Ian Eyre, the bass player for Curved Air between 1970 and 1971 has died, aged 70 and singer Sonja Kristina has confirmedthis.
In a short statement on social media, Sonja Kristina, who still fronts a version of the prog rockers, confirmed that Eyre passed away last month.
«I am sad to hear that Ian Eyre passed away unexpectedly on March 10 aged 70», Sonja Kristina wrote. «I have no other information at present. His funeral was at Mortlake Crematorium. RIP Ian… Condolences to his partner Janty and his family».
Curved Air are an English progressive rock group formed in 1970 by musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds, including classical, folk, and electronic sound. The resulting sound of the band was a mixture of progressive rock, folk rock, and fusion with classical elements. Along with High Tide and East Of Eden, Curved Air were one of the first rock bands after It’s a Beautiful Day, The Flock and the United States of America to feature a violin. Curved Air released eight studio albums, the first three of which broke the UK Top 20, and had a hit single with Back Street Luv (1971) which reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart. The track Elfin Boy,
Eyre Curved Air in 1970, following an injury to original bassist Rob Martin. Eyre featured on the bands Second Album, which was released in 1971 and also co-wrote the band’s biggest hit, Back Street Luv, along with Kristina and violinist Darryl Way. He left the band in 1971, when he was replaced by Mike Gregory. The track Phantasmagoria,
Little is known of Eyre’s endeavors after he left the band, but he did appear on stage with Curved Air at the band’s 45th anniversary celebrations in 2016 at the Under The Bridge venue, where he performed Back Street Luv.
Curved Air are famed for their unforgettable live performances and Art Rock music – the quasi classical imprints of Terry Riley hooked onto beautiful and demonic violin combined with electronic adventurous synths and interwoven with brilliant guitar wizardry mesmerisingly embroidered by the subliminal and exotic presence of a unique girl lead singer Sonja Kristina. All these elements elevated them from the underground Roundhouse scene to top the album charts in the early ’70s.
Curved Air is now: Vocalist Sonja Kristina, Drummer Florian Pilkington Miksa, Guitarist Kirby Gregory, Violinist Paul Sax, Bass Chris Harris and Keyboard Player Robert Norton.