Geoff Downes https://geoffdownes.com The official web site for Geoff Downes Sat, 10 Apr 2021 21:59:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 https://i0.wp.com/geoffdownes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-98-2012downes02.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Geoff Downes https://geoffdownes.com 32 32 123598250 Downes Braide Association — Halcyon Hymns https://geoffdownes.com/2021/01/25/dba-halcyon-hymns/ Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:21:05 +0000 https://geoffdownes.com/?p=505 Downes Braide Association (DBA) announce the release of their new album Halcyon Hymns. The CD/DVD is out on 5th February 2021, and 2LP White Vinyl edition on 26th March 2021.

Halcyon Hymns cover

Halcyon Hymns will be the fifth DBA collaboration and follows their previous critically-acclaimed studio albums Pictures of You (2012), Suburban Ghosts (2015) and Skyscraper Souls (2017). The duo have also released Live In England (2019) recorded at their first ever concert at Trading Boundaries, East Sussex, in 2018.

Pre-order Halcyon Hymns: CD/DVD | 2LP White Vinyl

Following two more successful and enjoyable evenings at Trading Boundaries in February of 2020, Geoff Downes returned to Wales and his projects while Chris Braide returned to LA and struggled to find motivation with the unfolding events in a world of lockdown. Inspiration would return following a call from a close friend.

“Marc Almond suggested I ‘get stuck into another DBA record’ to lift the malaise,” say Braide. “Somehow It was hard to muster any enthusiasm for it. We had all been so upbeat at the recent shows and now here we were in a collective, creative void. It’s odd the way inspiration strikes though and it never ceases to delight and surprise me when the muse comes to play and it can happen at any time and without warning.

“I opened up a folder of new DBA ideas Geoff (Downes) had sent to me a while back and which I’d listened to briefly and had made a note to do something with them at a later date. I can’t say why it happened but one day in the studio as I listened to the bits and pieces of ideas suddenly the songs started tumbling out as if by magic. I’m not exaggerating or being melodramatic. These new songs sounded like personal reflections, they just wrote themselves. It was so easy, so enjoyable and so meant to be. Like a gift.”

A few words from Geoff: “It was so great to witness Chris’s creativity making my fundamental ideas come alive. He took the bare bones of melodies, harmonies and textures I sent him, and somehow crafted these into something way beyond my expectations or imagination. ‘Love Among The Ruins’ is one of the many examples on the album of his rare genius at work.”

Love Among The Ruins is a delightful and uplifting love song, reflecting memories and tributes of a long lost halcyon time in life.

Halcyon Hymns also features contributions by Marc Almond (ex-Soft Cell) and David Longdon (Big Big Train).

The CD/DVD package also includes video footage of legendary artist Roger Dean’s painting sessions as he creates the album cover artwork for Halcyon Hymns together with lyric videos for three tracks from the album.

Halcyon Hymns track listing

Disc 1

01. Love Among The Ruins
02. King Of the Sunset
03. Your Heart Will Find The Way
04. Holding The Heavens
05. Beachcombers
06. Warm Summer Sun
07. Today
08. Hymn To Darkness
09. She’ll Be Riding Horses
10. Late Summer
11. Remembrance
12. Epilogue

Disc 2: DVD

01. Roger Dean Painting Sessions
02. Love Among The Ruins
03. Your Heart Will Find A Way
04. Today

About Downes Braide Association

Downes Braide Association was formed as a studio-based project by Geoff Downes and Chris Braide and has now produced three studio albums: Pictures Of You (2012), Suburban Ghosts (2015) and Skyscraper Souls (2017) and a live album Live In England (2019). The project draws on Downes’ and Braide’s rich musical heritage to create a delightfully accessible brand of progressive rock.

Keyboard wizard Geoff Downes was thrust into the limelight with the worldwide success of Video Killed The Radio Star in 1979. The single topped the charts chart in 16 countries for The Buggles duo of Geoff and Trevor Horn (vocals, bass guitar). They briefly joined prog legends YES before Downes became a founder member of the supergroup Asia with YES guitarist Steve Howe, ELP drummer Carl Palmer and the late John Wetton (vocals, bass guitar).

The Wetton-Downes composition Heat Of The Moment became a world-wide hit in 1982 heralding many years of success for Asia with their FM radio-friendly brand of rock. Downes later rejoined YES in 2011 and remains with the band alongside Steve Howe.

British singer-songwriter-pianist Chris Braide has recently returned to UK shores after many years based in California. He enjoys enormous success writing and producing music for film scores, advertising campaigns and working closely with artists including Sia, Lana Del Rey, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Paloma Faith, Britney Spears and Marc Almond.

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2018 – Yes: Fly From Here – Return Trip https://geoffdownes.com/2018/07/15/2018-yes-fly-from-here-return-trip/ Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:01:18 +0000 https://geoffdownes.com/?p=450
  • Fly From Here – Overture
  • Fly From Here Pt 1 – We Can Fly
  • Fly From Here Pt 2 – Sad Night At The Airfield
  • Fly From Here Pt 3 – Madman At The Screens
  • Fly From Here Pt 4 – Bumpy Ride
  • Fly From Here Pt 5 – We Can Fly (Reprise)
  • The Man You Always Wanted Me To Be
  • Life On A Film Set
  • Hour Of Need (full length version)
  • Solitaire
  • Don’t Take No For An Answer
  • Into The Storm
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    “Fly From Here – Return Trip” In Stock & Out Now https://geoffdownes.com/2018/07/15/fly-from-here-return-trip-in-stock-out-now/ Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:56:21 +0000 https://geoffdownes.com/?p=447

    Prog icons YES have released a brand-new mix of their album Fly From Here – Return Trip, featuring the Drama line-up and new lead vocals by Trevor Horn, to coincide with their 50th Anniversary celebrations.

    All the vinyl editions and the special postcard book, which were previously only available to pre-order, are IN STOCK AND OUT NOW but are ONLY available on the band’s current US tour and via these two links:

    Pledge: https://www.pledgemusic.com/p…/yes-fly-from-here-return-trip

    Burning Shed: https://burningshed.com/tag/fly%20from%20here

    The original 2011 release of Fly From Here featured the band members who appeared on Drama: Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, plus Benoit David on lead vocals with Trevor Horn in the role of Producer.

    Trevor Horn says: “I really enjoyed listening to Alan and Chris playing together again. Finishing off the album was a labour of love.”

    Geoff Downes adds: “It’s quite amazing what Trevor has done with the album and the way it has turned out. It is most refreshing and adds a whole new dimension to the original recordings from 2011. I think the fans will appreciate it as a genuine sequel to the Drama album, and embrace it as a valuable part of our YES50 celebrations.”

    Fly From Here – Return Trip also contains a previously unreleased song, “Don’t Take No for an Answer” recorded in 2011, with Steve Howe on lead vocals. Additionally, the full-length version of “Hour of Need” is included. This has previously only been included as a Japanese bonus track.

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    Wetton Downes’ iCon Trilogy of Studio Albums Re-Released with Bonus Tracks https://geoffdownes.com/2018/06/13/wetton-downes-icon-trilogy-of-studio-albums-re-released-with-bonus-tracks/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 01:39:05 +0000 https://geoffdownes.com/?p=438 The John Wetton Estate and Geoffrey Downes are pleased to announce the re-release of the iCon Trilogy of albums, now remastered with bonus tracks in six panel digipacks.

    The re-releases have been personally overseen by Geoff Downes and are intended to be a return to the marketplace of individual albums for fans who may wish to purchase a definitive edition.

     

     

    Of his song-writing relationship and the formation of iCon, Geoff Downes says, “Throughout my entire career, there is no doubt in my mind, that some of my proudest achievements have been the songs that I wrote with the late John Wetton. Not only were we great friends, but also blood brothers in the song-writing department. His magic rubbed off on me immensely, and outside of the hugely successful Asia template, we decided to step out together with our Icon project. It was a ‘bromance’ made in heaven, because here we had the chance to expand our innermost thoughts and variety of influences, without interference. It was effectively ‘us’. We also had the luxury of working with some of the finest musicians in the world who were willing participants in the project.”

    For fans of the whole iCon legacy, a box set is being planned out featuring these albums and all the other recordings of the iCon duo, including previously unreleased material.

     

     

    Geoff Downes continues,“The Wetton Downes Icon catalogue spans across some 4 studio albums, this trilogy plus a prequel album called Zero and various live releases, and incorporates some of our greatest collaborations I firmly believe, and I am happy to impart the news that this entire body of work is being re-released with all of the bonus tracks and some previously unheard renditions of our classic songs. It is in fact Icon in its entirety. If you appreciate the music of John & I, then I sincerely hope you will appreciate these re-issues. Please sit back and enjoy. I know John would be equally proud to see these projects back on the market. All of these recordings mark special periods in our personal and creative lives.

    “’Icon 1′ was the foundation of the Asia reunion. ‘Rubicon’ is thronged with the mysticism, symbolism and multi layers that illuminate John’s lyrical prowess, virtually unrivalled in any era of creativity. John married events occurring in both our personal lives with Classical events in Roman History, crossing the Rubicon, the die is cast and some intensely personal reflections. His vocal performance is astounding. I look forward to discussing this amazing period in our lives at greater length in the box set planned for Christmas 2019.

     

     

    “’Icon 3′ was a further milestone for us, with Dave Kilminster reuniting with John, a Japanese tour and possibly the most fulfilling DVD I have ever been involved in, Urban Psalm, filmed in St Mary Le Bow Church. I could reflect for hours and hours, take up the entire booklet, but for now…May our music live on forever.”

    The albums are OUT NOW on the duo’s own Epicon Records via Cherry Red.

    To purchase:

    A previous re-release of the Wetton/Downes recordings of the 1980s, re-vitalised and re-packaged as iCon Zero continues to be available on Amazon (http://geni.us/icon0) and iTunes (http://geni.us/icon0dig).

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    Downes Braide Association: Skyscraper Souls https://geoffdownes.com/2017/11/16/downes-braide-association-skyscraper-souls/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:27:25 +0000 https://geoffdownes.com/?p=424 DBA3 Cover

    DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION Release New Album Skyscraper Souls Feat. Guest Appearances By Andy Partridge (XTC), Marc Almond and Kate Pierson (B52s)! OUT NOW!

    Front cover artwork is by Roger Dean!

    London – Super-duo Geoff Downes & Chris Braide, known as the Downes Braide Association (DBA), release their new album Skyscraper Souls on 17th November through their own label X2X Records via Cherry Red. This is their 3rd collaboration and follows their two previous critically-acclaimed releases Pictures of You (2012) and Suburban Ghosts (2015).

    Both members have an immense body of work. Chris Braide is a British singer, songwriter and producer, now based in LA, who has written and produced songs for Beyonce, Lana del Rey, Paloma Faith, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, David Guetta, Sia, Afrojack & Marc Almond… to name a few. Geoff Downes is the prog legend who has played keyboards in The Buggles, Asia & Yes… he co-wrote the hits “Heat of the Moment” and “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

    Skyscraper Souls is a more traditional progressive/classic rock/band album than their previous material, but retains a strong pop aesthetic and features many great guest contributions, including Marc Almond, Andy Partridge from XTC and Kate Pierson from the B52s. The front cover artwork is by Roger Dean.

    The idea for the album started as a series of sketches Geoff had been working on after a break from touring last year. By the time he returned from the road he directed the subsequent pent-up energy into composition and the ideas literally poured out. As a kid, Chris had always loved expansive pieces like “Close To The Edge” and “Tubular Bells.” While he is a huge pop fan and has written multitudes of pop hits for pop stars, his heart has a special place for those big studio epic productions.

    On this album, Downes & Braide were joined by drummer Ash Soan (Trevor Horn, Squeeze, Faithless, Del Amitri, Adele, Cee Lo Green, Will Young, Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow and many more) and bassist Andy Hodge. Chris says, “Having such an amazing rhythm section really brought the songs to life. With previous albums we always used drum machines and samples. There is so much warmth and movement in these recordings. They breathe!”

    The fact that their ‘association’ has always had to fit around their extensive commitments has never dulled their remarkable musical creativity. This album went a step further and was co-written remotely – at no time were the pair ever in the same room! Chris explains, “Geoff would send me folders full of stuff such as the magnificent piano pieces which turned into ‘Glacier Girl’ and ‘Prelude.’ As soon as I heard the chords I was writing lyrics like a mad man and before long the album started to materialize.” Geoff adds, “The ideas themselves were in a very rough format, but with the melodies & basic harmonies. Chris started playing around with these, and often, they came back with some radical changes, but Chris was always very conscious to retain my original idea.”

    The pair feel Skyscraper Souls is their strongest album to date, which is no mean feat! This album contains constant motifs and themes that recur and flow throughout. Keeping strong melodies to the fore they have created a wonderfully interesting soundscape.

    Track list as follows:

    1. Prelude (ft Andy Partridge – XTC)
    2. Skyscraper Souls (ft Kate Pierson – B52s)
    3. Glacier Girl (ft Andy Partridge)
    4. Angel On Your Shoulder (ft Matthew Koma)
    5. Tomorrow (ft David Longdon – Big Big Train)
    6. Lighthouse (ft Tim Bowness)
    7. Skin Deep (ft Marc Almond)
    8. Darker Times (ft Andy Partridge)

    Outside of DBA Downes and Braide remain in high demand.

    Geoff has been pretty much flat out touring the world with Yes and Asia for the last few years. Any breaks have been filled up with other projects, including putting together some new Buggles ideas with Trevor (Horn). He is also writing film and library music.

    Chris has been writing music for movies in LA, the most recent being a new animation called LEAP. He wrote “UNSTOPPABLE” for the Olympics with the artist SIA and has co-written and produced the new single for DJ Robin Schulz. He also wrote and produced a new Marc Almond album, due out next year as well as Marc’s next single “Embers.” He produced a single for Elle King for a big ad campaign featuring Kendal Jenner, and is currently scoring a movie soundtrack at his studio in LA. He has written a song for Trevor Horn called “Sky Show” for an animation he was working on. With more new ventures, Chris has had no break this year, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

    To purchase:

    For more information:

    Official website: http://www.downesbraide.com/
    Twitter: @TheRealDBAMusic

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    2017 – Downes Braide Association (DBA): Skyscraper Souls https://geoffdownes.com/2017/11/16/2017-dba-skyscraper-souls/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:15:46 +0000 https://geoffdownes.com/?p=419 DBA3 Cover

    1. Prelude (ft Andy Partridge – XTC) 2:15
    2. Skyscraper Souls (ft Kate Pierson – B52s) 18:09
    3. Glacier Girl (ft Andy Partridge) 2:38
    4. Angel On Your Shoulder (ft Matthew Koma) 6:49
    5. Tomorrow (ft David Longdon – Big Big Train) 4:20
    6. Lighthouse (ft Tim Bowness) 5:40
    7. Skin Deep (ft Marc Almond) 4:33
    8. Darker Times (ft Andy Partridge) 7:20
    9. Finale 1:16
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    John Wetton & Geoff Downes’ iCon Zero Now Available on CD and Download! https://geoffdownes.com/2017/11/16/john-wetton-geoff-downes-icon-zero-now-available-on-cd-and-download/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:59:07 +0000 https://geoffdownes.com/?p=417 Icon Zero Cover Art

    iCon Zero is a revised presentation of the Wetton/Downes album and is a precursor to their iCon series of albums. It is essentially a collection of tracks mostly recorded in the late 1980s through the time of their brief reformation in 1990.

    The original version of the album was released in 2002 and in retrospect seemed like an iCon album from a previous era, so both John and Geoff readily agreed to it being brought into the iCon family. John came up with the name Zero, and both John and Geoff approved the new front cover artwork.

    The album has received a 2017 remaster and includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks.

    Geoff Downes reminisced about this time period in their joint career with these comments: “Icon Zero brings back many fond memories of working with John back in the early-mid 80s. Despite being the principal writers for Asia, we both felt there was at least one other string to our bow. This manifested itself in later years as the Icon project, and this album is an insight into the inner workings of our early relationship, not just as members of Asia, but also as songwriters. These recordings were made largely at weekends when we rented demo studios to try out our ‘other’ ideas and simply have some fun time away from the pressures of the music business. Most of these songs were put together in a few hours, and written on the fly. Then, they were recorded straight down that same day. One great aspect of this was, we always seemed came up with something new, and as the inspiration flowed it was captured there and then even in its embryonic form.”

    Sadly John Wetton passed away in January 2017, but this release was already on the cards, with his Estate and Geoff Downes approving it going ahead as originally planned.

    Geoff Downes had these further comments about his late bandmate: “John was a genius in every sense of the word, and I am most privileged to have been a big part of his career. The iCon project in itself stands alone as a complete cycle of our work together, and this album (iCon Zero) displays an important part of that development. The great John Wetton’s unique presence can be felt on every note and lyric of these songs. Please enjoy.”

    iCon Zero will be followed by definitive edition re-releases of the subsequent three iCon albums, with bonus tracks, during 2018 with Geoff Downes’ personal approval.

    To purchase John Wetton & Geoff Downes iCon Zero:

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    2017 – iCon Zero https://geoffdownes.com/2017/11/16/2017-icon-zero/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:53:31 +0000 https://geoffdownes.com/?p=414 Icon Zero Cover Art
    1. Walking on Air
    2. I Would Die For You
    3. Only You
    4. Running out of Time
    5. Soul
    6. Just as Long (as I Need You)
    7. Don’t Say It Again
    8. Kari-Anne
    9. Lost in America
    10. Please
    11. Summer (Can’t Last Too Long)
    12. We Move as One
    13. Oh! Carolann
    14. She Knows (Demo)
    15. I Would Die For You (Alternate Version)

     

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    Fox Rochester Speaks with Carl Palmer and Geoff https://geoffdownes.com/2017/06/16/fox-rochester-speaks-with-carl-palmer-and-geoff/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:32:48 +0000 https://geoffdownes.com/?p=367 931cff54-dea3-489f-be34-cad4ec0e8f9a-large16x9_Asia.png

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    Carl Palmer and Geoff Discuss Asia Show at Bergen Performing Arts Center https://geoffdownes.com/2017/06/16/carl-palmer-and-geoff-discuss-asia-show-at-bergen-performing-arts-center/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:25:12 +0000 https://geoffdownes.com/?p=364

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