MetaQuorum — Midnight Sun
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, GB
Genre: Progressive Post Fusion
Album release: Jan 23, 2015
Record Label: Dmitry Ermakov
01. DISTRICT LINE 6:34
02.NORTH SEA FRET 4:41
03.SWALLOWS' RIFF 4:04
04.MIDNIGHT SUN 5:23
05.CIRCLE & SQUARE 6:29
08.UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER 5:24
09.THE RACER 5:04
10.SILVER THREAD 6:09
℗ 2015 Dmitry Ermakov
•♦• Dmitry Ermakov — composition, keyboards, producer.
•♦• Koos van der Velde — drums, audio engineering.
Ξ MetaQuorum is a ground-breaking new music project by Russian born composer/keyboardist Dmitry Ermakov whose off–the–wall style is set to stretch the definition of traditional jazz fusion.
Ξ Ermakov takes the best of funk, grunge, jazz, rock, neo–baroque, electronica, reggae etc., shakes it up a little, grafts it onto the matrix of various musical forms, including even classical sonata, and then adds a dash of swing and a good sprinkling of humour to create his own unique heady cocktail which he calls structural fusion.
Ξ Ermakov began studying piano at six. At seven he entered the St. Petersburg State Capella where he majored in classical piano, composition, harmony and conducting, later going on to study sax, piano and improvisation in the Jazz Faculty, Mussorgsky Music College. Throughout the 80’s and early 90’s, Ermakov moved in the Soviet underground rock, rhythm and blues, and jazz–funk–rock fusion scene, gigging and recording with various musicians as well as composing/recording for Lenfilm cinema studios and the clown troupe Licedei. In 1993 he emigrated to the UK where he has been composing and recording in his home studio.
KOOS VAN DER VELDE
Ξ In November 2014, drummer Koos van der Velde joined the MetaQuorum project. Van der Velde began drumming at the age of six and joined his first metal band, Lunacy, at thirteen, later going on to play with jazz–core band Megakronkel, with whom he toured extensively. Over the last 25 years, van der Velde has gigged and recorded for a variety of bands and artists from all over the world.
Ξ All tracks written and arranged by Dmitry Ermakov.
Ξ Track 07, Canzona, includes variations on a theme from “Canzona” by Francesco Canova da Milano (~V. Vavilov?).
Ξ Track 09, The Racer, is based on unidentified vintage riff.
Ξ Keyboards, synths — Dmitry Ermakov (01–10).
Ξ Key bass — Dmitry Ermakov (01, 04, 05, 07–10).
Ξ Bass & guitar — Viktor Mikheyev (02, 03, 06).
Ξ Drum programming — John ‘Trafik’ Elliott (01), Eduardo Lopez (01, 03, 05, 07–10),
Viktor Mikheyev (02, 03, 05).
Ξ Drums — Koos van der Velde (04, 06).
Ξ Recorded 2001–2014 in Perugia, Italy; London & North Pennines, UK;
St. Petersburg, Russia; Byala, Bulgaria & Drachten, Friesland.
Ξ Produced by Dmitry Ermakov.
Ξ Audio–engineered, mixed, mastered & re–mastered by Eduardo Lopez
Ξ @ Loft Music Studios, Newcastle–upon–Tyne, UK, 2014.
Ξ Tracks 04 & 06 re–mixed by Koos van der Velde, Drachten, Friesland.
Ξ Cover art by Eduardo Lopez.
© & ℗ Dmitry Ermakov, 2015.
Ξ MetaQuorum is a new project by Dmitry Ermakov, a Russian–born British composer/keyboard player.
Ξ Ermakov began playing piano at six. At seven, he entered the St. Petersburg State Capella where he majored in classical piano, composition, harmony and conducting, later going on to study sax, piano and improvisation in the Jazz Faculty, Mussorgsky Music College.
Ξ Throughout the 80’s and early 90’s, Ermakov was active in the Soviet underground rock, rhythm and blues, and jazz–funk–rock fusion scene, gigging with his own bands Panika, Fox Box and Room 118 in and around St. Petersburg and Moscow, and recording three cassette albums. Ermakov played and performed with such legendary artists as the jazz avant–garde trumpeter V. Gaivoronsky as well as sound engineer and blues–rock star Yuri Morozov. Ermakov also composed and recorded soundtracks for Lenfilm cinema studios and the renowned Russian clown troupe Licedei Minus 4 (produced at Studio D2), as well as working as Musical Director at Toxovo Cultural Centre.
Ξ MetaQuorum’s forthcoming début album, Midnight Sun, (produced and mixed at Loft Music Studios, Newcastle–upon–Tyne, UK), is a journey through progressive fusion, an organic blend of jazz, funk, rock, reggae, baroque, electronica and more, with a cool, foot–tapping swing which makes the room buzz. The complex polyphony, riffs, quirky piano and synth solos, upbeat drums and occasional roaring guitar reflect Ermakov’s joie de vivre as well as his influences, which include: Miles Davies, Marcus Miller, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Weather Report, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Kraftwerk, Yello, King Crimson, Chicago, Vivaldi, Frescobaldi, Mozart and Rachmaninoff.