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We are extremely pleased to announce the addition of our wonderful new bass player, Brian Mooney!
- Please visit Advent's Facebook page for our latest updates. Thanks!
- A big thank-you to bassist Troy Chappell for all his time with the band.
- Advent is proud to welcome Troy Chappell, our new bass player, to the Advent family!
- New album update: The group is actively working to finish three new major works at this point. Other material has
also been written, however we don't want to divulge too many specifics ahead of time.
Please extend a warm welcome to Joe D'Andrea, our old friend and fabulous new drummer (who also doubles on voilin
and sings beautifully)!
Ben and Drew decide to leave the band in the early part of the year, both on the very best of terms. (We wish them
all the best of luck with future pursuits.)
After finishing the band's first series concerts with a very well-received set at the inaugural MARPROG festival in
Connecticut, Advent decides to take time off from live performance in order to concentrate on developing new material
for the group's third CD.
Advent continues working on several new pieces for the band's upcoming third album, while also concentrating on expanding/refining its live repertoire.
The group begins actively searching out a few choice venues in the northeastern USA for a new round of
performances later in the year, as well as a small number of festival opportunities for 2009. Please
stay tuned for further details.
The group finishes recording an all-original piece for the Colossus/Musea Inferno project. Please keep
an eye/ear out for "Canto XXVI (The Evil Counselors)" when the four-CD package is released later in the year.
- Advent begins to focus on composing new material for the band's next CD.
Joined by long-time friend (and one of Alan's favorite Stick players)
Steve Hahn, Advent's second
New Jersey Proghouse gig
turns out to be another very special occasion. Thanks to "Vinnie the Video Guy" Mineo, a nice
YouTube clip is
available. Steven Sinski also took some beautiful photos, which he kindly published
- Advent enjoys a tremendously successful live debut at the
New Jersey Proghouse on the 19th (sharing the bill with
our friends in Pinnacle). The band's deepest gratitude
is extended to Jim Robinson, Ray Loboda, and the entire Proghouse "Staph" for making it such a special evening!
A copy of the first published review has been
added here. (Thanks so much, Bony!) Additionally, Jill Hughes from
USA Progressive Music published a review of the entire
- Jill has also selected Advent for June's "Band Spotlight" feature on her wonderful site. (Thanks very much for
all the support, Jill!)
Barry Cleveland publishes a very positive review of Cantus Firmus in the March (2007) issue of Guitar Player
magazine—on page 66, in the "Rants & Raves" section. (Thanks a lot, Barry!)
Koldo Barroso from Intuitive Music posts a very nice
interview with Advent, focusing on the group's influences and recommendations. Although currently displayed on the
main page, the permanent link for the feature is
http://www.intuitivemusic.com/advent-hints-recommends. Koldo hosts one of the most interesting
music-related sites on the Internet, so please be sure to browse through the "Music Chronicles" archives while you're
there. (Much appreciated, Koldo!)
Advent would like extend a very warm welcome to our newest member, bassist Benjamin Rose!
Advent proudly welcomes new guitarist Greg Katona into the fold! A very accomplished and versatile player
(as well as instructor), Greg performs regularly with his top-notch Genesis-tribute band,
Foxtrot. Seeing Greg perform even the most
difficult Steve Hackett work with accuracy and ease is a genuine pleasure—and we look very forward to
integrating his beautiful guitar work into Advent's repertoire.
Please visit Advent's MySpace site at
http://www.myspace.com/adventmusicnet. Along with
additional music samples (including the complete pair of opening tracks from Cantus Firmus), there are links to
over 170 friends—many of whom produce their own fantastic progressive music as well.
The "Reviews" page has been updated to include initial Cantus Firmus reviews/feedback.
Cantus Firmus was officially released on February 27!
Recording and mixing of Cantus Firmus, Advent's forthcoming second album, is now fully complete. Grammy-Award
winning engineer Bob Katz has already mastered the album and everything is really sounding spectacular. In addition,
accomplished artist/illustrator (and fellow progressive-music aficionado)
Michael Phipps has submitted breathtaking cover art and
the entire package is now off for printing/replication. Assuming all goes well, the album is still set for official
release by the end of February.
The official Advent webiste has been launched at http://www.adventmusic.net/.
In addition to providing updated information across the board, a dedicated "MP3 Samples"
page was added, featuring five clips from the band's upcoming (second) CD, Cantus Firmus.
Good friend and incredible bassist Shunji Saegusa,
probably best known in the progressive-rock community for his stellar live and studio work with
KENSO, very kindly donated his talents in the form
of recording bass on the 18-minute "Ramblin' Sailor"—a piece that will form the musical centerpiece of band's
upcoming Cantus Firmus album. The group was floored by Shunji's exceptional performance and is very pleased
to have it featured, and playing an integral role, on what is undoubtedly the most ambitious composition in Advent's
Shunji · Alan · Henry · Mark
- The Best of the Whalers (two-CD Procol Harum tribute package) is released, featuring
Advent's interpretation of "Robert's Box"along with Advent original "Alison Waits" (from the debut
- Advent's debut CD sells out.
- The band records a new version of Henry's "Segue #4" for ESPN Classic, who features the
song in the "teaser" at the beginning of a Flyers vs. Capitals game from 1988.
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