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Fragments Of Light

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Spanish instrumental project KOTEBEL aims at developing elaborate music with complex harmonic, as well as quite pleasant melodic and rhythmic structures. These elements are created by using resources which come from the worlds of Progressive rock and classical music. As the title of its first album "Structures" implies, the group lays down its framework for future masterpieces. Seven independent pieces explore different styles within the Progressive rock genre, based on the extensive use of keyboards and flute. It can be placed amongst PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI, Tony BANKS, THE ENID or early GENESIS, while keeping a sense of freshness and originality that places the band at the forefront of the actual scene. "Mysticae Visiones" (2001) is a concept album based on the musical representation of a series of metaphysical concepts, including birth and death. The first eponymous piece (35 minutes) is a suite that integrates different Progressive rock styles with elements from classical music (Impressionist period) and other genres. The second piece, "The River" (15 minutes), based on a fragment from the novel "Siddhartha" (Hermann HESSE), blends oriental resources with symphonic rock. With its female vocals, its jazz-rock parts and its flute ala Airto MOREIRA, many sequences of this opus could have been played by Chick COREA in the Seventies. Blessed by a huge musical knowledge, keyboards player Carlos PLAZA keep on creating unusual melodies and harmonies. His ambitious and majestic symphonic rock expands the boundaries of contemporary music, with a strong and obvious spiritual inspiration. After an excellent "Fragments Of Light" (2003), the new album "Omphalos" (2006) includes a 30 minute-suite, based on neo-classic soprano vocals, bombastic keyboards, airy flute parts, and eclectic guitar playing - in a vein somewhere between Steve HOWE, Allan HOLDSWORTH and Steve HACKETT. Classical music, jazz and Progressive rock are incredibly melt in this modern symphony. Undoubtely
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Musea
  • ASIN: B000MQCB22
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,764,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I do not give 5 stars easily, but this one is truly exemplary. Mostly written by the Spanish keyboard player Carlos Plaza, the music has moments of White Willow's female vocals with lush symphonic keys, along with long composed passages of many instruments.

There is no ad libbing or noodling around, but a constant flow of interesting ideas. Guitar and flute take the melodies briefly, always returning to the two players on keys.

Other influences would be Kate Bush's dramatic overdubbed vocals and the odd chords perfected by bands such as Isildur's Bane or Anglagard, only in a happier mood like After Crying.

Includes 12 songs with a full band and a solo piano piece. Both works have the range of ideas which push the boundaries of symphonic progressive rock without being annoying or boring. Highly recommended.
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