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2/25/2021

Cleopatra Records Issues Deluxe Collector’s Edition Of HAWKWIND Co-Founder NIK TURNER’s 1978 Album XITINTODAY!

Produced by GONG’s Steve Hillage

Los Angeles, CA - From ‘60s legends the Grateful Dead to Grammy winning flautist Paul Horn, industrial band Killing Joke, and Hawkwind co-founder Nik Turner, Egypt’s Great Pyramids have been a powerful source of inspiration for many musical adventurers over the years. Some, like Turner, have even gone so far as to record their instruments inside the ancient wonders, capturing the unique resonance of these mystical spaces and blending them with modern techniques and sensibilities to create a truly innovative work of art. Shortly after his abrupt departure from Hawkwind in the late ‘70s, Turner recorded nearly a half an hour’s worth of improvised flute melodies within the Egyptian pyramids, which he then used as the basis for his incredible 1978 experimental ambient masterpiece Xitintoday. The album, which is officially credited to Nik Turner’s Sphynx, is an adventurous, groundbreaking collaboration with several alums from prog rock legends Gong including Steve Hillage (who produced the album), Miquette Giraudy, Harry Williamson, Mike Howlett, Tim Blake and more.

For Turner, the album has a more personal meaning as he explains, “Xitintoday was a very necessary source of catharsis and healing for me, not only from being fired by my former band but also from the death of my father.”

Now this superb project is being reissued in a deluxe collector’s edition on gorgeous picture disc vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket with 16-page booklet insert that meticulously recreates the distinctive artwork of graphic design icon Barney Bubbles. The package also includes the entire album on CD with a special bonus track of Turner's raw 30-minute flute recording from deep within the pyramid.

Order the album: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/nik-turners-sphynx-xitintoday-limited-edition-picture-disc-vinyl-bonus-cd-booklet/

Track List:
VINYL
SIDE A
1. The Awakening (Life On Venus)
2. The Pyramid Spell
3. The Hall Of Double Truth
4. Anubis
5. Thoth

SIDE B
1. Horus
2. Isis And Nephthys
3. Osiris
4. God Rock (The Awakening)

CD
1. The Awakening (Life On Venus)
2. The Pyramid Spell
3. The Hall Of Double Truth
4. Anubis
5. Thoth
6. Horus
7. Isis And Nephthys
8. Osiris
9. God Rock (The Awakening)
BONUS TRACK
10. Pyramidflutenik

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3/13/2019

HAWKWIND Co-Founder NIK TURNER Boldly Goes Into THE FINAL FRONTIER!


Los Angeles, CA - After suiting up as the Space Gypsy in 2013, blasting off on an epic Space Fusion Odyssey in 2015 and enjoying Life In Space in 2017, pioneering musician/songwriter Nik Turner is now set to venture to the outer reaches of space rock with his awe-inspiring new studio album The Final Frontier! Picking up where his last album left off, Turner brings another set of psychedelic freak-out grooves that will take listeners on a journey they won’t soon forget! Standout tracks include the album opener “Out Of Control,” a super-collider of rollicking psych rock that unites saxophone and guitar in spectacular fashion, and the dramatic space ballad “Interstellar Aliens.” Once again joining our intrepid traveler Turner is Nicky Garratt of UK Subs and Hedersleben, Jürgen Engler of Die Krupps, and Jason Willer of UK Subs and Jello Biafra’s band as well as special guest appearances by Hawkwind alumni Simon House and Paul Rudolph. Available on CD in a digipak case as well as a gorgeous limited-edition yellow vinyl in a gatefold jacket! The Final Frontier will be in stores everywhere starting March 8.

Check out the video for the first single “Out Of Control”:


Track List:
1. Out Of Control
2. Interstellar Aliens
3. Thunder Rider
4. The Final Frontier Part 1
5. Back To The Ship
6. Calling The Egyptians
7. Strange Loop
8. The Final Frontier Part 2
9. PAD4

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Nik Turner's official website: http://www.nikturner.com/

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3/09/2019

International Rock Collective Sontaag Release Hawkwind Cover "Silver Machine" feat. Nik Turner!


Featuring Killing Joke's Youth, Dave Barbarossa of Adam And The Ants/Bow Wow Wow and ex-Hawkwind legend Nik Turner!

New York/London - International rock collective Sontaag, whose conceptually ambitious, eponymous debut album (a sonically cinematic, cross-generic space opera) arrived into the progressive firmament to critical acclaim in 2014, are finally set to re-establish contact with our much-troubled earthly realm.

On March 15th, 2019, Sontaag return with a fiercely contemporary interpretation of Hawkwind's iconic 1972 hit, “Silver Machine.” The Sontaag crew on this particular mission finds core creatives Richard Sontaag (guitars, keyboards, producer) and Ian Fortnam (vocals and guitar) joined by Killing Joke's Youth on bass, Dave Barbarossa (Adam And The Ants/Bow Wow Wow) on drums and ex-Hawkwind legend Nik Turner on sax.

“Silver Machine” is mixed by Youth.

Design and photo montage by Julie Cunnah. Thanks to Kevin Nixon.

“Silver Machine” is available through Cleopatra Records via all digital platforms and also comes in radically remixed form courtesy of Sontaag's fellow travellers in outer and inner psychedelic space, The Orb.

Ian Fortnam: “Hawkwind were punk-proof. Even in '77, Richard and I would jam on 'Silver Machine.' Hawkwind were the UK's counter-cultural underground incarnate. I discovered them in that narrow space between Bolan and Bowie, simultaneous to Alice, in the summer of '72. Astral explorers. Eyes aflame with psychedelic visions. The people your parents dreaded you becoming. The coolest band alive. 'Silver Machine' was Hawkwind's magnum opus, a spiralling maelstrom of riff-driven brilliance. Who wouldn't want to cover it? Four years ago I found myself spirited to Nik Turner's place in Wales, where we spoke of the Great Pyramid, orgone accumulators, space rituals, hallucinogenics, sonic generators, woodwind and Hawkwind. Before we parted, I gave him a copy of the first Sontaag album and the seeds of the 'Silver Machine' project were sown. Obviously, the very best material deserves the very best band, so calls were made to maestro Youth and Dave Barbarossa (the dream rhythm section) and here we are. And what a rare privilege to work with The Orb whose 'Imaginarium Translucent JellyFish Dub' remix is a work of art in and of itself.”

Richard Sontaag: Ian's been pestering me to do a Hawkwind cover since way back when -- the coolest kid in our school, he was often seen walking around with the Doremi Faso Latido LP under his arm between classes. But our Silver Machine came about in an unexpected way. I was alone in the studio late one night, and noticed that the guys had strung up a microphone from the ceiling. I put all the amps in a circle around it -- which is really bad technique - and went round each one, blasting out Silver Machine on different instruments. That was the most fun I have ever had in a studio -- and some of it even made it on to the final track.


Here's what the press have raved about Sontaag:

“Progressive restored to its original sense. By referencing the last five decades of music and film, Sontaag create a highly original sci-fi morality tale for the future, and one of the year’s most unusual listening experiences, itself crying out for movie status.” 8/10 - Classic Rock

“Progtastic!” 4/5 - Daily Mirror

“Just download it to your brain from the nearest orbiting space station.” - Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2

"A schizophrenic head fuck of an album, switching between ambient electronica and crunchy hard rock." - Detroit-Metro Times

“A spectacular collision of British eccentricity and dramatic storytelling.” - Line Of Best Fit

“Sontaag have created one of the year’s most unusual listening experiences with this 21st century take on a sci-fi morality tale.” - Shindig

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9/20/2017

Invincible Space Rock God, NIK TURNER, co-founder of HAWKWIND, Returns With A Brand New Album & North American Tour!


Los Angeles, CA - The Return Of The Thunder Rider! Hawkwind co-founder Nik Turner teleports back to Earth with a brand new album, Life In Space, to be released on September 29 via Purple Pyramid Records. The album features some of Nik’s most mature songs in years including the emotional opener “End Of The World” featuring a special guest performance by former Hawkwind/Pink Fairies member Paul Rudolph. Another Hawkwind alumnus, violinist Simon House, jumps on board for the space trippy “Why Are You?.” Turner also revisits one of the Hawkwind classics that he co-wrote, “Master Of The Universe,” giving the tune a modern twist. Life In Space will be available on both CD and colored vinyl (your choice of blue or white).

Once again, Turner will be hitting the road in support of the album on a coast-to-coast North American tour alongside neo-prog rockers Hedersleben.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/NikTurnermusic/ for complete tour info:

10/15 - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp
10/16 - Portland, OR - Tonic Lounge
10/17 - Seattle, WA - High Line
10/19 - Calgary - Palamino
10/20 - Edmonton - Brixx
10/21 - Winnipeg, MB - The Windsor Hotel
10/22 - Milwaukee - Shank Hall
10/23 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
10/24 - Pittsburg, PA - Smiling Moose
10/25 - Toronto - Velvet Underground
10/26 - Montreal - La Vitrola
10/27 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
10/28 - Brooklyn - NY - Cape House
10/29 - Charlottesville, VA - Champion Brewing Company
10/30 - Knoxville, TN - Open Chord
10/31 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11/01 - New Orleans, LA - Santos
11/02 - Houston, TX - Walter's Downtown
11/03 - Austin, TX - The Lost Well
11/04 - Dallas, TX - Granada

Frequently called “The Spirit Of Hawkwind,” Turner was a major creative force during that group’s most critically acclaimed and successful period, 1969-1976. His outlandish costumes, improvised sax and flute playing, and general wild man persona became iconic representations of the band, and we would go on to pen some of their most popular songs including “Brainstorm” and “Master of the Universe.” After leaving Hawkwind, Turner used his newfound freedom to travel to Egypt, where he soaked up the history and culture, and also made a recording of his flute music in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. In 1985, Turner relocated to the western side of Wales, where he set up a new age community in a fairly rural, isolated area. He has continued to release new music including 2013’s Space Gypsy, 2015’s Space Fusion Odyssey, and this year’s Life In Space.

Track List:
1. End Of The World
2. Why Are You?
3. Back To Earth
4. Secrets Of The Galaxy
5. Universal Mind
6. Approaching The Unknown
7. As You Were
8. Master Of The Universe

Buy the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/nik-turner-life-in-space-cd/
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10/28/2016

Nik Turner, Co-Founder Of Space Rock Legends HAWKWIND, Launches A Full-Scale, Coast-To-Coast US Tour!


Los Angeles, CA - Fresh off a whirlwind tour through Europe and Japan, Nik Turner, the inexhaustible saxophone and flute-playing co-founder of space rock legends Hawkwind, will return for another US tour accompanied by up-and-coming kraut/prog rock band Hedersleben. Following what has been widely regarded as the most ambitious album of his career, one that MOJO called “a sprawling but polished album,” Space Fusion Odyssey, Turner continues his astonishing career rebirth with a newly reinvigorated sense of musical creativity and sonic exploration.

Frequently called “The Spirit Of Hawkwind,” Turner was a major creative force during that group’s most critically acclaimed and successful period, 1969-1976. His outlandish costumes, improvised sax and flute playing, and general wild man persona became iconic representations of the band, and we would go on to pen some of their most popular songs including “Brainstorm” and “Master of the Universe.” After leaving Hawkwind, Turner used his newfound freedom to travel to Egypt, where he soaked up the history and culture, and also made a recording of his flute music in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. In 1985, Turner relocated to the western side of Wales, where he set up a new age community in a fairly rural, isolated area. He has continued to release new music including 2013’s Space Gypsy and 2015’s Space Fusion Odyssey. A brand new track from his forthcoming studio album premieres on a special 6CD box set called Space Rock: An Interstellar Traveler’s Guide. This incredible collection features a diverse sampling of space rock artists young and old including Hawkwind, Amon Düül II, Ozric Tentacles, Gong, Can, Earthling Society, and Hedersleben along with a whole host of others!

10/27 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Opera House
10/28 - Arcata, CA - Richard's Goat Tavern
10/29 - Portland, OR - The High Water Mark
10/30 - Seattle, WA - The Highline
10/31 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre
11/1 - Olympia, WA - The Obsidian
11/2 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
11/3 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake
11/4 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
11/5 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
11/6 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
11/7 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
11/8 - Indianapolis, IN - 5th Quarter Lounge
11/10 - Columbus, OH - Ace Of Cups
11/11 - Athens, OH - The Union
11/12 - Detroit, MI - Echo Fest at Magic Stick
11/13 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop
11/14 - Rochester, NY -Bug Jar
11/15 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
11/16 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
11/17 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
11/18 - Knoxville, TN - Open Chord
11/19 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn
11/20 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
11/21 - Houston Texas - White Oak Music Hall
11/22 - Austin, TX - Grizzly Hall
11/24 - El Paso - Mesa Music Hall
11/25 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
11/27 - Los Angeles, CA - The Complex
11/28 - San Francisco, CA - The Elbo Room

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6/08/2016

Hawkwind Legend Nik Turner Responds To Recent Article, Prepares to Tour Europe, Japan & The US


London - In response to a recent article in PROG magazine Hawkwind legend Nik Turner had this to impart:

“It sorely saddens me that the members and previous members of that once noble group, Hawkwind, of which I numbered myself a part at the time, are not all able to communicate in the same loving way that we did, back in the day, when the band's success was enhanced and encouraged by the love and creative input and energies, much of a wise and Alternative ilk, of such loving and caring people as Mr Barney Bubbles [RIP], Mr Michael Moorcock, Mr Jonathan Smeeton, Mr Robert Calvert [RIP], and many more, who gave their unconditional love and creative energies to the band. Come on, guys, let's work together. I wish all members of Hawkwind, past, present and future, nothing but health, wealth, success, happiness and loving energy. Let's all be friends, life is too short for any other course.”

Turner, the inexhaustible saxophone and flute-playing co-founder of space rock legends Hawkwind, is set to complete a tour throughout Europe and Japan as well as a return Stateside for another tour this Fall accompanied by up-and-coming kraut/prog rock band Hedersleben. Dates for the U.S. tour will be announced later this month. Following what has been widely regarded as the most ambitious album of his career, one that MOJO called “a sprawling but polished album,” Space Fusion Odyssey, Turner continues his astonishing career rebirth with a newly reinvigorated sense of musical creativity and sonic exploration. Turner’s most recent offering is a full-length album of improvisational jazz freakouts with a Seattle-based ensemble, which includes drummer Jack Gold-Molina and guitarist Dennis Rea (both of psych/prog band Spectral Waves), alongside bassist Paul “PK” Kemmish. Dubbed Flame Tree, the group released its self-titled album last month on Cleopatra’s Purple Pyramid imprint.

Frequently called “The Spirit Of Hawkwind,” Turner was a major creative force during that group's most critically acclaimed and successful period, 1969-1976. His outlandish costumes, improvised sax and flute playing, and general wild man persona became iconic representations of the band, and he would go on to pen some of their most popular songs including “Brainstorm” and “Master of the Universe.” After leaving Hawkwind, Turner used his newfound freedom to travel to Egypt, where he soaked up the history and culture, and also made a recording of his flute music in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. In 1985, Turner relocated to the western side of Wales, where he set up a new age community in a fairly rural, isolated area. He has continued to release new music including 2013’s Space Gypsy and 2015's Space Fusion Odyssey. A brand new track from his forthcoming studio album premieres on a special 6CD box set called Space Rock: An Interstellar Traveler's Guide. This incredible collection features a diverse sampling of space rock artists young and old including Hawkwind, Amon Düül II, Ozric Tentacles, Gong, Can, Earthling Society, and Hedersleben along with a whole host of others!

Nik Turner tour dates & events

June 16 - Concert of Nik Turner and Flame Tree, Psychedelic Free expressionist Space Jazz, plus Suzuki Junzo, 8.00, pm at Baba Yaga’s Hut, Corsica Studio, 4/5 Elephant Rd., London SE17 1LB
June 19 - Nik Turner and Flame Tree, Sonic Rock Solstice
June 20 - Solo spot or Jamming, or with Nik Turner’s Brand New Space Ritual Band, at Stonehenge Ancient Monument, some time that day.[at theSolstice]
June 22 - Nik Turner Solo Spot, 7.30-8.30pm at Glastonbury Festival Circus and Theatre Artists Green Room
June 23 - Nik Turner Solo Spot, 12.00pm-1.00amGlastonbury Festival Glade Stage.
June 24 - Nik Turner Solo Spot, 4.00- 6.00pm. Jamming for Andrew Kerr, and Arabella Churchill, everyone invited to play, on Mandala Stage in the Green Field, [they put the original G’bury Festival together in 1971, as a Free Festival]
June 25 - Nik Solo Spot, 4.00-6.00pm,  jamming for Andrew and Arabella.
June 26 - Nik Solo Spot, 4.00-6.00pm,  jamming for Andrew and Arabella.
June 26 - Nik Solo Spot, 12.00-1.00pm, Glade Stage
July 3 - Nik Turner’s Brand New Space Ritual Band, Surplus Festival, Barrie, South Wales
July 22 - Nik Turners Brand New Space Ritual Band, Pizza Tipi, Cardigan
Aug 5 - Nik Turner solo spot 1.00pm Green Gathering, Chepstow Racecourse
Aug 5 - Nik Turners Brand New Space Ritual Band, 9.30pm. Green Gathering, Chepstow Racecourse
Aug 6 - Nik Turners Brand New Space Ritual Band, Pagan Festival, Forest of Dean
Aug 18 - Nik Turners Inner City Unit, Continental, Preston
Aug 19 - Nik Turners Inner City Unit, Star and Garter, Manchester
Aug 20 - Nik Turners Inner City Unit, Doghouse, Nottingham
Aug 21 - Nik Turners Inner City Unit, Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
Aug 23 - Nik turners Inner City Unit, Hairy Dog, Derby
Aug 24 - Nik Turners Inner City Unit, Water Rats, London
Aug 25 - Nik Turners Inner City Unit, Louisiana, Bristol
Sept 10 - Nik Turners Brand New Space Ritual Band, Reverence Festival, Valada Do Rebatejo, Valada, Portugal
Sept 24 - Nik Turners Brand New Space Ritual Band, Lake Como, Italy
Oct 14 - Nik Turners Brand New Space Ritual Band, Shinjuku Marz, Tokyo, Japan
Oct 15 - Nik Turners Brand New Space Ritual Band, Shinjuku Marz, Tokyo, Japan
Oct 17 - Nik Turners Brand New Space Ritual Band,  Club Osaka, Japan

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

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5/13/2016

Hawkwind Alum NIK TURNER Brings His Spacey Sax & Freaky Flute Playing To A New Album By Experimental Jazz Fusion Ensemble FLAME TREE!


Los Angeles, CA - Having explored the intersection of space rock and jazz fusion on his newest solo album, 2015’s Space Fusion Odyssey, Hawkwind co-founder Nik Turner continues his bold expedition into the outer reaches of experimental music, recording a new full-length album of improvisational jazz freakouts with a Seattle-based ensemble including drummer Jack Gold-Molina and guitarist Dennis Rea (both of psych/prog band Spectral Waves), alongside bassist Paul “PK” Kemmish. The group owes its origins to a meeting between Gold-Molina and Turner, when Gold-Molina interviewed the British space-rock legend back in 2009 for an article in All About Jazz magazine. The idea for a musical collaboration between the two emerged, and as Gold-Molina recalls, “I believe Nik’s exact words were, ‘If people have got the balls to come onstage with me, then they are welcome to.’” And so began the journey that would lead these fearless souls from an initial round of freeform demo recording to putting a full blown band together, recording an album, and even performing live at Seattle’s Seaprog Festival in August of 2015. Enlisting Seattle icon Jack Endino, famed producer of Nirvana, L7, Screaming Trees and others, to mix the album, the band is now set to release this self-titled project on May 20 through Purple Pyramid Records.

Track List:
1. Mosquitos
2. Past Lives
3. In The Distance
4. Liquid
5. Organic Truth
6. Tantalium
7. Wild Flower

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4/12/2016

Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman To Release “Starship Trooper” Compilation Feat. Steve Hillage, Nik Turner, Steve Howe, William Shatner and Others!


Los Angeles – On April 15th Purple Pyramid records will be releasing an out of this world collection of extraordinary performances by legendary YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman! For more than four decades Rick Wakeman has established himself as a visionary showman without peer, the creator of some of the most extravagant performances, breathtaking soloing and imaginative passages ever preserved on record, or executed on stage.

Aptly titled “Starship Trooper”, this amazing collection contains 2 previously unreleased tracks including a powerful rendition of Tool's “Sober” plus several more brilliant cover songs of The Who, Pink Floyd, and The Doors including 5 never before heard versions! The compilation also includes performances by Gong’s Steve Hillage, Yes's Billy Sherwood, Steve Howe and Tony Kaye, William Shatner, Colin Moulding, Jerry Goodman, Nik Turner, Carmine Appice and more!

“Over the last few years I have performed on many tracks as a 'guest' but never before has anybody put some of the best of those I played on into a compilation. It's always challenging to be involved in tracks of other people's music and other people's arrangements as it often makes you think and play differently and certainly on many of these tracks I play in quite an unexpected way, but there again, much of my life has been pretty unexpected anyway!” - Rick Wakeman

The liner notes were written by modern rock scholar Dave Thompson, who says of Rick Wakeman, “This most personable of superstars has made inroads into the worlds of journalism, broadcasting and acting - professions which his eye for spectacle, story telling and stylishness might well have made inevitable all along. But he also happens to be among the most gifted, visionary and brilliant performers his chosen instruments have seen.”

Track List:
1. Sober
2. Are We To Believe
3. Random Acts (Revisited)
4. Dynamics Of Delirium
5. Love Reign O'er Me
6. Crime Of The Century
7. The Great Gig In The Sky
8. I'm Not in Love
9. Starship Trooper
10. Check Point Karma
11. Change
12. Nobody Home
13. Light My Fire

Rick Wakeman's official website: http://www.rwcc.com/

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10/31/2015

The Definitive Account Of Legendary Space Rock Band HAWKWIND’s Early Years Available Now In A 300-Page Hardcover Book!


Los Angeles, CA - They were one of the most groundbreaking rock bands to emerge from England in the late ‘60s whose improvised theatrical stage performances, DIY costumes, and larger-than-life stage presence earned them a cult-like following that persists to this day. And now the exhilarating story of Hawkwind’s most crucial years is about to be told. The Spirit Of Hawkwind 1969-1976, available everywhere on October 30, is the first ever behind-the-scenes look at the meteoric rise of this motley crew of space rock hooligans as told by one of its captains, co-founder and saxophonist Nik Turner. With assistance from music historian Dave Thompson, Nik gives readers the ultimate insider’s guide to Hawkwind, sharing his personal recollections both hilarious and horrifying, from the infamous drug bust of bassist Lemmy, to the group’s shocking performances at Glastonbury Festival. If it happened, it’s here, warts and all. The hardcover book features 300 pages of rare and never-before-seen photos as well as a comprehensive discography, gigography, and a reproduction of Nik’s tour diary from the band’s first US tour in 1975. In addition, the book will include a precise reproduction of the 1971 “Sonic Attack” 7” promo one-sided single housed in a cloth bag plus a full reproduction of a 1971 6” x 9” 20-page promotional booklet. If you’re a Hawkwind fan, Christmas has definitely come early this year, and if you aren’t already a fan prepare to get swept up by The Spirit Of Hawkwind!

See the video trailer for the book here:


To celebrate the release of the book, Nik Turner will be launching an extensive US tour starting in November and focusing exclusively on the classic Hawkwind repertoire. Nik will be signing copies of The Spirit Of Hawkwind at the shows, so buy one now and bring it with you or purchase a copy at the merch table.

NOV 12 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - BRICK AND MORTAR
NOV 13 - PORTLAND, OR
NOV 14 - SEATTLE, WA - EL CORAZON
NOV 16 - DENVER, CO - LION'S LIAR
NOV 18 - MILWAUKEE, WI - SHANK HALL
NOV 20 - CHICAGO, IL - REGGIES
NOV 21 - WESTLAND, MI - TOKEN LOUNGE
NOV 22 - TORONTO, CANADA - THE ROCKPLIE
NOV 23 - BROOKLYN, NY - GRAND VICTORY
NOV 24 - NEW HAVEN, CT - CAFE NINE
NOV 25 - ROCHESTER, NY - BUG JAR
NOV 27 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - KUNG FU NECKTIE
NOV 29 - LONG BRANCH, NJ - BRIGHTON BAR
NOV 30 - SELLERSVILLE, PA - SELLERSVILLE THEATER
DEC 1 - RALEIGH, NC - THE POURHOUSE MUSIC HALL
DEC 2 - ATLANTA, GA - THE MASQUERADE
DEC 3 - NEW ORLEANS, LA - SIBERIA
DEC 4 - HOUSTON, TX - NOTSUOH
DEC 5 - SAN ANTONIO, TX - 237 @ THE KOROVA
DEC 6 - AUSTIN, TX - 7TH STREET CLUB
DEC 8 - PHOENIX, AZ - REBEL LOUNGE
DEC 9 - SAN DIEGO, CA - TILL TWO CLUB
DEC 10 - WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - THE WHISKY
DEC 12 - LAS VEGAS, NV - LVCS
DEC 13 - FULLERTON, CA - THE CONTINETAL ROOM

More tour dates to be announced. Check www.cleorecs.com for updated tour info.

Buy The Spirit Of Hawkwind here: http://cleorecs.com/store/shop/the-definitive-account-of-the-life-of-legendary-space-rock-band-hawkwind-book/

Also be sure to check out Nik Turner’s newest solo album with guest performances by Billy Cobham, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Steve Hillage (Gong), and more! Available on both CD & Vinyl!
http://cleorecs.com/store/shop/nik-turner-space-fusion-odyssey-cd/
http://cleorecs.com/store/shop/nik-turner-space-fusion-odyssey-limited-edition-starburst-lp/

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
www.CleopatraRecords.com

10/16/2015

Hawkwind Legend Nik Turner Releases New Album Space Fusion Odyssey Feat. Members of The Doors, Gong, Soft Machine, Amon Düül II and Others!


Featuring guest appearances by Billy Cobham, Robby Krieger, Steve Hillage, Gilli Smyth, John Etheridge, John Weinzierl and others!

Los Angeles - Following the release in 2013 of the most acclaimed album of his solo career, Space Gypsy, Nik Turner is pleased to announced the release of the follow up album Space Fusion Odyssey, out now on Cleopatra Records.

Space Fusion Odyssey is without a doubt the most musically ambitious undertaking Turner has ever attempted, stretching his already prodigious saxophone and flute playing skills to create instrumental soundscapes that entrance, confound, and stimulate all at the same time. As with many of his previous releases, Turner has surrounded himself with an incredible crew of fellow musicians who help him bring his vision to life. Dubbed the Interplanetary Arkestra (hat tip to Sun Ra), the group includes some of the most gifted and groundbreaking musicians of his generation such as legendary jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger, Steve Hillage & Gilli Smyth of Gong, Soft Machine’s John Etheridge, Amon Düül II founder John Weinzierl and many more! Space Fusion Odyssey is set to land in July of this year courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records.

The album sees Turner depart on a whole new kind of spaceship, a musical project that finally frees him from the gravitational pull of traditional rock music orbits and launches into new stratospheres of jazz, blues, fusion, and other eclectic styles heretofore unknown to man.

Check out the video for “Hypernova” featuring some truly mind blowing guitar work from both Robby Krieger and Megadeth's Chris Poland:


Space Fusion Odyssey tracks:
1. Adjust The Future
2. Hypernova
3. Spiritual Machines
4. Pulsar
5. An Elliptical Galaxy
6. A Beautiful Vision in Science Forgotten
7. We Came in Peace
8. Interstellar Clouds
9. Spiritual Machines Chapter 2
10. Random Acts

Following the albums release, later in the year The Spirit Of Hawkwind 1969-1976 will be published, the definitive biography of Hawkwind’s early years as told through the eyes of Nik Turner and written by music historian Dave Thompson. The hardcover book contains over 250 pages of rare and unseen photos as well as a comprehensive discography - a feast for Hawkwind fans everywhere.

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

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH:  828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com 

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
www.CleopatraRecords.com

9/01/2015

Hawkwind Co-Founder Nik Turner Pilots A New Video From His Groundbreaking New Album Space Fusion Odyssey!


Los Angeles, CA - “I have traveled far from another place…come to learn from your race…” Nik Turner intones at the outset of “Adjust The Future,” the lead off track from his forthcoming space-rock/jazz-fusion magnum opus Space Fusion Odyssey, scheduled for launch on October 16. The track, like the album as a whole, features Turner’s complex, jazzy improvisations on saxophone with support provided by an insanely talented and diverse group of musicians including Steve Hillage and Gilli Smyth of ‘70s prog legends Gong as well as Chris Poland of metal giant Megadeth and Jürgen Engler of German industrial band Die Krupps. The video mixes footage of Turner with some mindblowing experimental video manipulations that harken back to the psychedelic backdrops Turner’s former band Hawkwind would frequently perform in front of.

Check out the video for “Adjust The Future” here:


Space Fusion Odyssey is without a doubt the most musically ambitious undertaking Turner has ever attempted, stretching his already prodigious saxophone and flute playing skills to create instrumental soundscapes that entrance, confound, and stimulate all at the same time! An incredible crew of fellow musicians, dubbed the Interplanetary Arkestra in a nod to the great Sun Ra, help bring Turner’s vision to life such as legendary jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, Steve Hillage of Gong, Soft Machine’s John Etheridge, Amon Düül II founder John Weinzierl and many more! The CD comes packaged in a special mini-LP gatefold with a 12-panel poster while the vinyl comes in a deluxe 12-panel poster fold-up jacket and a gorgeous starbust colored vinyl!

In addition, this year will see the publication of The Spirit Of Hawkwind 1969-1976, the definitive biography of Hawkwind’s early years as told through the eyes of Nik Turner and written by music historian Dave Thompson. The hardcover book contains 300 pages of rare and unseen photos, a comprehensive discography, and Nik’s 1975 US tour diary PLUS reproductions of the 1971 “Galactic Tarot” card deck (designed by celebrated graphic designer Barney Bubbles), the 1972 “Sonic Attack” 7” promo one-sided single in a cloth bag, and the 1971 “In Search Of Space” 6x9 20-page promotional booklet! It’s a feast for Hawkwind fans everywhere!

Pre-order the CD on Amazon: http://flyt.it/NikTurnerFusionCD
Pre-order the vinyl on Amazon: http://flyt.it/NikTurnerFusionLP

SPACE FUSION ODYSSEY track list:
1. Adjust The Future
2. Hypernova
3. Spiritual Machines
4. Pulsar
5. An Elliptical Galaxy
6. A Beautiful Vision In Science Forgotten
BONUS TRACKS [CD ONLY]
7. We Came In Peace
8. Interstellar Clouds
9. Spiritual Machines Chapter 2
10. Random Acts (Revisited) with The Fusion Syndicate

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
www.CleopatraRecords.com

4/15/2015

Nik Turner Debuts A Visionary New Song/Video From His Bold New Solo Album!


Los Angeles, CA - In 2013, Nik Turner released the most acclaimed album of his solo career, Space Gypsy, the intergalactically acclaimed masterpiece that found this Hawkwind co-founder returning to his space rock roots alongside fellow Hawkwind alumnus Simon House and others. Now, Turner is preparing for departure on a whole new kind of spaceship, a musical project that finally frees him from the gravitational pull of traditional rock music orbits and launches into new stratospheres of jazz, blues, fusion, and other eclectic styles heretofore unknown to man.

This new album Space Fusion Odyssey is without a doubt the most musically ambitious undertaking Turner has ever attempted, stretching his already prodigious saxophone and flute playing skills to create instrumental soundscapes that entrance, confound, and stimulate all at the same time! As with many of his previous releases, Turner has surrounded himself with an incredible crew of fellow musicians who help him bring his vision to life. Dubbed the Interplanetary Arkestra (hat tip to Sun Ra), the group includes some of the most gifted and groundbreaking musicians of his generation such as legendary jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, Steve Hillage & Gilli Smyth of Gong, Soft Machine’s John Etheridge, Amon Düül II founder John Weinzierl and many more! Space Fusion Odyssey is set to land in July of this year courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records.

Check out the video for “Hypernova” featuring some truly mindblowing guitar work from both Krieger and Megadeth’s Chris Poland:


Also be on the look out for The Spirit Of Hawkwind 1969-1976, the soon to be released definitive biography of Hawkwind’s early years as told through the eyes of Nik Turner and written by music historian Dave Thompson. The hardcover book contains over 250 pages of rare and unseen photos as well as a comprehensive discography - a feast for Hawkwind fans everywhere!

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
www.CleopatraRecords.com

6/13/2014

Nik Turner's Hawkwind To Tour North America With Witch Mountain And Hedersleben This Summer/Fall 2014!


Los Angeles, CA - In the spirit of the critically acclaimed and historic 'Space Ritual' tour of 1973, Nik Turner's Hawkwind plan to blow minds on their sonic and visually stimulating journey on their 2014 North American tour with Portland's own Witch Mountain and SF bay area Krautrockers Hedersleben. Starting in August, this package tour is not to be missed by anyone, in hopes to enlighten and inspire both people who have witnessed last year's tour or any of Nik's tours prior and the first timers, bringing sonic traditions of old to the forefront of 2014. Attendees and Nik Turner's Hawkind fans will not be disappointed. Though staying true to the spirit of Space Ritual as a concept, don't be surprised to hear other classics, songs off of the 2013 release 'Space Gypsy' album and perhaps a new song or two as Nik Turner prepares to return to the studio after the tour. Nik also has a new fusion project forthcoming featuring Billy Cobham and Chris Poland (Megadeth) later this year.

“This tour is the essence of space-rock, the extra-terrestrial, inter-galactic, orgasmic embodiment of the loving and healing vibrations, and the rocking music of the spheres, flame on, one love.” - Nik Turner

Nik Turner- Sax, Flute, Vocals- Hawkwind
Nicky Garratt- Guitar- UK SUBS
Jason Willer- Drums, Percusion- UK SUBS
Bryce Shelton-Bass
Kephera Moon- Keys, Synths and Sound Effects

Witch Mountain

“Witch Mountain is thrilled to follow up its Summer tour of Europe with the release of latest album Mobile of Angels, and tour in support of the legendary Nik Turner's Hawkwind. We feel sure that our music will be 'out there' enough to reach the heads, and Nik Turner and co will sufficiently rock our fans in turn. It's a match made in Hell and we can't wait to hit the road.”
www.witchmountain.net

Hedersleben

Year 1 report...“It was the same time last year that Hedersleben accompanied Nik Turner on a space trek around the USA promoting their debut album 'Upgoer'. Since then the crew have not been resting on their cosmic sofa rather they’ve pressed on to new and exciting ventures, including completing the next Brainticket album as the legendary Joel Vandroogenbroeck’s side-kicks (including many writing credits), launched their first headline tour of the west coast, preformed a showcase with special guest Captain Sensible from the Damned, (See the Hedersleben Facebook page for footage) and not least recorded their 2nd album 'Die Neuen Welten'.

'Die Neuen Welten', featuring the epic side long “Zu Den Neuen Welten”, (Youtube video scheduled for mid August), celebrates the Kepler mission space telescopes discoveries of more than 2000 exoplanets. DNW also boasts the studio version of stage favorite “(On The Ground) Safe and Sound”. The album is mixed by Jürgen Engler of Die Krupps.

Prog fans look out for further large sections of Hedersleben’s 3rd album, slated for recording early next year, as part of this tours set. 'The Fall Of Chronopolis', based on the book of the same name by Barrington J. Bayley, is distinctly more progressive in the tradition of the great early prog concept album. See you in August or September” - Nicky Garratt

Nicky Garratt- Guitar- UK SUBS
Jason Willer- Drums, Percusion- UK SUBS
Bryce Shelton- Bass
Kephera Moon- Keys, Vocals, Synths and Sound Effects

Nik Turner's Hawkwind with Witch Mountain and Hedersleben Tour Dates:

Tue 8/26 - Oakland, CA - Uptown
Wed 8/27 - Los Angeles, CA - Viper Room
Thu 8/28 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
Fri 8/29 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
Sat 8/30 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
Mon 9/01 - Austin, TX- Red 7
Tue 9/02 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
Wed 9/03 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
Thu 9/04 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
Fri 9/05 - Lafayette, GA - Meltasia Fest
Sat 9/06 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Fest
Sun 9/07 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Mon 9/08 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
Tue 9/09 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle
Wed 9/10 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
Thu 9/11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Fri 9/12 - Boston, MA - Middle East
Sun 9/14 - Montreal, QC - IL Motore
Mon 9/15 - Toronto, On - The Garrison
Tue 9/16 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
Wed 9/17 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
Thu 9/18 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
Fri 9/19 - Rock Island, IL - RIBCO
Sat 9/20 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
Sun 9/21 - Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
Mon 9/22 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret
Tue 9/23 - Saskatoon, Sk - Vangelis Tavern
Wed 9/24 - Calgary, AB - Palomino
Fri 9/26 - Vancouver, BC - Venue (early evening show)
Sat 9/27 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
Sun 9/28 - Portland, OR - Star Theater

Nik Turner's official website: http://nikturner.com/

Nathan Carson
Nanotear Booking
P.O. Box 12531
Portland, OR 97212-0531
nanotear@gmail.com
office: 503 567 6566
http://www.nanotear.com

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

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
www.CleopatraRecords.com

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