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Hommage Symphonique

by Erik Norlander

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Pie Oddly enough, "Children of Sanchez Overture" is the only song I had never heard before. It's excellent, and so is everything else. Erik is America's Emerson; his wife, Lana Lane is a lovely songbird. I helped Erik break down his gear after Rocket Scientists' gig at ProgFest 2000 (had to make space for Spock's Beard) Cool, huh?. Favorite track: Children of Sanchez Overture.
Conquistador 04:08
Pirates 13:32
Clasp 04:51
Starless 12:04


"Hommage Symphonique" celebrates the artist's progressive rock and jazz - fusion influences

(Los Angeles, 20 October 2006) HOMMAGE SYMPHONIQUE is an album of progressive rock covers recorded by master keyboardist Erik Norlander along with the virtuoso band of Gregg Bissonette (d), Don Schiff (b) and Mark McCrite (g) with Kelly Keeling handling all of the vocal duties. Erik also employed a small ensemble of acoustic instruments featuring Jon Pappenbrook (trumpets flugelhorn), Eric Jorgensen (trombones), Mike Alvarez (cello) and David Schiff (woodwinds). David is the brother of Don Schiff, and in addition to Don's NS/Stick work on the album, he also fills out the acoustic string ensemble with the new Bowed Guitar instrument. Erik's choice of covers reflects his own broad musical taste, performing songs originally recorded by ELP, ELO, Yes, Rick Wakeman, King Crimson, Procol Harum and Jethro Tull and Chuck Mangione. The last artist may sound the most surprising, but Erik's stirring rendition of Mangione's "Children of Sanchez" brings this jazz - fusion classic more into Erik's world of symphonic progressive rock supported by his seasoned and highly versatile band.

HOMMAGE SYMPHONIQUE follows the already acclaimed 2CD release, REVOLUTION ROAD, from Erik's band, Rocket Scientists. The Rocket Scientists musicians appear throughout the HOMMAGE SYMPHONIQUE album continuing the artists' collaboration and bringing it to new heights.


Royalties to original composers paid through Easy Song Licensing, certificate available through the International Database of Licensed Music (IDBLM).


released November 24, 2006

Kelly Keeling - vocals
Erik Norlander - keyboards
Don Schiff - NS/Stick, Chapman Stick, bowed guitar, contrabass
Mark McCrite - guitars
Gregg Bissonette - drums
Jon Papenbrook - trumpet
Eric Jorgensen - trombone
Mike Alvarez - cello
David Schiff - woodwinds


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Erik Norlander California

ERIK NORLANDER is a progressive rock keyboardist, composer, producer and active live performer based in Northern California. In addition to his many solo albums, Erik works with vocalist Lana Lane (his wife), his band, Rocket Scientists, and The Bob Moog Foundation. Erik has worked extensively with ASIA Featuring John Payne, Last in Line, Big Noize (with Joe Lynn Turner) and many other artists. ... more

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