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    Posted: January 12 2009 at 18:55
GOLD TICKET RESERVATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREVIOUS TICKET HOLDERS
GOLD TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY JANUARY 10 AT 9:00AM

Gold Ticket reservations for FMPM 2009 will be taken commencing Friday November 28 by email at [email protected]. Previous Gold Ticket holders can reserve the same seats as they had at FMPM 2008 or specify new preferences (i.e. closer but to the side, farther back but in the middle) and must make reservations by Friday January 9, 2009. Those who purchased Regular Tickets for FMPM 2008 and wish to upgrade may also reserve Gold Tickets.

Gold Tickets will be sold online at
www.progquebec.com commencing Saturday January 10, 2009 at 9:00 AM at a price of $189 including venue royalties (taxes not included). Gold Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis for first time purchasers who can also specify preferences. Those who will have made reservations have until January 31, 2009 to purchase their tickets to guarantee their seats, while first time purchasers of Gold Tickets who have ordered tickets by then will be allocated the best seats available based on date of purchase. Regular tickets will go on sale sometime in March at a price to be determined then.
 
Next September, one of Italy's greatest progressive rock bands performs for the first time in Montreal, as Le Orme headlines the fourth edition of the FMPM. Founded in 1966, Le Orme have released 18 albums, have headlined almost every significant music festival while maintaining a loyal fan base in Italy, and continue to produce acclaimed studio material forty years after their inception.

After releasing several beat and psych singles, the classic trio formation of Aldo Tagliapietra, Michi dei Rossi, and Toni Pagliuca was in place by 1970. This formation released four canonical Italian prog releases during this time, "Collage", "Uomo di Pezza", "Felona e Sorona", and finally "Contrappunti". Like many of the more popular Italian groups, Le Orme tried their hand with an English release, with "Felona & Sorona" coming out on Charisma with translated lyrics by Peter Hammill. Due to the instrumental configuration of keyboards, bass, and drums, and with a very classical sound, it is easy to compare this period to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, without the maudlin stabs at honky tonk and the like.

In the late 70s a fourth member joined on guitar, and releases such as "Florian" and "Piccola Rapsodia dell'Ape" take on a different flavour, with an emphasis on acoustic textures. In the 80s the group was down to the core trio but less active. A reunion took place in the late 90s with the relase of "Il Fiume", and a well-received appearance in Quebec City (among others). The group was now a quartet, with Michele Bon and Francesco Sartori sharing Pagliuca's old keyboard duties.

Not content to rest on their laurels, this decade has seen the release of two conceptual studio works, "Elementi" and "l'Infinito". Unlike many progressive groups who have continued from the early 70s to today, Le Orme's current work is considered by many to be of the same quality as their classic period albums. Le Orme headlined NEARFest several years ago and a CD/DVD release called "Live in Pennsylvania" came out this year to commemmorate that event. Le Orme is now back to a trio formation, with Michele Bon handling all keyboards along with stalwarts Tagliapietra and dei Rossi, and have maintained a busy gig schedule in Italy this year. They are currently at work on a new album.
Magenta was formed in 2001 by ex-Cyan member Rob Reed. Debut album "Revolutions" was a mixture of Yes, Genesis, and Renaissance highlighted by the vocals of Christina Booth, a former collaborator with the group Trippa who had also guested with Cyan. The success of this album led to the formation of a live band to perform it, and 2004 saw the release of their first full-band album, "Seven". With a concept based on the seven deadly sins, Seven was a large leap forward that firmly established Magenta at the forefront of the modern British symphonic prog movement. 2006 saw the release of "Home", a concept album with some shorter pieces that combined the established style of the band with a progressive pop influence that Reed has applied in other projects. Regular live performances and festival appearances at Baja Prog, Rosfest, and NEARfest has kept the group tight and their reputation growing.

In early 2008 Magenta released their fourth studio album, "Metamorphosis", on the Laser's Edge label. Upon its release, it immediately went to #1 on the Gagliarchives weekly top 20, bumping Thieves' Kitchen from the top spot. "Metamorphosis" is easily identifiable as a Magenta album but also adds more darkness and aggression into the mix, a daring evolution that has reaped success. FMPM 2009 will be the sole North American show next year in support of this album.

Magenta was originally booked for FMPM 2008, but could not do the show for a very good reason; Rob Reed had a child in mid-September. However we had no question about wanting to work together as soon as possible. We are delighted that it will be next year.
 
The best things in life come to those who wait, a saying well known to fans of Italian four-piece DFA. Before 2008's "#4", their last studio album was 1999's "Duty Free Area". Simply put, they are one of the best groups in the world in the style of symphonic fusion, combining incredible technical virtuosity with a gift for memorable, dynamic melodies. With the #1 album on the Gagliarchives for eleven straight weeks following its release, DFA is "one of the best of the new breed" (All About Jazz), and "#4" is "a worthy successor to The Rotter's Club" (Billboard.com) and "an unmitigated success" (Aymeric Leroy). And while fans of Canterbury music might see DFA as the reincarnation of National Health, they are undeniably an Italian prog group and reminiscent of some of the great jazz rock groups from that country such as Arti e Mestieri and middle-period PFM.
 
DFA's first two releases, "Lavori in Corso" and "Duty Free Area", make quite a splash when they were first released, and are now available on the 2-CD compilation "Kaleidoscope". Their live performance at NEARFest 2000 brought down the house and is still talked about today. Over the years people increasingly wondered whether DFA were still together, whether they would ever release a new album, and if so whether it could possibly live up to the standards set by their early work. The answer to all these questions is an emphatic "YES", and at FMPM 2009 we expect DFA will once again bring fans to their feet in their first ever appearance in Canada.
 
Thieves' Kitchen has taken the progressive rock community by storm in 2008, with the release of their fourth album "The Water Road". Featuring new keyboardist Thomas Johnson, formerly of Änglagård, this album combines ear-catching melodies and intricate complexity the way all the best progressive rock does, with non-rock influences, dynamic contrasts, and a wide variety of instrumentation. Their love of impossible time signatures and jazzy inflections inspire comparisons to the Canterbury scene, while Amy Darby's soaring voice and evocative lyrics are compelling.
 
Founded by guitarist Phil Mercy and bassist Paul Beecham ten years ago, only Mercy and drummer Mark Robotham remain from the first album, 2000's "Head". After their 2001 release "Argot" they were invited to play Mexico's Baja Prog and North Carolina's ProgDay music festivals in 2002. In typical fashion, a four-song set from this group took 75 minutes. 2003's "Shibboleth" was the first to feature vocalist Amy Darby and sees the beginnings of the jazzier influences come to fruition on "The Water Road". This newest album, five years in the making, went through extensive phases of composition, arrangement, and recording. New keyboardist Johnson proves a suitable foil for Mercy, able to provide powerful and aggressive counterpoint or a melancholy aural backdrop where appropriate. Unsurprisingly, this album is turning up on a number of top ten lists for 2008, and was the #1 album on the most widely followed progressive rock radio show worldwide, The Gagliarchives, for several weeks. Thieves' Kitchen is now playing several engagements across Europe in support of "The Water Road".
 
With increasing demand on this side of the pond, and a growing audience of admirers in Quebec, we felt it important to extend an invitation to Thieves' Kitchen to play at FMPM 2009, and much to our delight they have accepted. This will be their first ever appearance in Canada and their only festival performance in North America next year.
Continuing our tradition of inviting some of Quebec's most innovative and interesting acts to the FMPM stage, it is with pride that we announce that Rouge Ciel will be performing at FMPM 2009. Part of Quebec's vibrant musique actuelle scene, they mix composed and improvised music into a unified framework that makes use of diverse instrumentation and genre influences. Western and Eastern musics, folk, jazz, and rock are all acceptable source material for their creative expression.
 
Rouge Ciel released their first, self-titled album in 2001. Members Guido del Fabbro and Némo Venba had previously been in avant-garde ensemble Le Fanfare Pourpour, and together with Antonin Provost and Simon Lapointe created an instrumental work that reviewers compared to Maneige, Conventum, Art Zoyd, and Miriodor. And yet by being compared to such different groups the real message was, here is something new, and deserving of attention. 2005's "Veuillez Procéder" is more urgent and less gentle, amping up the intensity, more wild, and more modern. Both releases are well appreciated by collectors of avant-progressive rock and musique actuelle.
 
Rouge Ciel is now hard at work on new material that will form the basis of their third album and will be unveiled at FMPM 2009. Following the wild successes of Miriodor and Interférence Sardines on the FMPM stage, it is fitting and exciting that Rouge Ciel will follow them.
 
Mystery was formed in 1986 by Michel St-Père in the Montreal region. Originally created as a studio project, it would take nearly four years before a stable line-up took form. 1996 saw the release of Theatre of the Mind on St-Père's fledgling Unicorn label, created to promote the music of Mystery. Keyboardist Benoît Dupuis left after this release. Destiny? followed in 1998, a more progressive release that resulted in the singer leaving. Needing a sufficiently talented replacement, their first choice was Benoît David, who was in a Yes tribute band. David was auditioned and agreed to join the group, and that line-up recorded At the Dawn of a new Millennium, released in 2000.

A long break followed, with Unicorn starting to release the music of other artists as St-Père concentrated on growing the business. It was not until 2007 that a new album, Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face, would be released. The line-up for this release would be Michel St-Père, BenoÎt David, Patrick Bourque on bass, and Steve Gagné on drums.

Earlier this year Benoit David was invited to join the touring edition of Yes and has been playing around the world with them. Meanwhile St-Père has been working on new material for the next Mystery album. The line-up is now a six-piece, with Michel St-Père on guitars, Benoît David on vocals, Steve Gagné on drums, the returning Benoît Dupuis on keyboards, and two new members, Dean Baldwyn on second guitar and François Fournier on bass. Fournier plays in the Genesis tribute band Slippermen while both St-Père and Baldwyn play in a Rush tribute band called Exit: Stage Left.

Melodic and well-produced, Mystery's music has been compared to groups such as Saga, Yes, and Rush.
 
Incubus was part of the first wave of Quebec progressive rock, originally active between 1970 and 1974. Although influenced by groups such as ELP, King Crimson and Procol Harum, they preferred from the beginning to compose their own material. Their sound was probably most akin to classically-influenced keyboard-led groups such as ELP, Le Orme or Trace. Active around the same time as Maneige, Nécéssité and Contraction, they played out quite a bit, including shows with groups such as Mashmakhan, Offenbach, April Wine and Souls of Inspyration, and many Quebec prog fans remember them to this day.

Finally in 1974 they had a chance to travel to Europe to record what would have been their first album. They finished a full side before they disbanded. In the aftermath of the group's collapse the tapes were shelved and forgotten for many years. Finally in 2007, three of the four original members got back together, and with the help of two friends completed the album. They renamed themselves ExCubus, to avoid confusion with the California-based group of the same name. The result of their efforts was the September archival release on ProgQuebec, entitled Mémoires Incubusiennes. Their album release concert in Lac St-Jean was attended by over 300 people.

One of the long lost secrets of the Quebec progressive rock movement, the music of ExCubus can now bring the group their proper acclaim. In September they will perform at the FMPM in front of their loyal fan-base as well as a new generation of progressive rock fans.
 
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After careful deliberation, the FMPM team has chosen the Gésù to be the venue for FMPM 2009. Those who attended the first edition of the FMPM will remember the venue well, with its excellent sightlines, warm intimacy, and impressive acoustics. Like the Pierre Peladeau Center, the Gésù is located in the heart of Montreal's "Quartier des Spectacles" (concert district), and is the same distance from the Holiday Inn Express and Day's Inn as was the Peladeau Center. In addition to FMPM 2006, the Gésù has recently hosted shows by artists such as Zappa Plays Zappa and Peter Hammill, and their top notch crew will be working together with the established FMPM team to maintain our exacting standards for sound quality and schedule.

The decision to return to the Gésù was not taken lightly, however in a difficult economic climate this move allows us to make sure FMPM 2009 is successful, and remains a platform whereby Quebec's progressive artists are showcased to the world. This decision is made easier by how much we enjoyed working with the Gésù before. At the same time we have only good things to say about the Pierre Peladeau Center. For those of you who have never attended an FMPM at the Gésù, it will become clear very quickly why we like it so much. The capacity of the Gésù amphitheater is 400 seats.

We will be contacting Gold Ticket holders over the next few days to finalize seat assignments for those who have purchased tickets to date. One benefit of this move for Gold Ticket holders is that we can offer more centralized seats. We have reserved a total of 110 Gold tickets (first eight rows, center) and will continue to offer them until sold out. You can purchase a Gold ticket through our web-site, at www.progquebec.com, at a cost of $189 (including hall royalties, but not taxes).

The remaining 290 regular tickets, entitling holders to attend all seven weekend shows, will go on sale on Saturday, March 7th at 9AM, for $129 (including hall royalties, but not taxes). These can be purchased through our web-site at www.progquebec.com, as well as through www.admission.com and at the Gésù box office. Due to limited availability we recommend purchasing tickets at your earliest opportunity.

FMPM 2009 takes place September 12th and 13th 2009, and features Le Orme, Magenta, Thieves' Kitchen, DFA, Mystery, Rouge Ciel, and ExCubus. Stay tuned for further announcements regarding the weekend, including the pre-show taking place on the Friday. We thank you for your continued support and interest.

More information on the Gésù: www.gesu.net

More information about FMPM 2009: www.fmpm.net

Contact us at [email protected]
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2009 at 21:52
SAGA HEADLINES FMPM FRIDAY PRE-SHOW
Miriodor presents Avanti! at FMPM 2009

MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 13, 2009 - Renowned Canadian progressive rock quintet Saga will be headlining FMPM's Friday night pre-show. Formed in 1977, Saga's unique style of commercially accessible progressive rock has earned them a devoted fan-base the world over. Their nineteen studio releases include gold records such as Worlds Apart as well as concept albums like Generation 13. Reviews for their most recent releases, 10,000 Days, and Trust, indicate a group who are still operating on a creative peak and at the top of their game in terms of musicianship.

In the current edition of the band, original members Ian Crichton, Jim Crichton, and Jim Gilmour are joined by drummer Brian Doerner and vocalist Rob Moratti. Moratti was found after an extensive talent search following the departure of original vocalist Michael Sadler, and reviews of his debut performance in 2008 were glowing. The group is currently in the studio working on a new album entitled The Human Condition to be released in April.

In addition, Quebec's Miriodor takes the FMPM stage on Sunday to present Avanti! This newest work, their seventh album, which will be released on the Cuneiform Records label in May, features seven pieces, each at least seven minutes in length. Notice a pattern? One of the best progressive ensembles in the world, Miriodor's exciting compositions and surprising melodies have made them a frequently requested group for our bill, and with all new material to perform, it was impossible to say no. This will be Miriodor's 3rd performance in 4 years at FMPM, such is their popularity!

With the announcements of Saga on Friday and Miriodor on Sunday, the group Mystery will be moving to Friday night to play with Saga. This puts two bands in a unified style together for the pre-show. Regular FMPM weekend box-sets and pre-show tickets will go on sale Saturday March 7th (see details below), the day following FMPM's special presentation of the Strawbs' 40th anniversary tour concert on March 6 at Cafe Campus in Montreal. Current Gold ticket holders for FMPM 2009 will be guaranteed the same seats for the pre-show as they will have for the rest of FMPM weekend, providing they order their pre-show tickets by Sunday March 15. In addition, the first ten Gold Ticket holders who order tickets for the Friday pre-show will receive a promotional copy of Saga's 10,000 Days.



The schedule for FMPM 2009 will be:

FRIDAY PRE-SHOW (separate tickets at $49.50) - Saga (Canada), and Mystery (Quebec)

FMPM 2009 WEEKEND BOX-SETS (Gold Tickets at $189; Regular Tickets at $129):

SATURDAY - Le Orme (Italy), DFA (Italy), Rouge Ciel (Quebec), and ExCubus (Quebec)

SUNDAY - Magenta (Wales), Thieves' Kitchen (England), and Miriodor (Quebec)

Please note that FMPM Sunday will end earlier than last year to give out-of-towners a chance to travel, and Montrealers more chance to party!

FMPM 2009 takes place September 11th, 12th and 13th at the Gésù in Montréal. Gold Tickets entitling holders to center seats in the first 8 rows are currently on sale exclusively at www.progquebec.com <http://www.progquebec.com> . Regular tickets for FMPM weekend and the pre-show go on sale Saturday March 7th on www.progquebec.com <http://www.progquebec.com> at 9am, and on www.admission.com <http://www.admission.com> and at the Gésù box office (514-861-4036) at noon. More details at www.fmpm.net <http://www.fmpm.net/> .


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 23 2009 at 18:39
Wakeman's son Oliver is playing with the Strawbs for this tour. 
"Here I am talking to some of the smartest people in the world and I didn't even notice,” Lieutenant Columbo, episode The Bye-Bye Sky-High I.Q. Murder Case.
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That`s what I figured. Wow! pending approval. Again! Don`t worry I`ll stay out of this. Not worth the time.

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Regular tickets are now on sale and moving well. Note that the venue is half the size of last year's and at the current pace we are anticipating a sell-out. Thanks in advance for your support.
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