Where are they now? - former Yes members
This page last updated: 14 Sep 2019
Bruford has retired from performance (Oct
2017 interview: "I no longer perform, practice or teach on
the instrument."; 2015
interview: "I have not been playing any music. I've not
touched the drums for five years."). Instead, he does research,
writes and gives talks. His latest lecture series covered Denmark
(5 Mar 2018), Norway (8 Mar) and then the US
northeast and midwest 10-18 Apr. Tony Levin attended one of
the US lectures.
He was awarded a PhD from Surrey University in 2016: 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 has
also turned this into what he describes as a "less formal" book,
out through University of Michigan Press, 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.
Complete (Summerfold) is a 24-disc boxset of
Bill Bruford's Earthworks' complete catalogue, including
unreleased and little known material, all compiled and
curated by Bruford. There is additional artwork by Dave
McKean. Some initial stocks will come with a postcard of
McKean artwork signed by Bruford. Contents:
Due 8 Nov 2019 in the UK and a week
later in the US is the standalone release of Heavenly
Bodies Expanded (Summerfold). Tracks—CD 1
(which is the original 1997 release):
CD2 (the expanded element):
Due 20 Sep, The Percussion Collection (BBSF026CD) is a 3CD compilation, with new artwork, consisting of the World Drummers Ensemble's A Coat Of Many Colours (2006), Pete Lockett’s Network of Sparks' One (2000) and The New Percussion Group of Amsterdam's Go Between (1987).
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
most recent Collectors' Club release is now out. Live
in Newcastle, December 8, 1972 is a newly
discovered soundboard of the quintet with Bruford,
Robert Fripp, John Wetton, David Cross and Jamie Muir.
Nostalgia Progressiva is a new album by Maurizio Brunod/Giorgio Li Calzi/Boris Savoldelli re-interpreting the music of King Crimson, Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, Nucleus, Kraftwerk, Le Orme and The Beatles. It includes "Matte Kudasai" and "Starless" from Bruford's period in Crimson.
| Kaye has been working on
multiple projects with Billy Sherwood,
chiefly CIRCA: follow those
links for more details. Kaye, Billy Sherwood
Schellen finished off an incomplete Peter
Banks recording for the compilation of his music, Be
Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology: see
under Banks for details. Kaye
and Sherwood have recorded a song with Scott Walton: see
He guested with Sherwood on Time Horizon's Transitions (details on main page) and on Dave Kerzner's (working with Steven Wilson, Jon Anderson) Sonic Elements Yes tribute album, Yesterday and Today: A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Yes.
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.
Kaye's wife is singer Daniela Torchia
and he continues to support her work.
|CD 2—What is This? (summer 2005
sessions with just Banks and Booker, at the time planned for
a standalone release):
Buy Harmony in Diversity's The Complete Recordings
Unreleased later recordings
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."
The New Empire
The New Empire consists of Fernando Perdomo (Dave Kerzner band, In Continuum; guitars, bass, backing vocals), Mark Murdock (Masheen Messiah, ex-Empire; drums, backing vocals), Kame Akiyama (Masheen Messiah; keys, synths) and Marisol Koss (worked with Perdomo, Kerzner; lead & backing vocals). The group intend to play Banks's material live and to "create new material in the spirit of the original Empire." They released a digital single of Empire's "Out of Our Hands" on 19 Sep through Bandcamp, produced by Murdock/Perdomo and mixed/mastered by Zach Ziskin. A Feb 2019 Facebook sampler also covered "Foundation", with original Empire vocalist, Sydney Foxx guesting, plus second guitar by Preston Murdock. The song was mixed and mastered by Jez Jarder. Both are expected on a forthcoming tribute album to Banks, further details on which are not known. The New Empire have also done a song on the Paul Williams tribute album White Lace and Promises: The Songs of Paul Williams.
The instrumental album Out to Sea from Perdomo was released on Bandcamp. It includes as its opening track and first single a piece entitled "The Architect (Tribute to Peter Banks)" (4.10; available on YouTube). The piece was written, performed and produced by Perdomo. Another version of the piece is on Dave Kerzner & Sonic Elements' Yesterday and Today: A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Yes with Perdomo, his live band, and Kerzner: see under Yes. A third version, live by Perdomo and his band, is included on Perdomo's Out to Sea 2, released 15 Feb 2019.
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.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."
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 [possibly a reference to Random Kingdom]; that’s going to come out..probably not this year  or next year , 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.
Moraz appeared at Moogmentum: Synthesizing Innovation, Music, and Creativity, a 3-day event for the opening of the Moogseum in Asheville, NC, 13-5 Aug 2019. On 13 Aug, he performed and was in conversation with Larry Fast; and he did a demo/Q&A/signing on 14 Aug, with a VIP event in the evening.
The latest Moraz solo show was on 5
Aug 2018 in Sellersville, PA. He had a solo show in
Winter Park, FL on 30 May 2018; the set included "Soon" and
material from i. He next played at The
Iridium, New York, NY on 26 Jul 2018and had another show, I
think again The Iridium, on 30 Jul 2018. 30 Jul set: [SPOILERS—highlight
to read] "Light
Elements", "Aural Contact", "Soul Eternal", "Rite of Passage",
"Temples of Joy", "Galatea", "Cachaça", "Imps Dance", "The
Best Years of Our Lives", "Talisman—Caravan", "Isle of View",
film scores medley, "For Mom", "Krazy Kapers", poem: "If YOU
Think You Can...", "Nights in White Satin", "Soon", Variations
and medley on Chopin/Mozart/Beethoven, 3-4-5-notes
improvisation, "Modular Symphony". He previously
played a solo piano Earth
Day concert on 22 Apr 2018 in Sarasota, FL, when pieces
included "Aural Contact I: Sacrifices".
Moraz played 2 solo piano shows on
17 Jan 2017 at The Iridium, 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 returned
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.
Random Kingdom (sampler; promo video) is a new album from Moraz & Friends. This largely Swiss ensemble is based around Moraz (guested with Panorama Syndicate; piano, synth, voice, percussion), Gonzague Ruffieux (Panorama Syndicate, worked with Daniela Simmons; drums, Synclavier, Hartmann Neuron synth) and Patrick Perrier (Panorama Syndicate, Moraz Alban Project, Antimatière, Pairs & Impairs; bass), with Philippe Aguet (worked with Joe Walsh; guitar), Richard Pizzorno (Panorama Syndicate; solo synth), Johnny Visan (violin) and Valentine (worked with Ruffieux; soprano vocals). The project dates back to at least 2012, but it was released in early 2018. Moraz co-wrote all 7 tracks. Tracks include:
The album was produced, recorded, mixed, edited and mastered by
Ruffieux. It is available
from Perrier's website. Further release details are unknown.
In Mar 2019, Moraz posted a new song, "W.A.N.A. (We
are Not Alone)", to YouTube. The piece was written by Moraz
and arranged by Ruffieux, and performed by Valentine (vocals),
Moraz (Steinway piano, synth), Ruffieux (drums, Synclavier,
Hartmann Neuron synth), Perrier (bass) and Aguet (guitar).
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. [...]Moraz also said they are "discussing and planning how we’re going to do" live dates, continuing, "Not only promotional dates, but proper concerts."
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
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."
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."
Refugee (Cherry Red, ECLEC32685) is re-released 30 Aug 2019 in an expanded 3CD box, including previously unreleased and previously released live recordings. Tracks:
The album was as high as #57 in Box Sets on Amazon (UK) on 29 Jun 2019, and #411 overall.
Due 27 Sep in Europe and 4 Oct in
the US is a remaster of Mainhorse
(ECLEC2693), overseen by Moraz.
Moraz guests on a forthcoming album
from actor and singer David Hasselhoff. Entitled Open
Your Eyes (no relation to the Yes or Asia
songs of the same name), the album is due 27 Sep on
Cleopatra Records. Tracks:
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.
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 played on sessions for bassist Dave LaRue
(The Dixie Dregs, John
Petrucci) for a second solo album that has yet to
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 ." 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.
Once this... we [ARW] do Europe […] and then we've got some time off and then we do 9, 10 [dates?]... They wanted to do a hundred dates and I said, 'I'm old. The singer's 10 years older than me.' […] I said, no, […] you can always call me, we can look at things and if I'm not busy, we can do things. But once that tour is finished, I'm actually going to start bookings [for film scoring]. So I've promised [new manager] Rich [Jacobellis] that when I come back, in between now and doing the next tour [26 Aug-9 Sep 2018] […] I'll agree to start taking meetings, speaking to people and I'll phone my friends [like directors Renny Harlin and Jerry Bruckheimer]However, in response to the hullabaloo online after that interview, his wife posted the following message to a fan Facebook group:
It has been suggested that YES(ARW) might be ending due to comments within this interview.Wakeman said in his Sep 2018 GORR that ARW are taking the rest of 2018 off as a group, while "Trev is doing the score for a new film".
I want to make it very clear that it is not the case.
Rick Jon and I didn’t come into ARW in a vacuum.
We were all very busy. Other career interests don’t just disappear. We all fully intend to carry on doing what we were doing while putting full energy into YES.
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.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!"
I did an instrumental album in 2012 [Jacaranda]. 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
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.In Sep 2014, Rabin said the album will 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 2014. In Aug 2015, he posted to Facebook:
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.
Sorry there's been little on the new album.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, in 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.
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
I've completed 2 tracks for my next solo album.Journalist Jon Kirkman said on Facebook (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.
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!
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 concertoAnd:
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].
Film scores etc.
As above, Rabin has new management, Rich Jacobellis at Fortress Talent Management, and was reported to be seeking film scoring work.
In a May 2018 interview, Anderson said that, "Trevor [Rabin] has been doing music for a Broadway show as well as film soundtracks". Further details are absent. Anderson appears to be describing recent activity, but that is not clear.
|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
Jason Becker (worked with David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe) released the 14-track Triumphant Hearts (Music Theories/Mascot Label Group) on 7 Dec 2018. Becker has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is no longer able to play guitar. Instead, the album is played by a variety of guest guitarists, mostly Joe Satriani (Chickenfoot, ex-Deep Purple), Steve Vai, Neal Schon (Journey), Steve Morse (worked with Steve Howe), Paul Gilbert and Joe Bonamassa, while also using recordings by Becker from the 1980s and 1990s. Rabin performs on one track, "River of Longing" (YouTube streaming), written by Becker. Work on the album dates back several years. On Facebook in Sep 2014, Rabin described guesting on the track. 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". Rabin said in an Oct 2016 interview that he had yet to mix the piece. 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 released version is solely credited to Rabin for performance. Dan Alvarez was producing.
Mike Makhalemele's album Mind Games - A Jazz Celebration of John Lennon, on which Rabin played guitar, bass and keys, was released digitally in Aug 2018 by CTSOriginal. It sounds like a vinyl transfer to me. Tracks: "Mind Games" (16:12), "Mother" (3:55), "Imagine" (10:49). The album was originally released in 1990, but had been recorded in 1976. Makhalemele plays sax, while former Rabbitt colleague Ronnie Robot is on bass and Neil Cloud is on drums.
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".
Gary May (Trevor's brother-in-law) 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 in Oct 2014.
I have continued to work on the collection of instrumental piano pieces based on music I have written for my family or commissions for other people's loved ones.One piece on the albums is "Lottie's Song".
I have decided to include other musicians on the album (as it was originally going to be just myself on piano) as I feel that, with the way some of the pieces are developing, it feels more like the follow up to 3 Ages of Magick album I recorded in 2003. I think I have all the music now composed but the crafting and arrangement work has started in earnest. I am hoping that this will be out for Spring 2020.
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
 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.
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 .
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.
On 13 Mar, Oliver 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.
Oliver is available for writing commissions.
Trinity (Gonzo Multimedia) is a forthcoming, 10-track album from Rodney Matthews and Jeff Scheetz with Oliver Wakeman, now expected autumn 2019 and to be released on CD, 2LP and box set with artwork. Matthews (drums) is best known 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. Each track on the album is based on a piece of Matthews' art. Performing are Jeff Scheetz (guitars), Oliver (keys; he has also said he was "assisting with arrangements, production and a little bit of composing"), Rick Wakeman (on "Trinity" only), John Payne (ex-Asia; bass, vocal), Tony Clarkin (Magnum; bass), Pete Coleman (multi-instrumentalist), Steve Amadeo (bass on 3 tracks), Sarah Prothero (vocals), Charles McNeal (alto sax) and Mark A Williams (narration). Tracks (order to be determined):
The album appears to be being mixed by Matthews, Scheetz, Sheena
Sear and Mark Stuart.
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 co-composed a
track, on which Amadeo plays bass. Dad Rick Wakeman
tweeted on 30 Dec 2016 about visiting Oliver and how he "did some
recording for [...] Rodney Matthews". As well as the appearances
by Payne listed above, Matthews in Dec 2017 said Payne was to play
bass on three more tracks. On 9 Sep 2017, Oliver tweeted, "In the
studio working on final piece for @RodneyMStudios. Tricky piano
reworking of a classical piece." Presumably this was "Extract from
Night on the Bare Mountain". A May
2018 tweet of Oliver's implies the album is in the final
stages of mixing, and Oliver described it as mixed in late Jun. In
his Oct 2018 Newslist, he said, "There is still a final bit of
work to be done on the album. Mastering and organising the layout
for the sleeve." In his Sep 2019
newsletter, he described the album as "now finished", with the
artwork "being finalised".
Oliver did a solo piano show at an art exhibition by Matthews in
Bourton-on-the-Water on 4
Nov 2017. He also performed a solo piano show as part of
Matthews' Mythopoeia – The Art of Literary Legends, 25 Aug
2018. Wakeman played for 80 minutes, with an audience of over 120.
On 11 May 2019, he played 2 acoustic piano
sets at a chairty show at another Matthews exhibition, in
Leamington Spa; set included "November Wedding" (from Trinity),
"Lottie's Song" (new piece), "A Mayfair Kiss", "LJW", "Heaven's
Isle" and "Lutey and the Mermaid".
Matthews (drums) and O Wakeman have also
arranged and recorded the Xmas carol "In the Bleak Mid Winter"
for a Xmas card/CD package, with Amadeo (bass) and David Mark
Pearce (guitars). On 18 Apr 2019, Oliver had tweeted about
playing guitar "on a new music piece with @RodneyMStudios",
which may have been this. On 18 Aug 2019, he tweeted:
Had a great evening working on the Xmas track for the @RodneyMStudios Card/CD that is due out [...] towards Xmas
He tweeted the next day about the track
having a Moog solo and "a heavily distorted Hammond" on it.
Oliver appears on 3 tracks of Lightspeed's forthcoming album Delta, with further guests including Jamie Glaser (ex-Anderson Ponty Band), Theo Travis (Soft Machine, ex-Gong), Sephira and Tommy Denander (ex-Radioactive, worked with Alice Cooper).
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 as it also involves Billy
here for details. Both also appeared on an album from
John Holden. Oliver appears on Holden's forthcoming
next album too.
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:
I got the rights back to my songs which will see the light at some point. Plans in the pipeline! I also have lots of demos of stuff from the FFH sessions [...] [including] the 2 songs I wrote and the one I co-wrote with Chris - a cool 10 minute piece.
Any news, additions or corrections, please e-mail Henry Potts. Thanks.