Friend of the Proghouse, Dunellen native Tom Brislin returns home from a musical excursion to India for a special full-band performance. Tom’s keyboards and vocals will be joined by ace guitarist Randy McStine (Sound of Contact, Lo-Fi Resistance), bassist John Galgano and vocalist Laura Meade (both of IZZ), and more. This special one-time lineup will perform music from Tom’s solo debut Hurry Up and Smell the Roses, as well as some new surprises.
Who: Tom Brislin & Friends
When: Saturday, July 12th | 5:00PM Show | 4:30PM Doors
Where: Roxy & Dukes | 745 Bound Brook Rd, Dunellen, NJ (map)
Online Presale $12 (includes $2 processing fee)
Walk-ups Day of Show $15 (Cash Only)
about Tom Brislin
Keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Tom Brislin is an internationally-recognized performing and recording artist known for his versatility and musical passion. Throughout his career, Brislin has performed as a sideman, on tours and recordings with some of the iconic names in rock including YES, Meat Loaf, Debbie Harry, Camel, and Renaissance. As an artist, he has produced and written several albums with the synth-rock group Spiraling, and released his first solo album Hurry Up and Smell the Roses in 2012. The album has been given a limited edition vinyl release by the UK label Plane Groovy in 2013.
Brislin was selected to be the guest piano/keyboard faculty at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, a professional music college outside Chennai, India, in 2014. Other credits include collaborations with Glen Burtnik (Styx, The Orchestra), Francis Dunnery, The Syn, Josh Kelley, and OK Go. He is the author of 30-Day Keyboard Workout (Alfred Music Publishing), and is a long-time correspondent for Keyboard Magazine.
8/28/12 – New York, NY – Doone Records is pleased to announce the release of Real Life is Meeting, the debut solo album by John Galgano on September 11, 2012.
John Galgano is a founding member of art-rock group, IZZ, and has been one of the band’s primary songwriters throughout its career. Real Life is Meeting presents eight tracks varying in styles and instrumentation, from the catchy, art-pop flavor of “Bigger on the Inside,” to the experimental, synth-based “The Only Thing,” to the 19-minute piece “1000,” all the while taking the listener in unexpected directions.
Real Life is Meeting showcases Galgano’s humor, his introspective and confessional lyrics, and his surprising song structures. In turns breathtakingly adventurous and heartrendingly beautiful, this music represents a musician and songwriter unencumbered by any preconceived ideas. The result is a fluid, naked, and daring collection of universal musings set to music – meditations on what it means to be human in the 21st century.
Galgano also recently played bass on Renaissance keyboardist Jason Hart’s new release, I and Thou’s Speak. Galgano has performed with IZZ at many art-rock festivals in the United States and Canada and has played bass for Hart while serving as the opening act during two Marillion Weekends (2007, 2011).
The line-up for Real Life is Meeting is:
John Galgano: Bass guitar, vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards
Laura Meade: Vocals
Paul Bremner: Electric guitar solos on “The Only Thing” and “Look Around”
Brian Coralian: Drums on “Lucky for Me” and “1000”
Greg DiMiceli: Drums on “This is How it Happens”
Shawn Bishop: Backing vocals, keyboards, percussion
John Raimondo: Drums on “Bigger on the Inside,” “The Only Thing” and “Look Around”
Chris Baldini: Lead vocals on “Look Around”
Greg Meade: Electric guitar solo on “Lucky for Me”
Mixed and Produced by Shawn Bishop
Mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer John Shyloski
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