world music

Blackmore’s Night - All Our Yesterdays

New studio album for Blackmore’s Night, two years after “Dancer and the Moon”. Once again we get some nice folk acoustic pop tracks, with fine melodies and some great performances. Candice’s voice is wonderful as always and the one & only Ritchie still manages to send chill down our spine with his guitar, when he goes electric. I miss Ritchie’s electric days so much and, in truth to be told, Ritchie owes his fans another hard rock album. Can you hear us Ritchie? We want Rainbow back now! Damn it’s been 20 years since the last Rainbow album!
 

Stephen Duros


Hi Stephen… first of all, congrats on “AEAEA”. It’s a really intriguing and stimulating album on the whole.
 
S: Thank you so much! I appreciate your thoughts on the record.
 
 
Do tell us… how did you decide to deal with “Odyssey” on your new album and what’s the main thing that inspired you to write your own story?
 
S: The poem was inspiring, I wanted to carefully craft a story of my own that involved adventure, love, sadness, and all different kinds of emotions when listening.

Moraz Alban Project


Hi Greg, I’m glad we have you on Grande Rock. Do tell us how did the idea for the Moraz Alban Project occur initially?
 
G: Thanks, The original idea was a project that was basically for me to play drums on with the material written by Patrick. The project kept evolving and after some time became a collaboration of Patrick and myself. I thought it would be best to have his name first because he’s a living legend and obviously a great composer and musician. Patrick came up with the title MAP, Moraz Alban Project and I immediately loved the name.
 
 

Moraz Alban Project - MAP

Patrick Moraz (keys) and Greg Alban (drums) have been friends for lots of years, since the last one participated on Moraz solo album “Timecode” in 1984. I bet they have on their mind to cooperate in the future too, but you never know when the time is right. So now it was the apt time to release the first album of their music project, which simply is named after their last names.
 

Stephen Duros - AEAEA

Stephen Duros is a Greek-American flamenco guitarist. “AEAEA” is his new release (4th full-length), which deals with the mythological island, by the same name, found in the Greek poem “The Odyssey”. Stephen said that the album isn’t about that island per se but it’s mostly like a great starting point for his journey. I couldn’t have said it better! Stephen takes us on a long journey which consists of 12 chapters which are all connected together musically.
 

Neal Schon to release “Vortex” on June 23rd 2015

Mascot Label Group's Music Theories Recordings and Neal Schon have announced the release of “Vortex” on June 23rd, 2015. The 2-CD all-instrumental album utilizes rock as its foundation, while also embracing elements of jazz, classical and world music in an 18-track stunning, sonically explosive collection of original compositions.

The release is dedicated to Schon's best friend and wife, who serves as his true inspiration every day (Both “Lady M” and “Triumph of Love” were written for her, the latter of which he performed at their wedding on December 15, 2013).

Music Legend Demis Roussos dies at the age of 69

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Demis Roussos – Artemios Ventouris Roussos – the legendary Greek pop/rock singer & musician with the great soft voice, has died aged 69. Demis was born in June 15th, 1946.

In 1967, Demis Roussos along with Vangelis Papathanassiou, Loukas Sideras and Anargyros “Silver” Koulouris, they formed the celebrated progressive group Aphrodite’s Child. Demis has sold over 60 million albums worldwide.

Viza


Hi K’noup. Your new album “Aria” is truly magnificent! Thus, it now holds a place in our “Gem” category! Congrats!
 
K: Thank you! It was quite the album to record.
 
 
Hence, what the story behind Viza? What does this band mean to you?
 
K: The band began as a project in 2000 when I lived in NY as a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern outfit of folk-music, it turned into a band in 2006 in Los Angeles. It’s safe to say it’s my baby now all grown up.