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Founded in Bonn, Germany in 2018

Formed in 2018, VOYAGER IV is a German band that was founded by four talented and experienced musicians; Marcus SCHINKEL (piano, keyboards), Johannes KUCHTA (vocals, drums), Fritz ROPPEL (bass), and Wim de VRIES (drums).

The band considers themselves to be a space rock band, however, they combine elements of classical and jazz music in their style, making them more eclectic. SCHINKEL is known internationally for his success with the MARCUS SCHINKEL TRIO which is where he has performed the "Crossover Beethoven" program. He has been known to be able to improvise all nine of BEETHOVEN's symphonies as jazz works and also adds in elements of sci-fi and film music into his music. KUCHTA is the perfect musical partner for SCHINKEL, but he has also composed works for theater/dance programs and composed soundtrack music. RAPPEL has played bass for several artists including Michael SAGMEISTER (SAGA), Jennifer RUSH, and others giving him the reputation as one of the most versatile bassists in Germany. He has also transposed classical guitar works for his 6-string bass. DE VRIES was the "Drummer of the Year" for several times in a row in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands and has organized the Modern Drummer Festival held in New York.

Their first album, released in November of 2019, which is based upon the Mussorgsky cycle "Pictures at an Exhibition", which has been covered several other times by EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER, Mekong DELTA, and TOMITA. The album also has covers by KING CRIMSON, ELP and others.

Their main musical influences range from ELP, KING CRIMSON, BEETHOVAN, and other artists that mix classical, folk and rock styles. Any fans of any of these artists should be interested in this eclectic style of music that mixes elements of jazz, symphonic and classical music with progressive styles.

======Bio by TCat======

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Voyager IV Eclectic Prog

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4 stars Well, it all goes back to Russian composer Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky. In 1874 he developed the piano suite 'Pictures At An Exhibition', which then became an inspirational template for several music artists furthermore. For example fully orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, about one hundred years ago. Or due to ELP even set into prog music for the first time, almost 50 years back. Basically this project is set up by the Marcus Schinkel Trio. Instrumentally comprised of bass, keys, drums, and actually serving sophisticated piano driven jazz music. On this occasion they are enhanced by Johannes Kuchta (vocals, sax). And this expansion goes for the stylistical bandwith in the same way.

It is said, in the first instance they soley planned a tribute concert for Keith Emerson. But then they couldn't release anymore, went on to compose a complete set of ten pieces, which comes close to the aforementioned piano suite in some way, but is also enriched with a modern progressive rock approach. According to their predecessors in spirit they are focussing on the keyboard stuff, electric guitars don't play any role here. Eh, normally a no-go for me according to my taste. This apptly namend by the label Melodic Revolution Recordsl: 'jazz rock meets classical music, grand piano meets distortion synthesizer, singer-songwriter meets freak out'. Yep, prog fans should not hesitate.

And on top they are offering the ELP respectively King Crimson standout compositions Lucky Man and Talk To The Wind in a new outfit. This merely will be successfully accomplished, set into motion by really educated and skilled musicans, they are without a doubt. Johannes Kuchta offers a fantastic singing voice throughout, slightly breathy, a perfect addition to the fold. A great keyboard range is striking, the rhythm section knows how to spin around with ease and precision. But, although announced here and there as such, I would say they are not really a space rock band in a strict sense. It's not an easy task to highlight any particular song, Il Vecchio Castello (Photophobia) and the eclectic and pacey Baba Yaga are my current favourites. Thank you for such an entertaining album - 4.5 stars so far.

Thanks to tapfret for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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