Where are they now? - former Yes members

This page last updated: 17 Nov 2017

YES and projects with several Yesmen
Jon
Anderson
Chris
Squire
Steve
Howe
Alan
White
Geoff
Downes
Trevor
Horn
Tony
Kaye
Peter
Banks
Patrick
Moraz
Bill
Bruford
Rick
Wakeman
Trevor
Rabin
Billy
Sherwood
Igor Khoroshev
Oliver Wakeman

Benoît David
Jon Davison
Asia
CIRCA:
Anderson Rabin Wakeman
Others associated with the band


Bill Bruford Official website for Bill Bruford and Earthworks; News; Webstore; MySpace page

Bruford has retired from performance. As he out it in this Oct 2017 interview, "I no longer perform, practice or teach on the instrument." In a 2015 interview, he said, "I have not been playing any music. I've not touched the drums for five years." Instead, he now does research and writes. He was awarded a PhD in Feb 2016 after studying part-time at Surrey University: his thesis, "Making It Work: Creative Music Performance and the Western Kit Drummer", is available here, which was based on interviews with a set of drummers including Dylan Howe (Steve's son, worked with Yes), Cindy Blackman Santana, Chad Wackerman, Ralph Salmins, Martin France, Asaf Sirkis, Mark Guiliana, Thomas Stronen and Peter Erskine. He is also turning this into what he describes as a "less formal" book for publication in early 2018, entitled Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer. The thesis abstract reads:

This study synthesises a range of views from cultural psychology, action theory and expert practitioners to illuminate issues of creativity and meaning in the performance of the Western kit drummer. Creativity and cultural psychology models are tested and critiqued, but require extension or adaptation to cast a more focused light on the meaning of creative performance for drummers. Aspects of the work of Csikszentmihalyi, Dewey, and Boesch are drawn together and developed to argue that the construct of ‘significant action in context’ provides the conceptual and methodological tool with which to begin analysis of this relationship of mind to cultural setting.

In seeking understanding of perception rather than objectively-determined facts, a qualitative interpretivist paradigm is adopted. Semi-structured interviews and autobiographical data of expert practitioners are used to generate rich data. Viewed from an action-theoretical perspective, the data are analysed and interpreted using thematic analysis, expanded here to encompass both autoethnographic and phenomenographical components. The agency of the researcher is assumed throughout, and the importance of scholarly self-reflexivity highlighted.

The purpose of the study is to construct a cultural psychology of the Western kit drummer which may reveal aspects of creativity in performance. It emerges organically from an ongoing sense of needing to know, or at least understand better, how drummers’ cultural psychology determines what they do. Such an explanation may not only contribute functionally to drummer practice, but also improve understanding of collaborative and creative interactional processes in music and related artistic spheres.

Archives
Now out is Seems Like a Lifetime Ago 1977-1980 (Winterfold, WFBOX1), 6 CD/2 DVD-A boxset of the Bruford band, released through Burning Shed in the UK or Pledge Music in the US. Originally a limited edition of 2000 copies, this sold out on pre-orders and an additional pressing is going ahead. Pre-orders for the second pressing will only be available to 30 Nov, to then come out 26 Jan 2018. Bill Bruford's Facebook account said 1 Nov 2017, "This extension of the limited edition set marginally alters the original terms and conditions of sale. Those who wish can return their set to the point of purchase for a full refund". Contents:

Original master tapes were not available for Gradually Going Tornado and The Bruford Tapes. The box includes a 16-page colour booklet with an essay by Sid Smith with interviews with the band, producer, engineer and others; plus poster and photo prints. All are signed by Bill. The GonzoMusicTV YouTube channel has several videos about the boxset. I tweeted Burning Shed about whether there will be a subsequent non-limited edition, and they replied:

Of the individual albums? Possibly.

Not the box set though.

Talking about future archival material on Winterfold, in a Dec 2003 interview with Voiceprint radio, Bruford was asked whether he has any unreleased material in the archives. He replied:

Somewhat. The bands I'm in always tended to be playing new material, which [...] was likely to be recorded for some upcoming album. If that album never got made, then you find that that album is available in stocks... the material is available in some live concert. For example, the Stewart/Berlin/Holdsworth or John Clark group was working on a fourth studio album after Gradually Going Tornado, but it never got made. So there are some demos from rehearsal rooms and things which are just great and several tunes played live that were also very interesting. However, the only minor fly in the ointment back then of course is that the recording... bootleg recordings were pretty low quality. There's usually some guy just sticking up a cassette in a venue somewhere and not terribly great. And we didn't spend a lot of money recording things live all the time.
However, in a Jan 2012 interview, Bruford said:

there are the cassette demos, recorded at rehearsals, for the fourth Bruford band CD that never got made. I'm talking to Dave Stewart about that but, right now, I give them a one per cent chance of ever reaching the public domain.

Another interview in Jan 2012 has this:

Bruford: I've got dozens of old demos, but I wouldn't play them to my neighbour's dog. [...] Though from the Bruford band in 1979/80 there was to be a fourth album, but the plug got pulled. And the boom box stuff of that is fantastic but it all got snarled up with Dave Stewart, and it's too complicated. I'm not sure of the audio quality.

Interviewer: Did you record in 1976 with Rick Wakeman or Jack Bruce?

Bruford: I auditioned with Jack Bruce, but there are no tapes. And none with Rick and John Wetton, though we met two or three times. Rick did a very good version of my Beelzebub [...]

Interviewer: Was anything recorded before Yes with The Breed [...]?

Bruford: [...] We did a single with The Breed, [covering] Graham Bond's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? It was the first time I'd been in a recording studio, when I was 16, and it was excruciatingly bad. [...] heaven knows what we did with it.

Bruford appeared on one track of Allan Holdsworth's Tales from the Vault, a digital-only archival collection. Bruford is on an alternate version (with sax playing the melody) of "The Abingdon Chasp". The collection encompasses various studio tracks from across the years, some with new parts added by Holdsworth or newly mixed by him. Included are pieces recorded by Holdsworth/Joel Taylor/Ernest Tibbs and by Holdsworth/Virgil Donati/Jimmy Johnson, while others performing include Chad Wackerman, Gary Husband and Jimmy Haslip.

In a Jul 2008 blog, Bruford said: "I think Voiceprint is about to release a live Gong album from the short time I was with them, but you'd have to check their website". As yet, there has been no announcement from Voiceprint or successor Gonzo. Bruford played with Gong for a few months in late 1974. An example set from Dec 1974 went: "Invocation", "Master Builder", "A Perfect Mystery", "Never Glid Before", "White Christmas", "Solar Musik Suite", "Flute Salad", "Oily Way", "Inner Temple", "Outer Temple", "Sprinkling of Clouds".

Phil Manzanera's website had described a possible archival collection entitled Rare Two including material with Bruford, but news of the release was withdrawn. In Apr 2003, bassist Bill MacCormick answered a question about the relevant sessions on the Phil Manzanera/Roxy Music forum saying:
Some of the early sessions for the Listen Now album [...] involved Bill Bruford + Phil, [Brian] Eno and me (not sure about Eddie [Jobson] though he certainly played on other sessions).  These tracks were never used though I believe Phil still has the 24-track masters somewhere.  Every now and then we talk about what we might do with them.  We haven't come up with an answer yet.
King Crimson
Various Crimson re-releases and archival releases continue. Bruford is on archival material included on the 2017 Tour Box: see under Levin for more. News of the current band, including Levin, is over there.

Pending release is the King Crimson Collectors' Club release #42, Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983) (CLUB42), although releases #43-45 have been released previously. Rehearsals & Blows complements The Champaign-Urbana Sessions 1983 (CLUB21) and chronicles the extended development period between Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair. The line-up on the album is Bruford (drums), Robert Fripp (guitar), Adrian Belew (guitar) and Tony Levin (bass, Stick). Tracks, described as "work-in-progress sketches, outtakes, bright ideas, dead-ends and cul-de-sacs":
  1. "Adrian and Robert"
  2. "Slow Groove"
  3. "Funk Groove"
  4. "Sleepish"
  5. "Slow Sleepless"
  6. "An Entry of the Crims"
  7. "Sacramento"
  8. "Perfecting Three of a Perfect Pair"
  9. "Open Hearted"
  10. "Working on Sleepless"
  11. "Easy to Solo Over"
  12. "Do You Dig Me?"
  13. "Industrial"
  14. "Steinberger Melody"
  15. "Shidare Zakura"
Gabriel Riccio and Trey Gunn (ex-King Crimson), with a bit of help from Bruford, have worked on a score transcription of King Crimson's album THRAK, released Sep 2017 by 7d Media.
UK
News about UK archival releases is here.

Other news
Material written by Bruford, it appears, has been recorded for the forthcoming Steve Howe Trio album: see under Howe.



Tony Kaye Facebook page; YouTube channel

Kaye is returning to guest with Yes for their 2018 touring in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary: details on the main page.

Kaye has been working on multiple projects with Billy Sherwood, chiefly CIRCA: follow those links for more details. He guested on Sherwood's Citizen and with him on Time Horizon's Transitions (details on main page) and on Dave Kerzner's (working with Steven Wilson, Jon Anderson) Sonic Elements project on a cover of Yes's "Yours is No Disgrace" (see on main page for details).

Kaye did not attend the band's induction in the Hall of Fame (more here) for health reasons. Mike Tiano asked his wife, Daniela Torchia, about his absence, and she replied, "Tony is laying low, and health prevents him from traveling at the moment. Local fun is safe, close to home, and sweet." While not attending in New York, Kaye had a celebratory dinner with her, colleague Brian Chatton and others.

Brian Chatton (ex-Warriors, ex-Flaming Youth, ex-Jackson Heights, worked with Jon Anderson) has a number of songs on his MySpace page that were produced by Kaye. Kaye has also been helping Chatton with some videos to accompany his autobiography "Rolling with Rock Royalty" (Facebook), out soon.

A new version of Badger's One Live Badger, with Kaye, remastered from the original master tapes, was released on CD by Esoteric (WECLEC2526) in May 2016. The CD booklet comes with a new essay. This was the first UK release for the album on CD.

Kaye's wife is singer Daniela Torchia and he continues to support her work.




Peter Banks Peter Banks Home; Remembering Peter Banks Facebook page

Peter Banks died in 2013. He was intestate (that is, he had not made a will and had no known relatives). Relatives were traced, who appointed Family Wise Ltd to administer the estate. They announced in May 2017 that they have appointed Daniel Earnshaw (copyright manager for Yes; worked with Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Billy Sherwood, Thijs van Leer) "enduring exclusive authorisation to handle all administrative affairs, relating to the musical and rights aspects of the Banks estate". The Peter Banks Musical Estate are planning multiple releases to make Pete's music available. The first release is The Complete Recordings of Empire, Banks' band with his then wife and lead singer Sydney Foxx (now Jordan) that went through various incarnations in 1974-9. The Complete Recordings (Cherry Red, PBME001CD), now out, includes all the material on Mark I, Mark II, Mark III and The Mars Tapes, remastered and in a different order. The release is endorsed by Jordan and comes with a 40-page booklet with input from the band members. Tracks:

CD 1—The Best of Empire:
  1. "Out of Our Hands" (on Mark I)
  2. "Destiny" (on Mark III)
  3. "Faraway" (on Mark III)
  4. "Foundation" (on Mark III)
  5. "Sky at Night" (on Mark I; also included as a bonus track on The Mars Tapes), featuring Phil Collins (ex-Genesis)
  6. "Where Yes Means No" (on The Mars Tapes)
  7. "Off  with the King's Head" (on The Mars Tapes)
  8. "More Than Words" (on Mark I)
  9. "Shooting Star" (on Mark I)
       "Part 1 – From the Top"
       "Part 2 – Common Ground"
       "Part 3 – Iceland on the Rocks"
       "Part 4 – Shooting Star"
  10. "For a Lifetime" (on Mark I)
  11. "Do What You Want" (on Mark II)
CD 2—The Mars Tapes (as The Mars Tapes release minus two tracks on CD1):
  1. "Out of Our Hands"
  2. "Foundation/Destiny/Faraway"
  3. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar and Grill"
  4. "Do What You Want"
  5. "Dancing Man"
  6. "Something's Coming"
  7. "The Fall of the Empire"
  8. "When the Banks Overflow"
  9. "Ascending to the Planet Mars"
  10. "As Silence Prevails"
CD 3—The Rest of Empire:
  1. "Everything Changes" (on Mark II)
  2. "Sky at Night" (on Mark II)
  3. "Still Out of Our Hands" (on Mark II)
  4. "Goodbye" (on Mark III)
  5. "Destiny" (on Mark II)
  6. "Someone Who Cares" (on Mark I)
  7. "Ain't That Peculiar" (on Mark III)
  8. "Dancing Man" (on Mark III)
  9. "Hear My Voice on the Radio" (on Mark I)
  10. "Who", featuring Ray Bennett (Flash); originally released on Bennett's Angels and Ghosts. At the Remembering Peter Banks page on Facebook I run, Jordan explained, "'Who' was recorded at De Lane Lea studios in the UK and had Andrew McCullough (Greenslade) on drums, Ray Bennett (Flash) on Bass and Peter on guitar. They were demos. And the vocal sound is horrendous...A bit heavy sound wise but might be someone's cup of tea! The high point of this session was when Peter Townshend dropped by"
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As well as Banks on guitar, keys and vocals and Jordan on lead vocals, Mark I of the band was with Jakob Magnusson (keys, vocals), John Giblin (ex-Brand X, worked with Jon Anderson, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Fish, Paul McCartney; bass, vocals) and Preston Ross-Heyman (drums), with Sam Gopal also guesting on table. Mark II had Jeffrey Fayman (Globus, worked with Robert Fripp; drums), Chad Peery (bass) and Robert Orellana (keys), with Magnusson guesting. Mark III was with Mark Murdock (drums), Paul Delph (keys) and Brad Stephenson (bass), and this was also the line-up on The Mars Tapes. Jordan also said on Facebook:

This is the release that Peter and I always wanted for our band 'Empire'. The One Way release was a thrown together, on the fly release that used silly 'publicity photos' of us as the album covers and inferior mastering. I was not involved in that release nor did it seem Peter was to much extent. But this Right Honourable Recording Company/Cherry Red Records release is the one that Peter and I always wanted. I am very grateful to Daniel Earnshaw and QEDG Management for their time and the expense to make this release happen. Peter would have loved it. And I hope that the long liner notes and photos will give people a glimpse what our 7 year journey with Empire was like.

Mabel Greer's Toyshop are using a guitar recording by Banks on "The Secret", the final track of their forthcoming album of the same name: see on main page.

One of Banks' last projects was Harmony in Diversity, an improvisational trio with, latterly, Banks (guitar, MIDI guitar), Nick Cottam (ex-Pulse Engine; bass) and Dave "Jick" Speight (drums). There had been work towards compiling a live album; Speight's MySpace reported, "The latest HiD live album is currently being mixed and will feature live recordings captured in the UK and Eastern Europe in 2006/2007." There are also earlier, unreleased sessions, including with Banks and original Harmony in Diversity drummer, Andrew Booker (Piko Cloud Booker, Sanguine Hum, Henry Fool, ex-Pulse Engine).

In an interview in the Jul 2015 issue of Prog, when asked if there are any older recordings he might put out, David Cross (ex-King Crimson) described a 1-day session with Banks: "he was astonishing. [...] I couldn't keep up with what he was doing. [...] It was a big experience for me. I've got that tape hidden away. But who knows? Perhaps one day that will get released."



Patrick Moraz PatrickMoraz.com; PatrickMoraz.net; MySpace page; Facebook

In an Oct 2015 interview, Moraz plots out his future plans:
I’m [...] planning to do some concerts by myself. More than ever, I’m back in the saddle to record. I have multiple projects in the pipeline, and they will come out as they come out. I also have some classic music in preparation, and some other new stuff that’s going to knock your socks off.

[...]

I have other symphonic works [in development; in addition to A Way to Freedom] as well, including the completion of my “Children’s Concerto” for orchestra. I’ve added some orchestral colors to it…but I like to keep some mystery about what I’m doing!

I have also been expressing myself by writing poems, either in French or in English. And I’ve already recorded some of them. And I’ve almost completed a double CD with my other group in Switzerland; that’s going to come out..probably not this year [2015] or next year [2016], but after that. I have at least two other albums schedule to come out. But for now, MAP is taking priority

[...]

Because my children are grown up, and because I’m not committed, contracted yet – yet! [laughs] – to tour with a big band with my music, I have more time. And I’ve developed a very interesting studio here in Florida.

In a Jan 2017 interview, he said, "I'm playing seven hours a day, and I'm also recording every day and every night[.] I've composed many hundreds of pieces of music."


Moraz played 2 solo piano shows on 17 Jan 2017 at The Iridium, New York, NY. These celebrated the 40th anniversary of his i solo album winning Best Keyboard Album from Keyboard magazine (he also won Best New Talent). The sets included "Blue Brains" and "Cachaça (Baiao)". One piece was played to a backing tape of an orchestra. He played another solo show there in early Apr (shortly before Yes's Hall of Fame induction), which was sold out. This included several pieces—"Blue Brains", "Cachaça (Baiao)", "Temples of Joy" and an improvisation—with (Yes fan) Joe Cass on drums. At the end of the show, Geoff Downes (piano) and Billy Sherwood (vocals) performed Asia's "The Smile has Left Your Eyes". On the Cruise, he told one fan that he would be coming to Australia in the next 18 months. Moraz returns to the Iridium for 2 more solo piano shows, 20-1 Oct. There is a live streaming video of the 20 Oct show on the KISWE app. He also performed at a 1 Oct benefit for Hurricane Irma relief in Osprey, FL, including a performance of "Nights in White Satin" with Joseph John Orchulli II (vocals), and George DeJong and band.

The iNOW Trio was announced with Moraz, bassist Bunny Brunel (CAB, worked with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Stevie Wonder, Stanley Clarke, Larry Coryell) and drummer Virgil Donati (CAB, Planet X, Allan Holdsworth, worked with  Steve Walsh). They were to play Progtoberfest II, Chicago, 22 Oct 2016, and the 2017 Cruise to the Edge in Feb. The former did not happen and Moraz only played solo on the cruise.

MAP is the Moraz Alban Project and their album, MAP, is out. The project is with drummer Greg Alban (worked with Denny Laine, Mike Pinera), who previously played on Moraz's Timecode, as did John Avila (ex-Oingo Boingo), who plays bass on the album. Also appearing are Lenny Castro (worked with Toto, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, The Bee Gees, Maroon 5, Slash, Dolly Parton, Stevie Nicks, Mars Volta; percussion on 6 tracks), Patrick Perrier (bass), Dave Van Such (sax) and Matt Malley (ex-The Counting Crows, worked with Jon Anderson; electric sitar on "Mumbai-Mantra"). (Malley previously described sessions with Moraz: see below.) Moraz said (Jun 2014 interview):

The current production that I am finishing should be released by the beginning of the fall [2014]. We’re finishing it this week and putting on the finishing touches. It’s a project for a really-really good friend of mine who is also an excellent drummer. I composed all of the music and the arrangements. There are also some luminaries like [Castro and Avila] and of course I do all the keyboards and music.

In a late 2014 interview, Moraz said of the project, "In LA, I was in the finishing stages of a very important album — actually it's for a rock album — which I just finished the production of, which took quite some time to do. I composed all the tunes and all the music. [...] I composed 14 pieces, of which we chose nine. I arranged everything. [...] A couple of weeks ago, I received the final mastered version and that album is going to be released hopefully very soon. We're just in the middle of preparation of the sleeve and the credits and this and that." The project was begun 10 years ago.

In the Oct 2015 interview has more on the making of the album and news of plans for a follow-up:
It was a balance between the two [beginning with Moraz' compositions or not]. We played together and jammed and so on. The music was composed, first and foremost. Actually I composed more than nine pieces – at least fourteen pieces – and then I let him choose the ones that felt the most comfortable. [...]

Greg and I and John Avila, we can now play that music with our eyes closed! We can play it the way it is [written], but we can also jam. And that’s what we will do for the next album. We are really, really determined to put out a bunch of albums together. We had so much fun making this album

Moraz also said they are "discussing and planning how we’re going to do" live dates, continuing, "Not only promotional dates, but proper concerts."

Moraz has released through his online store a limited edition 19CD box set of his solo albums: Change of Space, Coexistence, ESP - Etudes, Sonatas, Preludes, Future Memories I and II, Future Memories II, Future Memories Live on TV, Human Interface, i, Live at Abbey Road, Mainhorse, Music for Piano and Drums - Live in Maryland (2CD), Out in the Sun, Patrick Moraz III, Patrick Moraz in Princeton, Pianissimoraz, Resonance, Time Code and Windows of Time. The set comes with a unique signed card.

Moraz guested with Renaissance at two Newark, NJ shows on their Oct 2015 tour. See details under Tom Brislin, who tours with the band.

Due for some time has been a new studio project, entitled A Way to Freedom. This project dates back some years and has been described as an "electro-ethnic" solo album. In the Oct 2015 interview, Moraz said:
I want to keep it a surprise. But what I can tell you is that it’s not just one CD, one album. It’s a bunch of different works for myself at the piano, with a band, with a trio, orchestra and choirs. That’s why it’s taking so long. In this kind of work, you can never say exactly when it’s going to be ready.
In an interview circa May 06 (Notes from the Edge #299), Moraz said:
A WAY TO FREEDOM seems to be taking a long time to come out. It's not the lack of material, but more about the inherent inertia which has surrounded the project from the beginning. I have lots and lots of recorded material already, but I never seem to be able to put the finishing touch to the production as a whole.

In an Aug 2013 interview, asked about the project, Moraz replied:

It’s still on the front burner, it’s just that I’ve got different projects and different productions that take precedence. [...] I’ve got several pieces that I’ve had rendered for a symphony orchestra and percussionists and a jazz brass band. All of the music is written and arranged; it’s on paper. It’s just that it takes time. I could have finished it and released it, but in some way I have been enjoying my right to be a little bit of a perfectionist. (Laughs.)

Asked about the project in the late 2014 interview, Moraz said, "I am in the finishing stages of A Way To Freedom, because I've got some other productions that take precedence. [...] that's going to be my solo album. I've been working on that for several years on and off."

A Jun 2014 interview described it as "due in the very near future". It also describes as upcoming Cantata, a piece for a soprano-alto-tenor-bass choir in 7 movements, "paying homage to 'Our Planet.'" The latter was previously described on Moraz' website as EcoCantata. His site website also said Moraz is "progressing in the compositional development, production and "finition" of a "Futuristic Ballet" and other works featuring electronic arrangements as well as innovative, rhythmic instrumentation and acoustic orchestrations."

Moraz played on the Cruise to the Edge 2014 and returns for the 2017 Cruise. The cruises also feature Yes and many others. Moraz played a one-off show in Mar 2011 at Bergen Community College. This was about 1.5-2 hours long and the set included a version of "Soon", the intro to "Sound Chaser", "Jungle Alien", "Symphony of the Trees", "Gentle Storm", "Rite of Passage", and a new piece written for the concert and dedicated to his wife, as well as improvisations. Moraz' set-up consisted of a grand piano, two keyboards, a computer and various percussion instruments. Three guest musicians also made brief appearances. The night before, Moraz did a free lecture/demonstration at the same venue. A DVD of the show (possibly to include the lecture) has been expected.

In the Jun 2014 interview, Moraz also said that he has "just been asked to potentially participate in the recording of a piece with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra [link] in London." In the late 2014 interview, he said, "I've been working on tour very recently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I just finished a track with them." This turns out to be a cover of Gentle Giant's "Think of Me with Kindness", as Moraz went on to describe: "I've just finished that song with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. They asked me to play within the band to play a piano part of "Think of Me With Kindness." It's not a solo piano per se; it's the piano as part of the orchestra. The conductor was extremely complimentary of the work I did, and that made me very, very happy. I think that's going to come out very soon, the whole album, as the Symphonic Rock Project or something like that." The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prog Rock Classics (Cleopatra Records) is out in the US and UK.

In the late 2014 interview, Moraz described another project:
seven years ago, I had a project [...] “Seven Days a Week: Music on the Road From A to Z,” [...] I was seeing real people in real time, and the idea was to record in one week, in seven days — actually seven different CDs, one CD every day with a different theme every day. I kind of started to prepare production, because it’s a rough animal to do that, but as of yet I haven’t had the chance to complete such the project. But it’s still in the future works, as a future operation.

In the Oct 2010 Classic Rock Presents... Prog, Moraz says:

I am so busy right on many projects. They vary from rock to classical. Right now, I'm working with some extraordinary musicians in Tampa, Florida. Moreover, there are various reissues being planned. And I'm currently writing my autobiography, when I will reveal the truth of what happened with Yes.

Moraz has been working on a CD with himself on piano and electronic keyboards and drummer Jacob Armen (ex-Prince). Moraz also appears on one piece on Armen's forthcoming solo album: called "Cachaca II", it is an arrangement for piano and drums of Moraz's "Cachaca" on The Story of i. In a 2007 Innerviews interview, Moraz says, "It features the piano base of the original track which you can't really hear on my album, in addition to the original chord structure from the middle of the piece. The rest of it is quite different—almost a different tune." In the Oct 2015 interview, Moraz said, "I have a very good friend of mine, Jacob Armen – on whose album I played a piece called "Cachaça" – and his album will be out very soon...I don't know when." The duo have played a small number of live dates and further shows. In late 2009, Moraz, Armen and bassist Matt Malley (ex-Counting Crows) were working on an album together at Malley's studio. In Oct 2009, Malley wrote on his website:

For the last couple of nights I've been recording with Patrick Moraz, (Yes, Moody Blues) and Jacob Armen, (Prince) in my studio and it is downright frightening how good they are.  No need to "explain" anything...no analyzing...just play.  Think with your heart and feel with your brain.  I would love to tour with this little combo!

In a Feb 2007 interview, Moraz talked of his desire to play live with a band and that he was rehearsing for live performances, but he did not seem to have any specific plans for shows. Moraz had said that Vega Music, a Japanese label who are re-releasing Moraz's solo album Resonance there (see below), would like to bring him to Japan for both some piano and electronic concerts. In the interview for Innerviews published in May 2007, Moraz talked about what material he might play live, describing delving deep into his back catalogue with material from Mainhorse, Refugee ("like "Papillon" or a bit of "Credo.""), The Story of i, Out in the Sun, Future Memories, and "even" Timecode. He adds, "Perhaps I'll play some Moraz-Bruford pieces like "Children's Concerto" as well" and that he "might consider playing something from Yes like "Soon"".

Moraz and Ronnie Ciago (Facebook) (ex-CIRCA:, Brand X, worked with Bill Ward, Mick Taylor, Jaco Pastorius, Robert Downey Jr.; percussion) have been working on an album together; one piece with Ciago appeared on Moraz's solo album Change of Space. Ciago said on Facebook in late Sep 2011: "there is also 2 Moraz & Ciago cd's due out in the next few months, Patrick Moraz & Ronnie Ciago "Live On The Radio" and The new studio cd ( Moraz & Ciago ) with known guest musicians."

Plans were moving forward for 2012 US touring involving Moraz, Ciago, John Goodsall and Percy Jones. Goodsall, Jones and Ciago worked together in Brand X. The set list being proposed was to have included a suite from Relayer, plus material from Moraz' The Story of i, Refugee and Brand X. However, in Dec 2011, Moraz withdrew from the plan citing a lack of time available in the summer due to other plans. The door has not closed entirely on the possibility of later tour dates; meanwhile, the others are now moving forward with keyboardist David Sancious (ex-Jon Anderson) instead.

Moraz played on sessions for bassist Dave LaRue (The Dixie Dregs, John Petrucci) for a second solo album which has yet to appear.

Moraz guested on Sherwood's Citizen album—details on the main page. He appeared on the Action Moves People United album project: see on main page.

Longer term plans
Moraz has talked of multiple further projects, but many of these appear to be some way from producing any output. He has plans for a third "Future Memories" show, which he discusses in a new interview on a forthcoming DVD release of the first two "Future Memories" TV programmes (see below). Moraz has also been working on an album with Michel Sanchez (Deep Forest) for some time. A report circa Feb 2005 said that Moraz has two electronic albums close to completion, one of which seemed to be the one with Sanchez. It is unclear whether the other was A Way to Freedom, with Armen or some other project.

Moraz has expanded "Modular Symphony (1st Movement)" from his 1987 Human Interface album into an entire piano conerto, which he intends to release at some point according to a Mar 2005 interview.

Although he has no immediate plans, in his Mar 2005 interview, Moraz talked of his willingness to do a video or film project based on his solo album The Story of i. In his NftE interview (Jan 2001), he said, "I've also been writing and researching some stories. I'd like to do a movie of THE STORY OF I either in 3-D computer graphics, an animated version, or the real thing. I have also written a couple of other movie scripts; one is a science fiction story and the other is about the life and times of a composer who lived three hundred years ago." In an earlier interview (Oct 2000), he said: "I have just about 30 other projects that I have already composed, I've composed hundreds of pieces of music in the last 9 years. [...] I have also, maybe, studying to get a commission for a symphony orchestra perhaps in europe for next year [2001]." At some point, he has been planning to do a charity Christmas album.

In the 2005 interview, Moraz mentioned too his desire to do some live shows with flautist Syrinx to play music from their album Coexistence/Libertate, although again there are no specific plans at present. Moraz has said he may collaborate with Annie Haslam in the future.

Two tracks with Moraz are included on Howe's 2015 compilation Anthology: see under Howe for details.


Trevor Horn

Trevor Horn news it on its own page.


Trevor Rabin Homepage; News
; Facebook; Twitter

Rabin is continuing with a solo career and with scoring, although his main focus is ARW. An Apr 2017 interview (conducted Mar) laid out the following plan:
I’ve got two solo records which I’m scheduled to do and two scores which I’m not at liberty to mention [...] I pretty much signed on to them now, and so I’m pretty busy right up until the end of 2018 at this point.

I did an instrumental album in 2012. I wanna follow that up with another [instrumental] album, and I also do wanna do a kind of vocal rock album to follow up on [...] Can’t Look Away [...] obviously, a priority goal for us is ARW

He had been turning down score work (including an Oliver Stone film, presumably "Snowden"), according to this Jun 2016 interview (with Jon Anderson). In a Sep 2016 interview, he said, "This [Anderson Rabin Wakeman] tour, the band; they are the priority at the moment but I'm still getting offers to do film scores. Once we take a break from the road I'll visit those and keep writing music." And in an Oct 2016 interview, "I clearly want to get back and do film, but while I'm doing this [ARW], I'm not going to try and fit in a film in between. It's a tough thing, because I’m being offered films and the agents are calling saying, 'So you're definitely doing the tour? Because so and so wants to do something.' I've now gotten to a point where it's like, 'You don't even have to call anymore. [...] just [say] no on my behalf.'" In an Oct 2017 interview, conducted around Aug, he said, "I’m still doing films but I haven't since we started this [ARW] because I've been so busy. But, I will be doing film again." In another Oct 2017 interview, he said, "I'll still be doing film [...] I'll work on some film projects coming up and so, I'm busy!"

In another Oct 2016 interview, Rabin was asked whether it will be a 20 year wait for his next solo album, referencing the 23 year gap before Jacaranda. He replied: "The answer to that is definitely no. The wait won't be quite that long." In a Jan 2017 interview, Rabin said, "I'm [...] about half way through a new solo project. I'[m] enjoying singing again." In one of the Oct 2017 interviews, he said, "I'm about halfway through a new solo album [...] There's no titles yet but there's about five or six songs I'm really excited about. There's another five that are written that I still have to do". In a Jun 2017 interview, Jason Becker, who is having Rabin guest on a piece of his, said, "[Rabin] is working on a symphony now": I am unclear what that is, and whether it is related to solo work, film scoring or ARW.

Summer 2014, his website announced a new album as "coming soon". On 22 Jun 2014 on Facebook, Rabin described it: "the current album I'm working on is a vocal album. I'm not sure where it will ultimately land up. But it's definitely a rock album at this point. What I've been writing is definitely challenging my fingers. But I'm loving it." The day before, he'd posted:
sorry i've been missing in action,,,.but I have been 24/7 on the new solo album, and it's turning into something pretty cool.
I was hoping i'd be closing in by now.
Ufortunately it'll take a but longer. It's just taking time to let it all happen the right way. But i'm quite excited with where it's going.
I'm about half way through and very happy. Bare with me.

On 14 Sep 2014, Rabin said the album with have "some surprise guests" and described 3 drummers will be involved, Lou Molino (who had already recorded parts), son Ryan Rabin and an as yet unnamed drummer. Recording sessions continued in Sep. On 22 Aug 2015, he posted to Facebook:
Sorry there's been little on the new album.
I'm had to take some breaks to fulfill some film obligations.
But it's going great, I wish it was happening a little faster.
I would say I'm half way there and will be back at it next week.
speak soon. all the best

The next day, in response to a question, he posted, "BTW...Yes it is very much a vocal album". A Jun 2015 interview described him as "now writing an album of all-original rock material and considering a tour." However, on 5 Feb 2016, he said (again on Facebook) that he was "just working crazy at the moment" and "putting my solo album on hold". This appears to be connected to the ramping up of activity by Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman.

Back on 20 Feb 2014, Rabin said on Facebook:
I've completed 2 tracks for my next solo album.
I wasn't sure what shape my voice would be in, as singing is something I do little of with scoring (or on Jacaranda), ... but voice exercises and singing a lot,....i'm in good shape.
Happy so far, ...long way to go!

Journalist Jon Kirkman said on Facebook (1 Jan 2014) that Rabin is keen to get the rock album out within 2 years and he already has some material for it. On Facebook in Feb 2014, Rabin talked of having completed two songs in the style of Can't Look Away and 90125.

He released his solo album Jacaranda in 2012 and said in one May 2012 interview that: "I've already starting thinking about material for a next album." He explained in another interview (published around May 2012, but possibly from some time earlier in that year):

I love my work and my work for the last 12 years, or so, has been making song scores, but I love going on vacation. I really do enjoy doing the movie stuff and I’m not going to stop. I am also not going to let that side of things get in the way of doing this [solo work], which is my favorite thing to do.

He has talked about two projects, an electric guitar concerto and a rock album with vocals. He says later in the latter May interview:

I am actually about halfway through an electric guitar concerto right now. I was very into it but there is so much work, right down to how to write it, that I have not  finished it yet. Right now, it has four guitars in it but it might end up having five guitars. What is a guitar concerto, you may ask? There will be four or five guitars that will each have very specific parts written for it.

In a Nov 2012 interview, he describes two projects:
I've had something on the burner for a long time, but I've never really got centered on it [...] I have an electric-guitar concerto. I'm calling it that, which might sound a bit posh, but it's just a classical electric guitar. What I have sketched out is for full orchestra and electric guitar. I've also included four bagpipes, which just sounded so great. It's a great combination, these very legato, almost sitar-ish guitars and the drone of the bagpipes, which is an extraordinary sound. I really want to come to terms with this guitar concerto
And:
I'm also very determined to do a rock album, whatever that means, with singing on it.
In a Jun 2012 interview, he said, "I will sing on a record in the future. I've started working on a followup to Jacaranda. I'm going to do a vocal." He also says, "I met with Robert Plant and we wanted to do something together, so I'd love to revisit that." And in another Jun 2012 interview, Rabin says, "I will sing soon! Yes, I will definitely be singing on my future albums and projects." And adds, "This album [Jacaranda] and the music I express on it is definitely a turning point for me. I will be far more creatively free from this moment on since creating Jacaranda." In my Jul 2012 interview with Rabin, he said: "I am so motivated by Jacaranda it certainly won't be 20 years between albums again." In an Aug 2013 interview, he said: "I am starting a new solo album as a follow up to Jacaranda".

In a Mar 2014 radio interview, Anderson mentioned a recent email from Rabin who had, in Anderson's words, "just written a piano concerto for Lang Lang" [official website].

Earlier in the Nov 2012 interview, Rabin explained that, "I miss the feeling of being on stage playing, but I certainly don't miss the travel or the hotels and the inevitable griping that goes on in bands. I can do without that." Asked about touring in support of Jacaranda, he then replies:
"We've been looking at possibly going on the road, and I've got some friends who I know could do justice to it, but I couldn't afford them," Rabin says without the slightest hint of gallows humor. "It would be difficult because it's not just three guitars hacking 12-bar; it's very specific parts, and some of them are quite challenging. They'd have to be integrated, and the sound would have to be right."
Re-releases
Rabin's 2003 solo album, Live in L.A., recorded on his 1989 tour, has been re-released on Varèse Sarabande with a bonus track of a previously unreleased live recording of "Solly's Beard" (of unknown origin). Details of the original release are in the Yescography. One report has that this presages further archival releases.

Film scores etc.
Asked about film scoring in a Dec 2016 interview, Rabin replied, "There's a couple of commitments right now I'm going to have to maneuver and look to do. [...] I'm going to have to smartly work around it and find a way to do both. But right now the focus is definitely ARW."

Rabin and longstanding collaborator Paul Linford did the score for the first episode of SyFy's series 12 Monkeys (based on the 1995 film directed by Terry Gilliam, which itself was based on the short 1962 film "La Jetée"), broadcast from Jan 2015. Linford then scored the rest of the first season. 12 Monkeys – Original Television Soundtrack by Rabin and Linford was released on CD and digitally by Varèse Sarabande. Rabin and Linford then scored season 2 of the show, which began airing Apr 2016 in the US, but season 3 onwards then had music by Bryce Jacobs or Stephen Barton.

Rabin's name was associated with Warner Bros.' shark action movie "The Meg", but the music was done instead by Harry Gregson-Williams.


Rabin was one of many score composers to be included in the 2017 film "Score: A Film Music Documentary", released on DVD Sep 2017.

Collaborations, guest appearances & other news
Rabin said in an Aug 2013 interview that he "would love to do an album with my son, Ryan, at some point. However, he is very busy drumming, writing and producing his band Grouplove".

On Facebook in Sep 2014, Rabin described guesting on a track on an album by Jason Becker (worked with David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe). Becker described the album in Aug 2014: "I have a few new songs. It is kind of like modern classical with a little Pink Floyd, and I have a cover of 'Blowin in the Wind' and a couple of new versions of my song 'River of Longing' with guest players like Trevor Rabin [...] and [Joe] Satriani and more to be announced." Rabin said in an Oct 2016 interview that he had yet to mix a piece he has done for the album. In a Jun 2017 interview, Becker said, "Some players have soloed over my piece, River of Longing, such as Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan, Steve Morse, Aleks Sever, and Trevor Rabin. Trevor actually played guitar and piano over the whole piece. He is working on a symphony now, so we just hope he has time to get us the stems." The album is being funded by an IndieGoGo campaign and was expected in summer 2017, but has yet to appear. Dan Alvarez is producing.

Gary May (Trevor's brother-in-law, I think) said on Facebook in early 2015 how he had had "Trevor produce, orchestrate and play on one of my songs", with photo taken in Rabin's Jacaranda studio on 31 Oct 2014.
 
Rabin is signed to Kraft-Engel Management.


Billy Sherwood

Billy Sherwood news is
on its own page.
Igor Khoroshev Homepage

Khoroshev works with Mike Plotnikoff (engineer on The Ladder and House of Yes; worked with INXS, Aerosmith, KISS, My Chemical Romance) as a production team. They worked with Los Angeles band Checkpoint Charlie (Facebook), consisting of  Brian Aspinwall (vocals), Jorge Sotomarino (lead guitar), Ben Bonomo (rhythm guitar, bass), Ryan Salhany (bass), Mason Amlee (drums). Checkpoint Charlie's album Love Karma, produced by Khoroshev/Plotnikoff, was released in 2014. Khoroshev and Plotnikoff then produced and mixed the eponymous debut album from Los Angeles indie/alternative band True Violet (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube). Consisting of 10 tracks, the album had a digital release in Jun 2015. The band then consisted of Jessie Covets (lead vocals, piano, guitar), sisters Kayla (drums) and Alayna Miller (bass), and Devo Fresh (guitar). Guests on the album included Arejay Hale (percussion) and Eric Friedman (guitar). Tracks:
  1. "Intro" (0:28)
  2. "I'm Ready" (3:34)
  3. "Special Soul" (3:47)
  4. "Interlude" (0:33)
  5. "Come Back to Me" (5:04)
  6. "Stand by You" (3:29)
  7. "Whisper" (4:55)
  8. "Mommy I'm Sorry" (3:27)
  9. "Seasons" (4:37)
  10. "Wish You were Here" (5:26), Pink Floyd cover

There are videos for "Mommy I'm Sorry", "Seasons" and "Stand by You", and a lyric video for "Wish You were Here".



In Oct 2015, Khoroshev met with Mark Trueack (ex-Unitopia) to discuss the possibility of Khoroshev appearing on Planetary Overload – Loss and Hope, a double album from his band United Progressive Fraternity, subsequently announced to be released separately as Loss and Hope in 2018. The band previously worked with Jon Anderson, who may also be appearing on this project, so details are on Anderson's page.




Oliver Wakeman - Rick's son. Homepage; Oliver Wakeman Band Facebook page; Twitter; YouTube
Solo
In a review of 2016 on his website, Oliver said, "There is my large scale musical project which I have been working on all year with a well known music producer and my business partner. We are confident that it will see the light of day this year." Precisely what this is, I don't know.

Oliver had been working on a follow-up to his last solo album (Mother's Ruin) with his current band, called Cultural Vandals. The band has been himself (keys, piano), Paul Manzi (Arena; vocals), David Mark Pearce (works with Lisa LaRue; guitars), Paul Brown (ex-Medicine Man; bass), Dave Wagstaffe (Landmarq, ex-Peter Banks, ex-John Wetton; drums). He continued to write material during his tenure in Yes and has decided on 9 songs for the album. He was re-working this material from Jan 2011. Manzi and Pearce have also been working on creating a rough mix of the album. Wakeman said on Facebook in May 2011: "The album itself will be a mixture of different styles and lengths of songs but I don't really like to give away song titles or descriptions before an album is released because that way no-one will have any pre-conceived ideas on how it will sound!" In a Sep 2011 blog, he said:

Cultural Vandals is coming along really well. We are currently discussing the options for releasing it which will hopefully be towards the end of the year [2011] or early 2012. I have been working on another project for the last few months and I hadn't listened to it for a while. I mentioned in my last blog that I always like to let albums sit for a while and then revisit them to make sure that I am happy with them. I sat and listened to it in full yesterday to see what other work was required and it felt really good to me. I can't wait to start recording [...] a finished version

Manzi was recording vocals with Wakeman in May 2012, presumably for this project. However, nothing has been heard about the project since.

In a May 2009 interview, Oliver says:

I have a lot of solo material that I'd like to record too – four very different albums' worth. One will be a rock album, another Celtic rock, the third is a rock opera, and the fourth is made up of piano pieces. I really hope to start recording them before the end of the year [2009]. I like to use a studio in Virginia Water, Surrey, where I have a great relationship with the engineer Karl Groom. I produce my own recordings myself.

In the Jun 2008 interview, Oliver also said that he was "a fair way through a solo project on the piano". Oliver had also started work on a singer-songwriter-style album featuring various musicians he has worked with over the years.

Oliver has been working on Trinity, an album by Rodney Matthews, who, as an artist, has worked with Oliver and Rick Wakeman, Asia, Thin Lizzy, Magnum, Michael Moorcock and others, while as a musician, he used to play drums in Squidd, who opened for Yes. Oliver is performing and has "started assisting with arrangements, production and a little bit of composing." Oliver tweeted on 5 Aug 2014 about "Had a great day in the studio working with Rodney Matthews on songs for a new CD based on his artwork." On 3 Mar 2016, he tweeted, "More work this pm on the epic track for Rodney Matthews new cd. Put a moog solo in but had to extend the track." And he was back working on the album through at least Mar-Oct 2016. As well as performing, Oliver is co-composing a track. Pieces on the album include "The Leavetaking" (with Tony Clarkin, bass), "Mirardor" (with O Wakeman; based on this artwork), while Mark A Williams contributes narration and John Payne (ex-Asia) also appears to be guesting. The album was expected in 2016, but has yet to appear. On 30 Dec 2016, Rick Wakeman tweeted about visiting Oliver and "did some recording for [...] Rodney Matthews". On 9 Sep 2017, Oliver tweeted, "In the studio working on final piece for @RodneyMStudios. Tricky piano reworking of a classical piece." Oliver did a solo piano show at an art exhibition by Matthews in Bourton-on-the-Water on 4 Nov 2017.

On 13 Mar, Wakeman tweeted about being, "Back in the studio working on the new @dexibellMI project..." Dexibell are an Italian musical instrument company. Further details as to what this project entails have not been forthcoming so far.

Guest appearances
Oliver performed with dad Rick at the Stone Free Festival performing all of The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and more. Another show is planned for 2018: see under Rick Wakeman for details. Oliver has also done some engineering work for his father.

Oliver worked on a new album by John Vehadija, described on the main page because it also involves Billy Sherwood: see here for details. Both also appear on a forthcoming album from John Holden.

Oliver plays on "Time" on Carrie Martin's new album Seductive Sky, due 3 Nov and produced by Mikey Scott. Also appearing are Elliott Randall (worked with Asia), Gordon Giltrap (worked with Rick & Oliver Wakeman), Daniel Karl Cassidy, Riky Silvers, Jamie Fowler and Peter McLeod.

Oliver is among many guests on Telergy's album, Hypatia, a concept album about the Greek mathematician Hypatia (c. 360-415). Profits from the album go to Cross Roads House Homeless Shelter in New Hampshire. Others involved include Oliver Palotai (Kamelot), Durga McBroom-Hudson (ex-Pink Floyd, ex-Blue Pearl, working with Dave Kerzner), Scott Page (worked with Pink Floyd, Toto, Supertramp), David Ragsdale (Kansas), Parker Lundgren (Queensrÿche), Anna Phoebe (ex-Trans-Siberian Orchestra, worked with Jethro Tull, Jon Lord), Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Savatage), Angus Clark (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, worked with Kitaro), Bryan Hicks (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Corey Glover (Living Colour), Mike LePond (Symphony X) and Oliver Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire, Coldseed, ex-Blind Guardian). The album is composed and produced by Robert McClung (worked with The Commitments).

Oliver was in the 2007 Starcastle reunion and was subsequently working with lead vocalist Al Lewis on a new project.

Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon; keys, backing vocals) & Oliver Wakeman (keys) were working on a third album, which may or may not be based on the "Frankenstein" story.

Oliver was replaced in Yes by Geoff Downes. Oliver was on initial album sessions for Fly from Here, but Downes joined the sessions partway and recorded most of the keys on the album, although a small amount of Oliver's playing remains on the album. Oliver also co-wrote one of the songs ("Into the Storm"). The band, with Oliver, had developed further material for the album that then wasn't used, as Howe discussed in a Jan 2012 interview by Anil Prasad. Some of this material was (co-)written by Oliver, as Howe explains:

We also allowed Oliver to go off with his music and not keep him waiting forever, wondering if we would release it. We’re most likely not going to release anything we did with Oliver, because he’s doing that music himself and good luck to him. We’re very pleased for him to do that. If we tried to keep Oliver’s songs in the can, they would have been forever held up.

Material planned for Yes was being re-used by Oliver for both his project with Giltrap and Cultural Vandals. Some years ago, he explained on Facebook in a conversation with fan Sanders Thornburgh:

There were a few tracks that started to get recorded in the studio [for Fly from Here]. Others that were written in preparation of the album and others written whilst staying in LA. A few have ended up on the forthcoming Cultural Vandals album and a couple will be on the album I'm writing with Gordon Giltrap. Nothing goes to waste! None of them will feature the Yes guys performances though.

[...] Maybe when the Giltrap/Wakeman and Cultural Vandals albums are released people will have an idea of what the album [Fly from Here] might have resembled!



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