K2's Book of the Dead live is finally here! This newly released DVD, features K2 in their current lineup, Josh Gleason on Vocals, Ken Jaquess on Bass, Karl Johnson on Guitar, Ryo Okumoto on Keyboards and Doug Sanborn on Drums. This impressive group performed their first live show on January 13th, 2006. This DVD showcases the power of K2 live.
Following on the heels of their highly successful debut CD, featuring Allan Holdsworth (U.K., Level 42) Ryo Okumoto (Spocks Beard), Ken Jaquess (Atlantis) violinist Yvette Devereaux and drummer Doug Sanborn (The Untouchables), this DVD presents Book of the Dead in a live setting.
We invite you to step into the world of ancient Egypt with this impressive cast and be taken on a musical journey through the lives of the Pharaohs. Filmed live in Hollywood on January 13, 2006 before a packed house, this is a must have concert movie for fans across the prog genre. A true musician's musician ensemble and sheer prog bliss.
DVD extras include behind the scenes footage, a photo gallery, a bonus video from K2's Spring 2006 tour and an impressive menu with new music composed just for this release.
01 Infinite Voyage
02 Mirror to the Spirits
03 The Edge of Light
04 Forest Cathedral / Freefall
05 Cloak of Antiquity
06 Beware of Darkness
Ken Jaquess founded K2 in 2001 after 8 years as bassist with L.A. progressive group Atlantis, when Ken decided it was time to head in a new direction. While on a long hiatus, Ken realized a life long dream to write and produce a project about the Egyptian Book of the Dead. He first teamed up with jazz drummer extraordinaire Doug Sanborn and in July of 2001 laid down the backing tracks that would become the foundation of Book of the Dead.
Along the way, he invited a few of his friends to add their special talents to this project. This included guitar god Allan Holdsworth, Spocks Beard keyboardist Ryo Okumoto, vocalist Shaun Guerin, violinist Yvette Devereaux and guitarist John Miner. The album was becoming bigger than anything Ken had ever planned! "It just developed a life of its own." Ken says, "So I decided to go for it and see what would happen if all of these great musicians could come together and play my music!"
Four years in the making, K2’s debut CD "Book of the Dead" was released in April of 2005 to worldwide acclaim
,and heralded as a top 10 release by many critics. Sadly after Shaun Guerin recorded his vocals, he passed away.
His voice was quite unique and he would have wanted K2 to continue. With a new critically acclaimed album and
no vocalist, Ken searched and found Josh Gleason of The Waiting Room. "I contacted Josh to see if he would
like to be the new lead vocalist. I'm very happy he said yes! Also, people kept asking me if K2 were ever
going to tour, so I put together this new line-up to take on the road" Ken said. This included Doug, Ryo and Ken along with an amazing guitarist; Karl Johnson of Atlantis and of course Josh Gleason.
On January 13th 2006, K2 performed their first gig in Hollywood before a packed house. This show was filmed in
widescreen for a fall 08’ DVD release. "There are more shows and albums to follow", Ken says. Expect great things in the near future from K2, thanks to their partnership with Umbrello Records.