which ever version) will be the same.

And, this year, two progarchists–Tad Wert and I–will be posting and tweeting live from MorseFest, September 4-6.  Should be very exciting.–Brad]

MorseFest 2014
MorseFest 2014

Over 5 hours of great performances including the entire Testimony and One albums plus special encores of the Spock’s Beard classic, “The Light” featuring Alan Morse, and the Transatlantic epic “Stranger In Your Soul.” Also included is a behind-the-scenes documentary with footage of Neal’s exclusive acoustic concert, rehearsal footage, “Name That Prog Tune” game with Mike and more!

Complete with 4 piece horn section, 6 member female background vocal section, violin and cello, full orchestra percussion with timpani and chimes, dancers, special guests and special staging, this is the most elaborate live release of Neal Morse’s career!

Neal even flew out Rich Mouser who mixed the original studio albums to do the front of house mix! Neal says “We really went all out this time. I wanted it to be the quintessential presentation and performance of this music.” And so it was…and is!

Says Mike Portnoy – “I’ve got to say… as a fan of this wonderful music, how incredible this is! I am so happy to see this come to fruition. This music really deserves this… everything from the incredible presentation, and all these amazing musicians…it’s great to hear this music come to life on stage like this. To be doing it in his hometown with all his friends and family present and to be doing it here in this building that has such incredible importance to him and his story, it’s elevated the music to a whole new level. This is just been an amazing experience!”

Offical release date: August 21st, 2015


Pre-orders begin July 21st at 8:00 AM (CST)

Be one of the first 200 to pre-order and receive a free graphic autographed by the entire band!

PLUS, if you pre-order on the 21st, you will be entered to win a [Morse]fest 2015 VIP Gold Package (a $350 value!)*!

*(Order must be placed on the 21st to be eligible to win. Package is for the Friday Meet & Greet and does not include travel or accommodations. See all that the VIP Gold Package includes HERE)

Double Blu-Ray

BLU-RAY Disc 1  

Morsefest 2014 Night 1

Testimony Live plus Encores

– Part One –
01. The Land of Beginning Again
02. Overture No. 1
03. California Nights
04. Colder in the Sun
05. Sleeping Jesus
06. Interlude
07. The Prince of the Power of the Air
08. The Promise
09. Wasted Life

– Part Two –
10. Overture No. 2
11. Break of Day
12. Power in the Air
13. Somber Days
14. Long Story
15. It’s All I Can Do

– Part Three –
16. Transformation
17. Ready to Try
18. Sing it high

– Part Four –
19. Moving in my Heart
20. I Am Willing
21. In the Middle
22. The Storm Before the Calm
23. Oh, to Feel Him
24. God‘s Theme

– Part Five –
25. Overture No. 3
26. Rejoice
27. Oh Lord My God
28. God’s Theme 2
29. The Land of Beginning Again

– Encores –
30. Jayda
31. Time Has Come
32. Jesus’ Blood

BLU-RAY Disc 2

Morsefest 2014 Night 2

One Live plus Encores

01. The Creation
02. The Man’s Gone
03. Nothing To Believe
04. Author Of Confusion
05. The Separated Man
06. Cradle to the Grave
07. Help Me/Spirit and the Flesh
08. King Jesus
09. Father Of Forgiveness
10. Reunion

– Encores –
11. It’s For You
12. Wind At My Back
13. The Light
14. Stranger In Your Soul

Special Documentary – “The Morsefest Experience” created by Randy George

Pricing not yet available

Special Edition 2DVD / 4CD Set

A 6 FOLD DIGIPACK WITH EXPANDED ARTWORK AND 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET

DVD Disc 1

Morsefest 2014 Night 1

Testimony Live plus Encores

DVD Disc 2

Morsefest 2014 Night 2

One Live plus Encores

Special Documentary – “The Morsefest Experience” created by Randy George

Audio Disc 1

Morsefest 2014 Night 1

Testimony Live plus Encores

– Part One –
01. The Land of Beginning Again
02. Overture No. 1
03. California Nights
04. Colder in the Sun
05. Sleeping Jesus
06. Interlude
07. The Prince of the Power of the Air
08. The Promise
09. Wasted Life

– Part Two –
10. Overture No. 2
11. Break of Day
12. Power in the Air
13. Somber Days
14. Long Story
15. It’s All I Can Do

Audio Disc 2

– Part Three –
01. Transformation
02. Ready to Try
03. Sing it high

– Part Four –
04. Moving in my Heart
05. I Am Willing
06. In the Middle
07. The Storm Before the Calm
08. Oh, to Feel Him
09. God‘s Theme

– Part Five –
10. Overture No. 3
11. Rejoice
12. Oh Lord My God
13. God’s Theme 2
14. The Land of Beginning Again

– Encores –
15. Jayda
16. Time Has Come
17. Jesus’ Blood

Audio Disc 3

Morsefest 2014 Night 2

One Live plus Encores

01. The Creation
02. The Man’s Gone
03. Nothing To Believe
04. Author Of Confusion
05. The Separated Man
06. Cradle to the Grave
07. Help Me / Spirit and the Flesh
08. King Jesus

Audio Disc 4

01. Father Of Forgiveness
02. Reunion

– Encores –
03. It’s For You
04. Wind At My Back
05. The Light
06. Stranger In Your Soul

Pricing not yet available