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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Q&A: Annie Haslam of Renaissance

For ardent fans of the classical prog-rock outfit Renaissance, there's a sense of ownership -- a feeling like they've discovered a personal treasure chest they can go to and open when suffering through a momentary musical recession. And perhaps to the band's first and second generation fans who became hopelessly hooked on their refreshingly hook-free and blissfully executed arrangements, the return of Renaissance to American concert stages in 2009 was nothing short of a miracle.
For ardent fans of the classical prog-rock outfitRenaissance, there's a sense of ownership -- a feeling like they've discovered a personal treasure chest they can go to and open when suffering through a momentary musical recession. And perhaps to the band's first and second generation fans who became hopelessly hooked on their refreshingly hook-free and blissfully executed arrangements, the return of Renaissance to American concert stages in 2009 was nothing short of a miracle.
The band is still running hard with multi-tiered soprano Annie Haslam at the helm, delivering note-perfect stories of "Scheherazade," "Mother Russia," "Ocean Gypsy" and the incendiary "Ashes Are Burning."
And new material from the writing team of Haslam and the late Michael Dunford, like "The Mystic and The Muse," and selections from the band's latest project, "Symphony of Light," remain stylistically familiar, with the added energy of new blood in the form of long-time touring players, Rave Tesar on keyboards; David J. Keyes on bass guitar and vocals; Frank Pagano on drums and vocals; and Tom Brislin on keyboards.
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