“Notes From the Edge” Creator Releases ‘Audiobiography’

Mike Tiano is known for his bringing Yes into the Internet age. After helming one of the first online fanzines Notes From the Edge Mike created their official web site YesWorld, and for well over a decade was their web site manager.

Mike is also a musician and songwriter in his own right, now releasing “Creétisvan” which he characterizes as his life’s work and is informally calling the album his “audiobiography”. As he explains, “This album is culled from many of my best compositions, written throughout my adulthood. I’ve rarely performed these, and had only recently produced them.”

What is evident is Mike’s being inspired by the likes of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and of course Yes. “The tunes are in the vein of early progressive rock: lots of heart along with catchy melodies, recurring themes, sonic instrumental flights, shifting dynamics, and the kind of tuneful content which is sorely missing in today’s popular musical scene. Many who miss ‘classic’ rock in general will find much to enjoy here.” Mike’s influences are apparent throughout the album, including the Zeppelin-esque “Automaton”; the Yes-like “Triad”; the Beatles-inspired “(Because) You Win”; the surprising Buffalo Springfield vibe of “A Natural”; and Mike’s prog influences in general on the epic “Emerge Triumphant”, which features a live orchestra.

Every track was written and arranged by Mike, who is lead vocalist and handles the lion’s share of the guitar work. While he also produced ten of the twelve tracks the remaining two were handled by Yes member Billy Sherwood on “Different Drummer” while the instrumental “Dance of the Little Guys” is the work of Randy George, bassist for the Neal Morse Band. Both musicians perform on those respective songs.

Other accomplished musicians gracing “Creétisvan” include David Sancious (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Jon Anderson’s album “Animation”); keyboard wizard and orchestrator Jonathan Sindelman (Keith Emerson Band, The Magic Band/Captain Beefheart); guitarist Steve McKnight (Cry Wolf, GayC/DC); keyboardist Rick Daugherty (the reformed Flash); vocalist Joanne Perica; and a host of notable Seattle-area talents.

Mike attributes the album’s “exquisite mix” to Grammy winner Steve Smith. Steve began his career as assistant engineer on Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” and was a member of legendary Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick’s production team for Supertramp’s “Even in the Quietest Moments”, where Steve participated on the hit “Give a Little Bit”. Steve would go on to apply his talents on projects for Heart, Cheap Trick, Donna Summer, Garth Brooks, and video game orchestrations for Michael Giacchino to name a very few.

But what the heck is Creétisvan? When he was young Mike aspired to be a cartoonist; in his late teens and early 20s he created spacey cartoon collages. To title this style of art he used a word unique to his own history—one that you won’t find in a dictionary (yet). Mike would use “Creetisvan” (no accent over the second ‘e’) for that art and later for his musical performances, and when he decided to retain it for the title of the album he added that accent to include the word “create”—denoting his devotion to artistry and creativity. Bringing his artistic journey full circle some of the original artwork he created as a young adult will be found on the inside cover.

Here’s what’s being said about Mike Tiano’s “Creétisvan”:

Mike Tiano’s project is adventurous, sonically rich and both enjoyable and refreshing.” – Lee Abrams

Mike has crafted an album that is true to his progressive rock influences as well as pop sensibilities in the style of the Beatles.”  – Randy George (The Neal Morse Band)

“‘Creétisvan’ is a lovely, creative album that pulls at my heartstrings with a revitalized British rock sound, very much in the mold of the later Beatles and earlier progressive rock. Tiano’s voice takes me back to Peter Gabriel’s in the earlier Genesis albums, and the sonic landscape is lush and dreamy. The album is a wonderful work, a rich vein where musical miners will hit the motherlode and be splendidly rewarded.” – Bill Martin: Philosopher, musician, author (‘Music of Yes’ & many others)

“‘Creétisvan’ harkens back to that creative time period of the late 1960s, early 1970s: impactful with certain amounts of melodic content permeated throughout. It’s very authentic.” – Steve Smith, Grammy-Winning Recording Engineer

This is the kind of music that we need right now.” – Colin (Person on the Seattle street)

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About Mike Tiano: After living in L.A. for most of his life Mike moved to the Seattle area in the late 1980s to pursue a career in technology, and to begin recording his songs in earnest. Mike would join Microsoft where he remained for nearly twenty years in various roles, including primary Test Engineer for two brand-new features in Windows 95: the Taskbar and the Start Menu. In 1993 Mike became editor for Notes From the Edge, publishing innumerous interviews with Yes members. After convincing Yes to launch their official site Mike created its original schema, and as Site Manager oversaw the official band and various member sites. Mike provided the liner notes for four of the Yes remasters from Rhino, and is currently a contributor to the online media journal Something Else! Reviews.

To order: https://amazon.com/s?k=Cre%C3%A9tisvan&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

For more information:
Official site: http://miketiano.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miketianomusic/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/musictiano
About Steve Smith: http://www.stevesmithrecording.com/live-studio-recordings
Mike Tiano’s Writing Portfolio: http://miketiano.com/portfolio

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com



SomeWhereOut – new album Deep In The Old Forest out now!

SomeWhereOut’s new album Deep In The Old Forest was released on January 15, 2021.

Deep In The Old Forest is the second LP of the conceptual project conceived by the composer and guitarist from Málaga (Spain) Raúl Lupiañez.

After dealing with the stories of writer Isaac Asimov on his first 2019 album Eternity, Infinity, Raúl now delves into European folk tales. Going in depth into the themes of the lyrics through a mix of metal, progressive rock and post-rock, adding influences from 19th century orchestral music. Previous contributions to the first album are increased by the collaboration of artists like Eduardo Antón from War Dogs, Jesús Martinez from The Ivory Hawks and Jose Mañas from The Oxide Pipes, completing a cast of great talent. Recorded at Big Sound Corp and The Forest Studio, the album has been produced and mixed by Raúl Lupiañez and mastered by Israel Lupi.

As a preview, SomeWhereOut present the lyric video of the first single release from the album Bones, Blood and Fear, featuring Dante Martín from Neptunia on vocals and Eduardo Antón from War Dogs and David Santana from The Void on guitar solos.

If that has whetted your appetite then here is the second single: Our Promise


Tracklisting and guests

  1. Intro: The Stories.
    John Serrano (Nightmare Vibes, CIONClub): vocals; Begoña Ramos (Hey Listen): strings.
  2. Bones, Blood and Fear.
    Based on the Russian tale Baba Yaga. Dante Martín (Neptunia): vocals; David Santana (The Void) and Eduardo Antón (War Dogs, Chantrice): guitar solos.
  3. Mara.
    Based on the Serbian tale of the same name. Raúl Medina (Rey Eco, exStereozono): vocals. Francisco Garoz (41 Ravens) drums.
  4. Someone With No Name.
    Based on the German story Little Red Riding Hood. Alba Bermejo (Memorias de Sefarad, Rojo Once): vocals.
  5. Our Promise.
    Based on the Russian tale Finist the Falcon. Abraham Linares (41 Ravens): vocals; Andrés Gabarrón (ex-Bauer, ex-Kinesic): bass; Begoña Ramos: strings; David Espinar (ex-Sonora, ex-Hangar 24): guitar solo.
  6. Interlude I: Covenant.
    Instrumental. Introduction to:
  7. The Fallen One.
    Based on the Polish legend Pan Twardowski. José Mañas (The Oxide Pipes): vocals.
  8. You and I.
    Based on the Russian tale Marya Morevna. Eleison Braiden: vocals; Begoña Ramos: violin.
  9. The Midnight Bell.
    Based on the German story Hans My Hedgehog. Abraham Linares and Alba Bermejo: vocals.
  10. The Crystal Mountain.
    Based on the Polish story The Princess and the Crystal Mountain. Jesús Martínez (The Ivory Hawks); vocals; Israel Lupi (41 Ravens): final guitar solo.
  11. *Interlude II: Winter.
    John Serrano: vocals; Begoña Ramos: strings. Introduction to:
  12. The Old Forest.
    Based on the German tale Hansel and Gretel. Dante Martín: vocals; Antonio Maña (41 Ravens) bass solo.

Personnel
Raúl Lupiañez – Electric & Acustic Guitars, Bass, Keyboards.
Francisco Garoz – Drums.
Andrés Gabarrón – Bass on track 05.
Antonio Maña – Bass solo on track 12.
Alba Bermejo – Vocals on tracks 04 & 09.
Eleison Braiden – Vocals on track 08.
Abraham Linares – Vocals on tracks 05 & 09.
Jóse Mañas – Vocals on track 07.
Dante Martín – Vocals on tracks 02 & 12.
Jesús Martínez – Vocals on track 10.
Raúl Medina – Vocals on track 03.
John Serrano – Vocals on tracks 01 & 11. Begoña Ramos – 5 strings Violin on tracks 01, 05, 08 & 11.
Eduardo Antón – Guitar solo on track 02.
David Espinar – Guitar solo on track 05.
Israel Lupi – Guitar solo on track 10.
David Santana – Guitar solo on track 02.

Produced, arranged and mixed by Raúl Lupiañez.
Mastered by Israel Lupi.
Music and lyrics by Raúl Lupiañez, except *, anonymous german folk melody.
Recorded at The Forest Studio and Big Sound Corp.
Photography by Pexels and Pixabay.
Designed by Raúl Lupiañez.

Biography
Originally from Malaga, Andalusia, Raúl Lupiáñez has been dedicated to music since childhood. At the age of 14 he debuted with his first live rock group and since then he has
given his life to the study of guitar and music in different rock and metal bands, covering their favourites and playing their own songs (Edar, Stereozono, Men in Band), as well as studying guitar at the Manuel Carra Conservatory in Malaga and composition at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Malaga, holding a Higher Degree in that specialty.

He currently combines his work as a guitar and harmony teacher with his two main musical projects, 41 Ravens and SomeWhereOut.

Contacts
Email: somewhereoutofficial@gmail.com
Twitter
FaceBook
Bandcamp

TRANSATLANTIC – launch video for ‘Looking For The Light’/ third single from ‘The Absolute Universe’

TRANSATLANTIC – the Prog Supergroup of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt & Pete Trewavas – are pleased to announce their fifth studio album The Absolute Universe, set for release on February 5, 2021. Representing the band’s first new music since 2014’s Kaleidoscope, with The Absolute Universe the band have done something unique and created two versions of the record: The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version) & The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version).

The band have now launched the video for Looking For The Light, a track which features on both versions of The Absolute Universe. Watch it now here: 

Mike Portnoy comments: “Looking For The Light is one of the heavier tracks on The Absolute Universe. In the tradition of Transatlantic sharing all lead vocals, this track gave me my showcase to deliver the lead vocals as it called for a bit more of an aggressive approach. 

This is one of the few tracks that remains primarily the same and appears on both versions of the album. However not content to keep it simple, the version included on the music video is actually a unique version which combines both Looking For The Light and its Reprise from later in the album into one combined version available only here in this video.”

Watch the previously released video for The World We Used To Know here: 

Watch the previously released video for Overture/Reaching For The Sky here: 

Each album will be available on CD, LP & Digitally. But there will also be what has been called ‘The Absolute Universe: The Ultimate Edition’, which collects both versions together in one lavish package that includes 5LP’s, 3CD’s & a Blu-ray that includes a special mix that combines both versions into a third unique version in 5.1 surround sound with visuals and a behind the scenes documentary. All editions have artwork created by Thomas Ewerhard featuring the airship by Pavel Zhovba. 

As Mike Portnoy explains: “We’ve got two versions of this album. There is a two CD presentation, which is 90 minutes long, and a single one – that’s 60 minutes. However, the single CD is NOT merely an edited version of the double CD. They each contain alternate versions and even in some cases, new recordings. We wrote fresh lyrics and have different people singing on the single CD version tracks as compared to those on the double CD. Some of the song titles have also been changed, while others might remain the same, but compositionally what you’ll hear has been altered. You must appreciate that what we have done is unique. We revamped the songs to make the two versions different.” Pete Trewavas adds: “We did write some new music for the single CD, what’s more, there are also differences in the instruments used on some of the tracks across the two records.”

You can pre-order now here: https://transatlantic.lnk.to/TheAbsoluteUniverse