At the Royal Albert Hall. Photo courtesy Anne Burghard.
Yes, you read that right - this summer I will be going into the studio (in Wales) to record a new CD!
In late July, I will be working at Red Kite Studio (www.redkitestudio.co.uk) in Wales with Martin Levan, a Grammy award-winning engineer/producer. Among his achievements, Martin worked on albums from Iron Maiden to Ralph McTell, did sound design and original recordings for numerous Andrew Lloyd Webber productions, and invented the A/B system used in most contemporary musical theater productions. It is an honor to be working with Martin and my thanks go out to our mutual friends, Phil and Jean Wilson, who connected us.
Above: Martin Levan
The album will feature many of the musicians who performed on Al Stewart's "Year of the Cat" album, including Tim Renwick, Mark Griffiths, Stuart Elliott, Peter White and Al Stewart himself. The project will also feature Graham Smith and Dave Ellis (who both appeared on Al's 'Modern Times") and Boo Howard, Dave Ellis's duo partner. The chance to record with the "Year of the Cat" reunion band is a longtime dream of mine that started to come into fruition in 2013 when I appeared onstage at the Royal Albert Hall with many of these musicians. This past spring (2015), I once again had the good fortune to appear onstage with these wonderful players, at two separate RAH engagements (read below).
Projected release date for the album, tentatively titled "Spinoza's Dream" is early 2016. This "dream come true" would never be possible without incredibly generous financial support from a small number of friends and fans. Heart-felt thanks to all who have helped so far and who believe in me and this project!