Showing posts with label Darryl Way. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Darryl Way. Show all posts

7/28/2022

Legendary Violinist Darryl Way To Release Unique Concept Album & Novel “The Rock Artist's Progress” on Sept. 23, 2022

Features guest vocal performance from Steve Hogarth of Marillion!

“The Rock Artist's Progress” is a unique concept and project created by legendary violinist Darryl Way that consists of an album and novel that are intrinsically linked together and sold as a bundle. The novel will also include musical illustrations created by Darryl, that can be clicked on and listened to, whilst reading. Both album and novel are due for release on September 23rd, on Spirit of Unicorn Music, Cherry Red Records, iTunes and Amazon.

The novel, written by Charles Shorwell, is set against the backdrop of the musical revolution that started with the Beatles and begins in 1968, a year after ‘The Summer of Love’ and follows the story of Daniel Luckham, a young classical pianist studying at the Royal College of Music. Seduced by the rock music scene and vibrant counter culture in London at that time, he contrives to leave college and pursue a career in ‘Rock’. But some bad decisions lead him down a dark and dangerous alley, populated by drug dealers, unscrupulous managers and femme fatales. On his journey to fulfil his dreams, Daniel finds his integrity challenged, and the innocence of youth cruelly stripped away.

The connection between the album and novel, unfortunately has to remain a secret, as to divulge that information would give away a key plot line in the novel. All that can be said is that the album represents a body of work recorded in the late 60s. Created by Darryl Way, the album features a guest vocal performance from Steve Hogarth of Marillion, on the track “Morpheus”.

Watch the promotional video: https://youtu.be/U1VAx4Sbixk

A playful and intimate account of one young man's experiences of London's vibrant music scene, in the late 60s”.

Available for preorders at www.cherryred.co.uk from 5th August

For more information:
https://www.darrylway.com/
https://www.charlesshorwell.co.uk

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

4/28/2021

Legendary Violinist Darryl Way to Release “Destinations 2” on Spirit of Unicorn Music, May 28th 2021

“Destinations 2” is a follow up to his critically acclaimed album “Destinations”, which was voted number 3 in Goldmine Magazine’s top 100 albums of 2020. Prog Rock said of this album: “This is ‘Guitar Hero’ as arch-melody maker, putting his chops in service of each song’s mood. This is an artist searching for and finding a fresh way to express his unquestionable talent.”

Talking about his new album Darryl says:

Like ‘Destinations’, ‘Destinations 2’ sets out to take the listener on a journey to far off and exotic locations, something that in reality is very difficult for us to do at the moment. These tracks are journeys of the mind and are my interpretation of the atmosphere's and music of each different location, from Sun Baked Mexico to Bohemian Budapest.  

Set mostly in a ‘Rock’ format, the tracks are tempered by my new found love of playing the Guitar and my continuing love for playing the Violin. So the pieces themselves lean towards genres where the Guitar and Violin are features of that particular style. However, when the music needs to be more expansive, I have not been able to resist orchestrating it for full orchestra, giving the piece more cinematic depth.

As this music is essentially ‘Program Music’, I've also included in the sleeve notes of this album my descriptions of the pieces. As with works like Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ and Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’, it's sometimes helpful for the listener to know what the composer’s original intentions were.

Having said that, I’m just as happy for the listener to make up their own stories for the music.

Finally, I hope you enjoy this album as much as I did creating it.”

Darryl Way. 2021

To pre-order Darryl WaysDestinations 2”: https://geni.us/DWdestination2

Watch excerpts from Darryl Way's “Destinations 2”: 

Darryl Way’s official website: www.darrylway.com

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

Legendary Violinist Darryl Way to Release “Destinations 2” on Spirit of Unicorn Music, May 28th 2021

“Destinations 2” is a follow up to his critically acclaimed album “Destinations”, which was voted number 3 in Goldmine Magazine’s top 100 albums of 2020. Prog Rock said of this album: “This is ‘Guitar Hero’ as arch-melody maker, putting his chops in service of each song’s mood. This is an artist searching for and finding a fresh way to express his unquestionable talent.”

Talking about his new album Darryl says:

Like ‘Destinations’, ‘Destinations 2’ sets out to take the listener on a journey to far off and exotic locations, something that in reality is very difficult for us to do at the moment. These tracks are journeys of the mind and are my interpretation of the atmosphere's and music of each different location, from Sun Baked Mexico to Bohemian Budapest.  

Set mostly in a ‘Rock’ format, the tracks are tempered by my new found love of playing the Guitar and my continuing love for playing the Violin. So the pieces themselves lean towards genres where the Guitar and Violin are features of that particular style. However, when the music needs to be more expansive, I have not been able to resist orchestrating it for full orchestra, giving the piece more cinematic depth.

As this music is essentially ‘Program Music’, I've also included in the sleeve notes of this album my descriptions of the pieces. As with works like Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ and Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’, it's sometimes helpful for the listener to know what the composer’s original intentions were.

Having said that, I’m just as happy for the listener to make up their own stories for the music.

Finally, I hope you enjoy this album as much as I did creating it.”

Darryl Way. 2021

To pre-order Darryl WaysDestinations 2”: https://geni.us/DWdestination2

Watch excerpts from Darryl Way's “Destinations 2”: 

Darryl Way’s official website: www.darrylway.com

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

2/14/2020

Curved Air Original Founding Member Darryl Way Announces the Release of His New Solo Album "Destinations" - Out Now !


Darryl Way is the co-founder of CURVED AIR, a trailblazing rock violinist and composer.

“Destinations” is the new studio album by Darryl Way and features ten new rock instrumentals, with a variety of influences and sound effects enriching the style and delivery of the pieces.

Darryl Way said of the new instrumental album “'Destinations' a collection of 10 pieces that set out to conjure up images of far off and exotic locations like Antigua, or imagined settings like Metropolis or Mystic Mountains. Like my previous album 'Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Rock', 'Destinations' could be described as programme music, music that evokes atmospheres and impressions.”

Mostly set in the 'Rock' genre, Darryl introduces himself as a guitarist on this album, as well as performing in his more familiar role as a violinist

The album is available to order here: Amazon CD: https://geni.us/Destinations

For more information: http://www.darrylway.com/

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

Curved Air Original Founding Member Darryl Way Announces the Release of His New Solo Album "Destinations" - Out Now !


Darryl Way is the co-founder of CURVED AIR, a trailblazing rock violinist and composer.

“Destinations” is the new studio album by Darryl Way and features ten new rock instrumentals, with a variety of influences and sound effects enriching the style and delivery of the pieces.

Darryl Way said of the new instrumental album “'Destinations' a collection of 10 pieces that set out to conjure up images of far off and exotic locations like Antigua, or imagined settings like Metropolis or Mystic Mountains. Like my previous album 'Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Rock', 'Destinations' could be described as programme music, music that evokes atmospheres and impressions.”

Mostly set in the 'Rock' genre, Darryl introduces himself as a guitarist on this album, as well as performing in his more familiar role as a violinist

The album is available to order here: Amazon CD: https://geni.us/Destinations

For more information: http://www.darrylway.com/

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

5/03/2018

Curved Air Founding Member & Legendary Violinist Darryl Way to Release First Ever Rock Version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Out Now!


Almost 50 years after the creation of his classic rock anthem Vivaldi, Curved Air's trail blazing violinist Darryl Way, has arranged and recorded the whole of Vivaldi's masterpiece The Four Seasons and given it the same 'rock' treatment.

Way said of the project: “You cannot improve upon perfection, which the Four Seasons undoubtedly is, but I felt that the Four Seasons, a piece that has been a seminal influence in my life, would be fertile ground for a reinterpretation. Having said that, I have not changed any of the notes, except in some of the slow movements, where it is generally accepted that the written notes can be embellished. I have just added to the mix, rock instrumentation and rhythms, synth textures and in the slow movements, some chill out beats.”

The album is entitled Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Rock and is released on the 4th of May 2018 via Cherry Red Records.

“I already had a good idea that a rock arrangement could work with Vivaldi's music, from my work on the Curved Air track 'Vivaldi'. The challenge was, to maintain Vivaldi's original concept of the piece and tell the same story. Whether I have risen to that challenge is not for me to say, but if you were a fan of my Curved Air track 'Vivaldi', there's a good chance you're going to like this as well.”  

To purchase Darryl Way's Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Rock:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/Vivaldi
iTunes: http://geni.us/VivaldiDig

Official website: www.darrylway.com

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

Curved Air Founding Member & Legendary Violinist Darryl Way to Release First Ever Rock Version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Out Now!


Almost 50 years after the creation of his classic rock anthem Vivaldi, Curved Air's trail blazing violinist Darryl Way, has arranged and recorded the whole of Vivaldi's masterpiece The Four Seasons and given it the same 'rock' treatment.

Way said of the project: “You cannot improve upon perfection, which the Four Seasons undoubtedly is, but I felt that the Four Seasons, a piece that has been a seminal influence in my life, would be fertile ground for a reinterpretation. Having said that, I have not changed any of the notes, except in some of the slow movements, where it is generally accepted that the written notes can be embellished. I have just added to the mix, rock instrumentation and rhythms, synth textures and in the slow movements, some chill out beats.”

The album is entitled Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Rock and is released on the 4th of May 2018 via Cherry Red Records.

“I already had a good idea that a rock arrangement could work with Vivaldi's music, from my work on the Curved Air track 'Vivaldi'. The challenge was, to maintain Vivaldi's original concept of the piece and tell the same story. Whether I have risen to that challenge is not for me to say, but if you were a fan of my Curved Air track 'Vivaldi', there's a good chance you're going to like this as well.”  

To purchase Darryl Way's Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Rock:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/Vivaldi
iTunes: http://geni.us/VivaldiDig

Official website: www.darrylway.com



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

6/21/2017

Legendary Violinist Darryl Way To Release New Concept Album/Rock Opera Called "Underworld"


London - Much to the excitement of prog music fans worldwide, legendary Curved Air violinist Darryl Way is releasing a new Concept Album/Rock Opera called “Underworld” on June 21st. “Underworld” is released in 2 versions: “Underworld Rock Opera Complete” which is the whole show with dialogue and narration and “Underworld Rock Opera the Songs” which just contains the songs.

Says Darryl, “Having touched on Greek mythology in my last album, 'Myths, Legends and Tales' I became fascinated with the idea of writing a major work based on one of these myths. Originally I was going to set Shelley's epic poem 'Prometheus Unbound' to music, but on further investigation it became clear that it was a little too 'epic' and too big a mouthful to bite off. Then the thought struck me of updating or re-imagining the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and setting it in a period and environment that I was totally familiar with - the world of rock music and the 1970s. However, I felt a little uncomfortable with the idea of writing a musical, but then it occurred to me that it could be a rock opera, because it is 'song and drama' as opposed to 'song and dance' and with the addition of a narrator, it could be both a concept album as well as a theatrical production. So in my Underworld, Orpheus is now a rock megastar and Persephone, the queen of the underworld, a nightclub owner and drug dealer. The Asp that Eurydice falls victim to on her wedding day, is replaced by an equally fatal drug addiction. Glibly it could be described as a tale of 'Sex Drugs and Rock and Roll', but in essence it is a dark and powerful tale of 'Love, Betrayal and Revenge'. Underworld starts off gently with songs of love and longing but as the plot develops, the music darkens as we descend further and further into the murky realms, of the 'Underworld'.”
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Originally formed in 1969, Curved Air was a groundbreaking progressive art-rock band renowned for their showmanship. Darryl Way was noted for his flamboyant virtuoso exploration of the electric violin. He wrote the music for the Top 10 hit (reached #4) “Back Street Luv” and was a major contributor to the 3 albums that made the Top 20. With Curved Air he toured extensively, performing in practically every major city in both America and Europe. Before becoming headliners themselves, Curved Air toured with Black Sabbath in the UK  and in the USA they toured with Deep Purple, Jethro Tull and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. They also appeared on the same bill as The Doors, Steppenwolf, B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Dr. John.

After Curved Air Darryl went on to release several critically acclaimed solo albums in both 'rock' and 'classical' genres. Among these, was his 'Concerto For Electric Violin', which was premiered on the South Bank Show with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and himself as soloist. He also performed  this concerto live on German television with the Bravarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and in England with the Northern Sinfonia. Darryl's collaborations include working with Sir Tim Rice, Sting and Gary Brooker (Procol Harum). In classical genres he has orchestrated Stewart Copeland's ballet “King Lear” for the San Francisco Ballet, and Stewart's opera “The Holy Blood and Crescent Moon”, premiered by the Cleveland Opera in the US. In 1996, Darryl's own opera “The Master and Margarita” was premiered at The Place Theatre in London. Alongside these projects, Darryl has also worked as a film and television composer.

As a violinist, Darryl has lead the London-based Electric Symphony Orchestra for concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, and lead and recorded with The Elektra Ensemble, performing classical and contemporary music. As a session musician, he has recorded with Jethro Tull, Sky and Marrianne Faithful. He has also played with the National Philharmonic Orchestra on film scores such as “Die Hard”, “Licensed To Kill” and “Baron Munchausen”. Recent work includes being musical director for the soprano Emma Shapplin, for a series of televised UNHCR concerts at the Parthenon in Athens.  Recent compositions include a Symphonic Choral work entitled “Siren's Rock”, premiered at the Plymouth Guildhall with the South West Sinfonietta, Opera South West, Naomi Harvey (WNO) soprano and Stephen Crook, tenor. During his illustrious career, Darryl Way has created and been a major part of over 20 commercially released albums. His most recent releases “Ultra Violins,” “Children of the Cosmos” and “Myths, Legends and Tales” have all garnered rave reviews worldwide! And now, he will be releasing his highly anticipated new album “Underworld”!

Featuring:

Singers
Orpheo: Graham Foote
Dice: Sarah Vaughan
Vincent: Bryan Walters
George: James Goodman
Cassie: Nicola Avino
Thia: Rachel de Cock
“Wanna feel alive again”: Cassie McIvor
Solo soprano in end music: Naomi Harvey
Backing vocals: Juliet Hopkins and Richard Mead

Dialogue
Narrator: Rob Wheeler
Vincent: John Guilor
George: John Guilor

Musicians
Violin and keyboards: Darryl Way
Guitars: Richard Mead
Drums: Pete Skinner

Produced by: Darryl Way

To check out the whole rock opera, complete with dialogue and narration, go to: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/underworld-rock-opera-complete/id1232440489?mt=1&app=itunes
To check out the songs only, go to: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/underworld-rock-opera-the-songs/id1236224422?mt=1&app=itunes

Both albums also available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Underworld-Rock-Opera-Complete-Explicit/dp/B0713XBWPJ
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Underworld-Rock-Opera-Darryl-Way/dp/B071VNZ39V

For more information: http://www.darrylway.com/ ;

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

Legendary Violinist Darryl Way To Release New Concept Album/Rock Opera Called "Underworld"


London - Much to the excitement of prog music fans worldwide, legendary Curved Air violinist Darryl Way is releasing a new Concept Album/Rock Opera called “Underworld” on June 21st. “Underworld” is released in 2 versions: “Underworld Rock Opera Complete” which is the whole show with dialogue and narration and “Underworld Rock Opera the Songs” which just contains the songs.

Says Darryl, “Having touched on Greek mythology in my last album, 'Myths, Legends and Tales' I became fascinated with the idea of writing a major work based on one of these myths. Originally I was going to set Shelley's epic poem 'Prometheus Unbound' to music, but on further investigation it became clear that it was a little too 'epic' and too big a mouthful to bite off. Then the thought struck me of updating or re-imagining the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and setting it in a period and environment that I was totally familiar with - the world of rock music and the 1970s. However, I felt a little uncomfortable with the idea of writing a musical, but then it occurred to me that it could be a rock opera, because it is 'song and drama' as opposed to 'song and dance' and with the addition of a narrator, it could be both a concept album as well as a theatrical production. So in my Underworld, Orpheus is now a rock megastar and Persephone, the queen of the underworld, a nightclub owner and drug dealer. The Asp that Eurydice falls victim to on her wedding day, is replaced by an equally fatal drug addiction. Glibly it could be described as a tale of 'Sex Drugs and Rock and Roll', but in essence it is a dark and powerful tale of 'Love, Betrayal and Revenge'. Underworld starts off gently with songs of love and longing but as the plot develops, the music darkens as we descend further and further into the murky realms, of the 'Underworld'.”
.
Originally formed in 1969, Curved Air was a groundbreaking progressive art-rock band renowned for their showmanship. Darryl Way was noted for his flamboyant virtuoso exploration of the electric violin. He wrote the music for the Top 10 hit (reached #4) “Back Street Luv” and was a major contributor to the 3 albums that made the Top 20. With Curved Air he toured extensively, performing in practically every major city in both America and Europe. Before becoming headliners themselves, Curved Air toured with Black Sabbath in the UK  and in the USA they toured with Deep Purple, Jethro Tull and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. They also appeared on the same bill as The Doors, Steppenwolf, B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Dr. John.

After Curved Air Darryl went on to release several critically acclaimed solo albums in both 'rock' and 'classical' genres. Among these, was his 'Concerto For Electric Violin', which was premiered on the South Bank Show with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and himself as soloist. He also performed  this concerto live on German television with the Bravarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and in England with the Northern Sinfonia. Darryl's collaborations include working with Sir Tim Rice, Sting and Gary Brooker (Procol Harum). In classical genres he has orchestrated Stewart Copeland's ballet “King Lear” for the San Francisco Ballet, and Stewart's opera “The Holy Blood and Crescent Moon”, premiered by the Cleveland Opera in the US. In 1996, Darryl's own opera “The Master and Margarita” was premiered at The Place Theatre in London. Alongside these projects, Darryl has also worked as a film and television composer.

As a violinist, Darryl has lead the London-based Electric Symphony Orchestra for concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, and lead and recorded with The Elektra Ensemble, performing classical and contemporary music. As a session musician, he has recorded with Jethro Tull, Sky and Marrianne Faithful. He has also played with the National Philharmonic Orchestra on film scores such as “Die Hard”, “Licensed To Kill” and “Baron Munchausen”. Recent work includes being musical director for the soprano Emma Shapplin, for a series of televised UNHCR concerts at the Parthenon in Athens.  Recent compositions include a Symphonic Choral work entitled “Siren's Rock”, premiered at the Plymouth Guildhall with the South West Sinfonietta, Opera South West, Naomi Harvey (WNO) soprano and Stephen Crook, tenor. During his illustrious career, Darryl Way has created and been a major part of over 20 commercially released albums. His most recent releases “Ultra Violins,” “Children of the Cosmos” and “Myths, Legends and Tales” have all garnered rave reviews worldwide! And now, he will be releasing his highly anticipated new album “Underworld”!

Featuring:

Singers
Orpheo: Graham Foote
Dice: Sarah Vaughan
Vincent: Bryan Walters
George: James Goodman
Cassie: Nicola Avino
Thia: Rachel de Cock
“Wanna feel alive again”: Cassie McIvor
Solo soprano in end music: Naomi Harvey
Backing vocals: Juliet Hopkins and Richard Mead

Dialogue
Narrator: Rob Wheeler
Vincent: John Guilor
George: John Guilor

Musicians
Violin and keyboards: Darryl Way
Guitars: Richard Mead
Drums: Pete Skinner

Produced by: Darryl Way

To check out the whole rock opera, complete with dialogue and narration, go to: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/underworld-rock-opera-complete/id1232440489?mt=1&app=itunes
To check out the songs only, go to: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/underworld-rock-opera-the-songs/id1236224422?mt=1&app=itunes

Both albums also available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Underworld-Rock-Opera-Complete-Explicit/dp/B0713XBWPJ
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Underworld-Rock-Opera-Darryl-Way/dp/B071VNZ39V

For more information: http://www.darrylway.com/ ;

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

3/25/2016

Curved Air Legend Darryl Way Releases New Prog Album “Myths, Legends and Tales” - OUT NOW!


London, UK - Darryl Way is the co-founder of CURVED AIR, a trail blazing rock violinist and composer. “Myths, Legends and Tales” is Way's latest PROG album which takes its inspiration from some of the mythologies (both ancient and present day) which have inspired him.

“Myths, Legends and Tales” is a mixture of instrumental Symphonic Rock and Songs. The inspiration for the instrumental pieces comes from the mystical world of Greek Mythology, whereas the songs are a mixture of observations about the world we live in and stories and events that have been inspirational.

“As a rock violinist I have always been searching for that elusive sound, turn of phrase and means of expression that would give the electric violin a legitimate voice in the idiom of rock music. With this album, I feel that I have come closer than ever before to achieving this goal. 'Myths, Legends and Tales' is another attempt by me to fly the flag for 'Prog Rock'. I've raised the flag up the mast as far as I am able and can only now hope, that it will be seen and appreciated by the devoted fans of this neglected genre.” - Darryl Way

The album features full length prog tracks which will appeal to Curved Air fans and new listeners who have been enjoying Way's return to the music industry in a burst of fresh creativity.

Track Listing:

1. APOLLO (RACING AGAINST THE SUN)
2. ORPHEUS AND THE UNDERWORLD
3. WHATEVER HAPPENED?
4. DOVE OF PEACE
5. STRANGE GOINGS ON
6. APHRODITE
7. THE ICE MAN
8. CRUSADER
9. HELTER SKELTER
10. PROMETHEUS CHAINED

To purchase Darryl Way's “Myths, Legends and Tales”:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/4Dv
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/43BZ
iTunes: http://geni.us/34EV

ALSO AVAILABLE: DARRYL WAY – ULTRA VIOLINS (ExM004) CHILDREN OF THE COSMOS (RHRC001)

For more information: http://www.darrylway.com/

Darryl Way is managed by QEDG Management info@qedg.co.uk

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

Curved Air Legend Darryl Way Releases New Prog Album “Myths, Legends and Tales” - OUT NOW!


London, UK - Darryl Way is the co-founder of CURVED AIR, a trail blazing rock violinist and composer. “Myths, Legends and Tales” is Way's latest PROG album which takes its inspiration from some of the mythologies (both ancient and present day) which have inspired him.

“Myths, Legends and Tales” is a mixture of instrumental Symphonic Rock and Songs. The inspiration for the instrumental pieces comes from the mystical world of Greek Mythology, whereas the songs are a mixture of observations about the world we live in and stories and events that have been inspirational.

“As a rock violinist I have always been searching for that elusive sound, turn of phrase and means of expression that would give the electric violin a legitimate voice in the idiom of rock music. With this album, I feel that I have come closer than ever before to achieving this goal. 'Myths, Legends and Tales' is another attempt by me to fly the flag for 'Prog Rock'. I've raised the flag up the mast as far as I am able and can only now hope, that it will be seen and appreciated by the devoted fans of this neglected genre.” - Darryl Way

The album features full length prog tracks which will appeal to Curved Air fans and new listeners who have been enjoying Way's return to the music industry in a burst of fresh creativity.

Track Listing:

1. APOLLO (RACING AGAINST THE SUN)
2. ORPHEUS AND THE UNDERWORLD
3. WHATEVER HAPPENED?
4. DOVE OF PEACE
5. STRANGE GOINGS ON
6. APHRODITE
7. THE ICE MAN
8. CRUSADER
9. HELTER SKELTER
10. PROMETHEUS CHAINED

To purchase Darryl Way's “Myths, Legends and Tales”:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/4Dv
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/43BZ
iTunes: http://geni.us/34EV

ALSO AVAILABLE: DARRYL WAY – ULTRA VIOLINS (ExM004) CHILDREN OF THE COSMOS (RHRC001)

For more information: http://www.darrylway.com/

Darryl Way is managed by QEDG Management info@qedg.co.uk

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

7/23/2014

Progressive Rock Review: Darryl Way-Children of the Cosmos

Release Date:  3rd June 2014
Label:   Cherry Red Records

Darryl Way was formerly a member of the British Progressive rock band, Curved Air, but left the band after 3 albums and a hit single. (Interestingly, one of the latest reviews I submitted was the new Curved Air release, North Star.) Although sporadically returning to Curved Air when reformed at points, he has fronted his own bands, including Darryl Way’s Wolf and also released several solo works. His first solo album was released as far back as 1978, entitled Concerto for Electric Violin and I reviewed his 2013 released album, Ultra Violins, which was studio album number 8. On the table for review is the 9th album release from Darryl, called Children of the Cosmos.

The only musicians listed as being on Children of the Cosmos are Darryl Way (all instruments) and a female vocalist that is known only as Rosie, and she appears on only 1 track.

The album, Children of the Cosmos comprises 12 tracks with a playing time of around 56 minutes. The penultimate track, “An American Tale,” is the longest offering at 6:35 minutes, while “Don’t Look Back” at 3:38 minutes is the shortest on the album.

The opening, and title track of the album, “Children of the Cosmos” (5:18) starts with some synths and the characteristic violin appears almost immediately before Darryl’s voice enters with some excellent vocals. The whole feel of the track is that of the vastness of space with some superb synth passages and similar violin breaks. The mastery of Darryl Way on the violin shines through continuously on this track, designed to draw the listener in with memorable little themes which the mind quickly latches onto.” Children of the Cosmos” is a gentle introduction to this release and makes you look forward to what is about to be served up.  “Spooks” (4:02) is a more up-tempo, if darker sounding, track which again has little hooks within the music. Some majestic synth passages and a feel of Ultravox/Midge Ure style about it give the song a sort of retro hint without sounding dated. 

“The Best of Times” (5:00) continues the up-tempo style and also highlights the synth sweeps and the violin passages, “Nature’s Way” (3:52) certainly changes the sound with a more staccato style to it but continues the melodic vocals and there are some nice acoustic guitar moments and the strings add a little grandeur to the track with the sweeping violin adding the icing.

The sound of a sitar adds another dimension to “Summer of Love” (4:46) and the track motors along with the violin interjecting little riffs in the background. The change in tempo is an unexpected twist into almost spoken lyrics which then evolves back into the original theme.

“Don’t Look Back” (3:38) is a very differently set out track with an extremely catchy staccato start and excellent vocals before the track is taken over by layered strings/synths and there is a sensation that a change is in the air. This change duly arrives with the violin which interjects a majestic classical feel to the proceedings. There is a Celtic feel to “Lagan Love” (4:38), which certainly allows the mastery of the violin to be highlighted as the track effortlessly glides along. When the strings are layered in the background, the violin takes on a more insistent tone and I found this track one of the best on the album. It is a very different “take” on the same theme that the Irish Celtic rock band, Horslips, supplied on an album in the 70’s.

There then follows a trilogy of tales, namely, “A Winter’s Tale” (4:34), “A Modern Tale” (5:24) and “An American Tale” (6:35), which are all very well performed tracks, but by this time I was beginning to detect a little bit of déjà vu (of the aural variety). The closing track of the album “Children of the Cosmos,” is a nod to a classical composer “Sergey” (4:49) and is a superb chunk of classical violin.

My initial response to this album was very enthusiastic as the opening few tracks are all excellent, at least to my mind, but there was a point where the tracks seemed to lose their uniqueness and started to sound like earlier sections. Several listens has simply confirmed this feeling of “an album of two halves,” whereby, while the opening section remains exciting and excellent music, the excitement wanes towards the latter tracks.

Having reviewed Darryl’s last release, Ultra Violins, and given 3.5/5 stars, I certainly find this release, Children of the Cosmos a step above that, having thoroughly enjoyed part of the album. It is unfortunate that the superb level of the earlier tracks drop off a little towards the end. This is an album that I will dip into again and again as there is some amazing material on show.

As I always try to point out to readers of my reviews, it is a very personal view and I encourage people to get hold of the album in question and give it a fair hearing, as you might feel differently about it.

4/5 Stars

Key Tracks:  Children of the Cosmos, Don’t Look Back, Lagan Love

Tracks: 
Children of the Cosmos
Spooks
The Best of Times
Nature’s Way
Summer of Love
Don’t Look Back
Fire with Fire
Lagan Love
A Winter’s Tale
A Modern Tale
An American Tale
Sergey


Jim “The Ancient One” Lawson-Sr. Reviewer Prog Rock Music Talk

July 23, 2014

Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk

Progressive Rock Review: Darryl Way-Children of the Cosmos

Release Date:  3rd June 2014
Label:   Cherry Red Records

Darryl Way was formerly a member of the British Progressive rock band, Curved Air, but left the band after 3 albums and a hit single. (Interestingly, one of the latest reviews I submitted was the new Curved Air release, North Star.) Although sporadically returning to Curved Air when reformed at points, he has fronted his own bands, including Darryl Way’s Wolf and also released several solo works. His first solo album was released as far back as 1978, entitled Concerto for Electric Violin and I reviewed his 2013 released album, Ultra Violins, which was studio album number 8. On the table for review is the 9th album release from Darryl, called Children of the Cosmos.

The only musicians listed as being on Children of the Cosmos are Darryl Way (all instruments) and a female vocalist that is known only as Rosie, and she appears on only 1 track.

The album, Children of the Cosmos comprises 12 tracks with a playing time of around 56 minutes. The penultimate track, “An American Tale,” is the longest offering at 6:35 minutes, while “Don’t Look Back” at 3:38 minutes is the shortest on the album.

The opening, and title track of the album, “Children of the Cosmos” (5:18) starts with some synths and the characteristic violin appears almost immediately before Darryl’s voice enters with some excellent vocals. The whole feel of the track is that of the vastness of space with some superb synth passages and similar violin breaks. The mastery of Darryl Way on the violin shines through continuously on this track, designed to draw the listener in with memorable little themes which the mind quickly latches onto.” Children of the Cosmos” is a gentle introduction to this release and makes you look forward to what is about to be served up.  “Spooks” (4:02) is a more up-tempo, if darker sounding, track which again has little hooks within the music. Some majestic synth passages and a feel of Ultravox/Midge Ure style about it give the song a sort of retro hint without sounding dated. 

“The Best of Times” (5:00) continues the up-tempo style and also highlights the synth sweeps and the violin passages, “Nature’s Way” (3:52) certainly changes the sound with a more staccato style to it but continues the melodic vocals and there are some nice acoustic guitar moments and the strings add a little grandeur to the track with the sweeping violin adding the icing.

The sound of a sitar adds another dimension to “Summer of Love” (4:46) and the track motors along with the violin interjecting little riffs in the background. The change in tempo is an unexpected twist into almost spoken lyrics which then evolves back into the original theme.

“Don’t Look Back” (3:38) is a very differently set out track with an extremely catchy staccato start and excellent vocals before the track is taken over by layered strings/synths and there is a sensation that a change is in the air. This change duly arrives with the violin which interjects a majestic classical feel to the proceedings. There is a Celtic feel to “Lagan Love” (4:38), which certainly allows the mastery of the violin to be highlighted as the track effortlessly glides along. When the strings are layered in the background, the violin takes on a more insistent tone and I found this track one of the best on the album. It is a very different “take” on the same theme that the Irish Celtic rock band, Horslips, supplied on an album in the 70’s.

There then follows a trilogy of tales, namely, “A Winter’s Tale” (4:34), “A Modern Tale” (5:24) and “An American Tale” (6:35), which are all very well performed tracks, but by this time I was beginning to detect a little bit of déjà vu (of the aural variety). The closing track of the album “Children of the Cosmos,” is a nod to a classical composer “Sergey” (4:49) and is a superb chunk of classical violin.

My initial response to this album was very enthusiastic as the opening few tracks are all excellent, at least to my mind, but there was a point where the tracks seemed to lose their uniqueness and started to sound like earlier sections. Several listens has simply confirmed this feeling of “an album of two halves,” whereby, while the opening section remains exciting and excellent music, the excitement wanes towards the latter tracks.

Having reviewed Darryl’s last release, Ultra Violins, and given 3.5/5 stars, I certainly find this release, Children of the Cosmos a step above that, having thoroughly enjoyed part of the album. It is unfortunate that the superb level of the earlier tracks drop off a little towards the end. This is an album that I will dip into again and again as there is some amazing material on show.

As I always try to point out to readers of my reviews, it is a very personal view and I encourage people to get hold of the album in question and give it a fair hearing, as you might feel differently about it.

4/5 Stars

Key Tracks:  Children of the Cosmos, Don’t Look Back, Lagan Love

Tracks: 
Children of the Cosmos
Spooks
The Best of Times
Nature’s Way
Summer of Love
Don’t Look Back
Fire with Fire
Lagan Love
A Winter’s Tale
A Modern Tale
An American Tale
Sergey


Jim “The Ancient One” Lawson-Sr. Reviewer Prog Rock Music Talk

July 23, 2014

Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk

5/20/2014

Legendary Curved Air Founding Member Darryl Way To Release New Prog Album 'Children of the Cosmos'


“...a trail blazing rock violinist and composer!”

London, UK – Much to the excitement of prog fans worldwide, legedary Curved Air founding member and violinist, Darryl Way is releasing a new album on Right Honourable Records, via Cherry Red on May 19, 2014.

'Children of the Cosmos' is Way’s first prog album in over twenty years and demonstrates his creative view of Progressive Rock, forty years after being one of the early founders of the genre. 'Children of the Cosmos' features 12 new tracks showcasing Way’s original compositional, rock violin and vocal skills.

A promo video for the title track has been released on YouTube: http://youtu.be/LSoFBKfV-Vo

Says Darryl, “With ‘Children of the Cosmos’ I have tried to recreate the spirit of experimentation that led to the ‘Progressive Rock’ movement of the late 60s and early 70s. As I did in the early days of Curved Air, I have tried to integrate my classical background with rock music, to create soundscapes that are hopefully both exciting and innovative.”

Way continued, “The lyrics for the songs are my observations of our current environment and the world we live in, echoing some of the issues touched upon in the music of the late 60s. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to pass this way once more and I hope that rock fans will enjoy this album, as much as I did creating it.”

Originally formed in 1969, Curved Air was a groundbreaking progressive art-rock band renowned for their showmanship. Darryl Way was noted for his flamboyant virtuoso exploration of the electric violin. He wrote the music for the Top 10 hit (reached #4) “Back Street Luv” and was a major contributor to three Top 20 albums. With Curved Air he toured extensively, performing in practically every major city in both America and Europe.

After Curved Air Darryl went on to release several critically acclaimed solo albums in both 'rock' and 'classical' genres. Among these, was his 'Concerto For Electric Violin'...and now, he will be releasing his highly anticipated new CD 'Children of the Cosmos'!

TRACK LIST

1. Children of the Cosmos
2. Spooks
3. The Best of Times
4. Nature's Way
5. Summer of Love
6. Don't Look Back (feat. Pachelbel's Canon)
7. Fire With Fire (feat. Rosie)
8. Lagan Love
9. A Winter's Tale
10. A Modern Tale
11. An American Tale
12. Sergey

To purchase Darryl Way's 'Children Of The Cosmos' CD:
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4635
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/children-of-the-cosmos/id867859870

ALSO AVAILABLE: DARRYL WAY – ULTRA VIOLINS
(ExM004) Darryl Way’s 2012 solo album features accessible classical music delivered in his own unique style. Along with his stunning adaptations of orchestral pieces such as “Scheherezade” and “Farandole”, is a new composition by Darryl titled “Tarrantelle”; a piece inspired by a performance by Maxim Vengerov, the Russian violinist. Also included on this album is Darryl's video for “Farondole”, is a re-recording of Curved Air's hit “Vivaldi”.

To purchase Darryl Way's 'Ultra Violins' CD:
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4172
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ultra-violins/id659584314

For more information: http://www.darrylway.com/
 
Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Legendary Curved Air Founding Member Darryl Way To Release New Prog Album 'Children of the Cosmos'


“...a trail blazing rock violinist and composer!”

London, UK – Much to the excitement of prog fans worldwide, legedary Curved Air founding member and violinist, Darryl Way is releasing a new album on Right Honourable Records, via Cherry Red on May 19, 2014.

'Children of the Cosmos' is Way’s first prog album in over twenty years and demonstrates his creative view of Progressive Rock, forty years after being one of the early founders of the genre. 'Children of the Cosmos' features 12 new tracks showcasing Way’s original compositional, rock violin and vocal skills.

A promo video for the title track has been released on YouTube: http://youtu.be/LSoFBKfV-Vo

Says Darryl, “With ‘Children of the Cosmos’ I have tried to recreate the spirit of experimentation that led to the ‘Progressive Rock’ movement of the late 60s and early 70s. As I did in the early days of Curved Air, I have tried to integrate my classical background with rock music, to create soundscapes that are hopefully both exciting and innovative.”

Way continued, “The lyrics for the songs are my observations of our current environment and the world we live in, echoing some of the issues touched upon in the music of the late 60s. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to pass this way once more and I hope that rock fans will enjoy this album, as much as I did creating it.”

Originally formed in 1969, Curved Air was a groundbreaking progressive art-rock band renowned for their showmanship. Darryl Way was noted for his flamboyant virtuoso exploration of the electric violin. He wrote the music for the Top 10 hit (reached #4) “Back Street Luv” and was a major contributor to three Top 20 albums. With Curved Air he toured extensively, performing in practically every major city in both America and Europe.

After Curved Air Darryl went on to release several critically acclaimed solo albums in both 'rock' and 'classical' genres. Among these, was his 'Concerto For Electric Violin'...and now, he will be releasing his highly anticipated new CD 'Children of the Cosmos'!

TRACK LIST

1. Children of the Cosmos
2. Spooks
3. The Best of Times
4. Nature's Way
5. Summer of Love
6. Don't Look Back (feat. Pachelbel's Canon)
7. Fire With Fire (feat. Rosie)
8. Lagan Love
9. A Winter's Tale
10. A Modern Tale
11. An American Tale
12. Sergey

To purchase Darryl Way's 'Children Of The Cosmos' CD:
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4635
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/children-of-the-cosmos/id867859870

ALSO AVAILABLE: DARRYL WAY – ULTRA VIOLINS
(ExM004) Darryl Way’s 2012 solo album features accessible classical music delivered in his own unique style. Along with his stunning adaptations of orchestral pieces such as “Scheherezade” and “Farandole”, is a new composition by Darryl titled “Tarrantelle”; a piece inspired by a performance by Maxim Vengerov, the Russian violinist. Also included on this album is Darryl's video for “Farondole”, is a re-recording of Curved Air's hit “Vivaldi”.

To purchase Darryl Way's 'Ultra Violins' CD:
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4172
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ultra-violins/id659584314

For more information: http://www.darrylway.com/
 
Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com