Where are they now? - former Yes members
This page last updated: 13 Aug 2018
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 now does
research, writes and gives talks. His latest lecture series
covered Denmark (5 Mar 2018), Norway (8 Mar) and then talked in 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
"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, now 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.
Bruford attended a Yes show on 25 Mar 2018 in London and
introduced the band (see more
Bruford is among contributors for Brian Gruber's book with Billy
Cobham, "Six Days at Ronnie Scott's: Billy Cobham on Jazz Fusion
and the Act of Creation", released May 2018. Others involved
include Jan Hammer and Randy Brecker. Bruford's section is called
"Bill Bruford and Tricksy Meters".
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 went ahead. Pre-orders for the second pressing were only available to 30 Nov, and 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". The set was put together with archivist Sid Smith, designer Martin Cook, mastering engineer Ben Darlow and co-ordinator Rob Ayling. It was 7th in the 2017 Prog Readers' Poll, Reissue category. 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.The box set has been nominated for the Reissue of the Year in the Progressive Music Awards 2018: you can vote here.
Not the box set though.
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
| 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 new compilation of his music,
Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology: see
under Banks for 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).
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
Buy Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky...
|CD 2—Can I Play You Something More?,
focusing on rarities:
"Knights (Reprise)" from Two Sides of Peter Banks is also included on the forthcoming Phil Collins' 59-track, 4CD anthology Plays Well With Others featuring his collaborative work, out 28 Sep. There are also tracks with Flaming Youth, Argent, Brian Eno, Brand X, Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, Adam Ant, Paul McCartney, Tears for Fears, Genesis, John Martyn, The Bee Gees, his Big Band and many others.
|The second Peter Banks Musical Estate release
Self-Contained Trilogy (PBME002CD), released 2
Mar 2018, with remastered versions of his three out-of-print
solo albums from the 1990s: Instinct, Self-Contained
and Reduction. The budget-priced release includes
new artwork, while the booklet features the original album
artwork, liner notes and credits.
The first PBME release was The Complete Recordings of Empire, Banks' band with his sometime wife and lead singer Sydney Foxx (now Jordan) that went through various incarnations in 1974-9. The Complete Recordings (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 new text from Jordan and drummer Mark Murdock, the original liner notes from the previous One Way Records releases, and a 1974 article about the band, plus numerous photos. Tracks: CD 1—The Best of Empire:
Buy The Self-Contained Trilogy
Buy Empire's The Complete Recordings
|CD 2—The Mars Tapes (as The Mars
Tapes release minus two tracks on CD1):
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 tabla. 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
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.
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."
Banks died intestate (that is, he had not made a will) and had no known relatives. Relatives were then traced, who appointed Family Wise Ltd to administer the estate. They announced in May 2017 that they had 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".
Mabel Greer's Toyshop have used a guitar
recording by Banks on "The Secret", the final track of their new
album of the same name: see on main
The 8-track instrumental album Out to Sea from Fernando Perdomo (Dave Kerzner band) is now out 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.
A documentary about Pete is being filmed. Entitled "Claiming
Peter Banks", it's been organised by George Mizer, a close friend
of Pete's, and with some of the interviews done by Heidi Hornbacher.
Participants include author Chris Welch, Oliver
Wakeman, Mike Hough (ex-Flash),
Andrew Booker (Harmony in Diversity)
and Nick Cottam (Harmony in Diversity), all
of whom played with Banks. Other interviewees include drummer Joe
Vitale. Mizer said
on Facebook in Jan 2018 that "we have put a band together to
promote the Banks documentary [...] It will include past Flash
members and now we hope to have Fern[ando Perdomo] join in on the
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.
The latest Moraz solo show was on 5 Aug in Sellersville, PA. He had a solo show in Winter Park, FL on 30 May; the set included "Soon" and material from i. He next played at The Iridium, New York, NY on 26 Jul and had another show, I think again The Iridium, on 30 Jul. 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 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.
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."
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 which 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 [which begins 26 Aug 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.An Apr 2017 interview (conducted Mar) had laid out the following plan:
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.
All the best,
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 is 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.
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".
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.
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. However,
nothing has been heard about the project since.
In a May 2009
interview, Oliver says:
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
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.
a forthcoming, 10-track album
from Rodney Matthews
(drums) with Jeff Scheetz
(guitar), due 2018; Oliver is among the guests.
Matthews 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. Oliver is performing and was
"assisting with arrangements, production and a little bit of
composing." He 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. Dad Rick Wakeman
has a cameo; he tweeted on 30 Dec 2016 about visiting Oliver
and how he "did some recording for [...] Rodney Matthews".
Pieces on the album include "The Leavetaking" (with Tony
Clarkin (Magnum), bass), "Mirador"
(with O Wakeman; based on this
artwork), while Mark A Williams contributes narration.
John Payne (ex-Asia)
also guests: he plays bass on "The Heavy Metal Hero", "The
Granite Curtain", "Rivendell" and "Mirador" (also vocals);
Matthews in Dec 2017 said Payne was to play bass on three
more tracks. Steve Amadeo plays bass on 3 tracks, including
on the track O Wakeman co-wrote. Also appearing are Bob Catley (Magnum),
On 9 Sep 2017, Oliver tweeted, "In the studio working on
final piece for @RodneyMStudios. Tricky piano reworking of a
classical piece." A May
2018 tweet of his implies the album is in the final
stages of mixing, and Oliver described it as mixed in
late Jun. Oliver did a solo piano show at an art
exhibition by Matthews in
Bourton-on-the-Water on 4
On 13 Mar, Wakeman tweeted about
being, "Back in the studio working on the new @dexibellMI
are an Italian musical instrument company. Further details as
to what this project entails have not been forthcoming so far.
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
Oliver plays on "Time" on Carrie Martin's
new album Seductive
Sky, which was expected 3 Nov 2017 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 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.