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Author Topic: Spain's Progressive Rock Legends Kotebel To Release Highly Anticipated New CD  (Read 2565 times)
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« on: January 12, 2012, 05:07:33 PM »

For Immediate Release

Spain's Progressive Rock Legends Kotebel To Release Highly Anticipated New CD
'Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble'

1/12/2012 - Madrid, Spain - With 5 albums released since 2000, including the highly acclaimed 'Omphalos' (nominated for 'Best Foreign Record' by ProgAwards in 2006) and 'Ouroboros' (Winner – 'Best Foreign Record' by ProgAwards in 2009), Kotebel is one of the main progressive rock acts to emerge from Spain and Latin America. And now, much to the anticipation of prog fans across the globe, Kotebel is preparing to release their 6th album 'Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble'. “The main body of the album is formed by the four movements that comprise the 'Concerto for Piano',” explains keyboardist and founding member Carlos Plaza Vegas. “It is pure music; no reference to extra-musical elements. However, the other four pieces on the album are based on conceptual elements.”

Formed in 2000, Kotebel is an eclectic project, immersed in the mainstream of progressive “art” music. Kotebel's music is an elaborate, yet accessible blend of avant-garde symphonic rock, with a wide range of influences from classical to jazz to world music. The group sites influences as diverse as Genesis, Debussy, YES, ELP, Ravel, Messiaen, Thinking Plague, The Enid, Steve Hackett, Gentle Giant, King Crimson and Chopin. Kotebel has participated in prestigious festivals including BajaProg (Mexico – 2004), Gouveia Art Rock (Portugal – 2007/2010), ProgSud (France – 2007), Madrid Art Music Festival (Spain – 2008/2009), Go Prog (Portugal – 2009), Crescendo (France – 2010), sharing the stage with artists like Robert Fripp, Magma, After Crying, IQ, Allan Holdsworth, Deus Ex Machina, Isildurs Bane, Jerry Marotta, Pat Mastelotto and others.

Here's what the press has said about Kotebel:

“This is one stellar disc of symphonic progressive rock!” - Jerry Lucky – The Progressive Rock Files

“This is a masterwork!” - Vitaly Menshikov – Progressor

“Outstanding symphonic prog!” - César Inca – Progarchives

“One of the great contemporary prog rock bands!” - Nuno – Prognosis

“Kotebel appear to be content on exploring and extending the boundaries of their chosen genre, and are definitely a band to watch out for.” - Dave Sissons –

“The musicianship is top-notch!” - Yves Dube – Sea of Tranquility

Kotebel's current line-up:

Carlos Franco Vivas – drums and percussion
César Garcia Forero – guitars
Jaime Pascual Summers – bass
Adriana Nathalie Plaza Engelke – keyboards
Carlos G. Plaza Vegas – keyboards

Between the years 2000 and 2008 Kotebel went through a number of line-up changes, with Carlos Plaza Vegas remaining as the driving force throughout. Kotebel's configuration as a five piece instrumental ensemble in 2008 quickly became an efficient performance engine, exploring aesthetic grounds that required more complex and demanding skills as individuals and collective performers. Along with releasing an album 'Ouroboros' in 2009, Kotebel toured Japan in the summer of that year and participated in a number of music festivals and performances in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. Between September and December 2011 the ensemble recorded their forthcoming album 'Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble', in which pre-orders are currently being taken. To be released in early 2012, the album will also include a DVD with a full rendition of the recording of the Piano Concerto.

“Since the first Kotebel album back in 2000, one of our goals has been to integrate elements of classical music in a language based in progressive rock,” explains Carlos. “'Ouroboros' (2009) was a further step in that direction (for example, the 'Ouroboros' song is constructed upon a 'Theme and Variations' structure). However, it is in the 'Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble' where this integration has been taken to its greatest extent in our music.”

Finally, Carlos has this to impart to the listening public: “For those still not acquainted with our music, I would invite you to visit our website where we have plenty of fragments from each and every track on our albums. Kotebel's language is very eclectic and appealing to both fans of more traditional prog as well as more adventurous ones.”

To pre-order Kotebel 'Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble' CD:

For more information:

Press Inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158,
tristan stefan
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2012, 05:58:03 PM »

Kotobel is without a doubt my favourite 2000-era progressive band.  Each of their albums is worth listening to and each is different in its own way.  I'm looking forward to their new release!
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 01:37:40 PM »

Well.... first, I have to say that Kotebel is in my top 10 bands of the last 10 years BUT ...

Carlos Plaza founded Kotebel, his father and uncle played a fundamental role in academic music in Venezuela.

Kotebel is not an spanish band, it was conceived as a project by Carlos, a Venezuelan who went to live in Spain his daughter also plays in it.

Carlos moved to spain ( Mike Oldfield too and we do not consider him Spanish or Phil Collins who lives in Switzerland is not swiss)

RC2 another venezuelan band also resident in Spanish, in fact the band was a very successful pop band BEFORE becoming prog, Radio Clip ( RC )

I don't know if to call Kotebel "legendary", maybe Triana ....
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012, 02:43:29 PM »

according with

.... En 1982 regresa a Venezuela y reagrupa la banda “Tiempo y Espacio Indefinidos”, fundada originalmente en 1975. Se traslada a Madrid en 1989, donde reside desde entonces.

Carlos G. Plaza ha creado la mayoría de sus composiciones a partir 1990. Durante 1992, realizó estudios de composición con el maestro español Román Alís. Desde 1990 hasta 1999 centra su producción musical en diversos proyectos musicales dentro del ámbito de la música clásica contemporánea, tanto obras para piano solo como música de cámara y piezas orquestales. En 1999 funda el proyecto “Kotebel” y desde entonces ha producido cinco álbumes: “Estructuras”, “Mysticae Visiones”, “Trozos de Luz”, “Omphalos” y “Ouroboros”

Carlos live in Spain since 1989 until today, i guess the  Kotebel band is considered Spanish because the band was created in 1999, ie, the band was born in Spain...  Roll Eyes
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