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3 Jul 2017

Gong Expresso “Decadence” 2017 France Jazz Rock Fusion




Gong Expresso “Decadence”  2017 France Jazz Rock Fusion

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Pierre Moerlen's Gong was a major branch of the massive Gong tree. In the mid '70's drummer Pierre Moerlen separated from Daevid Allen marking an end to the Flying Teapot period and a powerful jazz-rock unit was formed and signed to Virgin Records. Pierre's brother Benoit Moerlen, Hansford Rowe, Francois Causse, Allan Holdsworth were core members. Many major guests joined them both on albums and touring. Mick Taylor, Mike Oldfield, and French violinist Didier Lockwood were key participants. Mike Oldfield occasionally used the PMG rhythm section for touring also calling on members for albums such as Ommadawn, Incantations, Exposed and Platinum. Pierre Moerlen died May 5th, 2005. In concert Gong Expresso mines their huge repertoire and has exceptional guests joining them regularly. 

Hansford Rowe's project HRIII merges with Gong Expresso. Gong alumni Francois Causse, Benoit Moerlen and Hansford Rowe join HRIII guitarist Julien Sandiford for the recording of the new album by Gong Expresso titled Decadence.......................

PM’s Gong was a major branch of the massive Gong tree. In the mid ’70’s drummer Pierre Moerlen separated from Daevid Allen marking an end to the Flying Teapot period and a powerful jazz/rock unit was formed and signed to Virgin Records. Pierre’s brother Benoit Moerlen, Hansford Rowe, Francois Causse, Allan Holdsworth were core members. Many major guests joined them both on albums and touring. Mick Taylor, Mike Oldfield, and French violinist Didier Lockwood were key participants. Mike Oldfield occasionally used the PMG rhythm section for touring also calling on members for albums such as Ommadawn, Incantations, Exposed and Platinum. Pierre Moerlen died May 5th, 2005.In concert Gong Expresso mines their huge repertoire and has exceptional guests joining them regularly. 

The new Gong Expresso album, Decadence, will be produced by the band and Denis Savage..........

Gong Expresso have announced that they’re to release a new album entitled Decadence. 

Bassist Hansford Rowe’s HRIII has merged with drummer and percussionist Francois Causse, guitarist Julien Sandiford and marimba player Benoit Moerlen for the project. 

Rowe says: “Decadence is the title tune on the new Gong Expresso album. Here the word means ‘falling away.’ I hope this tune and all the music on the album somehow addresses this in an unadorned, direct way. 

“When I play with these three musicians, I am convinced there is something special happening. Benoit Moerlen and Francois Causse and I began playing together in early 1977 in Pierre Moerlen’s Gong and our rapport is of the kind only long-term relationships can provide. 

“On the other hand Julien is 25 has been alive less time than I have been playing with the others. Yet our musical relationship feels infinitely long.” 

He adds: “We are recording in two cities – Paris and Montreal. Francois' studio in Paris is a tuned percussion church and Piccolo Studios in Montreal is owned by Denis Savage who is co-producing with the band.” 

Gong Expresso have opened a pre-order campaign for the album via PledgeMusic, where fans can also get hoodies, bass strings, t-shirts and CD bundle packs. In addition, there are signed guitars and the opportunity to visit the Montreal studio for a day to see the recording process in action.............

'Decadence' is the title tune on the new Gong Expresso album. Here the word means 'falling away.' I hope this tune and all the music on the album somehow addresses this in an unadorned, direct way. When I play with these 3 musicians I am convinced there is something special happening. Benoit Moerlen (vibes, marimba) and Francois Causse (drums, perc) and I began playing together in early 1977 in PM's Gong and our rapport is of the kind only long term relationships can provide. On the other hand Julien who is 25 has been alive less time than I have been playing with the others. Yet our musical relationship feels infinitely long. We are recording in two cities, Paris and Montreal. Francois' studio in Paris is a tuned percussion church and Piccolo Studios in Montreal is owned by Denis Savage who is co-producing with the band. He is known for his work with Celine Dion.”.....................

Gong alumni Francois Causse, Benoit Moerlen and Hansford Rowe join HRIII guitarist Julien Sandiford for the recording of the new album by Gong Expresso titled “Decadence.” This near re-iteration of PM Gong is the first such grouping since the passing of influential drummer Pierre Moerlen in 2005. PM Gong was a major branch of the massive Gong tree, which includes artists as varied and diverse as Steve Winwood, Bill Buford (King Crimson, Yes), Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics) and even, in an indirect way, The Police, among innumerable others. Gong, under the leadership of art-rock visionary / neo-shaman Daevid Allen, was as influential and controversial in the European ’60’s and ’70’s counter-culture as Pink Floyd— who was in many respects inspired by Gong— or The Grateful Dead in the U.S.. In the mid 1970’s, Pierre Moerlen separated from Daevid Allen, marking an end to the Flying Teapot period and a powerful jazz/rock unit was formed and signed to Virgin Records. Pierre’s brother Benoit Moerlen, Hansford Rowe, Francois Causse and Allan Holdsworth were core members. Many major guests joined them both on albums and touring, and among these, Mick Taylor, Mike Oldfield and French violinist Didier Lockwood were key participants. Mike Oldfield called on members of PM Gong for classic albums such as “Ommadawn”, “Incantations”, “Exposed” and “Platinum”, and often used the rhythm section for touring in the era in which he was selling out Wembley Stadium, performing instrumental avant grade jazz. The reunion of these original PM Gong members— Benoit Moerlen (vibes, marimba), Hansford Rowe (bass) and Francois Causse (drums)— is truly a cause for celebration among fans of progressive jazz. With the inclusion of Montreal guitar prodigy Julien Sandiford, Gong Expresso is nothing short of a new branch of the legendary Gong tree, and a new record, Decadence, is in production at this time. It is being recorded at Montreal’s Piccolo Studios and Francois Causse’s Paris studio, and co-produced by Denis Savage (Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Isabelle Boulay). Says Hansford Rowe, “ ‘decadence’— the title song— means ‘falling away.’ I hope this song and all the music on the album somehow addresses this in an unadorned, direct way. When I play with these 3 musicians I am convinced there is something special happening. Benoit and Francois and I began playing together in early 1977 in PM Gong and our rapport is of the kind that only long term relationships can provide. On the other hand, Julien— who is 25— has been alive less time than I have been playing with the others… yet our musical relationship feels infinitely long.”....................

Hansford Rowe – bass
Benoit Moerlen – vibes, marimba
Julien Sandiford – guitar
Francois Causse – drums, percussion

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