Playing the History
Ever since I first heard Ian MacDonald’s flute playing with King Crimson and their version of Holst’s Mars at the Marquee Club in 1969, I’ve always been fascinated by the fusion of classical and rock music. I expect that’s why I’ve felt so at home in progressive music.
Inside the church
Carlo, Marco & John
In November, 2012 I played a trio concert with organist Marco Lo Muscio and bassist/guitarist Carlo Matteucci (Dancing Knights)in Manziana, near Rome. We played everything from Caccini’s Ave Maria”, some Genesis and Steve Hackett favourites, to Fanfare for the Common Man.
Carlo thundered away on bass guitar while Marco played timpani with his feet! I should explain, the organ bass pedals were linked electronically to percussion sounds. (Almost as strange as playing Taurus bass pedals with your hands, you may think.)
Included also was a new arrangement Marco had made of Fanfare and Lutes’ Chorus from Anthony Phillips’ The Geese and the Ghost – this brought back some happy memories for me of early days in Ant’s studio.For videos of the concert click here.
Out of that collaboration has emerged Playing the History - fresh instrumental interpretations of some of the masterpieces of progressive music, transcribed for organ, flute and bass.
More concerts are planned, including two in Sheffield in June and one in Rome in July.
Saturday June 15th - Horizon Methodist Church, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8PR
Tuesday June 18th - Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield S10 1UD
Monday 1st July - St. Paul's Within the Walls, Via Napoli 58, 00184 Rome
There is also a CD on its way, with guests Steve Hackett, David Jackson and Giorgio Gabriel.