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    Drummer Mark Murdock Releases New Solo Album Feat. Ron Howden of Nektar

    Drummer Mark Murdock Releases New Solo Album “The Phoenix Has Risen” Feat. Ron Howden of Nektar and Fernando Perdomo

    “Sounds strong!” - Steve Hackett

    “The Phoenix Has Risen” represents the work of drummer/songwriter Mark Murdock whose previous works included Cymbalic Encounters (With Brand X musicians) and Empire (Peter Banks of YES) and most recently The New Empire “Second Lifetime” release on Forward Motion Records. Mark was also a guest on the YES 50th Anniversary tribute album by Dave Kerzner and Fernando Perdomo

    “The Phoenix Has Risen” was composed and produced by Mark during the lockdown of 2020. Mark sites the Phoenix in the title as a symbol of hope in these pandemic times. Mark just happens to be from Phoenix, Arizona but now resides in Tokyo. The music leans more to the Prog side with hints of rock and pop embellished in it.

    The 12 song CD features guest artists, not only including guitarist Fernando Perdomo, but veteran Prog drummer Ronald Howden of Nektar who guests on two songs, and bassist Alan Thomson, who played with John Martyn and currently the Martin Barres Band, U.K. vocalist Tim Pepper and Joe Berger lead guitar and more.

    Mark not only composed all music and lyrics but all the keyboard tracks including orchestral sections.

    Watch the promotional video: https://youtu.be/Xxb5uGJCxtc

    Mixed and Mastered by Mark Murdock and Joe Berger BEAM Audio NYC
    Artwork by Synergy/Leon Alvarado

    Currently available on all digital platforms. Physical release through Disk Union Japan. For International orders

    Track list:
    The Phoenix Has Risen
    Reoccurring Dreams
    Heal My Wounded Soul
    Compromised
    Exit Door
    The Starfish and the Four Phases of the Moon
    When Thoughts Collide
    Silence on Empty Streets
    All Fools Fade Away
    The Unknown Man
    Set Your Heart On Fire
    In The Future Of

    Musicians:
    Mark Murdock- drums, synthesizer, piano, orchestra horns, percussion and backing vocals
    Tim Pepper- lead vocal *Courtesy of TheId
    Daniel Kubota- guitar
    Kenta Shimokuni-bass
    Katsumi Yoneda- guitar on songs 2, 3 & 12 *Courtesy of French TV
    Joe Berger- lead guitar on song 1
    Preston Murdock- lead guitar on songs 4 & 7
    David Rambeau- guitar on song 7 & acoustic guitar on song 8
    Tatsuo Inoue-rhythm guitar on song 6
    Rodolfo Falora- bass on songs 1, 6 & 9

    Featured Artists:
    Ronald Howden- drums on songs 2 & double drumming on song 9 *Courtesy of Nektar
    Fernando Perdomo- guitar on songs 4, 6 & 9 *Courtesy of The Out To Sea Band
    Alan Thomson- fretless bass on song 4 *Courtesy of The Martin Barres Band

    All music and lyrics composed by Mark Murdock
    *Song 7 was composed by Cary Bialac and Mark Murdock

    Here’s what’s being said about “The Phoenix Has Risen”:

    “While Mark Murdock may have seemed to venture beyond art-rock pastures he used to explore decades ago, prog remains a vital aspect of this EMPIRE and BRAND X associate, and even though there are collective projects the veteran was involved with lately, his individual style naturally led to a solo album, a record of a particularly personal stripe.” - DMME

    “Symphonic Visual Music!” - Cary Bialac, producer/musician

    “There are themes that could be Prog Soundtracks or Miniseries!” –
    Anonymous musician in Tokyo

    “Prog at its best! Mark Murdock’s new solo work, ‘The Phoenix Has Risen’ is most definitely carrying the innovative torch on this much missed genre of music” - Anonymous Prog Fan

    Disk Union CD release date 12/23/2020

    To order: https://diskunion.net/progre/ct/deta...JZ9pd73hdZzYyo

    Direct Artist purchase: cymbalicencounters@gmail.com

    For more information:
    https://www.facebook.com/Mark-Murdoc...0418578595331/
    https://www.facebook.com/mark.murdock.92
    https://cymbalicencounters.bandcamp.com

    Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by gopr View Post
    “There are themes that could be Prog Soundtracks or Miniseries!” –
    Anonymous musician in Tokyo

    “Prog at its best! Mark Murdock’s new solo work, ‘The Phoenix Has Risen’ is most definitely carrying the innovative torch on this much missed genre of music” - Anonymous Prog Fan

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    I agree with Steve Hackett, this is strong, and as not always the case in new prog music, the vocals are also quite nice.

    I think this needs a bit of tweaking as far as providing links to downloads or physical media.
    I clicked on the cd page and unless I brush up on my Japanese, it all looks greek to me. lol
    Seriously, trying to track down on a link to see price or download is horrible.
    You have to email the artist directly?
    Bandcamp page shows nothing that I could find, except a Mark Murdock album from NYC.

    ok, if you're interested, his Facebook page asks to email him directly, $20 includes shipping...I'm exhausted! lol
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