Steve Hackett to Release New Album on March 24

by VVN Music

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett will release his new album, The Night Siren, on March 24 via InsideOut Music.

The Night Siren is meant as a wake-up call for an era of strife and division. Steve said of the album "This latest waxing represents a bird’s eye view of the world of a musical migrant ignoring borders and celebrating our common ancestry with a unity of spirit, featuring musicians, singers and instruments from all over the world. From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide. But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defenses. To quote Plato, ‘When the music changes, the walls of the city shake’."

Among the tracks are Behind the Smoke, a look at the plight of refugees throughout history, and West to East, a reflection on the damage of war and the hope for a better world.

The album not only includes Hackett's guitar playing, but also a host of artist from around the world including singers from Israel and Palestine, who both actively campaign to bring Jewish and Arabic people together. There are also instrumentals from the USA and Iraq, and a multiplicity of sounds, including the exotic strains of Indian sitar and Middle Eastern tar and oud, the ethnic beauty of the Peruvian charango, and the haunting Celtic Uilleann pipes.

In addition to singers Kobi and Mira (Israeli and Palestinian), also featured on the album are Nick D'Virgilio (drums) from the USA, Malik Mansurov (Tar) from Azerbaijan & Gulli Breim (drums & percussion) from Iceland, along with regular Hackett collaborators: Roger King, Nad Sylvan, Gary O'Toole, Rob Townsend and Amanda Lehmann. Additional musicians who add to the rich flavour of the album are Christine Townsend (violin & viola), Dick Driver (double bass) and Troy Donockley (Celtic Uilleann).

The track list:
  • Behind the Smoke
  • Martian Sea
  • Fifty Miles from the North Pole
  • El Niño
  • Other Side of the Wall
  • Anything but Love
  • Inca Terra
  • In Another Life
  • In the Skeleton Gallery
  • West to East
  • The Gift
Steve will also be touring the eastern U.S. and Canada in February and early March with "Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett". The dates:
  • 02/14 - Nashville, TN - City Winery
  • 02/15 - Nashville, TN - City Winery
  • 02/17 - Newark, NJ - Victoria Theater
  • 02/18 - Ithaca, NY - State Theatre
  • 02/22 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
  • 02/23 - Westbury, NY - NYCB
  • 02/24 - Reading, PA - Santander PAC
  • 02/25 - New York, NY - Playstation Theater
  • 02/26 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
  • 02/28 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
  • 03/01 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
  • 03/02 - Oakville, ON - The Oakville Centre
  • 03/03 - Buffalo, NY - Kleinhans Music Hall

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