FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 30, 2012 – Steve Brockmann (“Expected Errors”) and George Andrade (The ANABASIS) to release “AIRS – A ROCK OPERA”, Featuring Guest Appearances by Paul Adrian Villarreal (Sun Caged), Gordon Tittsworth (Images of Eden), Dave Meros and Alan Morse (Spock’s Beard) on Fencesound Music.
Fall River, MA, USA/Bredstedt, Germany - January 30, 2012 (Fencesound Music) – Fencesound Music is thrilled to announce the pending release of the full length, debut rock opera from Steve Brockmann and George Andrade (Brockmann/Andrade) entitled “Airs – A Rock Opera”, on February 29, 2012.
“Airs – A Rock Opera” is packed with 74 minutes of exciting and emotional music that runs the gamut of rock, metal, blues, pop, gospel and even cinematic score in a classic rock opera style and comes with a beautifully designed, 24 page lyric book illustrating an engaging narrative story.
, music composer, arranger and producer, is a multi-instrumentalist who has played an active role in Northern Germany’s music scene since the early 1980s. Amongst others, he has played support gigs for such rock legends as Uriah Heep, Moody Marsden Band, and Hawkwind. Steve currently concentrates his musical work on various projects in his personal studio. Steve’s releases include “Don’t Sing” (2001), “Broskro Skrobro” (2002), “Expected Errors” (2007) and the upcoming “Pools Under Ganymede”.
, story, lyrics and narratives, is the lyricist and Executive Producer for the progressive metal band The ANABASIS (10T Records). He has written adult and children’s fiction, provides critical readings for screenplays, reviews novels for HorrorNews.net
and is a freelance editor. He is listed in the Locus Magazine author index
and has been an artist-in-residence for Very Special Arts Rhode Island. He also wrote, produced and directed the short film “Supports’ which won RI Cable Award for “Best Entertainment/Variety”.
"A theatrical feast for the heart and mind, 'Airs - A Rock Opera' tells her story with simplicity and elegance: on a small circular island in the Atlantic, Owen Doane has rolled through a stop sign and driven a car carrying two tourists – a mother and her 9 year old daughter - from the road to strike a stone wall. The accident caused the girl to suffer injuries that paralyzed her from the waist down, confining her life to a chair and thereby forcing Owen's father, Derrick Doane, to suffer the collapse of his company that had been built upon the Doane family heritage of pulling stone from fields before harvest and building walls after milling grain since they had first settled Manisses Island in 1664. He returns home from prison to mend the walls and fences that he has destroyed and soon learns to speak of wind and air - not stone and mortar - and through the help of those he's injured understands that our hearts are on strings. A powerful, vintage '70s/'80s rock score by Steve Brockmann conveys all of the loss, disillusionment, rekindled hope, reconciliation and ultimate redemption that is Owen's journey and is rich with soaring cinematic passages!"
“Being such a fan of 70s art-rock, particularly Kansas, Styx and Genesis, I was honored and thrilled when George and Steve asked me to participate in the AIRS rock opera,” says Paul Adrian Villarreal. “It was a pure pleasure to work on such a wonderful project and alongside so many other great talents. I can’t wait to hear it in its final form, and for the rest of the world to hear it! Thanks guy and let’s do it again sometime!”
“What can I say – it’s an amazing piece of art and contains one of my favorite songs that I’ve heard in quite some time,” says Gordon Tittsworth. “”Kites” always takes me to a better place no matter how many times I hear it.”
“... The songs (“Annabelle” and “Flight II”) are both really great. I still have “Annabelle” circulating in my head. Every once in a while I'll find myself humming that one,” says Dave Meros. “I don't know if you've heard the term, but when something enters your ears and stays there for a long period of time and you can't stop thinking about it whether you like it or not, it's called an "ear worm". Annabelle is one of my current ear worms.”
“The album’s 18 tracks explore a host of themes and elements, twisting and turning moods with the whim of the emotive lyrics, awakening the script from just words on a page to the heightened sense of emotion of which they deserve,” says Andy Webb of Prog Archives. “The continuity of melodies, the truly “human” concept, the mature and accessible compositions, and the fantastic production quality make this album shine, showing the great creative prowess of the minds of George Andrade and Steve Brockmann.”
“Airs – A Rock Opera” by Brockmann/Andrade is available for immediate pre-order through the official “AIRS” website or at Fencesound Music.
All orders received by February 19 will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to receive one of fifteen 8.5x11 signed glossy prints of the AIRS logo and kite detail from the album cover design of Matt Willett and will be shipped in time to be received as close to the release date as possible. Also available at your favorite online, digital download, or retail outlet on 2/29/12.
Teaser trailers from “Airs – A Rock Opera” are now available to preview on the Fencesound Music YouTube Channel. Additional trailers and the release of a single “Annabelle” are soon to follow. Further promotional support provided by month long radio campaign culminating with World Premiere Event on AiiRadio, February 28, 2012.
Updated information available on the Official Facebook Page
. Contact information: Steve Brockmann
/ George Andrade