Daryl Way: Set against the backdrop of the musical revolution that started with the Beatles.

Darryl Way – Morpheus

Many prog fan enjoy Marillion and Curved Air, and when two musicians from this splendid bands cooperate fans of the mentioned bands is thrilled.

30 years on, old mates Steve Hogarth and Darryl Way, have collaborated on the single Morpheus, to be released on August 25th. The track is taken from Darryl Way`s forthcoming album The Rock Artist’s Progress; a unique concept and project created by legendary violinist Darryl Way that consists of an album and novel that are intrinsically linked together and sold as a bundle. The novel will also include musical illustrations created by Darryl, that can be clicked on and listened to, whilst reading. Both album and novel released on September 23rd, on Spirit Of Unicorn Music, Cherry Red Records, iTunes and Amazon.

The novel, written by Charles Shorwell, is set against the backdrop of the musical revolution that started with the Beatles and begins in 1968, a year after ‘The Summer of Love’ and follows the story of Daniel Luckham, a young classical pianist studying at the Royal College of Music. Seduced by the rock music scene and vibrant counter culture in London at that time, he contrives to leave college and pursue a career in ‘Rock’. But some bad decisions lead him down a dark and dangerous alley, populated by drug dealers, unscrupulous managers and femme fatales. On his journey to fulfil his dreams, Daniel finds his integrity challenged, and the innocence of youth cruelly stripped away.

The connection between the album and novel, unfortunately has to remain a secret, as to divulge that information would give away a key plot line in the novel. All that can be said is that the album represents a body of work recorded in the late 60s. Created by Darryl Way, the album features a guest vocal performance from Steve Hogarth of Marillion, on the track Morpheus.

Darryl  Way at age 16 won a scholarship to Dartington College of Arts to study violin. At 18 turned down a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music to study under Antonio Brosa at the Royal College of Music. Brosa himself was a pupil of Sarasate, the 19th century virtuoso violinist and composer. After leaving college he teamed up with Francis Monkman, a prize winning harpsichordist and organist from the Royal Academy of Music to form the rock band, Curved Air.

Whilst in Curved Air, he wrote the music for the top 4 hit, Back Street Luv and was a major contributor to the writing of three top twenty albums.

With Curved Air he toured extensively, performing in practically every major venue, in every major city in both America and Europe.

Before becoming headliners themselves, Curved Air toured with Black Sabbath in the UK and in the USA, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull and Emerson Lake and Palmer. They also appeared on the same bill as, The Doors, Steppenwolf, B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Dr John.

After leaving Curved Air he released several solo albums in both rock, and classical genres. Among these, was a Concerto For Electric Violin which was premiered on the South Bank Show with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and himself as soloist. He also performed this concerto live on German television with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and in England with the Northern Sinfonia.

His collaborations include setting the music to two songs by Sir Tim Rice, writing three songs with the renowned playwright and actor, Steven Berkoff and orchestrating and conducting 10 of Sting’s songs, for an album recorded by the L.S.O. entitled Fortress. 

Further work with Sting include arranging two of his pieces for the Imax film and album of the same name, The Living Se” and acting as his musical director for a tour of Holland and Belgium. He has also worked with Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) orchestrating and conducting A Whiter Shade Of Pale and Salty Dog, once again for the L.S.O.

In classical genres he has orchestrated Stewart Copeland’s ballet King Lear, for the San Francisco Ballet and Stewart’s opera The Holy Blood And Crescent Moon, premiered by the Cleveland Opera, in the United States.

In 1996 Darryl’s own opera The Master And Margarita was premiered at The Place Theatre in the West End of London.

Alongside these projects Darryl has also worked as a film and television composer, writing scores for Roger Corman’s The Finishing Touch, Rage And Honour I and Rage And Honour I”.

Television work includes a thirteen part series for ITV called Worlds Beyond, a seven part drama for BBC 2, called Shallom Salaam, the BBC documentary, Macdonald and a pan European Xmas extravaganza for the Disney Co.

His work in advertising includes the music written for Jaguar, Lindt Chocolate, Whiskas and Phillips Whirlpool advertising campaigns.

As a violinist he has lead the London based Electric Symphony Orchestra for concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and lead and recorded with The Elektra Ensemble, performing classical and contemporary music.

As a session musician he has performed solo violin on Nicolas Roeg’s film Bad Timing, the Jethro Tull album, Heavy Horses, the Sky 2 album and the Marrianne Faithfull single Broken English. He has also played with the National Philharmonic Orchestra on film scores such as, Die Hard, Licensed To Kill and Baron Munchausen. Darryl Way also had the pleasure of performing with Eric Clapton on  two occasions, for charity concerts.

Other work includes being musical director for the soprano Emma Shapplin, for a series of televised UNHCR concerts at the Parthenon in Athens.

Other compositions include a Symphonic Choral work entitled Siren’s Rock, premiered at the Plymouth Guildhall with the South West Sinfonietta, Opera South West, Naomi Harvey (WNO) soprano and Stephen Crook, tenor.

In 1998 Darryl formed the classical crossover ensemble Verisma with the the operatic tenor Stephen Crook, releasing 3 albums and two DVDs in 5.1 Surround Sound. For this project he also produced and directed four videos, which were broadcast on Classic FM TV. Other videos he has produced for Classic FM TV, include a video for the EMI recording artist, Keedie and a video for a solo project entitled Farandole.

In 2008, Darryl along with Sonja Kristina and Florian Pilkington-Miksa took part in a Curved Air reunion, for concerts in the UK and tours of Europe and Japan. To celebrate this reunion, Darryl recorded and produced an album of rerecording’s of some of Curved Air’s best known tracks called ‘Reborn’.

Recent albums include a compilation of re-imagined classical works called Ultra Violin’, the rock albums Children Of The Cosmos and Myths, Legends And Tales and most recently, the acclaimed instrumental album Destinations’, featuring Darryl Way as both guitarist and violinist.


About Ulf Backstrøm (7442 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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