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[nettime-lat] BAJA PROG

Date: 13 FEB 2001
BAJA PROG 2001 Newsletter No. 7
Hello Prog Fans:
The fifth edition of the annual Progressive Rock Festival Baja Prog will be
held from February 28 thru March 3 of the year 2001 in Mexicali, Mexico.
HAPPY THE MAN have cancelled their appearance at Baja Prog.
VITAL DUO will be playing in their place.
Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Pre-concert show @ 2PM, Araiza Inn Convention Hall (2nd floor)
Two performing bands - us$5

-ARIA (Mexico)
Aria is a young band from Mexicali, Mexico that explores successfully the
genre of metal progressive rock.

Subterra from Chile obtains their sound from the english neo-progressive of
the 80's, when they started playing tracks from Marillion. Now we will see
them playing their own songs, which have been maturing since then. Good
instrumentation and a very expressive voice.

Then at the Teatro del Estado: @ 7:00pm

Three performing bands - us$15:
Azigza is the new discovery from San Francisco, California. Progressive
Rock, a female voice as beautiful as intense and. shades of middle eastern
music!!! A completely original sound, with instruments that include
percussions, violin, zither, and a formidable costume and stage presence.

-CAST (Mexico)
After a long life in the shadows, they presented themselves to the world in
the 90's only to become the maximum figure in mexican progressive rock.
Their music ? Two excellent voices, incredible keyboards and a powerful
rhythmic base. Their successful European tours made them become known even

-ANKH (Poland)
Ankh is a band from Poland that has released 3 Cds in the heavy progressive
rock categorie, with a certain alternative-rock influence that gives them a
very up-to-date touch. The progressive sound is given by an excellent violin
player who now also plays cello. Ankh was the revelation in the Art Rock Rio
Festival that is annually organized in Brazil.

Thursday, March 1, 2001
Pre-concert show @ 2PM, Araiza Inn Convention Hall (2nd floor)
Two performing bands - us$5

-KROMLECH (Mexico)
Kromlech is a mexican band that got rave reviews at Baja Prog 2000. It
created such impact that a lot of comments regarding the quality of their
music and about deserving to play in a better forum, so here they are,
presenting once again their conceptual work contained in their debut album.
Instrumental conceptual work with obscure, melodic and progressive passages.

-ECLAT (France)
Eclat is a french progressive band with an excellent guitarist as a leader
that gives a touch of fusion (mainly in the instrumental passages), in a
frame surrounded by inventive keyboards and a very good rhythmic base. Their
first album was one of the first released by Musea.

Then at the Teatro del Estado: @ 7:00pm
Three performing bands - us$15

-LANDMARQ (England)
Landmark is a neoprogressive english band, that with the addition of singer
Tracy Hitchins (Strangers on a Train) reaches today their maximum stage.
Strong Rock, accesible and more than anything, progressive!!!

-DISCUS (Indonesia)
Discus is an event by itself. This band from Indonesia makes consistently
varied music. Just to hear their album takes you from surprise to surprise,
visiting traditional jazz, jazz-fusion, rock, progressive rock,
middle-eastern music and perhaps even Broadway!!! Arrangements with an
incomparable versatility and geniality with first-class interpretation.

-SYLVAN (Germany)
Sylvan is a young german band that could be classified in neoprogressive
rock but with a very up-to-date sound, perhaps falling suddenly in the
alternative sound. A very good singer, who can sing strong and peaceful
pieces with a very special style, a very intense guitar, imaginative
keyboards and great composition can summarize their style.

Friday, March 2, 2001
Pre-concert show @ 2PM, Araiza Inn Convention Hall (2nd floor)
Two performing bands - us$5

-OMNI (Spain)
Omni is a talented spanish band that was formed in the late 80's within the
most progressive style of rock, creating instrumental music with long
passages of great strength, finesse and fine melodies. Drums, keyboards,
guitars and wind instruments, what else can you ask for?

-EXSIMIO (Chile)
Exsimio is defined as the "Missing Link of chilean rock" and makes very
original music. Inspired like they say themselves, in King Crimson and with
a great influence in Primus. Bass incredibly played, 2 guitars very well
coordinated and a very strong and fast drummer.

Then at the Teatro del Estado @ 7:00pm
Three performing bands - us$15:

-VITAL DUO (France)
This duo consists of the Payssan brothers, who also play with Minimum Vital.
Let's welcome back these two great players who were applauded during Baja
Prog '98.

Finisterre has gained our attention with their influence of classical music,
strong rock and that always present 'feeling' of italian bands. For their
presentation at Baja Prog it is being planned to have screens with images
for a great surprise.

-SOLARIS (Hungary)
Solaris became known when in 1986 they released to the market their
fantastic album "The Martian Chronicles", in which they mixed electronic and
classical elements, rock and hungarian folklore. Instrumental music where
each member shows us that they have top level, and the virtuoso flute
playing by Kollar Atila reaches a very special effect of warmth.

Saturday, March 3, 2001
Teatro del Estado@ 3:00pm
Three performing bands - us$15:

-PRIAM (France)
Rock, experimentation, Jazz Fusion, ethereal keyboards and new age? All this
in one band? Without a doubt Priam is one of the most adventurous groups of
recent years, with a very virtuoso guitarist and a rythmic section very well
structured and versatile, involved softly in keyboards that invite you to

-IONA (England)
Iona is a band from England that mixes successfully the music of irish and
celtic influence with real Rock!!!, without limiting their horizons. Sublime
pieces interpreted by the beautiful voice of Joanna, long ethereal passages
and at the moment that percussions and guitar appear with force, Iona shows
us that it is truly a unique band in the world.

-LE ORME (Italy)
Le Orme is one of the main figures of Italian Progressive Rock since the
late sixties. Today, after three decades, the band is in very good shape
just like it was in their best earlier times. Aldo Tagliapietra and Di Rossi
are now joined by two virtuoso keyboardists that execute pieces with great
complexity and dynamics. The italian bands have always had a very special
"feeling" in their melodies and interpretation, and Le Orme is one of the
best of all times!!!

Closing party after last band (location to be determined).
Tickets for both the Araiza Inn Convention Hall (2nd floor) and the Teatro
del Estado will be sold at the door.
All participating bands will stay at the Araiza Inn Mexicali Hotel. Please
make your reservations early, since attendance for the event is increasing
every year.
Hotel Araiza Inn Mexicali
Bulevar Benito Juarez 2220
Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Telephone (52)(6) 564-1100