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Review 2019 and preview 2020
2019 is history … and I look back as usual… First of all I want to thank my girls at home (I love you!)
and the whole family, for all their understanding and patience with me 😉
Because 2019 was a year with a high workload, countless appearances, especially with my regular band “Passage” and together with my friend and colleague Manuel Schmid, but also long-standing and new companions.
In addition, I was again allowed to greet friends and guests in the studio, to do several productions, compositions, arrangements or recordings, not least to release some albums again.
This is not a matter of course for me, but I am very grateful for this happiness in being able to turn passion into a profession. Special thanks to my colleagues and friends in my main job at the Waldenburg “Jugendkunstschule”, with whom I can look back on a successful and intensive year.
At least 7 albums were released in 2019 with my participation, in charge, involved or as a guest (yes, sometimes the processes of album production are very time-consuming over years, so that you can lose track of them, especially in guest appearances) – here are the most important:
– the album was released in January:
Manuel Schmid & Marek Arnold – ZEITEN
The mixture of German-language, almost semi-acoustic songs and art rock elements was very well received by critics and fans, was astonishingly often distributed and played in English-language channels, we are very happy! The “times” tour took us across the east of the republic in 2019 and in the end even to the “west” of Germany, premiere Thank you very much to everyone who listens to us and the album. We look forward to the next dates in 2020!
– seven steps to the green door – THE? LIE
With the continuation of the THE? BOOK theme, we were moving this time in the awareness that we would set particularly difficult parts of the story to music. We decided on consistency in the sense of the story, which certainly does not make the album as easily accessible as the previous albums, but with part 3 it will result in an even more musically meaningful work. I can’t wait to finish the trilogy together with the band’s new and old friends, musicians and songwriters.
– CYRIL -the way through
The third album of my band CYRIL also saw the light of day, was well received and received great reviews. And in 2019 this band went on stage for the first time – the live premiere of the Winter`s End Festival UK and Artrockfestival DE brought the band new fans and listeners.
– FLAMING ROW – the pure shine
In the last days of the year, Flaming Row’s 3rd album was finally released. The recordings had already started in 2014, and after the interim reshuffle with Melanie Mau on the vocals and a new story concept, Martin Schnella also worked vigorously on the completion of the production this year. The fans of the first albums should also bring The Pure Shine great joy again 🙂
Other albums I have been involved in include the current releases from UPF, The Samurai of Prog or the solo album of my friend Robert Brenner.
I’m looking forward to the joint appearances with Manuel, Passage, Swing KonAction, the cabaret “Die Sti (eh) lblüten” and others. – the calendar is already filling up.
Although of course not so many releases will take place in 2020 in view of all these albums, I don’t sit around idly:With Manuel I am currently not only working on a new, interesting live program, but also on the compositions, lyrics and the production of the upcoming “Stern Combo Meissen” album.
I have been tinkering with ssttgd for a few months on the third part of the? BOOK trilogy and some surprises that will be announced soon.
CYRIL is already working on the next album, Guy Manning was already visiting Germany last year, and there will probably be the next DAMANEK album in 2020.
I am also looking forward to a visit from Gerd Albers (guess why?) and other studio guests for 2020 (www.facebook.com/bsidemusicde – if you like to leave me a like).
In addition, for 2020, I plan to finally get the album from “The Artrock Project” on the road after “Stay” struck like this and there are still such positive responses to this day.
And I am particularly looking forward to the upcoming festivals at home and abroad with ssttgd and Manuel – and surprise! – a small DE tour in October, presented by Eclipsed and deutsche-mugge, in a pack of three ssttgd + CYRIL + Manuel Schmid & Marek Arnold.
Details will follow soon.
If you have actually made it this far, hopefully you will not miss what I forgot in the list. Have a great 2020!
My last two own releases – seven steps to the green door “THE?LIE” and CYRIL “the way through” had a great start and got amazing reviews and feedbacks. Even the biggest Prog Magazines featured us with several articles, comments and reviews. ( f.e. Eclipsed-Magazine or EMPIRE )
I`m really happy about that!
Theres a big interview with me in current edition of Eclipsed Magazin ( german ) – thats how it starts:
The Tour with Manuel Schmid featuring our new album “Zeiten” is still going on – please check the dates here ( have a look for the dates with: “Solo Konzert mit Marek Arnold” ).
The new Album with United Progressive Fraternity (UPF) is realeased now, too – and already got great reviews. Meanwhile I`m playing new tracks ( keys, sax ) for third Flaming Row album, which will be released later this year.
Theres a new video of my band CYRIL, featuring our new drummer Florian Graf ( only visual, the song was still played by Clemens Litschko ).
I used last months to improve the studios – new Macs, converters, Mics, all new cables…here`s a look into Regie 1…
Preorder starts now! At www.ppr-shop.de you can order my both new releases
with CYRIL and seven steps to the green door!
Germany’s Melodic Prog act CYRIL is back with its third release. Cyril prove once again on their third album how exciting Art- and PopRock can merge into a perfect symbiosis.
Tracklist: 1. The Gate (5:46) 2. My Own Reflection (6:46) 3. First Love ( A Lullaby ) (8:19) 4. Get Up High (8:41) 5. A Sign On The Road (4:33) 6. The Wasteland – Home Again (5:54) 7. The Way Through? (6:15)
second part of the “THE?BOOK” Trilogy
Tracklist: 1.ĀOI 2. Salvation 3. A Price To Pray 4. A Dream That Strayed 5. ĀOII 6. Heaven7. The Word Made Flesh 8. Hear My Voice Tonight 9. Come To Your Father 10. Heaven (reprise)
special edition, incl. signed CD, lyricbook 48 pgs & “bloody surprise”
lyricist George Andrade explains:
“THE?LIE” is a new rock opera/concept album that I’ve co-written with the magnificent Seven Steps to the Green Door, the second album of a proposed trilogy**.
It tells the story of a family intimately caught up in the fanatic actions of their religious leaders, their church “fathers”, and the unfolding tragedy that befalls them all, while having to reconcile their faith turned religion with the repercussions of those fanatic actions committed in their God’s name, and coming to terms with the divergent and symbiotic relationship of a faith’s moral authority with the political realities of administrating and growing any organized religion…
I think “THE?LIE” contains some of my best and most ambitious writing for music to date (I hope you’ll agree), and combined with the stellar performances of the musicians and vocalist assembled for this record, I’m confident you’ll be entertained, thrilled, and ultimately moved by the musical experience…”
We are happy to present our new video for the single release “Kleines Glück” from new album “Zeiten”!
Thanks to FOTOMANA Movie – Jana Hauke and Marco Wentworth! Great job!
Here are some shots from the shooting, made by www.fotomana.de, too.
“Zeiten” – Tour 2019 / 20 – Manuel Schmid & Marek Arnold
feb, 14 – Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Kleine Galerie –
Lesung mit Michael Fuchs-Gamböck
march, 22 – Altenburg, Drogeriemarkt Müller, release conzert & signing
april, 13 – Reichenbach, Neuberinhaus, Artrockfestival
may, 18 – “Frische Priesse”, Priessnitzstrasse 1
may, 31 – Erfurt, DieVino
june, 1 – Dresden, Club Passage
june, 8 – Altenburg, Gaststätte Ost
june, 28 – Lützen, Schloß
june, 29 – Altenburg, Hofgärtnerei
aug, 8 – Altenburg Brauerei ( with Band )
aug, 17 – Genthin, AMIGA tribute
aug, 23 – Berlin, Zimmer 16
sept, 6 – Stünzhain, Kirche
sept, 7 – Lichtentanne, St.Barbara
oct, 18 – Dresden, Weinbergkirche
oct, 20 – Berlin, VereinsKulturHaus Bornholm II
nov, 1 – Berlin, Neu Helgoland, Holger Biege – Abend
nov, 10 – Schmölln, Stadtkirche
march, 14 – Radeburg, Kulturbahnhof
more to be announced soon…
Finally – “Zeiten” – Out now!
The new CD can be preordered @ email@example.com
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ZEITEN, new Album of Manuel Schmid und Marek Arnold – the first common release on german label A&O Records!