Responding to requests from fans, Renaissance will be performing Song For All Seasons, Sounds Of the Sea and Northern Lights along with favorite classics and debuting Immortal Beloved from Symphony of Light on our 2015 Fall tour.
We are excited to bring to these performances the same brilliant line up of musicians who just completed our successful European Spring Tour 2015: Rave Tesar – keyboards; Tom Brislin – keyboards/vocals; Mark Lambert – acoustic guitars/vocals; Leo Traversa – bass/vocals; Frank Pagano – drums/vocals; and of course, the amazing vocals of Annie Haslam.
We look forward to our upcoming DVD release of ‘Live’ at The Union Chapel London, which was made possible by our successful IndieGoGo campaign and enthusiastic contributors whose love and support of Renaissance has been overwhelming. Pre-release contributions for pledge rewards, including your name in DVD booklet credits, can still be made for a limited time at the campaign page on IndieGoGo.Annie will be returning to England soon to finalize the DVD editing and production while back in the USA, Rave Tesar is perfecting the final audio mix.
John Tout passed away on Friday, May 1st at 4:30pm from lung failure at The Royal Free Hospital, London, England.
He was an amazing musician, highly contributing to the unique sound of the band from 1970 – 1980. He was the quiet (but funny) one in the band, always very caring towards the fans and good friend to Annie Haslam, Terence Sullivan, Jon Camp and Michael Dunford.
In April of this year we will be touring Europe for the first time in over thirty years and we are all extremely excited. It is our goal to chronicle this journey by filming and releasing a new live concert DVD.
“I am overjoyed to announce that I am releasing my 1997 ‘Live’ in Philadelphia DVD on my own label White Dove Records. The show was recorded at Sonic Studios in Philadelphia with a small intimate crowd of fans in attendance. We had so much fun and interaction with the fans and I even used my video camera (Haslam-Cam!) the whole experience was exhilarating.
My band, Rave Tesar, Davd Biglin and Joe Goldberger played flawlessly and sounding more like 6 than 3 musicians. The music we performed was a mixture of my solo work and Renaissance, each song having the audience singing along. It was a very special experience for us all.”
Renaissance have secured a distribution deal with Red River Entertainment, which now allows the new music of Renaissance to be heard worldwide. Grandine il Vento has been re-named Symphony of Light with three additional bonus tracks, ‘Immortal Beloved’, ‘Tonight’, and ‘Renaissance Man’, a song specially written by Annie Haslam and Rave Tesar in honor of the late Michael Dunford. The album has new artwork and design and the release date by Red River Entertainment is April 15th 2014.
For the first time, the album and the new tracks will also be available for purchase and download in the iTunes music store.
Symphony of Light is a testament to the unforgettable melodies and love that Michael Dunford infused into his work. Michael died prematurely in 2012 after this album was finished. The album starts off with powerful lyrics by Annie Haslam in the title track about the life of Leonardo da Vinci followed by Waterfall, a song written about the rainforests in Brazil. All the songs bathe the listener in flavors from far off countries, with lush orchestral arrangements and unusual lyrical content, with guest performances from Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and John Wetton (Asia).
Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, David J Keyes bass guitar, Jason Hart keyboards, Frank Pagano drums, Ryche Chlanda acoustic guitars