Phoen1x: With cherokee flute and other odd instruments…..

Phoen1x - Immaterial Witness

Phoen!x is  a group of gentlemen making extraordinary progressive music in a time to be found…

The gentlemen are:

Jake Livgren – Lead and Back Vocals, Saxophone

Seth Trotman – Bass

Michael Adams – Percussion and Drums

Phoen1x aka Pete Jorgensen – Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Cherokee Flute

Guest gentlemen:

Bill Rebsamen – Keyboards

Deron Freeman – Trumpet

Kev Rowland – Narration

Jaymi Millard – Bass

Mike FitzPatrick – Lead Vocals

Mark Thompson – Lead Guitar

Erikson Silva – Lead Guitar

Joe Deninzon – Vocals, Electric Violin (Viper)

Lyda Livgren – Back Vocals

Chuck Tidwell – Lead Guitar

Greg Wollan – 12 String Guitar

Ralph Otteson – Keyboards

Mike Florio – Lead Vocals

Bill Coan – Vocals, Bass

The debut album Immaterial Witness is a collection of ten songs written over the last couple of decades that have been recorded by an all-star band featuring members of Vertical Alignment, Proto-Kaw, Evership, Time Horizon, Stratospheerius, among many other talented musicians.

Track list:

1. Immaterial Witness (1:15)

2. Dreamer Awaken (4:40)

3. Sunrise (10:16)

4. Home Of The Brave (9:06)

5. Small Charade (10:43)

6. Legend Of Brick House (6:17)

7. The Opera (9:18)

8. Song Of Life (Phyl’s Song) (6:36)

9. Tomorrows (5:05)

10. Angels (6:09)

Total Time 69:25

Phoen1x is a progressive rock band based in Atlanta GA, the home of group founder and leader Phoen1x, the artist formerly known as Peter J. The band presents songs that are both epic and emotional in ways that are complex yet accessible using the style of both classic and modern prog bands. They are influenced by such great groups as Genesis, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Yes, Kansas, Marillion, Glass Hammer, Pink Floyd, The Who and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. All of that combines into a sound that is totally unique and individual.

Phoen1x is fronted by talented singer Jake Livgren who began recording in the studio years ago with his uncle, Kerry Livgren of the band Kansas. He sang on several of Kerry Livgren’s solo projects while honing his performing and writing skills. He founded his own bands in that time including Jabberwockie who opened for Kansas. He continued to work with Kerry Livgren on the Kansas album Somewhere To Elsewhere and on three Proto-Kaw albums. In the years following Proto-Kaw, Jake’s work has appeared on projects with names like Mike Portnoy, Robert Berry, Kevin Max, Steve Morse, Steve Walsh, John Wetton, Phil Keaggy, David Pack, and many more. In 2019, Jake Livgren was recruited to be a live and studio performer on Neal Morse’s Jesus Christ: The Exorcist project, appearing as Peter and Caiaphas.

Seth Trotman is the able bass player for the band Phoen1x. Trotman has been playing bass weekly in his church band for the last fourteen years. He is influenced by the bass work of such artists as Chris Squire, Geddy Lee, John Myung and Eddie Jackson. His first band was Requiem in which he played with Phoen1x bandmate Michael Adams. He now plays with his band Not featuring his wife and seven children!

Michael Adams is a classically trained percussionist and the drummer for Phoen1x. He has played with bands such as Misfit Toys, Requiem, and Sugar Lime Blue. He is also an original member of the band Vertical Alignment, appearing on Signposts, their first album and more recently on The Trail Of Tears Suite. He records parts in his studio in Acworth GA.

Phoen1x the artist anchors the sound of the band with keyboards, electric and acoustic guitar, Cherokee flute and other odd instruments. He also sings backing and occasionally lead vocals. He is influenced by many great prog keyboard players like Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson and Tony Banks. His guitar influences are wide ranging from Steve Howe and Steven Rothery to Michael Hedges and Tommy Emmanuel. He is the songwriter of the group and cites Joni Mitchell as a main songwriting influence. He grew up listening to Romantic era Classical music and later moved on to progressive rock, playing with groups such as Tabernacle and Ground Zero before forming Vertical Alignment and later Phoen1x. Working from his home studio in Atlanta, he sketches out the main instrument and vocal parts, and adds the contributions of the other members and guest artists.

Phoen1x the artist and band is signed with Melodic Revolution Records and enjoys a great relationship with the label. Phoen1x looks forward to a long and fruitful affiliation with MRR.


About Ulf Backstrøm (7413 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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