Special Clear Blue “DBA” Vinyl EP

This is a special edition clear blue vinyl EP from DBA created for Record Store Day (which takes place on April 19). The EP is called “Dreaming of England,” which is also one of two new songs on the five-song, 500 copy limited edition EP.

DBA Blue Vinyl

Pre-order “Dreaming of England”.

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Geoff Interviewed by Something Else! Reviews

Geoff Downes better be wearing comfortable shoes, because he’s going to be on the run in 2014. The busy keyboardist just finished a new album with Asia, and is in sessions for another with Yes — with tours for both slated, as well.

Somehow, he’s also made time recently for side projects including DBA with Chris Braide and the New Dance Orchestra’s Electronica.

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Asia’s “Gravitas” Cover And Track Commentary

The cover for Asia’s upcoming studio release, Gravitas, and a track-by-track commentary from John Wetton have been posted to the Asia web site.

GravitasC Cover

Pre-orders for the new release are now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.uk.

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“Electronica” Now Available Through All Channels

Geoff Downes and Anne-Marie Helder release their collaborative album, ELECTRONICA, under the name NEW DANCE ORCHESTRA

The new album, Electronica, is a collaboration between Geoff Downes and Anne-Marie Helder and has been released by NDO Records, via Cherry Red, on both CD and Download.

The album had previously only been available on a direct to consumer basis and now receives its first distribution and digital release in time for Christmas 2013. The direct to consumer version, which featured the same 12 tracks, received tremendous critical acclaim and was for sale on the 2012 and 2013 YES World Tours.

The album’s unique mix of dance and pop along with Helder’s award winning melodic vocals, gives listeners a unique blend on genres not easily pre-judged or ignored. The album has the potential to appeal to all age ranges and music tastes, yet does not confine itself to any one taste, feel or genre nametag.

Geoff Downes commented “The concept of the New Dance Orchestra is to create entirely ‘virtual’ orchestrations, utilising a variety of musical instruments made up from computerised technology and other various audio resources. Electronica is the result of a collection of carefully crafted songs using these orchestral treatments on each individual track in different ways.”

GEOFF DOWNES is a member of The Buggles, YES and ASIA. Downes co-wrote and played on the hits VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR and HEAT OF THE MOMENT.

ANNE-MARIE HELDER is a member of PANIC ROOM and MOSTLY AUTUMN. Helder won PROG MAGAZINE’S Best Female Vocalist Award in both 2010 and 2011.

The album is available from all good record stores, a dedicated micro-site, Cherry Red and digital retailers including iTunes.

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Ask YES, Friday 10th May 2013 w/Geoff Downes

An “Ask YES” Q&A with Geoff has been posted. Read it on Yesworld.

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Yes Fantasy Camp, July 14-17

Geoff will be participating with Yes at the Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp, July 14-17.

Yes Fantasy Camp features:

  • Jam with Yes band members: Alan White, Chris Squire, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, Steve Howe
  • Play in a band led by a Rock Star counselor
  • The Ultimate Fan Experience!
  • Rehearse and Perform live in Las Vegas!
  • Write and record an original song
  • Attend master classes with world renowned musicians
  • Have an experience of a lifetime
  • All instruments and backline provided. Use ours or bring your own
  • Daily meals with celebrity musicians and campers
  • All experience levels welcome
  • Signup now before we’re SOLD OUT!

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Asia To Play The Stables On June 5

Asia is confirmed to play The Stables, Milton Keynes, UK, on June 5, 2013, 8pm.

The show will be announced next week on the venue website, but Asia fans have the pre-sales opportunity to pre-order the best seats in the house on a  first come first served basis (such enquiries to be dealt with directly by the theatre).

Due to an overwhelming response the priority reservations have all been allocated on a first come first served basis. Please contact the box office, when it opens for public sale, on Tuesday 19 March.

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Downes Braide Association Release Their Debut Album ‘Pictures of You’

London, UK – Hit making duo, Geoff Downes and Chris Braide have just released their debut collaborative album and digital single, ‘Pictures of You’, under the name of the DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION (DBA).

Pictures Of You‘Pictures of You’ was recorded alongside their respective commitments in 2011-12, and the song writing chemistry between Downes and Braide became immediately apparent and ultimately led to the development of 9 titles, one of which is an elaborate four-piece epic musical suite. Braide comments: “I’d wanted to work with Geoff since hearing The Age Of Plastic as a kid. The album was just great fun to make,” whilst Downes added working together with Chris was “ a major inspiration of monumental proportions.” The album’s leadoff track, ‘Pictures of You’, is also available as a digital only single and is accompanied by a non-album remix of the title ‘Songs That Can Heal’ as an exclusive bonus track.

For the uninitiated, Downes and Braide’s respective song writing careers have generated multi-millions of album sales and numerous hit singles worldwide over the last 30 years for a variety of artists.

Geoff Downes is originally best known as a member of The Buggles, with whom he co-wrote MTV’s 1st ever video and international number one blockbuster hit, Video Killed The Radio Star. As a member of ASIA, the supergroup he went on to form after a stint with prog rockers Yes, he co-wrote many of their hits such as; Heat of the Moment, Only Time Will Tell and Don’t Cry and has been the band’s keyboardist and co-writer since day one. The band’s debut album was the biggest selling album in the world of 1982. ASIA’s original line-up reformed in 2006 and has gone on to undertake several hugely successful world tours and record 3 new studio albums within that period.  Downes is also a current member of YES who he rejoined in 2011, and co-wrote much of their recent Fly From Here album. He has over 50 silver, gold and platinum certified awards to his name in a career spanning 5 decades.

Chris Braide is a multi instrumentalist Ivor Novello winning singer/songwriter and record producer known for his outstanding work with Sia, Lana Del Rey, Christina Aguilera, Yuna and David Guetta amongst many others. His song writing and production skills have spawned chart hits all over the globe. His collective love for all music directly translated to GQ naming him one of the most successful and influential men in the music industry under the age of 40, and he continues to earn the trust of the most respected artists. Chris recently co-wrote and produced the global smash hit She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) with David Guetta. He also produced and co wrote Christina Aguilera’s forthcoming ballad ‘Blank Page’ which has been universally applauded by critics. He also has an extensive catalogue of working with many of the TV artists as featured on shows such as American Idol and X-Factor, and has earned numerous awards, distinctions and accolades in this field.

Together they have formed a magical and unique partnership. The album has been described by Classic Rock magazine as “ a stunning piece of work”. Take a listen and find out for yourself.

To purchase DBA’s Pictures of You click here: CDiTunes

For more information: http://www.downesbraide.com/

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Asia Cancels UK Tour Due to Illness

Asia, featuring the original line-up of Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (lead vocal, bass), has been forced to cancel the 30th Anniversary UK Tour due to drummer Carl Palmer coming down with a severe case of E. coli.

Tickets are refundable from the point of purchase.

A list of the cancelled dates are as follows:

  • Tavistock The Wharf (Dec 15)
  • Holmfirth Picturedrome (Dec 16)
  • Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Dec 17)
  • Salisbury City Hall (Dec 19)
  • Birmingham Town Hall (Dec 20)
  • Manchester Royal Northern College of Music (Dec 21)
  • London o2 Shepherds Bush Empire (Dec 22)
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Asia To Be Featured On Rockline (Nov. 14th)

ASIA will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn, Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 8:30pm PDT / 11:30pm EDT. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with members of ASIA toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).

For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com. The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.

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