From Isao Tomita's Facebook page:
"Isao Tomita, composer and synthesizer artist, died May 5, 2016 of chronic cardiac failure at 2:51 p.m. at Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital. He collapsed around noon in his home and was taken to the hospital, where he passed away with family at his bedside.
Private funeral ceremonies attended only by family took place on May 7th and 8th.
We announce this news with great sadness.
Very sad news to report, Keith Emerson took his life today, Friday March 11th at his home in Santa Monica, CA. Evidently the keyboardist suffered neurological damage to his right hand which subsequently led to depression. Truly heartbreaking.
The Enid's Robert John Godfrey recently announced his retirement from touring due to health reasons, and also took the opportunity to "take a swipe at prog musos", including one Steven Wilson. To quote Mr. Godfrey, “The thing that pisses me off so much about the prog scene is that it is “all about” muso rock. It’s all about people like Steve Wilson who possess all the talent and all the production genius (and has made a great name for himself) … but who offer absolutely no content that is memorable or meaningful.
Ciro Perrino of Celeste and Il Sistema has released an early version of his 1980 electronic album Solare.
"I’ve found these tape-recordings in my archives. They witness how I would have liked that my first album solo should have been in 1979. The background’s sounds in the final version were completely deleted. Here we can find the atmosphere of the interstellar deep spaces. "
Former Tangerine Dream member and recording artist Peter Baumann returns with an album after many, many decades: "Machines of Desire is filled with many influences, not least of them, my time with Tangerine Dream. Recording this album has been a very rich experience that fulfilled my creative desires, with more to come. I’m delighted that German record label Bureau B will release the recording in May/June of this year."
Giorgio Gomelsky, first manager of the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds, and owner of the legendary Crawdaddy Club, died today in NYC after a battle with cancer. He was 82. The Georgian born Gomelsky was instrumental in the career of many progressive musicians, serving as the manager/impresario/sevengali to the Soft Machine, the Blossom Toes, Gong, Vangelis and Magma. RIP, Giorgio.
Submitted by Charles Snider on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 20:38