ProgJect: This is the band prog fans have been waiting for!

ProgJect: This is the band prog fans have been waiting for!

27 September 2021

It was March 23rd, 2019. I was waiting in line to get into the venue for the Brand X concert in Pasadena, California when a voice behind me said, “Hey, Ryo!”

There stood Jonathan Mover, drummer extraordinaire, and I knew who he was, but didn’t know him personally.

“I want to talk to you about a band I’m putting together”, he said. What kind of band, I asked? He answered, “A prog cover band!”

Like a Pink Floyd tribute band, I wondered? He said, “Much bigger.”

I’m in. Let’s get together and talk!

I met him down at his facility in L.A. and it blew my mind! It’s HUGE! And beautiful. He runs Drumhead Magazine also. It’s an impressive operation.

But, I still didn’t know that much about him, and what it would be like to play together. I had promised to do my research and upon doing so found out, oh my God, he’s one of the best drummers around! It was an easy decision.

We started rehearsing and were readying ourselves for a tour when the pandemic started.

We kept on rehearsing and arranging and polishing, and it has paid off. We are finally ready to announce our new band.

It’s called ProgJect, and we will be performing in as many cities and states as we can to bring the power of prog to the people!

Stay tuned for further updates, including gig announcements, and exclusive video content.

Spock's Beard UK Tour in March 2022

16 September 2021

Legendary US progressive rockers Spock’s Beard are beyond excited to be announcing UK tour dates for March 2022.

Alan Morse comments:

“We’re just so excited to get back on the road again, we can’t wait to see all our friends we’ve missed so much during this crazy time. We are ready to rock! We’re planning to play some of the Spock’s “classics” we know y’all love to hear, plus some surprises you haven’t heard in a long time - or maybe ever! Come up and say hello! Hope everyone is rested up and ready for a major supernova of prog rock madness, cos we’re bringing it, baby!”

Here’s the complete list of dates:

  • 14/03 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
  • 15/03 - Glasgow, G2
  • 16/03 - Bilston, Robin 2
  • 17/03 - London, 229
  • 18/03 - Great Yarmouth, HRH Prog

Tickets will go on sale on September 17th at 10 a.m. GMT.

Time to Rock in UK!!

Recording for my new solo album has started!

Recording for my new solo album has started!

29 August 2021

Folks, I have a wonderful announcement!

We recently recorded two drum tracks at Sweetwater Studios with my friend Nick D’Virgilio for my upcoming 5th solo album. “Mirror Mirror” is the first song on the album, and “The Myth of the Mostrophus” (the title track), a 22-minute epic closes out the record.

Nick recorded both songs in 4 hours. It was incredible! Nick is such a great drummer. I have had killer drummers before — on my second album it was legend Jeff Porcaro and on my last album was the incomparable Simon Phillips. Two of the best drummers in the world…but I have to say Nick always was and always will be my favorite player. Besides his technique, the drumming is so musical; his drums sing!It’s not easy to find a drummer who possesses that rare combination of feel, groove, and chops. He simply knows how to make songs more dynamic, and he understands what a composer is trying to express within an arrangement.

I think the reason he’s as good as he is, is that he’s not only great drummer, but also a fantastic singer and songwriter. As you know, he was a founding member of Spock’s Beard, first on drums and then on lead vocals, while also playing guitar, bass and keyboards. Such a profoundly talented musician. I can’t wait to finish this album and have you all hear what we’ve been dreaming up for you!

Dave Meros tracks bass next and then Alan Morse on guitar. I can’t wait!

It’s all so exciting!

Spock's Beard at HRH Prog XII festival - March 17-20, 2022

04 April 2021

Spock’s Beard to perform at the HRH Prog XII festival in Great Yarmouth, UK

Spock’s Beard is proud to announce we will be back to perform in the UK in 2022!

We will be sharing a headlining bill with bands such as Tangerine Dream and Pendragon at the HRH Prog XII festival in Great Yarmouth on the east coast of England.

The festival will take place between March 17th and 20th of 2022. Head over to their website for more information. Hope to see you there!

Fusion Online Christmas Cracker Live Stream... and support me on Patreon!

25 November 2020

Last month, I recorded two exclusive live performances from my home in L.A. for the upcoming Online Christmas Cracker event for the Fusion Music Festival in the UK! This is a charity event with donations going to MIND and The Samaritans.

The live stream will start airing on YouTube at 7pm UK time on Saturday, November 28.

My performances will be two Spock’s Beard favorites, Kamikaze and an acoustic version of Distance to the Sun - featuring a special guest! You do not want to miss it.

Kamikaze

Speaking of which, if you’d like to watch these performances RIGHT NOW, you can now sign up to become a supporter on my new Patreon - for just $5!

Patreon for Ryo Okumoto

I will be posting behind-the-scenes updates and exclusive footage on Patreon from now on, and your contributions will go directly towards helping me make more music.

  • Starting at $5/month, you will get these exclusive behind-the-scenes updates, advance releases of new videos and music, and so on!
  • For $10/month you’ll also get access to intimate, exclusive streams just for my patrons!
  • And for just $20/month you can even become an official VIP producer and get credited in the next videos and music releases. Because you’re actually helping me produce all of this!

More importantly, your continued patronage will allow me to do more of what I love: making great music! Your contributions will go directly towards costs such as paying other musicians, venues, sound engineers, studio staff and fees, and so on.

In a very real sense, you are helping sustain my little corner of the music industry, and for that I will be eternally grateful. You rock!!

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