aPAST NEWS FROM 2003-2006
WILL MOOG IT UP AT THE MESSE!!!
Once again Adam will be going to Frankfurt, Germany to perform at the
Moog booth at the Frankfurt Musik Messe, the enormous international
music expo. Like last year, Adam will be demoing all the latest Moog
gear, playing at the booth throughout the day, from April 1st through
April 4th. Adam will be joined by master guitarist and long-time friend
Andre Cholmondeley (the leader of Project Object) who will be playing
the new AMAZING Moog guitar. If any of you are in Germany please swing
by the booth and say "Hello!" Also, more Moog-related news,
there is a picture of (and a quote from) Adam in the latest Moog catalog! Pretty cool!
AND AUSTRIA DIG BRAVE NEW WORLD!!
Well folks, Brave New World returns once again triumphantly from another trail-blazing European
tour, including a historical gig at Joe Zawinul's Birdland in Vienna
and a successful fact-finding mission in Dresden! We did a special Brave
New World Workshop at the music school in Hannover, where we revealed some of
our trade secrets to a closed audience of musician's only (goverment
officials and the press were not allowed). We also performed at a club
in Hannover with Lorenz Hargassner on sax, covering for Aaron on that
gig and doing a great job. (Aaron caught up with us in Vienna; he's
a busy guy).
BNW in Vienna: Adam, Abe, Freddy,
Aaron & Mitch
In addition to working in some new material we also did a burning cover
of Jeff Beck's "Scatterbrain." We played some great gigs in
Nurnberg, Regensburg, Erfurt and Passau, but the tour got cut short
due to a flaky promoter in Dresden. In any event, we had fun killing
the last day hanging out at our road manager Alex Platz's house, playing
around with PhotoBooth on Abe's laptop and watching "Salad Fingers"
We are pleased to announce our new drummer, Abe Fogle. Abe has played
with many great artists, including Rob Thomas (from Matchbox 20), Alex
Bugnon, Najee and a bunch of others. I first played with Abe a long
time ago on a European tour with saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Abe is a
great combination of groove and chops, and he's a very creative drummer.
He's truly funky, but he also digs prog-rock. That makes him the perfect
drummer for me!
"ALIVE" GOES ONLINE!!
out these killer jams from our recent gig at Joe Zawinul's Birdland
in Austria! Free downloads! Click on a riff, Turn up the Volume, Chug
some coffee and Blow out your Optical Vortex.
Orange Lady is a Joe Zawinul song from the late 60's that Aaron and I performed
as a dedication to him at his club, Birdland.
Wax/the Grim Reaper is our 1-2 punch opening we played to
begin the 2nd set.
6th - BRAVE NEW WORLD SET TO PERFORM SPECIAL MILES TRIBUTE AT THE NEW
SCHOOL, with Special Guest VERNON REID!!
New World will
be performing a special program of music from the Electric Era of Miles
Davis. The show will include material from "Live=Evil," "Jack
Johnson," "Get Up With It," "Tutu" and more.
Joining us (in addition to our regular line-up of Aaron Heick, Freddy
Cash, Mitch Stein and Abe Fogle) will be the innovative Vernon
Reid (from Living Colour) on guitar, which will add a whole
'nother Dimension to the proceedings. Also joining us will be New School
alum Ofer Assaf on tenor sax -he's a real burner!
Miles and Adam in 1987
WITH MOOG AT FRANKFURT MUSIKMESSE
here to visit Frankfurt Musikmesse
been asked by Moog Music to perform and demonstrate Moog Products at
this years Frankfurt Musikmesse in Germany, from March 12 -15. The Musikmesse
is like the European equivalent of the NAMM show, except it's considered
to be a little more cutting edge and experimental. Adam will be playing
the Voyager (of course!), the Little Phatty, some of the Mooger Fooger
effects boxes, and the ALL NEW "Old School" Voyager. The "Old
School" is a PURELY analog instrument, not a digital bone in it's
body. No digital memory, no nothing. Just a bunch of wood, metal and
wires. A real Warrior Synth! Yeah! Adam is very excited and honored
to be involved with Moog and to be demonstrating such hip stuff.
Listen to Mighty Moog (MP3)
This entire track is comprised of sounds generated by the Minimoog Voyager
only, with the exception of the percussion part. Adam created this little
ditty as a fun exercise, and Moog put it up on their MySpace page.
EP IN THE WORKS!!
New World is planning to go into the studio very soon to record some
smoldering new tracks for an exciting new EP which will be powerful,
hard hitting, groovin, slammin and jammin! We are going to record at
Avatar Studios, one of the best studios in the world and the recording
locale of previous BNW classics, such as "Manifesto." We have
a group of investors that are helping us out. Sort of like "Cleaver"
in the Sopranos. Regarding the EP format: we figured in this age of
iPods and downloads that recording a New Statement Now is more important
than hacking away forever trying to finish a 70 minute CD. New tunes
planned for the recording include Big Cheese, Tuesday, Equation and
more. Look for a late Spring early Summer release!! Quick, somebody
bring me an intake manifold and a bucket of red chicken jello! Hack!
& BRAVE NEW WORLD
PLAYED AT MOOGFEST
IN SEPT. 2007!
band backed up one of Adam's heroes, T Lavitz (keyboardist for the Dregs)!!!
Brave New World and T each did a 'mini-set' and then Adam and T jammed
together for a surprise mini finale! It was great!!
BRAVE NEW WORLD TOURED EUROPE!
October 2006 Tour was a great success!!!
Brave New World finally got back on the road and went to Europe for an AMAZING Fall Tour in October to support the release of "Jazz Rocket Science"!! We were so glad to see all of our friends from Europe at these gigs!! The line-up for the tour was:
Adam Holzman: keyboards and noises
Mitch Stein: guitar
Alex Elena: drums
and special guests
Dave Johnsen on bass (from the Mahavishnu Project)
and Lorenz Hargassner on sax (he toured with us in 2001)
ADAM with the Mahavishnu Project Will Back Up Jan Hammer at MOOGFEST!!!!!!
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your lung fish!! The News of the Universe has arrived: the Mahavishnu Project (which Adam has been playing with since January of this year) will be backing up the Legendary Jan Hammer at MOOGFEST 2006. That's right folks -Adam will be performing with one of the all-time synth greats (and one of his personel Heroes) and he's pretty Psyched Up. Check out the Jan Hammer Tribute at jazz-rock.com.
The plan as of now is for the Mahavishnu Project to perform some classic Mahavishnu and Jan Hammer tunes featuring Adam on keyboards, then Jan will take the stage and the Mahavishnu Project (including Adam on back-up keyboards) will support him. We know it will be Earth Shaking and Life Threatening: Get Ready.
Because of this special concert the Mahavishnu Project will be performing a series of warm-up gigs in and around the Tri-State Area. Please check out the gig listings above for details.
ADAM NOW A MOOG ARTIST
Adam is very excited about recently signing an artist deal with Moog Music. He has just received one of the new, extremely hip Minimoog Voyagers, and he is currently foaming at the mouth over how great it is. (visit moogmusic.com)
Adam will be playing with Greg Bendian's Mahavishnu Project in February and March. The Mahavishnu Project is a collective of excellent NYC-based musicians dedicated to keeping the classic jazz-rock of John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra alive. Alive, I tell you, ALIVE!! This will be a great chance to hear Adam in a unique context, performing classic killer tunes from the Golden Age. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to play this incredible music live. Also, I will be a playing a lot of Minimoog on this gig." All you Moog buffs out there, get ready for some action! Other musicians in the Mahavishnu Project include Rob Thomas on violin, Glenn Alexander on guitar, Dave Johnsen on bass and Greg Bendian on drums.
"Each Wednesday at the Iridium we will be performing a different Mahavishnu album in its entirity." The first gig, on Feb 7th, will feature "Inner Mounting Flame", Feb 15th, will feature "Birds of Fire," and Feb 22nd, will feature "The Trident Sessions." Come down and experience a Jazz-rock Moment of Truth!! I'm getting choked up just thinking about it.
OTHER 2006 PROJECTS
Adam played 2 very cool gigs; a performance at the Blue Note with DJ Logic's 'Project Logic', a great evening of vinyl grooves mixed with live musicians...also, a gig with Amir ziV's DROID, a live drum'n'bass project (which included Tim Lefevbre on bass) that is a cool mix of live grooves and electronica! (and laptops!)
Welcome to my Modern Studio, a jazz-rock laboratory of Swill and Defiance. This place is like a nerve center... if you can squeeze in!
A FEW RANDOM NOTES
Moogfest was a big success! Adam and Big Bang Theory (plus Mitch Stein on guitar) played a killer version of the Billy Cobham classic "Stratus" as Adam's tribute to Jan Hammer. They ended their short set with a blistering version of "The Hot Zone." Adam got a great response from the audience and the Moogfest people. "I look forward to doing it again next year!"
The Cellar Door Sessions, a Miles Davis 6 CD box set produced by Adam Holzman and Bob Belden, is coming out on Sony this September. This recording covers a week of the Miles band at the Washington DC nightclub the Cellar Door in 1970. Adam and Bob remixed the tapes, which also feature Keith Jarrett playing electric keyboards, Michael Henderson on electric bass, Gary Bartz on sax, Jack DeJohnette on drums and Airto on percussion. John McLaughlin performs with the band on the final two disks, which is where the bulk of "Live Evil" comes from.
TANK ON THIS
BIG BANG THEORY
ADAM'S NEW POWER TRIO
Happy New Year, Happy Crispness and Happy Hogwashing Day!! I hope everyone is doing great! I am pleased to announce my newest project: Big Bang Theory, a keyboard-heavy power trio featuring yours truly on electric piano, synths and acoustic piano, Freddy Cash, Jr. on bass and Rocky Bryant on drums.
Big Bang Theory is a loose, experimental playing vehicle that will be easier to keep going in town on a regular basis. That's right, folks!! Big Bang Theory will be playing regularly once a month at the Cutting Room in NYC! We had a Top Secret debut on the night of January 18th, one the COLDEST nights of the past decade. It was 9 degrees outside, but inside we warmed the place up pretty good!
(Note to concerned Brave New World fans: Big Bang Theory will not replace Brave New World. BNW will re-emerge soon, like a pheonix arising from the wreckage, and take over the world. It's all going according to my Master Plan!!!)
What are we doing musically? Well, we're covering a few old chestnuts like "Captain Wax" and "The Hot Zone" (both revamped for trio) just to get things started. We also have some new original tunes and we're doing some songs I've always loved, such as "Ralph's Piano Waltz" by John Abercrombie. Now that we're up and running I'm beginning to write some music specifically for the trio. I'm trying to mix up an organ/piano trio format with some jazz-rock and prog elements and, of course, real sonic weirdness. -Adam
PICKING THROUGH THE WRECKAGE
STEPS AHEAD CONCERT A BIG SUCCESS!
left to right: Adam, Mike Stern, Darryl Jones, Steve Gadd, Michael Brecker, Mike Mainieri. Image © jazzfusion.com
Adam has just returned from Japan playing at the Mt. Fuji Festival with Steps Ahead. It was a special Steps reunion with Michael Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Mike Stern, Darryl Jones, and Steve Gadd, with Adam on synths and piano. Adam says "it was a blast. Playing with those guys was great, and I loved performing classic Steps tunes like 'Pools' and 'Safari'. I hope we can do it again." Check out the JazzFusion site in Japan for some more cool photos...
went to Poland (in late September-early October) for a 10 city tour
as featured artist with former Mona Lisa Overdrive comrade Steve Logan
on bass, Krzysztof on drums and Polish guitarist Marek Napierkowski
on guitar. "I enjoyed the quartet format, and I also had fun in Poland
this time." One of the gigs was a special Miles Davis Festival in Kielce,
where each year they try to present a Miles alum on the bill. "They
even have a statue of Miles in the town square. How cool is that?"
l. to r. Krzysztof, Steve, Adam and Marek in Kielce
"Marek turned out to be a great guitarist. Krzysztof is a very versatile
drummer, playing with everyone from Mike Mainieri to me to Hiram Bullock
just this year alone! Of course, it was great to play with my old Mona
Lisa Overdrive buddy Steve Logan. His bass playing was, as always, excellent,
and his singing sounds especially good these days. We did a cool version
of Robin Trower's "Bridge of Sighs" in the set featuring Steve on vocals." For
more info check out www.walkaway.home.pl
After one week at home Adam was off to France and Italy with the Wallace
Roney Quintet for a real heavy-duty Euro-romp, completely traversing
BOTH of those countries in 9 days. A typical day would consist of 2
planes, 2 trains, a van and a 2-set gig. Then up at 5:30 the next morning
to do it all again. Whew! The band topped off the tour in Paris with
a live radio broadcast on France's Radio One.
will be playing a special Steps Ahead reunion concert at the Mt. Fuji
Festival in Japan on August 29th. The band will feature Michael Brecker,
Mike Mainieri, Mike Stern, Darryl Jones and Steve Gadd. This is the
mid-80's version of Steps Ahead, with the exception of Gadd who only
played on the band's earlier Japanese recordings. Adam was hired by
Brecker and Mainieri to help "fill out the sound", mostly covering synth
parts, etc. Adam is excited to play the classic Steps Ahead tunes, and
is thrilled to be playing with these guys! Keep posted for a full report...
of the inspiration for Adam's new musical direction came from attending
Fest in May, a special tribute concert celebrating the
work of Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer. This special
event, held at B.B. King's in NYC, featured Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson,
Bernie Worrell and many other keyboard giants. "Although I didn't play,
it was an Amazing Evening of Burning Keyboard Playing that has left
me (still) reeling... It was also a great opportunity to meet and hang
with some of my heroes and hear them play in a small venue." Only in
New York City!
Adam will be teaching and playing again this year at the Outreach
Music workshop in Schwaz, Austria, from August 4th to
August 16th. It's a great workshop (like a music 'summer camp'), located
in the Alps, and it's also very affordable (only thing is you have to
fly to Austria). Come for a hang and a jam! Special Plus: this year,
Adam's wife, guitarist Jane Getter, will be leading an instrumental
clinic with drummer Cindy Blackman aimed at women musicians called "Girl
Other Jane Related News:
"See Jane Run", Jane's 2nd CD, has just been released on Astarte records.
The CD also features James Genus on bass, Keith Carlock & Rodney Holmes
on drums, Thulani on vocals and Adam on keyboards. Adam plays some hot
mini-moog solos on a couple tunes! Check out Jane's current feature
on our sister website, www.jazz-rock.com!
this year Adam hopes to complete several projects outside the Brave
New World format. One idea is a Special Power Trio project inspired
by some of the Classic 'Keyboard Wizard' albums of the 70's. Already
in the works is an electronic music collaboration with Abstract Truth's
mastermind (and longtime friend) Dana Vlcek. The project is Extremely
Experimental and is in the spirit of Stockhausen and Brian Eno. The
duo plans to complete a 2 CD masterpiece! Stay tuned for more info
on this sure-fire Chart Topper!!
Adam was recently in the studio working on Wallace
Roney's next project for HighNote records. Wallace
recorded one of Adam's songs, "Secret Identity". Other musicians appearing
on the album include Matt Garrison on bass, Antoine Roney on sax and
Geri Allen on piano. The project was recorded at Sony Music Studios
in New York and will be released very soon. Some US gigs with Wallace
might be coming up in the next few months and a European fall tour
is in the planning stages.
Now for something completely different: Adam and (old friend and filmmaker/percussionist)
John Pritchard have recently launched Jazz-Rock.com,
a website completely devoted to everybody's favorite in-door sport,
Jazz-Rock! Jazz-Rock.com will include interviews with notable Jazz-Rock Cult Heroes, record
reviews and commentaries, a huge selection of Fun Links and other
assorted oddities. The site currently features Bill
Bruford, drummer extraordinaire, and a video interview
is already up on the site. Check it out, and please email
us comments and suggestions.
Remember, we are only in the beginning phase here....So, Make Jazz-Rock.com a regular stop on all your web travels, no matter what you are doing!
Adam just got back from gigs in Greece and Turkey with Wallace Roney.
Now he is off to Poland to do a tour with Polish drummer Krzysztof
Zawadzki. Also in the band is Mitch Stein on guitar and Steve Logan
on bass. On the new Brave New World CD front: some big-wigs are STILL
MULLING IT OVER. We've had a good response from some international
labels, and we will let everyone know what's happening with the new
CD as soon as we know! We will have a more detailed News Update soon!
Thanks for tuning in to the Jazz-Rock Manifesto!!!
"LIVE IN PARIS" CD NOW AVAILABLE!
Wa-lah! Another amazing "Alive" CD has just
been released, documenting Brave New World's triumphant 2-day return
to the Sunset Club in Paris. "Across
the Asteroid Belt: Live in Paris 2002" was recorded
on our most recent European tour, and features current Brave New World
line-up Adam Holzman on keyboards, Aaron Heick on sax, Freddy Cash
Jr. on bass, Alan Burroughs on guitar and Alex Elena on drums. SPECIAL
PLUS: This CD contains live versions of 4 new Brave New World songs!!
Yes-sir-ree-bob! In addition to this 'sneak peek' at the next Brave
New World studio album, "Across the Asteroid Belt: Live in Paris
2002" also includes some new jams and other surprises! Un bon
In keeping with the "Alive" series low pricing, "Across
the Asteroid Belt: Live in Paris 2002" is only $16.00, including
shipping in the U.S.!! The best deal in jazz/rock!! (see left column
for all albums in the "ALIVE
NEW BRAVE NEW WORLD STUDIO CD FINALLY FINISHED
That's right folks, we just finished mixing! Hoola-hoop! In a bold
move, Brave New World went back into the studio (this time Manhattan
Center) at the end of May and recorded three hot new tracks! The new
material captures the intensity of Brave New World at full power.
The new songs, in addition to the seven tracks recorded at Sony, will
complete the next Brave New World CD. It will be a bold statement!!
Of course, the hard part now is getting the record released properly.
As you read this, several high-falutin' record executives are listening
to some of the new tracks, mulling over Brave New World's infinite
possibilites... We hope to have the record out before the end of the
year. In the meantime, please check out "REBELLION",
our homegrown studio improv album which is still available from this
website and our new "ALIVE
SERIES" of live CDs.
ALBUM TITLE POLL
Adam is considering calling the next Brave New World album "Science
Fiction". Yes, it is a little obvious, but no one has used that
phrase as a title in the jazz-rock realm (except for Ornette Coleman
a while back, and it wasn't quite the same thing). However, do YOU
have any great suggestions for the title of the next Brave New World
CD? Email Adam with your brilliant ideas! (...Imagine the personal THRILL of
knowing you came up with the title for the next Brave New World album!!!!)
NEWS and the "jazz-rock
*In August, Adam went to Schwaz, Austria to teach at the Outreach
music workshop in the Alps, headed up by trumpeter/composer Franz
Hackl. Check it out at www.outreach-schwaz.at/outreach.php
*Adam was featured in the recent (winter 2003) issue of Korg's magazine
Proview, discussing the amazing Korg Karma. Check it out! (This issue
also has a Peter Gabriel interview).
*Adam played at the Metropolitan Cafe with Joe Caro & Friends
in April, a great blues-jazz-rock band featuring Joe Caro on guitar
and vocals, Bob Malach on sax, Anton Fig on drums and Tim Lefevbre
on bass. Adam has been doing this gig off and on for the past few
years and it is a lot of fun.
*Adam performed with his wife, guitarist Jane Getter and her band
(which will feature drummer Rodney Holmes and bassist Tim Lefevre)
last October 22nd at the Metropolitan Cafe, @ First Avenue and 53rd
street, NYC. The Jane Getter Band is a killer mix of jazz and heavy
rock, with some vocal tunes. It will be a fun gig!
*Last August Adam spent two weeks teaching at a jazz workshop in the
Austrian Alps, at the Outreach program run by Franz Hackl. The workshops
turned out great, and Adam also performed at several concerts with
fellow instructors Mino Cinelu, Gene Jackson, Andy McKee, Dave Stryker,
John Clark and others.
*Adam criss-crossed the globe in June 2002 with trumpet star Wallace
Roney, with performances in Porto, Portugal (May 25), Ocho Rios, Jamaica
(June 15) and Philly (June 20 @ the Zanzibar club). The band also
featured legendary musicians Gary Bartz (sax), Buster Williams (bass)
and Lenny White (drums). A new recording project with Wallace is supposed
to begin soon (when he gets off the road with Herbie Hancock!)...
*Adam performed a successful solo piano concert (!) in May 2002 at
the Museum Of Contemporary Art in San Diego, as part of their "Artists
On The Cutting Edge" series.
* Earlier in 2002 Adam recorded some songs with former Genesis members
Ray Wilson (singer) and Nir Z. (drummer) for Ray's upcoming solo album
"Change" to be released in January 2003. Some gigs in Europe and the
U.K. have been discussed (sometime in 2003), with the band to perform
Ray's material and, possibly some 'unplugged' versions of classic
Genesis songs. For more info, check out: www.raywilson.co.uk/backstage/stageleft.htm
For some true musical, counter-terror insight, check out Adam's "jazz-rock
manifesto" page and visit his "custom comic"
site at bigfuncomics.com ...also, don't forget to take a look and give us some
feedback on the new jazz-rock.com site.
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