echolyn to play progstock.
echolyn is confirmed to be playing progstock during the weekend of october 13-15th, 2017.

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2016 Year End Update
Brett:

As we approach the end of another year I wanted to say a sincere thank you for the support and interest in our music over the years. Creating music is a cathartic, enjoyable activity for me. This is amplified greatly because there are people across the globe that seem to also enjoy it and find connection with the music... or at the very least talk about our songs. This does not go unappreciated by myself and my bandmates. Creating music is wonderful, but having an audience to connect with because of the music gives monumental dimension to the music’s purpose and intent – at least in my mind.

So, 2016? I’m sure you all have stories, memories, and anecdotes reflecting the past year. I graduated back in August with my B.S in Behavioral Science. Who would have thought I’d get an undergrad degree at my age? It seems that serendipitous encounters have also allowed me to continue on for a Master’s degree in Education in the coming year. Luck or a deterministic universe? I feel lucky sometimes.

How was your year? I miss you. Yes, we’ve had a nasty presidential election here in the States. It was inevitable, given the enormity of global change happening in all aspects of our lives. Of course this is another whole discussion and one that has (in a sense) prompted me to study human behavior; I won’t digress. I sincerely hope everyone is ok – wherever you are. We’ll get through this. We need to stick together, not cause harm to one another, and remember that despite our differences we have way more in common – psychologically and physiologically – than not. Be well, be kind. Let’s stay in touch and talk.

What else? I’m releasing my third collection of songs. I’ll hit you up with details in the next week.

Take care

b

Ray

So............2016 huh? I will dub thee the year of work. Never have I ever worked as many hours as I have this past year. What have I been doing while working all these hours? I am a guide [CNA] for those in transition from the hospital to home, from home to our facility, from our facility to the end.

As far as the music goes I am putting some new ideas together that I would like to release in the spring-ish. Until then it's business as usual. Enjoy the season and make your time count.

Ray

Tom:

Hello everyone. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the many years of love and support. Your open ears have kept echolyn's music alive for well over 25 years. Personally, your friendship has been a gift that has kept on giving for me – since joining the band in 91.

2016 has left us with many losses, including that of my father who passed in March, as well as many questions and fears about where the world is headed. However, I am hoping in 2017 we are all able to focus on those near and dear to us and keep moving towards greener pastures in our personal lives. Rather than letting the air horn of fear that has plagued 2016 turn us against each other, instead we can start talking to each other as fellow human beings and not socio/political demographics or Facebook trolls. Be less fearful that Big Brother is watching and instead focus on the fact that Little Brother/Sister is listening and learning from our example.

The arrival of my girlfriend Aprille's beautiful grandson, Gavin, has given me a new purpose in life. He has motivated me to push myself harder and open my heart wider. I have been truly fortunate to have Aprille and her family welcome me as if we have been together for our entire lives. I am also grateful that the loss to my family has brought not only my family and friends closer, but has shown me friends and support I never knew existed.

My newly found optimism has found its way into my career as Clinical Trial Initiation Specialist. I have been working towards being an advocate, in what capacity I can, for patients enrolled in clinical trials. I assure that they are aware of the details and rights they have when enrolling in clinical study. My career in pharmaceuticals has taken a on a personal role these days and I hope I can have some impact on making people’s lives better in whatever way I can.

As the members of echolyn focus on their individual projects, I have had the honor of forming, writing ,and performing with Valdez, featuring Simon Godfrey (Tiny Fish), Joe Cardillo (Cold Blue Electric, The Others) and our permanent drummer extraordinaire, Scott Miller. We are currently working on our debut album (to be titled "This") with the masterful engineering and production work of one Brett William Kull. I have not been so excited about a project since having the honor of joining my mates in echolyn back in 91. Stay tuned for the pending release date and upcoming shows at: Facebook

Safe and Happy Holidays to all of you and your families!

Love and Smooches,

Tom

Chris:

A huge THANK YOU and shout-out to our echolyn friends & fans around the world. We hear you listening and are inspired by your many posts, comments, shares & likes on social media ~ reminding us that we have left a legacy of music that both moves, and inspires, others. For that we are truly thankful!

2016 has been a pretty magical year for me personally, as I feel I have arrived at the point in my life where everything I have worked hard for is confidently, and passionately, firing from all engines. Like a well-oiled machine, my work, personal and music lives are all intertwined as one. A highlight for me this past year was receiving the Metropolitan Magazine's 2016 'Best People' Reader's Choice Award as Best Teacher on the Eastern Shore from Berlin to Ocean City, MD ~ a humbling testament to the hard work I pour into my job every day as a music educator.

I really love my "new life" in Delaware, as for the past 2.5 years my beautiful wife Alison and I (and our 2 Whippets/dogs Mona & Abe) have been living full-time in a sleepy little town called Selbyville, situated just north of the Mason Dixon Line, on the Eastern Shore. 10 miles from our home are the beautiful beaches of Fenwick Island & Ocean City, Maryland, so when the days get long a 15-minute car ride clears the head with walks on the beach and sunrises & sunsets that rival any along the eastern seaboard: a Lower Slower lifestyle, indeed!

In my third year as Middle School (MS) & Upper School (US) Choral & Instrumental Music Director at Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) in Berlin, Maryland, my days are both full and fulfilling. I started a brand new Instrumental (Band) Program in the MS (6th Grade) last year, and in less than 2 years over 90 MS students are now playing a woodwind, brass, percussion or keyboard instrument = a great sign for the future of the band program that I hope one day boasts both Concert Bands & Jazz Ensembles at the Middle & High School levels.

In the Choral realm I have never pushed myself harder as a conductor, director, arranger & accompanist. Having stepped away from the world of Choral Music over 20 years ago to focus on founding an Instrumental/Band program at Abington Friends School (near Philadelphia), it was amazing to me how fast my Choral Director "chops" came back. Weekly I now direct 58 students in MS Chorus, 70 students in US Chorus and 38 students in an US Vocal Ensemble (a select/auditioned group of singers from the US Chorus). Relying heavily on my composition & theory background, I arrange over 70% of the music we sing/perform. Using Sibelius (a music score-writing program) on my laptop I am able to create scores & arrangements that both support, and challenge, my student's singing. The composer in me is a very happy camper! :-)

I am also the Music Director for the yearly US Musical. While we tackled Rodger's and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" and "Cinderella" in my first 2 years at WPS, I am ecstatic that we just cast and started production on "The Addams Family" this year = a laugh-riot of a show with a killer musical soundtrack! In what little "free-time" that remains I also teach private music lessons to 25 students per week, giving piano, voice, saxophone & composition lessons. Yes, my friends, sleep is overrated! ;-)

Finally, on the echolyn front, I am very eager to hear final mixes of Brett's newest solo album. I spent 2 days with him at his home studio in late August laying down piano/keyboard tracks on multiple songs to some beautiful new music he has written for release in 2017 as his third solo effort. While echolyn did not find its footing in 2016 for any new music or projects as a band, I am eager and So Ready for what lies ahead, as I know we all have new musical ideas teeming about on our own individual musical Islands.

I hope 2017 has much love and joy in-store for our planet, as we have never needed it more. May you each find everything you want and desire in the days and year ahead!

Hugs, love & chord changes for everyone,

CBBkeys
Fall 2016 Update from Brett
Hi everyone.

Happy Fall 2016. I wanted to mention a couple things I'm excited to be doing this fall.

My friend, Francis Dunnery and his Sensational Electric Band, is playing some shows in the next two weeks. I'm taking on the duties of backing vocals, some keyboards and an occasional guitar part. It's been a lot of fun learning the material. Francis is playing the music from his album Vampires which is a collection of his It Bites music. I never listened to It Bites back in the day… but I have a great respect for the songs. Chris Buzby tried to turn me on to them while driving in a cube van to Canada back in 1992… but it didn't stick. The melodies (vocal and instrument) are wonderful and the playing on the album is just spectacular. I've really gained a great respect for my friend FD. He's truly a one-of-a-kind musician and I'm very glad to be part of his band. Jamie Bishop (bass), Mike Casseday (keys), and Tony Beard (drums) fill out the band and are great players - long lost brothers as well ;-)

Here are some shows dates:

Oct 25th, 7:00pm
The Cutting Room
44 E. 32 St. New York, NY

October 27th, 8:00pm
Kennett Flash
102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, PA

October 28th, 8:00pm
Volume Live Music Cafe
5600 Rt 42, Turnersville, NJ

For any Japanese fans looking for a fun night out, we are headed to Japan the first week of November to play three shows in Tokyo.

November 1st and 2nd
Tsutaya 0-West

November 3rd
Aoyama

I’d love to meet any Japanese echolyn fans. It'd be a nice opportunity to say hello ;-)

ALSO: I'm also almost finished my third solo album. It will definitely be out before the end of this year. I'm very excited about the songs. They are special. I've enlisted the help of friends to play and give the music different elements I wouldn't naturally do. Chris Buzby, Francis Dunnery, Jeremy Beck, Big Des, Jordan Perlson, Tom Hyatt, and more, are part of the music. I'll keep you posted with details and who else is playing on the tracks. I'll have a couple promo vids to share in the coming two months and more information in November. I'm hoping to play some shows by myself and with friends to promote the songs I've written (echolyn and solo). Ray and I are putting a nice set together to get back out as well. It's been too long and I miss playing live music. It'd be nice to stick my head out the window and chat with folks to see what’s going.

That's it for now. I just wanted to say "hi" and that I'm still kicking.

Hugs,

BWK
Francis Dunnery talks about echolyn!

Our friend Francis Dunnery is launching his new radio show this Sunday, 1pm-3pm EST on ProgZilla Radio (see link below). He’ll be talking about progressive ideas, mentioning his upcoming album that Brett has helped with, talking about echolyn, recording, music and lots of other interesting, poignant, and fun topics. He’ll be debuting some of his new material and playing a song from Brett’s upcoming album. Tune in and enjoy the show!



Link: Francis Dunnery's Radio Show
End-of-Year CD Sale!
*FOR 5 DAYS ONLY* in celebration of another successful year of music, echolyn is having an end-of-year CD sale (physical copies only) of all its album titles (+ related band and solo projects) at CDBaby - and to boot, Standard Shipping at CDBaby is currently just 1 cent per order!

Starting NOW until midnight EST on Thursday, December 31, 2015, all single-CD releases are just $11 ($3 off!) while double albums (echolyn, 2012) & CD/DVD sets (as the world) are just $13 ($3 off!).

So whether you're completing your own collection, buying copies for friends, or replacing your own well-loved or well-spun copies, please know that echolyn continues to THANK YOU for your open ears = WE HEAR YOU LISTENING!!

Happy New Year, 2016!

Link: echolyn at CDBaby