It was the worst kept secret in prog, but Relocator are now officially announced for the upcoming Generation Prog Festival 2011! The event will take place in Nürnberg on September 23 and 24 and will feature such amazing international guests as Haken, Exivious and To-Mera plus our local heroes Theory of Elements (check them out if you haven’t yet!) and three more bands yet to be announced. Hope to see you there!
One year after the release of their internationally celebrated debut album, Relocator are finally ready to hit the stage. For their headlining performance at the first “Generation Prog live” event in Erlangen, the fusion proggers have assembled an international sextet lineup. The core group featured on the studio album stays intact: Project founders Stefan Artwin (guitar) and Michael Schetter (born Pruchnicki, bass) with Bartek Strycharski (electric violin) plus Frank Tinge from the Netherlands (drums). Joining them is another Dutchman, multi-instrumentalist Meinte Boersma (guitar, percussion), enabling the live band to do the dense arrangements of the album justice.
Newcomer Sergej Schamber takes the place of CD guest star Derek Sherinian
The addition of Sergej Schamber (Ocean Spout) to the live band finally answers an often posed question: “How are they going to play this stuff live without Derek Sherinian?”. The former Dream Theater keyboardist had recorded all the keyboard tracks for the Relocator debut as a special guest star, enabling the project members to wrap up the recording of the album without adding a full-time keyboardist. “Sherinian’s ivory work across Relocator provides a mass of musical might”, wrote Ytsejam.com reviewer Tommy Hash. After the release of the album, Relocator finally found the perfect keyboardist to join them for live gigs. Sergej Schamber’s ability to tackle the complex Relocator material and Derek Sherinian’s stylish, virtuosic lead work is demonstrated in this video:
“Generation Prog live”: An evening of prog on an international level in Erlangen
The first concert in the “Generation Prog” series will feature Relocator alongside ProgRock Records artist Dante and newcomers Effloresce, who will be previewing material from the upcoming full-length followup to their 2009 debut EP Shades of Fate. This mini-festival will take place at the Omega in Erlangen, Germany, on February 11, 2011. To learn more about the performing artists or to pre-order tickets please visit the official Generation Prog website (German only): www.generation-prog.com
Great news: Our album has been nominated in the “Best debut record” category of the international Progawards! Thanks to Olav Martin Bjørnsen from (among others) www.progressor.net, Alfredo Tapia-Carreto from www.manticornio.com and all others involved for this honor!
The new issue of Classic Rock Presents Prog is out now in the UK and should be hitting US stores in a few weeks. Not only does it include an extensive special about Mike Portnoy’s departure from Dream Theater which we’re sure many of you will be interested in, there’s also a full-page feature on Relocator – woohoo! Many thanks to Jerry Ewing, Raziq Rauf and the Prog team!
So make sure to pick up a copy – this is the issue to watch out for:
Bill Knispel, who runs the excellent Bill’s Prog Blog site, conducted an extensive interview with our bassist Michael recently. Lots of cool Relocator trivia and detailed information on how the album came together in there, so check it out!