Tony Lowe – Prog – 2018 News
The new collaboration between Tony Lowe (guitarist/composer/producer) vocalist Peter Coyle (ex-Lotus Eaters) and Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) on drums.
Peter Coyle, who was recently described as ‘one of the most under-rated singer/songwriters in the UK’ has now joined forces with renowned composer/producer Tony Lowe and ace session drummer Mark Brzezicki to release ’22 LAYERS OF SUNLIGHT’ on 20th April 2018.
“making music is the deepest part of our lives…it takes just over a second for the light from the moon to reach us…it takes a lifetime to share the wonder of that with others…and that is what we feel we have done with ’22 LAYERS OF SUNLIGHT‘” – Peter Coyle
ESP 2.0 feat: Peter Coyle : Tony Lowe : Mark Brzezicki playing the stunning new album ’22 LAYERS OF SUNLIGHT’ (release April/18) and music from the top reviewed 2016 prog rock album ‘Invisible Din’ with Richard Smith on keyboards, Pete Clark on bass & Special Guests Mikey Cuthbert and John Young (Lifesigns) at selected venues.*
ESP 2.0 – 22 LAYERS OF SUNLIGHT – The unique combination of Peter Coyle (formed The Lotus Eaters in 1982 – best known for the international hit ‘The First Picture of You’), Tony Lowe (Composer/Producer/Guitarist) and Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) will perform music from their new prog rock album, ’22 Layers of Sunlight’ (April – 2018) along with songs from ‘Invisible Din’ the 2016 release which earned over 14 top reviews by the music industry.
These deeply evocative and stunningly original songs, merge passionate vocals and intricate soundscapes. Sometimes using complex rhythmic structures, overlaid with modern progressive rock elements and orchestral movements, the music creates an intense, dramatic but ultimately uplifting experience. They will be joined by Richard Smith on keyboards and Pete Clark on bass. With Special Guest John Young (Lifesigns), at select venues.
*The music can be compared to Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, and Peter Gabriel.
DATES – TICKETS – 2018
Friday – 6th of July – Merlin Theatre – Frome, Somerset- ON SALE SOON!
Friday – 20th July – The Queens Head – BOX, Wiltshire – ON SALE SOON!
*With Special Guest – JOHN YOUNG (Lifesigns) at selected venues!
John Young (Lifesigns) – flying solo. John has played with and written for many bands over the years; Asia, The Scorpions, Paul Rodgers, Bonnie Tyler, John Wetton, Greenslade, and Strawbs. More recently he has returned to his progressive roots with Lifesigns who crowdfunded their recent CD Cardington in just 48 hours and got to number 4 in the Indie Chart ‘despite’ no mainstream radio plays. To supplement his work with Lifesigns John is re-visiting the solo show with the impending re-release of his Significance CD. The live set features songs old and new and also visits some areas of both Lifesigns and the John Young Band.
Lowe & Brzezicki’s ESP-‘Invisible Din’ is a collaboration with musicians from Big Country – Procol Harum, King Crimson, Van der Graaf Generator, GTR, Mike Oldfield, Landmarq, Lifesigns & more.
Released on 11th November 2016, ‘Invisible Din’ is written and produced by Tony Lowe who recently co-produced the ‘Starless Starlight‘ album by David Cross & Robert Fripp and can be compared to Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, Roger Waters, The Alan Parson’s Project & Brand X.
The new band, formed by Producer/Guitarist Tony Lowe and Drummer Mark Brzezicki, showcased their Debut Album ,‘Invisible Din’ on 11th November 2016, including performances from most of the musical contributors. The immensely talented Mickey Simmonds joined the project on keyboards. Mickey has previously worked with Mike Oldfield, Fish, Camel and many others. Launch REVIEWS
Album Launch Video – ‘Almost Seen’
A great night was had by all at The Half Moon, Putney with Simon Townshend and Band in support of Independent Venue Week and the launch of Simon’s label, STIR Records – Tony is very much looking forward to playing guitar with Simon Townshend on the 29th of January. With Mark Brzezicki and Phil Spalding it should be a right good noise and also the same line up as on the ‘Denial’ album. A Four track Limited Edition EP of brand new mixes will also be available on the night. Tickets and information.
This year sees the start of Lowe & Brzezicki’s ESP album project ‘Invisible Din’. Joining them as special guests on the album will be; David Cross, David Jackson, John Young, Steve Gee, Phil Spalding, Alison Fleming, Yumi Hara, Pat Orchard, John Beagley – aiming for a 2016 release.
For latest news – Tony’s UPDATE. Tony Lowe interviewed on CODIGO – CDMX Radio, Mexico. Podcast here. “Platicamos con el músico y productor británico Tony Lowe, ex integrante de la banda Bram Stoker y colaborador de grandes figuras del rock progresivo como David Cross y Robert Fripp.” ‘Starless Starlight’ by David Cross and Robert Fripp, produced by Tony Lowe and David Cross, was released on May 4th 2015. “As a result, this extraordinary collaboration between Fripp and KC alumnus David Cross serves as a gorgeous salute to the most emotionally potent refrain in the band’s history.”
Read more in PROG (Issue 56 June 2015). David Cross interviewed in Classic Rock describing the creation of Starless Starlight; “Then I spent so long in developing these that they only really came into focus when Tony Lowe came into the project as a co-producer to help bring it all together. You can get so locked into music that you can’t see the wood for the trees. Thankfully, Tony saved me from myself. What I was aiming for was music that was warm yet dark. Something that drew you in, yet also had a certain distance. I think that’s what you hear.” Continued. “Nocturne and back again: CRIMSO classic makes a stellar return.” – Let It Rock “But whatever it’s all about, this is unquestionably one of the most beautiful violin albums I’ve ever come across, and one of the best albums so far this year.” Read more of this excellent review of ‘Starless Starlight’. Andrew Keeling reviews the album along with a musical analysis here; Sid Smith’s take on the album. ‘Starless Night‘ the album launch gig – Review Here – here is a shot of Tony Lowe, David Cross and David Jackson in rehearsals. Yumi Hara, off camera.
Find out more about ‘Starless Starlight’, Creativity, and King Crimson in this Interview with David Cross.
View the promo video here. “A beautiful and unexpected collision of Violins and Soundscapes.” Purchase at Burning Shed. View the brand new half hour documentary featuring David Cross, Tony Lowe, ex-Van Der Graff Generator’s David Jackson and Yumi Hara as they prepared for last week’s Starless Starlight album launch party.
Tony Lowe accompanied Chris Gray in his Live Session on the Robert Elms Show on April 1st on BBC Radio London 94.9. Playlist. Tony completed producton of Chris Gray’s debut album ‘Diamonds In Your Tree’ for a 6th April, 2015 release. The album, EP and singles are receiving radio play all over the UK, including on BBC Radio 2 – Dermot O’Leary show.
Human Sleeping – Dreams 1 to 8′ – the stunning new album from Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming – out July 1, 2014!
‘The Visitor’, from ‘Human Sleeping – Dreams 1 to 8’.
2014 looks to be another busy year at the Sunn Creative label; three new albums to be released, plus some re-releases of Tony’s earlier works. On 27th January, Bram Stoker’s ‘Cold Reading’ will be released. Produced by Tony, this album has had some amazing reviews so far and looks like it will sell well around the world with many copies being pre-ordered from UK, Germany, Poland, Brazil, North America, Italy, Russia and Japan. February 2014, Tony starts pre-production on an album for sunn creative’s latest signing, Chris Gray, due for release autumn 2014. As Tony says…“ Chris has so many good songs that it was hard to whittle them down but we have 11 absolute gems for the album.” In July 2014, ‘Human Sleeping’, the long awaited new album from Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming will be released. The first since ‘Second Nature’ in 2006. This album is simply delicious and contains eight new songs, including the mysterious 11 minute long ‘Dream Corridor.’ Also this year, Tony is re-working the critically acclaimed ‘All of the Above’ – ‘A rock symphony in colour’ with Alison Fleming. Re mastered and re-packaged. April 2014 also sees the release of Simon Townshend’s new album, Denial, with Tony playing guitar alongside, Simon, Mark Brzezicki and Phil Spalding. And finally, the David Cross (King Crimson) album ‘Starless Starlight’ is coming out on Noisy Records. This is grown from the musical theme featured on ‘Starless’ by King Crimson crafted into eight atmospheric instrumental pieces with some incredibly beautiful violin playing from David. Co-produced by Tony, this album is already gaining a lot of interest around the industry.
Autumn 2013 Update – Tony recently produced a four song EP for singer-songwriter Chris Gray to be released 26th October. Chris is fast gaining a strong following on the gig circuit and we feel he has a very bright future in the industry. Order and Press information at Sunn Creative. Tony has been in the studio working on ‘Human Sleeping’, the new album with Alison Fleming. This will be their first release together since 2008 and promises to be radically different from anything they’ve done before. Release is set for early 2014. Last month saw the promo video release (see below) for the Bram Stoker album ‘Cold Reading’ which Tony produced and played on. There has been quite a buzz going round about this album. Complete tracks are being played currently on various radio and internet radio shows and the CD is available from January 27th, 2014. Pre-orders are being taken now on the Bram Stoker website. Press information available there as well. Tony played two more live shows this year with Simon Townshend. The Who convention at Bush Hall on September 8th and the Looe festival in Cornwall on the 28thSeptember. All in all another incredibly busy year, watch this space and the Facebook pages for updates. News from early 2013