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Ian Anderson's Out Of This World Concert

When worldwide fame and notoriety have been achieved, taking your music into outer space is the only place left to go.

On April 12th Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson will be taking part in a duet with US astronaut Colonel Catherine Coleman to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight in 1961.

However, this duet is no ordinary collaboration. Whilst Anderson will be live on stage in Perm, Russia, Coleman will be in orbit in the International Space Station as she contributes to Ian’s truly out of this world concert.

Coleman’s part of the performance will be screened by video link to the audience in Perm from somewhere in the galaxy as part of this gravity defying gig.

The pair will be playing an excerpt from Bouree from Tull's STAND UP album.

Coleman has been practicing her Ian Anderson trade mark of playing the flute whilst standing (or in her case floating) on one leg. For 3 months, Anderson's flute accompanied Cady Coleman and her own flute in orbit allowing her to perfect her Anderson stance ahead of the duet

Dawn Of The Gecko Release Debut EP, "Raised In The Gecko"

Phil Jourdan of the musical duo Dawn Of the Gecko announced today that their debut album “Raised in the Gecko,” has been released and is currently available for purchase on iTunes and other online retailers. The five track EP features a delightful assortment of cabaret-electronic rock songs mixed with comical lyrics and beats that don’t disappoint.

Describing their genre, Jourdan said, “If it’s melodramatic, campy and upbeat, you’re halfway there. If you incorporate a look of theatrical nonsense into the music and you tell a story, you’re even closer. But I’d say the main thing is to be faithful to the spirit of cabaret, with its grotesqueness and its creepy vibe.” Jourdan, along with partner Sam Folkes, is creating music that serves the dual purpose of both sounding great and making you laugh.

Their second EP, “Gecko! Echo! Echo!” is already in the process of being completed, and is expected to be released in late March, 2011. Dawn Of The Gecko currently performs in local bars, but have their sights set on other venues as well.

The pair met in 2010 through a friend, to whom they have since dedicated a song (“Jim’s Girl”), and discovered they both liked to make music. Their friendship was solidified when they became roommates after Folkes decided to move to Leamington. Though they didn’t know it at the time, a musical match made in heaven was about to be born.

Though both were musicians prior to meeting, neither had the passion that they now both have with Dawn Of The Gecko. Jourdan commented, “I’ve been playing guitar and bass since high school, though I never took it very seriously and prefer to sing when possible. We both like to geek around with sounds, though Sam’s been at it far longer than I have. I used to play little one-man comedy gigs — then I stopped for several years. It was only after meeting Sam that I decided to play live again. We play a gig weekly here in Leamington Spa, where we also live.”

Folkes studied Music Composition and Technology at the University of Hertfordshire and has had a lifelong interest in music. He began playing the piano at age fifteen as a result of being such a huge fan of Boogie-Woogie.

While the pair came up with the band’s name in five minutes by randomly choosing words, selecting their sound took a bit longer. “Initially, we simply wanted to make funny cabaret songs, but given Sam’s love for electronic music and my interest in heavy rock, we quickly expanded the sound and different things until we were happy with the “Gecko sound”. That “Gecko sound” consists of Jourdan on guitar, bass, and singing vocals, with Folkes on piano and doing the programming and mixing.

Coming up with the concept of doing Cabaret-electronica music was a somewhat natural evolution of things that the Dawn of the Gecko band members had been doing on their own. “We were mostly interested in doing stupid pantomime-style stuff when we started out. The comedy bit seemed obvious — we both like not to take our music too seriously. The electronica influences (as well as the occasional industrial influences) came later, when we tried to make the songs sound more original, more relevant to our interests. Not all of our songs are meant to be hilarious, but they’re all pretty stupid lyrically, and they incorporate silly little melodies.

“Raised In The Gecko” can be purchased here.

Beat Kaestli & Elizabeth Lohninger @ The Zinc

On January 24th, NYC witnessed its coldest day in six years with high forecasts for the day in low teens. While the city's wiser residents spent their night coddled in sweaters and blankets, a select few decided to brave their way into Greenwich Village and attend Zinc Bar for a night of blood-tempering jazz and booze.

Dark Star Orchestra confirms '10 New Year’s Eve

Closing in on the 1900 show mark, Dark Star Orchestra has confirmed plans to ring in 2011 with a New Year’s Run including Penn’s Peak in Northeast PA December 28, and celebrating New Year’s Eve with a pair of shows December 30, 31 at The Klein in Bridgeport, CT. Tickets go on sale today, September 29, through DSO Fan Club and will go on sale to the public on October 3.  There will also be a limited number of VIP tickets available which include reserved seating, access to a private bar, an exclusive show poster, party favors, and a champagne toast.  More information, NYE tickets and hotel packages are available here.

For the final tour of 2010, Dark Star Orchestra will offer a new twist on their Grateful Dead setlist concept. The ‘City Near You’ Tour features DSO recreating Grateful Dead setlists taken from the town or region where the show is taking place. The tour starts November 26, the day after Thanksgiving, with a pair of shows at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom; where for instance, DSO will recreate a show that originally took place in or near the Bay Area, and so on, throughout the rest of the tour that winds mostly down the West Coast and ends in Denver at the Fillmore December 11.

Additionally, the members of Dark Star Orchestra are thrilled to announce the recording and release of an original song co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter called “Run Mary.”  The upbeat song features combined vocals from Rob Barraco, Lisa Mackey and Rob Eaton.  Available shortly on iTunes, “Run Mary” can be heard streaming online. A free download of “Run Mary” is available when purchasing DSO tickets through its Fan Club Ticketing. As always, DSO continues to play Grateful Dead show recreations and elective setlists as its main focus.

Check out a past Grateful Web webcast of DSO in Boulder, CO

Dark Star Orchestra: www.darkstarorchestra.net

Dark Star Orchestra Ticketing: http://dso.inticketing.com