Releaseshow videogame en OST album van 'Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame' op donderdag 30 april in W2 ’s-Hertogenbosch
Op donderdag 30 april 2015 zal 's werelds allereerste interactieve Rock Opera Videogame Karmaflow in zijn geheel worden gepresenteerd in W2 in 's-Hertogenbosch (support act is Little Devil Allstars). Die dag wordt tevens de Original Soundtrack (OST) met een deel van de muziek uit de game uitgebracht. Eerder dit jaar werd de première van Karmaflow middels twee uitverkochte shows uitgevoerd als interactieve rockopera door de Karmaflow Band, samen met een volledig gekostumeerde internationale all star cast van gastzangers en -zangeressen én met het prestigieuze Metropole Orkest.Lyric video van The Muse and the Conductor vanaf vandaag online
Vanaf vandaag staat The Muse and the Conductor als lyric video online. Deze track is vanaf nu dus tevens beschikbaar voor radio airplay en is hier in WAV-kwaliteit te downloaden. Het gerenommeerde Metropole Orkest (NL), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) en Marc Hudson (DragonForce) tekenden voor de epische muziek.Act II en Karmaflow OST vanaf donderdag 30 april verkrijgbaar
Ivo van Dijk: "Vanaf donderdag 30 april is het volledige Karmaflow-pakket eindelijk beschikbaar! Dat zijn dus de beide delen van de videogame; een prachtig boekwerk en de muziek als soundtrack. Al deze formats presenteren we tijdens onze releaseshow in de W2, die weliswaar bescheidener van opzet is dan onze twee premières in januari met het Metropole Orkest maar zeker niet minder overdonderend."Karmaflow: in tweeënhalf jaar tijd van afstudeerproject naar multimediaal fenomeen
Wat in oktober 2012 begon als Ivo's afstudeerproject groeide in tweeënhalf jaar tijd uit tot het multidisciplinaire Karmaflow. Hieraan werk(t)en behalve een eigen team van vijftien mensen ook de top van de internationale rock- en metalscene alsmede het gerenommeerde Nederlandse Metropole Orkest intensief mee. ,,Maar de videogame staat niet op zich", aldus Ivo. ,,Ons doel is namelijk om muziek, games, design en theater op een unieke en bijzondere manier te verenigen. Karmaflow wordt daarom ook live in een steeds weer andere en dus wisselende bezetting uitgevoerd als interactieve rockopera. Een immer verrassende multimediale samensmelting van epische rock, klassiek, etnische klanken & videogames."
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WORLDS FIRST ROCKOPERA VIDEOGAME KARMAFLOW TO BE RELEASED IN TWO DIFFERENT PARTS
Act I out now
Act II and OST album out on April 30, 2015
The worlds first rockopera videogame Karmaflow will be released in two parts:
- Act I is out now (via Basecamp Games on Steam)
- Act II will be released on April 30, 2015 - together with the OST album with music of the game
The cast of the rockopera videogame Karmaflow
Both Act I and Act II feature an impressive all star crew of international rock & metal singers and musicians:
- Act I with Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Charlotte Wessels (Delain), Mark Jansen (Epica, MaYaN), Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle of Filth), Marc Hudson (DragonForce), Lisette van den Berg (Scarlet Stories) and Bas Dolmans (ex-Xystus).
- Act II with Simone Simons (Epica), Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania), Daniël de Jongh (Textures), Henning Basse (MaYaN, Rage), Tony Kakko (Sonata Artica) and Elize Ryd (Amaranthe).
The musical accompaniment is provided by the Metropole Orkest (NL), the world's biggest professional pop and jazz orchestra, - and band members of a.o. After Forever, Epica, Textures and Within Temptation.
Karmaflow - the whole story
Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame is part of the multidisciplinary project Karmaflow. The aim of the project is to unite music, games and theater in a unique way, experimenting with sung interactive narrative.
Karmaflow was initiated by composer Ivo van Dijk in 2012 and started out as a graduation project for him and 12 fellow students of the School of Arts Utrecht. The team strives to bring a new and unique way of telling interactive stories through the medium of videogames, and is taking it one step further by bringing the music of Karmaflow to the stage.
Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame is a full-blown interactive rock opera. It tells the story of the Karmakeeper who is burdened with the task of restoring the balance in several worlds. Each world is protected by a Guardian in heavy conflict with their counterpart. Find them, hear them out and decide what they are: friend or foe. Play as the Karmakeeper, and actively decide the way the rock opera and its story progresses. Puzzle and explore your way through five different worlds. Change the environment, change the music...
Karmaflow in Concert
Karmaflow in Concert is a specially formed band that will perform the music of Karmaflow live on stage. Together with a string-quartet and an alternating cast of guest-singers (from the original cast which can be found in the game) the band will be performing on club-stages in 2015.
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ANNOUNCE MIKE MANGINI AS NEW DRUMMER UNVEIL DRUMMER AUDITION DOCUMENTARY New York, NY:
A little more than a month after drummer Mike Portnoy’s sudden departure from Dream Theater, the band held three days of auditions in New York City. Over an incredibly productive three-day period, the band played, jammed and spoke candidly and at length with seven of the world’s greatest drummers. The remaining members of the band got to know the candidates musically,
personally and professionally and thus assessed the fit of each drummer’s incredible chops with the band’s trademark prog-rock sound.
After intense consideration, the band has unanimously chosen drummer Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai, Annihilator) to fill the seat behind the kit which was left vacant by Portnoy’s departure late last summer.
Dream Theater began telling their intense tale on April 21st when the band took to its Facebook Page to give fans a glimpse into the audition process. A video tool that was powered by new technology prompted fans to ‘like’ the page in order to unlock exclusive content. Much to the joy of fans, a trailer for the 3-part documentary series on the audition process was then revealed. Those that ‘liked’ the page then received updates on when and where the actual documentary would be airing.
The series, which is featured on Roadrunner Records’ YouTube Channel, has received an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and critics alike and amassed over 1.5 million views in one week's time.
Additionally, both Dream Theater and Mike Mangini were trending topics on Twitter this past Friday, behind only Royal Wedding-related topics.
Keyboardist Jordan Rudess reflected on Mangini’s audition saying, “From the first countoff to the very last note of the final song, every beat Mike played was not only in perfect time, but also executed with an undeniable sense of virtuosity and musicality.”
The band has always been extremely sensitive to the fact that this is not only a monumental decision in their own lives, but also a critical moment in the lives of fans around the world, and has treated their announcement of their new rhythm section anchor with incredible respect to the band’s legacy.
“The departure of our lifelong bandmate and friend was an unexpected and truly heartbreaking blow,” said guitarist John Petrucci. “The fact that as a result of that event we’d be introduced to seven infinitely capable and uniquely talented drummers was heartening. But when we played with the infectiously positive powerhouse of a drummer that is Mike Mangini, we knew we had found a silver lining to what has been, by far, the most challenging episode in our musical lives.”
Bassist John Myung explained that “Mike Mangini is inspiring to us on many levels. His attitude and outlook are entirely positive. His total immersion into performing with us is undeniable, and during the audition, we all felt his strong musical and personal presence. At the same time, we also felt a real unity. He will open up our creative potential. It was destiny at work for us to have found the right person at the right time.”
Going into the auditions, singer James LaBrie had a strong vibe for Mangini’s potential. “I had the privilege of working with Mike on three of my solo albums, so I knew he would be a huge contender. He is without a doubt one of the most intelligent, intuitive, interpretive and virtuosic musicians I have ever played with.”
Mangini is completely cognizant of the demanding rhythmic and artistic responsibilities he’ll be expected to take on as the band’s new timemaster, as well as how deeply the band’s history and relationship runs with DT’s passionate and dedicated followers. “I went to work diligently on the audition material far beyond just learning the songs,” explained Mangini, who, upon taking up the mantle for DT, gives up a coveted faculty position at the Berklee College of Music. “I imagined myself onstage with them, giving the fans what I know Mike Portnoy – who is obviously a legend – always worked so hard to provide. For his sake, as well as for the fans and the band’s, I fought hard to earn the privilege of carrying on the spirit of Dream Theater. At the same time, I wanted to honor Mike’s incredible drumming and musical interpretations. This band has a phenomenal past. DT’s fans are so passionate about DT’s music. They deserve to hear the songs they know played as they love them. I’m responsible for that now.”
With the addition of Mangini to the band’s lineup, Dream Theater moved forward into the studio to begin recording their third release for Roadrunner Records. Guitarist John Petrucci reprises his role as producer, and Paul Northfield (Rush, Queensryche, Porcupine Tree) assumes the same engineering position that he has had on Dream Theater’s previous two Roadrunner releases. The band will kick off a world tour in July 2011.
Mangini, for one, cannot wait to get on the road and show the Dream Theater fan base why he was the chosen one. “I am just busting at the seams on being the new drummer for Dream Theater,” he said. “Digesting the incredibly challenging catalog, exploding with creative ideas, and anticipating what James, John, John and Jordan will come up with collectively and individually for new music and a
fresh stage show is going to be really exciting and fun for me. I consider this opportunity the absolute pinnacle of my career. I can’t even imagine what untapped and future musical genius is inside of these guys; I can’t wait until we get into the studio together. Playing with these guys…it’s the mountaintop. This is where I want to be.” About DREAM THEATER:
Progressive metal band Dream Theater formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together along with James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess until September 8, 2010, when Mike Portnoy left the band. In October 2010, the band held auditions for a new drummer, and added Mike Mangini to its roster.
Dream Theater’s tenth studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings (Roadrunner Records), was released on June 23, 2009. It entered the U.S. Billboard 200 at #6 and Eurochart Hot 100 at #1, marking their highest entry on either chart. Black Clouds & Silver Linings - a highlight of their 25-year career - was praised by Mojo magazine’s Paul Elliott: “…their lofty ideals remain intact. By modern criteria, Black Clouds & Silver Linings is as highbrow as The Mars Volta, as grandiose as Muse and as heavy as Metallica.”
The legendary progressive metal masters have sold in excess of 10,000,000 records and DVDs worldwide. The release of their eleventh studio album is expected in September 2011; Dream Theater will kick off a world tour in July, 2011. www.dreamtheater.net