MUSIC NEWS- Prog rock's Jon Anderson's classic solo album, OLIAS OF SUNHILLOW will be performed live in Lowell, MA this April as part of UMASS Earth Day events. Anderson, the original voice of YES and a brilliant composer, vocalist, visionary is also an advocate for environmental causes and the rights of indigenous peoples.
UMASS will present Jon's 1976 masterpiece "OLIAS of SUNHILLOW" album live and complete as a tribal/synth/folk/prog oratorio for three performances on Earth Day 2013 weekend. Tickets are free but tix are limited. There is no charge for the event, but attendees are asked to make a donation which will provide access to clean water in rural communities in African and India.
Olias of Sunhillow blends celtic, african, turkish sounds and tones with the unmistakable lyrical and melodic structures of Jon Anderson. A tuneful mysterious uplifting and a musical journey, it's like no other. The performance will mix ethnic folk instruments with vintage sythesizers as well as a 60 voice chorus. a rich pallet of sounds for this musical journey.
The story on created tells of a planet where some environmental catastrophe is at hand, OLIAS is charged with building a ship to bring the planet's inhabitants to a new world. The planet is divided into four tribes who have no history of communication with one another, and no common language. RANYART summons the four tribes with a musical tone and dance that transcends their own cultural differences and separations uniting them in the effort to assist in the exodus. QUOQUAC is chosen to navigate the space vessel. Through chanting and combined spiritual energies, the four tribes bring the ship, the "MOORGLADE MOVER" to life and it lifts of into the unknown. The rest of the story involves the eventual search and location of the new land for the inhabitants of SUNHILLOW.
Written in the era of the VIETNAM WAR, the APOLLO PROGRAM and the OIL CRISIS of the 1970s, the message of OLIAS is relevant today more than ever. In simple terms, our wars are simply tribal aggression over control of resources, and unless there is greater collaboration and understanding between our own tribes we risk destroying the planet which is our home. Jon's story is a fantasy a "fable" and a "myth" but such stories can inspire us to act in the real world.
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