Legendary Progressive Rock Keyboards player Rick Wakeman published the track “The Dinner Party” and an extract from the upcoming album “A Gallery of the Imagination” due out on on February 24, 2023 via Madfish Music.
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The initial idea for “A Gallery of the Imagination” stems from Rick‘ first piano teacher – Mrs . Symes, with whom he studied from the age five until his time at the Royal College of Music. She taught him that music was like painting pictures: when you play, you are painting pictures through music, a lesson that Rick never forgot.
Rick had written a vast array of new music recently, all of different styles and remembering the advice of his beloved teacher, he decided to present the tracks for the new album as if they were pictures in a gallery.
Says Rick: “One of my great loves is going to museums and art galleries and seeing all the different types of art – so I thought, why not a music gallery… the Gallery of the Imagination. People can paint their own pictures to the different types of music that are on the album. It is very diverse and for me it works very well because the title holds it all together.”
One of the plans Rick wants to pursue in support of the album release is to hold launches in art galleries in various cities and to ask people to paint pictures or create sculptures to the music which, in turn, will be displayed during the shows. “It is a very tactile album” Rick explains. “I’d like to feel that people can actually touch the music.”
“A Gallery Of The Imagination” features 8 songs – 4 instrumentals, 2 piano solos and four songs with vocals. The line-up, as with Rick‘s previous album “The Red Planet,” features The English Rock Ensemble: bassist Lee Pomeroy and guitarist Dave Colquhoun, with drummer Ash Soan and on vocals Hayley Sanderson. The album was recorded in five different studios.
Pre-order the double album in various formats here: https://www.rickwakemansmusicemporium.com/music
01 Hidden Depths
02 The Man In The Moon
03 A Mirage in the Clouds
04 The Creek
05 My Moonlight Dream
06 Only When I Cry
07 Cuban Carnival
08 Just A Memory
09 The Dinner Party
10 A Day Spent On The Pier
11 The Visitation
12 The Eyes of a Child
Rick Wakeman (Yes, ABWH, The Strawbs) / Keyboards
Dave Colquhoun (DBA) / Guitars
Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Archive, Headspace) / Bass
Ash Soan (Producers, DBA) / Drums
Hayley Sanderson / Vocals
Keyboard engineering: Erik Jordan
Mixing & editing: Erik Jordan at The Nursery
Additional mixing: Toby Wood
Mastering: Simon Heyworth at Super Audio Mastering
Producers: Rick Wakeman & Erik Jordan
Executive Producer: Rob Ayling