Karnataka/John Sloman – The Mean Fiddler, London – 27 Oct 2001

I was unsure weather to attend this gig or not but I decided to and I am glad
I did. I really enjoyed it.

The reason for being unsure was that I only have one Karnataka album "The
Storm" and while it is OK I feel it is a bit to repressed for my more rocky
tastes. The guitar in particular seems too low in the mix. It did give me hope
however that things might be better live. I therefore decided to give them a
go.

John Solman was support. I am surprised there was a support slot as I figured
there might be time constraints but we had no problem with time and John was
solo on acoustic guitar so fitted in easily with the set up.

John played a five number set although apparently it could have been more if
not for a misunderstanding with the house lights. The songs were all quite pacey
and I thought the set very enjoyable which is quite amazing for me given my
slowness to accept new songs normally.

Someone described the material as sounding a bit like Led Zeppelin III type
stuff but to be honest I found I was more often thinking of Lawrence Gowan when
he plays acoustic guitar.

I couldn’t recognise him as a former Uriah Heep singer but then I am only really
interested in the current line up of the band.

And so too Karnataka. Well I immediately recognised the singer Rachel Jones
and the bass player Ian Jones were the two people I spoke to after the Mostly
Autumn DVD recording.

Rachel was very expressive with her face. I have never sat down and thought
what the lyrics were about but she seemed quite strong on interpreting them.
She also seemed to be trying to vamp it up for the cameras a bit. I don’t know
if that is normal.

Jonathan Edwards on Keyboards seemed to have a good role but it has to be said
it was Paul Davies on guitar that fascinated me most. He seems to be a face
puller as he plays which is always a good sign to me. His style constantly reminded
me of Fish era Marillion.

There was a guest saxophonist (Steve Simmons?) and he seemed the person most
up for having fun. He interacted well with Rachel but particularly seemed to
get on with Paul even though he was the opposite side of the stage. It seemed
to me Paul had quite a dry humour and enjoyed mucking about while being serious
at the same time.

The saxophonist used an Alto on his first appearance and then a Tenor on his
2nd too appearances

I have heard the band is a bit static but they seemed reasonably OK to me.

The Sax player was the most interactive though so perhaps they need to work
on this a bit still. It certainly struck me Ian could do with loosening up a
bit more.

There were three backing singers for most of the set. On Heavens gateway (I
think) one of them also added played Flute.

The set was very enjoyable. It wasn’t as good as say Mostly Autumn to me but
it was good fun and I am really looking forward to getting the DVD.

Set Lists

John Sloman

Human kind, The ballad of Joe Public, Rage of the new age, Jamming with Jesus,
It’s a new day

Karnataka

Intro/Time stands still, Crazy sax, Dreamer, Heavens gateway flute, (Strange
Behaviour – Dropped I think but was on the set list on stage), I should have
known, Writing on the wall, Heart of stone, Mist In the devil, The Right? Time,
Tell me why woman in me, The Journey, Delicate flame of desire, Shine/Outro

Roger Dean – Exhibition Of Original Works And Fine Print – 28 Cork Street, London 12th-24th November 2001

Note this does nothing for the colours in the prints Roger is holding

Roger Dean will be holding the first major exhibition of his art
in the UK since about 1976. Pieces of his work have probably been seen since
then but even so probably not for over a decade so this is an excellent chance
to catch with Roger’s work and see many pieces for the first time. Entry is
free so if you are in or near London it is well worth going.

The display is being held at The Gallery 28 Cork Street, London
between 12th and 24th November 2001.

The following original art works will be on display:-

Octopus
Cave (Greenslade Hermit’s Cave)
Awakening
Arrival
`Z’ Dome At Night (Acoustically Driven)
Paladin
Magician’s Birthday (2°d Panel Coloured)
The Sea Of Light
Blue Demon
Yesshows
Yellow City
Arches Splash
Space Needle
Centre Of The Earth
Rock Forms III
Rock Forms IV
Rock Forms V
Rock Forms VI
Dragons’s garden

Along with original paintings visitors will also be able to see
and purchase a series of fine print works roger has been working on since 1997.
Back in the 1970’s some of Roger’s work was sold as posters. The main buyers
were American students. There was great demand for these posters but not some
albums such as Yes’s Relayer album were painted small and wouldn’t stand being
blown up to a Poster size so Roger stopped releasing them.

Over the years there was been a great demand for Roger’s work
and his audience has grown up and wants some a bit more substantial than just
a poster. Roger therefore set about creating a set of limited edition fine art
prints.

Tales From Topographic Oceans 2001

The original painting by Roger took about 1 month to make. The
fine art print for this exhibition took about 5 months work!

When an album cover is printed it uses four colour separations
to get all the colours. This works very well but the inks tend to be thin and
some colours get lost. Apparently only about 60% of the Blue colours are available
using this process. The reason the new picture took Roger five months is it
is made up of about 40 different colour separations. Each one is applied to
the paper using the silk screening process. Every detail on the 40 separations
has been hand drawn again from scratch.

While drawing the pictures again Roger has chosen to change some
of the details in a minor way so for instance the two left hand rocks in the
middle of the picture now look slightly different to the original in their detail.

 

Arches – Mist view

There are two fine Art prints for the Arches drawing which was
used for Yes’s "Keys To Ascension" album. Surprisingly it is the "Mist"
view which uses the most separations.

Arches – Morning view

Because the "Morning" view is in the sun the shadows
on the arches are darker and therefore have less detail.

The Original Yes Logo.

 

The original Yes logo only uses 5 of 6 separations but I was really
impressed the brightness of blues on the fine art print. It makes what to me
could be quite an ordinary picture really stand out. I was also surprised how
the curves on it aren’t as smooth as you would expect if you drew it from memory.

It has to be said I am not big on art but I think I will be going
down to the exhibition to see the paintings and prints up close. I was quite
taken by what I saw at the press conference.

The following is the full list of Limited Edition Fine Art Prints:

Tales From Topographic Oceans
The Magician’s Birthday (Black & White)
The Magician’s Birthday (Colour)
The Yes Logo
Arches (Morning)
Arches (Mist)
Dragon’s Garden I
Dragon’s Garden II
Dragon’s Garden III
Asia Eyes I-IV
Yes Dragonfly I-IV

Full details of the sales of the fine print can be found at http://www.roger-dean.com.

Please note the images of Roger Dean’s art on this page were issued for press
use only and are all ©Roger Dean