Actually I am surprised, sad and confused. Because we were so much looking forward to playing this concert!
Last Saturday I cancelled the show (by agreement with my band and our booker). My booker and I were asking several times for our contract which had arrived the club weeks ago. Still there is no signed one.
Obviously times have changed. Promoters are waiting for a good pre-sale before they allow us musicians to play. After we both sides agreed to have a mutual concert. I don’t think that would be a fair behavior and therefore we do work with contracts. We are planning and investing; practice, rehearse, invest in promotion and in time, have sometimes long distance travels, have to plan our families… and we love to do that for our music and for you! But not for the goodwill of a promoter who decides possibly one day before the show to cancel. Without any compensation.
Why ever the team of the “Ursprung” did not send the contract:
we will NOT play on Saturday, March 16!
But we hurry to find a REPLACEMENT SHOW in Rostock. But at a different location.
Now we hope you could follow my decision and we will meet at the replacement show. :) If you bought a ticket already, please contact the “Ursprung” to get it back.
“Think of rock fiddle players and you can probably name the significant on one hand. Jerry Goodman? Darryl Way? Jean-Luc Ponty? Female rock fiddle players may be more of a challenge. Anna Phoebe? Anne-Marie Calhoun? Following this rather tortured memory game, violinist Ally Storch fronts her own band and this is her second album.
North Germany based, Ally’s violin permeates this album but not to the exclusion of her bandmates who enhance the necessary jazz metal quotient, especially guitarist Robert Klawonn. The lively (and heavy) opener ‘Sisyphos’ also features vocals but mainly this is instrumental fusion music with metal flavours.
Ally even finds time to include an excellent (bonus) version of ‘Surfing With The Alien’ whilst the legendary Jerry Goodman actually appears on one track ‘Try To Stop Me’. This adds great credibility to an excellent second outing where the classically trained violinist eschews the modern trappings of synthesisers and keyboards to achieve a more organic sound. One of the highlights, though, is the attractive ‘Entering Stratosphere’ with simple chiming guitar figures topped by Storch’s demonstrative strings.
‘Up’ showcases intense and compelling music which in places tries too hard for your attention at the expense of a good tune. The drum heavy ‘The Path’ (featuring another guest Marco Minnemann) is a good example whilst ‘Tree’ is unappealing until the mid-track key change. But isn’t that what Mahavishnu was all about? ***1/2 ” – review at getreadytorock.me.uk
Henk Westland, our irreplaceable sound engineer, went to Bremen for mastering our album with his versatile studio partner Marco Nola and their come out is incredible! They managed to bring all facets of the composition, the variety and mass of instruments and vocals to life; the band became pure Rock’n Roll.
Only a few little corrections and the album “UP” is ready!!
Marco Nola in Bremen.
Ally while making the last few corrections in Berlin at Henk Westland’s.
Now it took such a while, but it was worth it! Finally Ally is in Henk’s studio to do the final mixes!! Why it took so long, you might ask. For sure it had lots to do with the extent of the production: beside a normal rock band guests and soloists recorded their lines, every single choir voice and every single orchestra instrument was solely recorded and afterwards everything edited, edited, edited – until it became a unison.
Now Ally is allowed to give everything a last polish and then we hope to receive the master for our new album very soon to give it to our record label!!!