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News: Clearlight Returns To Release New Studio Album, Impressionist Symphony


French Prog Legends Clearlight To Release Highly Anticipated New CD 'Impressionist Symphony' Featuring Members of GONG, The Muffins, Spirits Burning and Others!
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The legendary French Prog ensemble Clearlight featuring Cyrille Verdeaux is back on tracks and will be releasing their first new album in decades on March 24, 2014!

Impressionist Symphony (2014) focuses on the artistic style of impressionism, painting and music as well with a Ravel, Satie and Debussy influence merged with Cyrille's progressive music experience and linked with the French impressionist school of painting. Featuring guest appearances by Steve Hillage (GONG), Tim Blake (GONG), Didier Malherbe (GONG), Paul Sears (The Muffins), Don Falcone (Spirits Burning), Linda Cushma (Oxygene8), Chris Kovax (Psyquest) and others.

Cyrille explains, “In 2004, I was giving a solo piano concert at the French Embassy of Brasilia for the June 21st music festival. After the concert, the ambassador came to me and told me I had an 'impressionist style'. His remark gave me the idea to compose a specific Music aimed at the glory of all the impressionists, audio as well as visual.

In 2011, Don Falcone in California made contact with me on Facebook to record some tracks for a Spirits Burning project. So we scheduled an appointment to see what could be done together. First, I recorded keyboard tracks for his project, what became Spirits Burning & Clearlight 'Healthy Music In Large Doses'. When I found out that Don's equipment and technique of collecting tracks from Musicians living all around the World was exactly what was needed to complete my impressionist project, I proposed for him to become a partner in this impressionist saga. He agreed, and began to gather tracks from all of my friends that accepted to play on it, some in England, some in France, others in the U.S. When all of the tracks on his computer's folder were ready, I took a plane to mix it at Don's home studio (CA).

My first album released in 1974, 'Clearlight Symphony', was recorded with the participation of GONG’s Didier Malherbe, Steve Hillage, and Tim Blake. So, for the 40th anniversary, I again asked the trio to participate in this new symphonic impressionist rock project. And they did it! Great friends! I completed the musical crew with Paul Sears (cult drummer of the progressive band The Muffins), Linda Cushma, Chris Kovax, Craig Fry (a very good classical violinist), Vincent Thomas-Penny (another guitarist), and synthesizer player Remy Tran, who helped me record most of the Degas De La Marine piece last summer in his home studio in France.”

The special package includes a 12-page color booklet that captures Cyrille’s vision, as well as pictures from the sessions that produced these works. Impressionist Symphony (2014) continues Cyrille’s return to the world of progressive music which was retriggered with the release of 2013’s Spirits Burning & Clearlight “Healthy Music In Large Doses,” which featured Cyrille and many members of the space and prog rock communities, and now continues through this release and others on Gonzo Multimedia.


Tracklist:
1. Renoir En Couleur
2. Time Is Monet
3. Pissarro King
4. Degas De La Marine  
5. Van Gogh 3rd Ear
6. Gaughin Dans L’Autre
7. Lautrec Too Loose
8. Monet Time (Duet)

Below watch a big trailer of the album:


The album can be ordered through Amazon HERE or through Gonzo's online store RIGHT HERE.

Source: Press release
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