Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Michele Rundgrens play to debut soon...

North Shore's Rundgren to debut comedy play

Comedienne and North Shore resident Michele Rundgren will debut her new comedy play "What Was I Thinking? Bad Boyfriend Stories" based on a book of the same name on Kaua'i June 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. at the Wailapa Road Outdoor Amphitheater.

"It's a girls night out that the guys will finally be able to attend — if they're brave enough," Rundgren said.

Twelve Kaua'i women will join Rundgren performing skits, monologues and readings, written by well-known actresses and writers, that range from hilarious to pathetic, Rundgren said. "They all describe the moment when logic, common sense, and simple self respect finally take hold and we know it's over!"

Afterward, audience members can share their opinions about the play with Rundgren, who plans to eventually take the show on the road, followed by dancing under the stars.

Rundgren reminds everyone that material is for adult audiences only, akin to an NC-17 movie rating.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 on the day of the show; available at North Shore Pharmacy, Kilauea Video, Paradise Music in Princeville, Hanalei Surf Co., Backdoor or online at Bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnic dinner and beverage of your choice. For more information, call 828-0074.
ticket info and poster at:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

new information about future stuff

this is brought to us via LYNN on Todds myspace page

Various interesting information
Todd is on the road again! I hear the Oslo show was great. It was filmed for Norway television. you can watch it ..... check out link a few posts below.

Tonight is the first show of a short US run. We have Paul Freeman opening. Paul will be calling into Rundgren Radio after soundcheck to have a chit-chat with Mel and Doug. listen in @ RundgrenRadio.

Our agent is diligently working on creating additional AWATS shows for early Sept. There are a few irons in the fire so to speak. I will let everyone know when I can.

The HDNet DVD is so close to being ready to roll. Just working out the details of the cover art which shouldnt be too much longer. I will give the release info as soon as I have it.

Lets see---I think thats all I have atm. Do you all have any questions?


PICTURES: OLSO show taken by Bart V





Roger Powell signs music deal with Unicorn Digital and releases Solo CD

Keyboard Legend Roger Powell Signs with Unicorn Digital and Releases Solo
Blue Note Ridge

6/16/2009 - Montreal, Qc, Canada - Unicorn Digital is proud to announce
that legendary keyboardist Roger Powell (Utopia, David Bowie, Meat Loaf) has
signed a deal with the label to release Blue Note Ridge, a collection of
improvisations that embrace classical melody, contemporary harmony and
impressionist forms on this debut solo piano album.

A stream of consciousness merging styles and eras, Blue Note Ridge is
pure, elegant and honest. In the 70’s and 80’s Roger Powell’s groundbreaking
electronic synthesizer albums Cosmic Furnace (Atlantic) and Air Pocket
(Bearsville) were hailed as masterworks. Best known for his work with pioneering
musical ensemble Utopia (featuring Todd Rundgren), as well as inventing the
'Probe' keyboard, Powell has always been held in high esteem by his peers.

“Even among the keyboard titans of the progrock Seventies, Roger Powell
always stood out.” (Future Music U.S. Ed.- June 2006).

2006 signaled a welcome return of Roger Powell with the retrofuturistic,
groove oriented, Fossil Poets (Inner Knot CD/Vinyl LP). The critically
acclaimed release was produced by award winning producer Gary Tanin who, along with
Powell, produced the 2009 solo piano offering Blue Note Ridge. "For many
years, I have wanted to release a solo piano recording, as the piano is my
main instrument from high school days onward," Roger explains. "There were a
few piano segments and pieces on my other albums, as well as on Utopia
recordings, but I had never done a full album of solo piano."

Here's what the music press have been saying about Blue Note Ridge:

"Although he's best known to rock fans as a synth/keyboard wizard, Roger
Powell is also one fine piano player, as evidenced throughout his 2009 solo
release, Blue Note Ridge. Working once more with producer Gary Tanin, a good
representation of the album would be such standouts as the album opening
"Path to the River", as well as "Take To The Sky", the latter of which was
adapted from the George Gershwin classic "Summertime". Once and for all, Blue
Note Ridge proves that there is not a musical style that Roger Powell isn't
comfortable tickling the ivories to." - Greg Prato, All Music Guide

"This 36-minute collection of 14 solo piano pieces is not the kind of
album listeners might expect, especially after 2006's Fossil Poets. The warm
elegant pieces on Blue Note Ridge are flecked with melancholy and create a
musical stream of consciousness. Some pieces border on New Age, but the music
here provides audio tranquility as serene as the album's title." - Michael
Popke, Goldmine Magazine

"With serenity always on the horizon, the pieces gathered on "Blue Note
Ridge" are tastefully jagged like the sparkingly sparse "Flint Hill" or the
opener "Path To The River" which has a nicely poised swing to it. Elsewhere
"Take To The Sky" pays a tribute to George Gershwin's "Summertime", and there's
Chopin-like majesty in "First Light" where the blues-skewed dissonance
plays a mind game. When the droplets of "Watershed" awash the ears, all these
improvisations leave so much to imagination that a new spin of the disc feels
necessary to have something fresh revealed every time." -
Dmitry Epstien - DDME.NET

"The inspiration behind the album was my desire to record some music in a
very direct and simple setting: just me and the piano, no synthesizers,
electronics or complex mixing," says Roger. "All the tracks were completely
improvised, spontaneously composed. I would just sit down at the piano, turn on
the stereo recorder and play. From several hours worth of raw material, we
selected a set of pieces that express the overall mood of introspection and

Blue Note Ridge will be available on July 14, 2009. For more information
visit Roger Powell's official website:

Gary Tanin/Daystorm Music
PH: 414-321-9956

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
PH: 828-350-8158