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Summer 2007

MWE3 Spotlight on UMBRELLO

UMBRELLO - The news in the rock world is that Chris Squire departed The SYN at the end of 2006. The SYN—the psych-pop band formed by Squire and Steve Nardelli in ‘65 and disbanded when Squire formed YES in 1969—staged a brilliant comeback CD, Syndestructible, at the end of 2005.

2007’s seven cut CD, Armistice Day debuts a classic rock title track fueled by catchy hooks and utopian lyrics of world peace. The CD is further fleshed out with live 2006 XM radio versions of tracks from Syndestructible that feature key contributions from YES drumming legend Alan White and guitarist Shane Theriot. The Syndestructible covers are interesting, near unplugged versions with White’s tasteful drumming offset by Theriot’s acoustic guitar and acoustic piano from Gerard Johnson. Armistice Day may signal the end of the 2005 revival with Squire and Nardelli, so here’s wishing them both much success in the future. www.theone.tv

Over in the U.K. the multi-talented singer/songwriter Steve Nardelli has launched his Umbrello Records roster with some mighty impressive CD releases including Dreamer by N.J. based Anton Roolaart. With his vocals very much in the spirit of late period Pink Floyd, Peter Hammill and even label boss Steve Nardelli in The SYN, Roolaart proves to be more than an adept singer songwriter and guitarist. Joined with an excellent band—including drummer Rich Berends of the group Mastermind—Roolaart conjures up a sumptuous palate of symphonic rock textures, heralding the era of when the prog-rock pioneers like Yes, Genesis and Gentle Giant ruled the earth. www.antonroolaart.com

Another intriguing CD on Umbrello comes from guitarist Kurt Michaels. Michaels follows the 2004 release of Inner Worlds with his 2007 CD Outer Worlds. Taken from a series of 2006 live show where Michaels opened for the Umbrello super-group The SYN, the 75+ minute Outer Worlds features Michaels performing his fourth dimensional, dreamlike guitar instrumentals. Although Michaels cites John McLaughlin and Miles Davis as his early influences, Outer Worlds sounds inspired by the otherworldly soundscapes of early Tangerine Dream combined with the atmospheric guitar looping of Robert Fripp. From the cover art down to the up close and personal sound of the CD, there’s an air of authenticity to Michaels’ guitar sound. www.kurtmichaels.com / www.umbrellorecords.com

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26th June 2007

theONE.tv- Has now launched its unique IPtv music experience online

Release Source: theONE.tv

June 26, 2007 - theONE.tv is a new concept in music entertainment with an emphasis on live performances of real music from the world's most iconic venues. Presenting a series of October launch concerts in London, New York & Los Angeles, theONE.tv will feature some of the world's finest musicians. theONE.tv is also working with the UK's leading independent venue operator to broadcast live concerts globally from their venues on IP and mobiles.

Available to anyone with a broadband connection, theONE.tv is a global 24/7 music broadcaster, using the Narrowstep telvOStm commercial TV on IP solution. All of this has been made possible through the association of Steve Nardelli and Arnold Reicher. It is supported by London investment firm Venesis, represented on the board by Adrian Giles.

Steve Nardelli is the singer and songwriter of the band The Syn and the head of Umbrello Records. His musical collaborations have put him on the cutting edge of progressive music. Nardelli said, "theONE.tv will focus around bringing the energy and atmosphere of live music performance to the new broadcast media of IPTV. Amazing concerts will be available to music fans anywhere in the world."

Regarded as a true IPTV pioneer, Arnold Reicher brings 15 years broadcast media experience in both Europe and North America to the project. He has successfully launched international IPTV channels for factual and entertainment markets through his broadcast companies. According to Reicher, "By focusing on live gigs which is the lifeblood of the music industry, we offer viewers a truly unique viewing experience with the added interactive functions that only IPtv can bring. theONE.tv is great news for labels and bands, and music fans around the world."

Adrian Giles is the founder of Venesis Limited, the business venture company that has provided the initial funding to launch theONE.tv. Giles summed up the launch of this unique broadcast business by saying, "The broadcast industry is about to experience a revolution of change with the advancement of commercial IPTV channels. theONE.tv has agreements in place with major music content providers including record labels and live music venues, and is now ready to take the online broadcast market by storm."

Sign up now for free, and start to experience the future of the music industry now.

On the net: theONE.tv


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23rd May 2007

Kurt Michaels to be featured at DeliciousAgony.com

On Wednesday May 23rd at 8 pm EST on Delicious Agony Progressive Rock Radio, Don Cassidy (host of the popular Yes themed South Side of the Sky show) will be airing an interview with Kurt Michaels. Don will be playing tracks from Michaels' new CD, "Outer Worlds" as well. The chat room there is usually a lot of fun and Michaels intends to hang out there on Wednesday. Delicious Agony can be accessed at www.deliciousagony.com and offers all kinds of ways to get the stream.

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4th May 2007

Outer Worlds - Live CD From Kurt Michaels Released on Umbrello Records

Outer Worlds CD cover "[Music] is a force of nature - and if you are a musician, you are compelled to serve it." This concept is the one behind guitarist Kurt Michaels' "music by accident" philosophy. That sort of approach is certainly best captured in the live performance, so it is fitting that Michaels' Outer Worlds (his Umbrello Records debut) is a live disc.

Discovering music during his childhood, the die was cast fpr Michaels to become a musician when the Beatles came to the United States. After thirty-five years in the business he can boast sharing the stage with the likes of Wolfman Jack, Badfinger, Bobby Vinton, the Marvelettes, and the Chiffons. In 2004 all his experiences culminated in the independent release of Inner Worlds, Part One. That disc, described as "Olias of Sunhillow meets The Prisoner," earned rave reviews and got him names as U-Magazine's 2004 Ambient Artist of the Year.

Outer Worlds is compiled from archives of shows performed between 2004 and 2006. The live nature in itself makes it a change from its predecessor. It serves both as a new way of looking at Michaels' musical vision and a continuation of the foundations that the debut established.

Michaels explained the process of creating the live music this way, "It took me a year to figure out how to approach a live performance in the spirit of Inner Worlds. Since I didn't have the desire to recreate art I'd already done, I decided to take the opposite approach, and use live performances as an opportunity to let people experience me creating new music. In other words, the shows are completely improvised--something very common amongst ambient/electronic musicians."

He continued by saying that, "rather than simply interact with myself [Inner Worlds was purely solo], I usually involve one other musician (a keyboardist), mostly Jim Gully, (although performances by John Melnick and Michael Cosentino are also featured on Outer Worlds). These excursions are not for everyone, but for me it was the most natural way to approach a live performance in the spirit of Inner Worlds. A lot of the music I immersed myself in while growing up, emphasized improvisation, particularly in live settings (Hendrix, Cream, Mahavishnu, Chick Corea, Miles Davis etc), so really this was a trip down a road I was already quite familiar with."

Outer Worlds was released globally on April 24th. Live audiences have gotten to experience Michaels' "fourth dimensional" playing first hand. Now the rest of the world can, too.

Websites – www.kurtmichaels.com, www.sonicbids.com, www.myspace.com/kurtmichaels1


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4th May 2007

Dreamer –Debut CD from Anton Roolaart Released on Umbrello Records

Dreamer is the debut disc from progressive rocker Anton Roolaart. The CD was released on April 24th worldwide on Umbrello Records.

Dreamer CD cover Anton Roolaart was born in the Netherlands, but moved with his family to the United States as a child. He discovered an interest in music at a young age and has been honing his art ever since. With his musical inspiration firmly rooted in such 1970’s acts as Yes, Genesis, The Beatles and Pink Floyd, his music certainly appeals to devotees of that era’s sound. Still, Roolaart’s fresh approach brings a new flavor and immediacy to the venture, which will allow it to resonate with more modern music fans, too.

Dreamer was recorded in Roolaart’s home studio. An accomplished sound engineer, he created a disc that rivals the quality of larger and more established companies. In addition, he wrote, arranged and produced the disc himself. Dreamer is not entirely a one-man show. Roolaart recruited Rave Tesar (Renaissance, Annie Haslam) on keyboards, Rich Berends (Mastermind) and Charles Descarfino on drums, as well as Vinnie Puryear on bass to help him complete the musical picture.

The end result is a disc composed of eight separate musical compositions. Each has its own flavor and style, but the entire disc reflects Roolaart’s talent and influences. The sounds of Yes and Pink Floyd, as alluded to here, will certainly make this album appeal to fans of that genre, but Roolaart’s fresh take is well-suited to recruit a whole group of newer music fans, as well.

The CD may be composed of Roolaart’s "dreams," but everyone can take part in this journey.

Websites – www.antonroolaart.com, www.myspace.com/antonroolaart


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4th May 2007

The Syn's Armistice Day is Now Available in the United States

Armistice Day CD cover The latest album from The Syn – Armistice Day – is now available in the United States. Released throughout Europe several weeks ago, American fans can get the disc now, too. Led by vocalist Steve Nardelli, the music on this disc was created by him along with bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White (both known for their work in Yes), Gerard Johnson (keyboards) and Shane Theriot (guitar).

Before there was Yes there was The Syn. Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks and bassist Chris Squire were both in this legendary band in the late 1960's. While the group released just two singles in the original incarnation, those tracks ("Created by Clive" and "14 Hour Technicolor Dream") garnered them a good deal of attention. A new manifestation of the Syn came into being in 2005 and have released two CD's (Original Syn 1965-2004 and Syndestructible) and one DVD (Syndestructible Tour 2006) previously.

While Original Syn 1965-2004 was (as the name implies) mostly older material, Syndestructible was a wholly new creation. The critics were quite appreciative. Georgia at metal-temple.com said, "40 years of silence... and the masterpiece is here. Without excess "Syndestructible", released by Umbrello Records, must be one of the most important releases in the latest years... at least to my ears. Cure for the soul." Of their live performance Joshua Turner of Music Street Journal said, "Like a Phoenix rising, The Syn comes out of nowhere and competes at full strength. For hockey fans, this might be debatable, but for progressive rock fans and even those of pro wrestling, this is a matter that's stone cold serious. As if they found the fountain of youth, their reincarnation makes Rip Van Winkle look like a weary old man. While their odometer shows mileage, they play with vehemence and vigor. Yes might have all the accolades, but this obscure band comes alive from the ashes."

So, it is on the heels of such a lustrous return that Armistice Day enters the world. The CD features an amazing mix of studio and live acoustic tracks recorded over the past year and with a central theme of "Peace and Understanding" running throughout. That seems to be a message that is quite timely for the world of the 21st century. That mantra is carried from the haunting opener "Silent Revolution " through to the title track "Armistice Day " and beyond. In fact the next number is a live acoustic version of their classic masterpiece "Cathedral of Love" recorded in January at XM Radio Studios in Washington DC. Don Cassidy of Delicious Agony radio says "Cathedral of Love" is "simply stunning." Armistice Day revives the dream of the Syn with nearly fifty minutes of progressive rock sure to please fans of Yes and the genre in general.

Website – www.synmusic.net


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9th March 2007

theONE.tv– The Only TV Fans of Real Music Truly Need

theONE.tv has launched a new concept in music entertainment. With an emphasis on live performances of real music, theONE.tv has begun broadcasting 24 hours a day using the Narrowstep telvOStm commercial TV on IP solution. This digital milestone is achieved as a cooperative venture between theONE.tv and their technical partner Narrowstep, a cutting edge IP broadcast company. Together these organizations provide a revolutionary global quality music television station. All of this has been made possible through the association of Arnold Reicher and Steve Nardelli and is supported by London investment firm Venesis, represented on the board by Adrian Giles.

Steve Nardelli is the singer and songwriter of the band The Syn and also the head of Umbrello Records. His musical collaborations have put him on the cutting edge of progressive music. This new endeavor brings that same sense of adventure to the new medium of web-based entertainment. Nardelli said, " theONE.tv will focus around bringing the energy and atmosphere of live music performance to the new broadcast media of IPTV. It will include both new and old school bands, but real great live music will be the constant."

Arnold Reicher brings 15 years of experience in broadcast media in both Europe and North America to the project. He is regarded as a true IPTV pioneer. Reicher has successfully launched international IPTV channels for factual and entertainment markets through his broadcast companies. According to Reicher, "By focusing on live gigs which is the lifeblood of the music industry, we are offering viewers a truly unique viewing experience with the added interactive functions that only IPTV can bring such as uploads and the One Chart, the world's first global chart show across all genres. TheONE.tv is great news for labels and bands, as well as music fans around the world."

Giles summed up the whole concept when he said, "The broadcast industry is about to experience a revolution of change with the advancement of commercial IPTV channels. theONE.tv will lead the way forward in this unique and exciting broadcast media. It's real music for real music fans."




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