Album Excerpts and Preview Part 2 – tracks 1 to 4

A short video with glimpses of the first four tracks of the album, including two time Juno-award winning Indian ghazal/folk style as well as classically trained singer Kiran Ahluwalia; also, Turkish kanun player Tamer Pinarbasi along with other members of New York Gypsy All Stars; members of the group Raza Truncka from Salto playing Argentine indigenous drums and members of the Brooklyn-based world music group House of Waters. Stay tuned till the end of the video.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87ncMQRiX44

(Photography and videography of the artists in-studio are by Tom Couture and Maddy Samaddar – who has also done the editing and album artwork. A separate page will be put up to list all other images used, including film clips with copyrights, permissions and detailed credits for all the regional, political and landscape photos used in this video.)


 

 

It’s 11/11 and our album has been officially released!

New York, New York, 11/11/2014. Our album is now officially released! This date also marks the centenary celebration to mark the end of World War I.

As we often say here – Make Music, Not War.

We are grateful to all who have contributed, supported and appreciated this project. Please support the arts by getting your copy of the album today and/or spreading the word to your friends and families.  Here’s a sneak peak into some pages from the album. Enjoy!


Planetary Coalition CD available for pre-sale on iTunes

Our CD is now available on iTunes. Follow this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/planetary-coalition/id934930381 

Here is a collage of some photos from the recording sessions with some of the artists, on location at Spin Studio:

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The musicians in the collage are Alex Skolnick, Yihan Chen, Rachel Golub, Max ZT, Raif Hyseni, Moto Fukushima, Kiran Ahluwalia, Luke Notary, Tamer Pinarbasi, Yacouba Sissoko, Gabriela Quintero & Nitin Mitta. At the mixing board are audio engineer Nik Chinboukas and Yosimar Gomez. (6 photographs by Tom Couture and 7 photographs by Maddy Samaddar.)


 

Twenty Seven Musicians. Five Continents. One vision.

Planetary Coalition’s musicians represent over two dozen countries and five continents and numerous ethnicities. Here is a photo montage of the extremely talented and eminent musicians who are part of this recording. (Click to enlarge.)

Alex Skolnick's Planetary CoalitionFrom left to right:

Row 1: Alex Skolnick, Kiran Ahluwalia, Rodrigo Sanchez, Yacouba Sissoko, Yihan Chen, Pablo Aslan, Tamer Pinarbasi

Row 2: Raif Hyseni, Gabriela Quintero, Adnan Joubran, Dario Boente, Gadi Seri, Jose Luis Terzaghi

Row 3: Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Moto Fukushima, Nitin Mitta, Rachel Golub, Jose Armando Gola, Vasko Dukovski, Juan Casanovas

Row 4: Jennifer Hernandez, Max ZT, Shane Shanahan, Luke Notary, Panagiotis Andreou,Engin Kaan Gunaydin, Fausto Nascimbene.

 

 

From Inception to Implementation

From its inception in Union Square on summer solstice day, June 21st, 2012 – Planetary Coalition has now grown into a truly global music project. Our CD will be released on 11/11/2014.

Twenty seven musicians. Five continents. One vision. Alex Skolnick’s Planetary Coalition - featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela, Adnan Joubran, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Kiran Ahluwalia, Pablo Aslan, Yacouba Sissoko, Yihan Chen, Gadi Seri, New York Gypsy All Stars & many others - infuses the passion and artistry of the musical styles of Latin, Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Indian, Balkan/Eastern European, East Asian, African and other indigenous lands.

Twenty seven musicians. Five continents. One vision. Alex Skolnick’s Planetary Coalition – featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela, Adnan Joubran, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Kiran Ahluwalia, Pablo Aslan, Yacouba Sissoko, Yihan Chen, Gadi Seri, New York Gypsy All Stars & many others – infuses the passion and artistry of the musical styles of Latin, Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Indian, Balkan/Eastern European, East Asian, African and other indigenous lands.

An ethnically flavored collective of diverse musicians from all over the world, Planetary Coalition is driven by the acoustic guitar of Alex Skolnick, whose work spans jazz (Alex Skolnick Trio), metal (Testament), and world music (Rodrigo y Gabriela).

In the virtuoso’s own words from the upcoming album’s notes:

“It started with a lone, handwritten sentence on a notepad, describing a musical vision: “An ethnically flavored collective of musicians from all over the world, driven by acoustic guitar and bringing together inspirational melodies, in-depth improvisation and the passion of the musical styles of Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin, East Asian, Mediterranean, Balkan/Eastern European, African and other indigenous lands.”

The reality: coordinating over two-dozen musicians from five continents.

Yet despite the numerous logistical challenges, Planetary Coalition has been guided by a single hope: that by weaving the threads that connect musical expressions with regional identities, we can bridge the gap between diverse cultures and people, and increase awareness of the ecological and social issues facing the planet, our island in the sky. And I must confess that with respect to all prior musical collaborations, this is the album I feel most proud of. It’s hoped that in the future, these pieces can be performed not just in concert venues but as audio-visual presentations in galleries, museums and classrooms.”

Alex Skolnick's Planetary Coalition

“I am grateful to all the incredible artists who eagerly took part, some from across the world, others a few subway stops away; some eluded by mainstream recognition, others who worked on their parts in between sold-out concerts and national television appearances; a few from regions that have long been politically at odds yet refusing to let politics or ideology dictate art, music and humanity; and all of whom are the type of musicians I’m most inspired by – master players for whom technical virtuosity exists, but never at the expense of artistic expression, emotion and collaboration……”

Planetary Coalition album artwork detail

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Alex Skolnick on the process of music writing

This is a trailer of one of the processes that participants will be privy to. There is much more. Visit PLanetary Coalition’s project page at Artistshare  (http://artistshare.com/v4/Projects/Ex…) to learn more.and join as a basic or Bronze, Silver, Gold and/or Executive Producer level participant to get exclusive personal access to Alex and various artists, and to help make the recording of this world music project possible.

A glimpse of some of the sounds and textures of Planetary Coalition

This video consists of a few excerpts from live performances giving an idea of the sounds and texture of the music of Planetary Coalition.

Founded by guitarist Alex Skolnick, the group includes a core team of musicians and artists in New York and will include special guests from across the world. The final recording will constitute of other international musicians from various countries, as explained in detail in our Welcome video.

Planetary Coalition will be making its debut recording through ArtistShare® To support this project go to: http://www.artistshare.com/v4/project…

The beautiful artwork and graphics of Planetary Coalition, as well as compilation of its welcome video and others available for purchase on artistshare, is made  by the incredibly talented architect and landscape architect Maddy Samaddar  (of Nomad 9 Design, New York & Open Building Research, Italy,) who has worked on over 80 design projects in 15 countries in five continents. She will also be co-ordinating the project’s artwork and its ecological and environmental aspects. 

Thank you for your interest and we hope you’ll join us in this process, and on this musical journey with Alex Skolnick and his musical guests.

As described in our welcome video, you can contribute through your ideas, essays, artwork, photos, postcards as well. An address will be placed soon for receiving mail on this site.

For those who want to help fund the project through small or large contributions go to: http://www.artistshare.com/v4/projects/experience/325/439/1/6

Planetary Coalition: a world music project by Alex Skolnick. An artistshare fan-funded project. (Artwork of this poster  © 2013 Maddy Samaddar Nomad 9 Design.

Planetary Coalition: a world music project by Alex Skolnick. An artistshare fan-funded project. (Artwork  © 2013 Maddy Samaddar Nomad 9 Design.)

It’s on!

Planetary Coalition’s Welcome video is up at ArtsistShare as we officially kickstart the process to get closer to recording a CD in the near future.

Here is the video explaining the project and its ideas, goals and principles in depth.

To go directly to ArtistShare’s Planetary Coalition project page, and to become a part of the process to make this happen or share with your friends, go to: http://www.artistshare.com/v4/projects/experience/325/439/1/6

Join us!

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Graphics for the video was handled by http://www.nomad9design.com/ Check out their work!

Guitar jams and more…

Planetary Coalition will feature a variety of musicians from different parts of the world, bound together by the common thread of music, and to increase awareness – cultural, social and environmental.

This May, guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, both who are very active  in environmental and animal-rights issues, expressed their enthusiasm for the project.

Here they are in an improv acoustic guitar trio with guitarist Alex Skolnick

Thanks for the Union Square turnout!

Thank you for that great turnout in Union Square for the Make Music NY, New York’s largest free outdoor music festival, and Guitar World and NYC Guitar School’s “Mass Appeal: Guitars on June 21” event.

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Among music enthusiasts and NYC guitar school students, spot novelist Bradford Morrow in the crowd!

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Better quality videos will replace this one, but for now, this amateur clip from a member in the audience:

Here’s a link to the websites of the peformers:

Alex Skolnick: http://www.alexskolnick.com/

Rachel Golub: http://www.rachelgolubmusic.com/Rachel_Golub.html

Max, Luke and Moto: http://houseofwaters.com/

Planetary Coalition kick starts on Summer Solstice day

Planetary Coalition kick starts on Summer Solstice day

Join us today at 4:00 p.m. at Union Square, in the heart of New York City, as we start our first global-musical journey with the sounds of the guitar, santoor, violin, drums and much more! Planetary Coalition performs at 6:00 p.m. sharp. See you there!

From Guitar Aficionado: The full article is here:  http://www.guitaraficionado.com/alex-skolnick-to-appear-at-mass-appeal-guitars-event-in-new-york-city.html

ALEX SKOLNICK TO APPEAR AT MASS APPEAL: GUITAR EVENT IN NYC

In association with Make Music NY, New York’s largest free outdoor music festival, Guitar Worldand NYC Guitar School are hosting Mass Appeal: Guitars on June 21.

Players of all ages, styles and skill levels are invited to join a massive ensemble of guitarists in Union Square to collectively play pre-selected songs.

The festivities begin 4 p.m. in Union Square with mini-practice sessions and booths by event sponsors, including Guitar World, NYC Guitar School, Lagunitas Brewery, Agile Partners (AmpKit, GuitarToolkit), La Bella Strings, Marshall Headphones and more. Live music will be provided by The Spanish Channel, a New York City band.

The play-along will begin 5:30 p.m. Participants will need to bring their own guitar. The following songs will be performed as a group:

01. “One Love” by Bob Marley (led by Brooklyn Guitar School Director Shane Chapman, Queens Guitar School Director Cariad Harmon and NYC Guitar School Director Jenn Elliott)

02. “Wonderwall” by Oasis (led by local high school students from KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program)

03. “Horse With No Name” by America (led by Jay Moran of VH1, VH1 Classic and VH1 Save the Music Foundation)

04. “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes (led by Laura B. Whitmore, GuitarWorld.com blogger and producer of The Women’s Music Summit)

05. “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix (led by Jimmy Brown from Guitar World)

06. “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele (led by voice instructors Clara Lafano and Rebecca Rossi from Brooklyn Piano and Voice)

Mark Feldmen of Bang The Drum will perform percussion for the play-along.

Following the first six songs, guitarist Alex Skolnick of Testament and the Alex Skolnick Trio will be joined by some of his favorite New York-based musicians to premier his new world music project, Planetary Coalition.

“I’ve often flirted with the idea of putting together a mostly acoustic, ethnically flavored combo of diverse improvisers from all over the world,” Skolnick said, “one that ties together metal music’s power and passion with that of Gypsy, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Asian, African, Latin and other international and indigenous cultures. So when the opportunity arose to perform at Make Music New York, it felt like the perfect situation to try out such an endeavor.”

Skolnick will conclude the play-along with “Smoke On the Water” by Deep Purple.

For more information, song charts and instructional videos, visit meetup.com.

http://www.meetup.com/mass-appeal-guitars/events/63987342/?a=ed1_l6