Rock in Opposition Festival - Japan
Cuneiform Records is proud to announce that 5 of its bands will be among the 10 groups performing at the first-ever Rock in Opposition (R.I.O.) Festival to be held in Japan. This two-day festival devoted to artistically-uncompromising rock music celebrates “the incendiary spirit of Rock in Opposition” and will draw audiences from around the world.
Cuneiform–associated bands appearing at Rock in Opposition-Japan 2014 include:
Since 2007, a Rock in Opposition Festival has been held annually in southern France. Featuring some of the most provocative, innovative, and artistically progressive rock music created over the past 4 decades to the present day, Rock In Opposition–France has aimed to “transport the creative flames and anti-corporate-rock aesthetic of the original Rock In Opposition movement into the new millennium.”
This year, the creative flames of Rock In Opposition have spread to Japan. Curated and organized by the RIO Japan Committee, a Japanese team of music professionals and fans, Rock In Oppostion Festival–Japan marks the first time that a wide spectrum of this groundbreaking music has been assembled for presentation as a music genre and movement on Asian shores. Held in Tokyo, the 2014 festival will spotlight 10 of the most adventurous bands on the current international avant-music scene. Representing some of the best music born from Rock in Opposition's creative fire, these bands include some of the movement's founding musicians (who played in the 1978 RiO concerts) as well as young artists carrying and transforming RiO's flame in the 21st Century
Half of Japan festival's international line-up – a total of 5 bands – are artists associated (through current or past recordings) with Cuneiform Records. A US-based record label devoted to cutting-edge, avant-garde music, Cuneiform's extensive catalogue of close to 400 albums contains what is probably the largest selection of Rock in Opposition recordings of any label in the world. Founded in 1984 and based in Washington DC/Silver Spring MD, Cuneiform continues to actively release, distribute and promote Rock in Opposition music worldwide, alongside other adventurous musical offerings. Cuneiform releases 15 albums a year, and is honored to represent some of the best composers and musicians on the planet..
Cuneiform Records is proud to announce that 2014
RiO–Japan 2014 is the first-ever festival in Japan devoted to truly Progressive Rock music associated with the aesthetics, and/or the ideals, of the Rock in Opposition movement. A two-day festival, it will take place from the 15th to 16th of November 2014 in Tokyo, Japan, at the venue Tsutaya O-East. This festival features ten international acts that are challenging, ground-breaking and revolutionary, following the spirit of the original Rock in Opposition movement.
The full lineup for RiO Japan includes:
Visit the official RiO Japan website for more info:
RIO JAPAN 2014 FLYER (click to enlarge):
CUNEIFORM RECORDING ARTISTS AT
Happy Family (Japan)
Happy Family was formed in 1987 in Tokyo, Japan by the members from Meiji University musical circle. They began by playing covers of progressive rock such as King Crimson or Yes, but soon aftrwards, they started writing original tunes with very complex compositions (similar to Recommended Records artists) that expanded into hard rock. An active live band, Happy Family played numerous shows in their first years. After recording a demo tape with 3 tunes, they released their 1st, self-titled album, Happy Family, on Cuneiform Records in 1995; it was the frst album by a Japanese artist on that American label. In the same year, they covered a song by Daniel Denis, Univers Zero's composer/leader/percussionist, for Unsettled Scores, a Cuneiform compilation album that celebrated the label's 10th Anniversary. Happy Family continued to refine their signature sound – original hard rock melded with complex composition – and in 1997 they released their 2nd album on Cuneiform, Toscco, which featured a new guitarist. Although these recordings brought Happy Family international critical acclaim, and the band was in-demand for live performances, Happy Family decided to disband in the autumn of 1998.
Happy Family's upcoming release on Cuneiform Records:
Mats/ Morgan Band (Sweden)
Keyboardist Mats Öberg and drummer Morgan Ågren have worked together for nearly 3/4s of their lives. Both were childhood prodigies in Sweden who met in 1981 and have since grown into adults recognized as absolute masters of their respective instruments. Their musical collaboration has steadily evolved over the past 30+ years from early duo experiments, to Zappa cover band, to actually meeting and performing with Frank Zappa and his band, to a quintet lineup of their own band, to a keyboard/bass/drums trio, and now, to their current quartet formation. Their music has also greatly changed over the years, becoming ever-more accessible and contemporary, with Mats & Morgan adding elements from electronica to their roots in jazz/rock, complex rock, and avant-garde music. Their sound playfully blends these electronic influences with jazz fusion with the soulful grooves of Earth, Wind and Fire, avant-garde atonalities, the melodicism of Stevie Wonder and the complexity and humor of Zappa and Hermeto Pascoal. While some of the Zappa influence from their early days remains, Morgan and Mats have long since found their own voices, one in which humor and restraint is mixed into these superb players' virtuosity.
Mats/Morgan's new release on Cuneiform Records:
Picchio dal Pozzo (Italy)
Picchio dal Pozzo have released one album on Cuneiform Records – 2001's Camere Zimmer
Rooms – and numerous recordings on other labels.
Ceaselessly innovative in a career spanning more than 30 years, Richard Pinhas is recognized as one of France's major experimental musicians. A composer, world-class guitarist and electronics innovator, he is a key figure in the international development of electronic rock music. During the 1970s, Pinhas' stature in France was analogous to Tangerine Dream's in Germany: the father figure of an entire musical movement. His band Heldon fused electronics, "diabolical guitar work" and rock to create a pioneering, aggressive music that was a precursor to the industrial music and techno to come. Heldon's music remains vital and unsurpassed today, evident in its worldwide revival among a younger generation.
"Richard Pinhas is still a force in world music today…his music has the emotive depth that most other electronauts hardly begin to grapple with. Add to this its other attributes: alien atmospheres, futuristic imagery, feelings of the mystery of technology, precise clinical production, belief in creative and political revolution, an obscure intellectual base and references to science fiction…then there is a musical force that has little or no rival." – Audion
Richard Pinhas' new releases on Cuneiform Records
Cuneiform Records is honored to have released and/or reissued the complete
Present has been blasting apart the boundaries between rock, classical and jazz music for more than 3 decades. Widely acknowledged as one of the Rock in Opposition movement's leading lights, this Belgian band was founded and is led by composer /keyboardist/guitarist Roger Trigaux. Back in 1974, Trigaux and drummer Daniel Denis had co-founded Univers Zero. Trigaux performed with Univers Zero for nearly five years, performing on their first two albums and touring throughout Europe. With both Denis and Trigaux at the helm, Univers Zero performed in London in March 1978 at the first-ever Rock In Opposition concert, ensuring Univers Zero's and their own eternal legacy as one of the RiO movement's official founders.
Present's new releases/expanded/remastered reissues on Cuneiform Records:
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