Valkyrie is the sixteenth studio album by American progressive rock band Glass Hammer. It was released on September 27, 2016. “The best album of 2016.” Brad Birzer – Progarchy. “A future classic!” Michel Bilodeau – Terra Incognita Magazine. “Far and away The symphonic-prog album of the year.” Michael Hodgson – Progarchives Special Collaborator.
This, the third Glass Hammer release, was originally a limited edition run of 1000 copies for the real fanatics who simply couldn’t wait for the next full length GH epic. Featuring live rehearsal tracks from “Perelandra” and “Journey of the Dunadan” as well as unrecorded material from the period just after “Journey of the Dunadan” was released, the album has an irreverent, carefree feel to it and features scorching playing from all concerned.
Pianist and composer Anton Batagov is one of the most influential Russian musicians of our time. As a performer Batagov introduced the music of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass to Russian audiences. On this his debut recording with Glass s record label Orange Mountain Music, Batagov offers a recital of Glass s music which is personally important to him, music which has never been heard on solo piano. Three of the four tracks offered on Batagov s program are from Glass s epic opera Einstein on the Beach - Trial, Night Train, and Knee Play 5. These pieces capture the sound of a particularly expansive moment in Glass s career as he transitioned from hard core Minimalism to a more expressive medium. That artistic pivot is captures in Batagov s mystical reading of Prophecies from Koyaanisqatsi. In 2009, after a hiatus of 12 years from live performance Batagov returned to the stage presenting a series of unique solo programs including this program which was recorded in Moscow in November 2015.
A totally rocking female Texas Blues Guitar slinger! Ally Venable is a young guitarist and singer songwriter that sings with a soulful voice and plays the guitar like she has been to the crossroads, She is backed up by Bobby Wallace on guitar and Kris Wallace on bass, these guys have an extensive music back ground ranging from Rock to Hard Rock and Back up by percussionist Daniel Dolive, together there eclectic musical background has a unique Rock'n BLues sound that comes from the heart and will move you…