Alan Parsons was born into a family with an impressive history in entertainment. His great grandfather was the celebrated actor/manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. His mother was an actress, professional folk singer and harpist and his father, Denys Parsons, an accomplished pianist and flautist as well as the author of many books. The late Oliver Reed, film actor was a cousin. His uncle, David Tree was also a film and stage actor.

Alan had dabbled with live performance in his late teens as a folk/blues acoustic player and as a lead guitarist with a blues band in the late sixties in his hometown of London. But as soon as he landed a job at the famous Abbey Road Studios at the age of 19, it became clear that the world of sound recording was to dominate his career.

Abbey RoadHe was fortunate enough to work as assistant engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles and after he qualified as a fully-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies among many others. But it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side OF The Moon that really got him world attention. That soon led to striking successes as a producer - notably with Pilot's Magic, John Miles' Highfly and Music and Steve Harley's (Come Up And See Me) Make Me Smile. He also produced the hugely successful Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with American progressive rock band Ambrosia.

Alan mixing Dark Side Of The MoonIn 1975 he met Eric Woolfson who not only became his manager, but joined forces with Alan as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project. The APP's debut album, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe paved the way for a signing to Clive Davis' newly launched Arista label and a string of hit albums, namely I Robot (1977), Pyramid (1978), The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980), Eye in the Sky (1982), Ammonia Avenue (1984), Vulture Culture (1985), Stereotomy (1986) and Gaudi (1987).

Eric Woolfson and Alan ParsonsA brief venture into musical theatre resulted in Freudiana in 1990.The show ran for over a year in the historic Theater An Der Wien in Vienna. Eric and Alan then went separate ways. Eric devoted his career to the musical theatre while Parsons felt the need to bring his music to the live concert stage and to continue to record ambitious symphonic rock music.

With his long-standing previous APP collaborators, guitarist Ian Bairnson, drummer Stuart Elliott and orchestral arranger Andrew Powell, Alan dropped the "Project" identity for Alan Parsons - Try Anything Once in 1994. The partnership continued for On Air in 1996 and The Time Machine in 1999. During this time the first incarnation of "Alan Parsons Live Project" toured to sell-out audiences throughout the globe. Following Alan's relocation to California, a new Live Project band was formed in 2003. Another band reshuffle happened in 2010. The current live band consists of Alan on acoustic guitar, keyboards and vocals, P.J. Olsson on vocals, Manny Foccarazzo on keyboards, Guy Erez on bass, Alastair Greene on guitar, Danny Thompson on Drums, and Todd Cooper on sax, percussion and vocals.

A Valid Path CD cover The album A Valid Path, Alan's foray into electronica was released in 2004 and featured Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, The Crystal Method, Shpongle, Uberzone, PJ Olsson and Alan's son, Jeremy. 2008 saw the reissue of all the Alan Parsons Project albums in expanded form, containing never-before-heard bonus material and a 2-CD compilation called The Essential Collection. One of the most familiar Project tracks is Sirius, perhaps best known as the Chicago Bulls theme. It was also used as the walk-on music for The New Orleans Saints at their triumphant Superbowl game in 2010 and at the 2012 European Cup soccer matches. Sirius has also been featured at countless other sporting events and in the movies Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Beerfest.

ASSRLogo In 2010, Alan felt the need to share his extensive knowledge and expertise with the rest of the music industry. With the help of fellow Brit Julian Colbeck, Alan wrote and produced a comprehensive instructional video series about recording called The Art & Science Of Sound Recording (ASSR). It features contributions from a myriad of celebrity artists, engineers and producers and is narrated by Billy Bob Thornton. It is available as a 3-DVD set and as downloads. See www.artandscienceofsound.com. All Our Yesterdays, a song written especially for the series, features some of LA's finest musicians and a rare performance by Alan on lead vocals. Alan has been supporting ASSR with a series of lectures and Masterclass Training Sessions (MCTS) all over the world. It has been a great opportunity for the attendees to witness Alan at work in the studio and to participate actively in the making of a possible future hit.

Since the beginning of 2012, as well as performing live shows, Alan has been busy in the studio doing vocals for German Electronica outfit, Lichtmond, on a CD and video called Precious Life. Other vocal performances with YES stars Billy Sherwood and Chris Squire as The Prog Collective have been released on Cleopatra Records. Another collaboration has been with Mexican superstar ALEKS SYNTEK. Alan and Aleks have written a song called "The Direction Of Time" and have shared the lead vocal duties which are in both English and Spanish - release is expected in late 2014.

Alan has come full circle and is back in his role as producer and engineer both at his own Santa Barbara studio and other studios internationally. Alan produced an album called Grand Ukulele with JAKE SHIMABUKORO, the virtuoso ukulele player, whose YouTube video of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" has received over ten million hits! The album contains a number of orchestral arrangements by Winger frontman, Kip Winger. A collaboration with Steven Wilson as engineer and associate producer resulted in major success including a Top 5 album in Germany in 2013. Another album is in the cards for the autumn of 2014.

A CD box set of all the Alan Parsons Projects was released in March 2014 and included a controversial never previously released CD from 1979 entitled The Sicilian Defence.

Alan has received a large number of awards including eleven Grammy nominations, The Les Paul Award in 1995 and The Diva Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in Munich, Germany in June 2012. He is in demand as public speaker and was keynote speaker at the 1998 Audio Engineering Society Convention in San Francisco and was the opening speaker at the TEDx Conejo conference in California in April 2012.

Alan has two sons, Jeremy and Daniel, from his first marriage - both living in the UK. Alan now lives on an organic avocado ranch in Santa Barbara, California with his wife Lisa and her two daughters, Tabitha and Brittni, three dogs, several cats, chickens, and an 18-hand Clydesdale called Dante.

April 2014


Band Bios



P.J. OLSSON: Vocals

P.J. grew up in Houghton, Michigan and has been singing and making music as long as he can remember. He started playing violin at age 6. With a father who conducted an orchestra, he ended up taking music very seriously....that is until he realized you could sing words over one sixteenth the amount of chords and impress girls! His journey of inspiration took him through many odd situations and record deals. He has three released albums, which enjoyed varying degrees of attention, although he maintains he is proud of all of them. "One record got me on LETTERMAN, in NEWSWEEK, USA TODAY, ROLLING STONE, and a bunch of others too", says PJ. "Visine", a song taken from this album,was  Hightimes Magazine  song of the year. P.J. has performed alongside Rufus Wainright, Beth Orton, Bob Geldof, The The, DJ Spooky,Ben Harper, Nelly Furtado, The Twilight Singers, Train, Michelle Branch, The Flys and many more. When he's not working on his own music, he produces and writes for other artists and writes songs for movies, TV, and advertising. He started singing with Alan Parsons Live Project in mid 2003, and has been collaborating recently with Alan on his latest album. He now lives in Los Angeles. "The most important thing in my life is looking after my three kids and my wonderful wife", he says. "I live a simple life of hope and fun... music and words rule my every moment, and I'm sort of along for the ride".

ALASTAIR GREENE : Lead Guitar/Vocals



Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Alastair Greene was born April 18th, 1971 in Santa Barbara, CA and has been a mainstay of the Southern California music scene for over two decades. He discovered music through his mother's piano playing at home and whose record collection included classics by The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John, while his father's tastes at the time leaned toward Bach and Beethoven. Alastair was inspired to pursue music as a career by his grandfather, the late Chico Alvarez, who played trumpet as a member of the Stan Kenton Band in the '40s and '50s. Growing up, Alastair took piano lessons and played the saxophone before discovering the guitar in High School. He received a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied for two years before returning to southern California to begin playing with Blues and Rock bands in the early ‘90s. Alastair is best known for his blues-based, soulful, and melodic guitar playing and is one of the rare-breed to play slide guitar. He can be heard on CDs by Alan Parsons (2004 release ‘A Valid Path'); Aynsley Dunbar (2008 release ‘Mutiny'); and Blues harmonica legend and member of WAR, Mitch Kashmar (2005 release 'Wake Up and Worry'). Alastair has put out five of his own CDs and is working on his sixth. He has also appeared on countless independent CD releases ranging from Blues and Folk to Southern Rock and Heavy Metal. Alastair continues to record and perform with his own band, as well as with the Alan Parsons Live Project. Find out more at www.agsongs.com

 

DANNY THOMPSON : Drums

Danny joined the Alan Parsons Live Project in March 2010 for their tour of Eastern Europe and The Middle East.

Danny grew up in Marin County California and was fortunate enough to be mentored at a young age by Creek Hart son of Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead). Dan studied under some of the greats like, Chuck Brown, Terry Bozzio, Dana Miller..

2008: Danny joined the Scott Weiland solo band (Velvet Revolver & Stone Temple Pilots front man) and performed on tracks for Scott's new release, Happy in Galoshes.  The band also got the chance to play Jay Leno, Jimmie Kimmel, Carson Daly and toured throughout U.S. and abroad.

2004-07: Danny was a member of The Mother Truckers (Texas based country rockabilly band) on Funzalo Records..

He also worked with Sara Betten (K's choice) and appeared in a number of videos and live performances. Through the years Dan has played with some real pros like Les Claypool (Primus), Mark Rivera (Billie Joel), Vince Neil, Jacob Dylan and Doug Grean.

1998-2003:  Protein: a band signed to Sony's W.O.R.K. Group, released 2 full length albums and toured the U.S. with Sugar Ray, No Doubt, Limp Bizkit, Primus and Sublime. Also the band had an MTV Asia Buzz clip.

GUY EREZ: Bass

Born and raised in Israel, music became Guy's life passion at an early age.

In his early twenties, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. He started performing and recording and was asked to join the teaching staff of LAMA (Los Angeles Music Academy) alongside Alphonso Johnson, Ralph Humphrey and Frank Gambale.

Guy soon built his first studio and became active as a songwriter and producer. His songwriting talent drew the attention of Chrysalis Music Publishing who signed him to a publishing deal.

Among the different artists Guy has worked with are, Sarah Bettens (K's Choice), Gypsy Kings, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ben Taylor, Sara Bareilles, Meredith Brooks, Billy Miles, John-5, Fefe Dobson, Karmina, P.J. Olsson , Will Daily, and Keaton Simon. Guy produced the song “Hey God” by Randy Coleman which was featured on the Oscar winning movie “Crash” soundtrack.

Guy's writing skills have now branched out to writing theme music for TV shows such as The Tom Green show and The Andy Dick show for MTV, I'm With Busy for Comedy Central , The Whitest Kids You Know for IFC and the themes for Marvel/Disney shows like the” Avengers” and ”The Astonishing X Man”.


MANNY FOCARAZZO: Keyboards/Backing vocals

Emanuel Focarazzo was born in 1967 in Brooklyn New York. He is a descendant of a musical lineage that has lasted generations. His grandfather, Charles Orlando, was a professional piano player whose work included silent films in the early 1900's. He grew up listening to his mother Vincenza at the piano playing all the great songs from the early 1900's to post World War 2 Americana. At an early age Manny would sit at the piano and compose songs and melodies of his own. Playing the piano as a child came naturally but he didn't take any formal lessons until his mid teens. His training lasted into college and he graduated with a music degree from Adelphi University under the guidance of David Bradshaw leading to three performances including his own compositions at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16. More recently Manny has worked with numerous bands in New York and he continues to perform all styles of music in many of New York's greatest music venues. His first love is composition and a current project is what could become a Broadway Musical - centered around post-war Coney Island. Another project is a progressive rock conceptual work with repetitive yet evocative melodic and lyrical themes. The keyboards are the driving force in this piece and Emanuel prefers to use traditional analog sounds to tell the story. His contribution as keyboardist with the latest incarnation of The Alan Parsons Live Project is, to say the least, extraordinary.

TOM BROOKS: Keyboards

Tom Brooks is an award winning Producer, Arranger, Engineer, and Keyboardist with 6 Platinum and 18 Gold Albums to his credit. Tom has produced over 160 successful albums, several receiving GMA, RIAA, Grammy, ARPA, and Dove Award honors. His albums and concert videos are distributed by Sony Music into 150 countries, with over 30 million sold worldwide.

Tom has worked with many of the best-loved artists in music including Paul Jackson Jr, Israel Houghton, Sheila E, Ron Kenoly, Alan Parsons, Abraham Laboriel, Aline Barros, Vinnie Colaiuta, David Pack of Ambrosia, Baby do Brasil, Kirk Whalum, Chester Thompson, James Ingram, and many more. Tom is owner and Creative Director of Master Recording Studios, a world-class production studio in Southern California featuring the latest state-of-the-art digital and analog recording technology. Recent corporate clients include Disney, Anheuser-Busch, McDonald.s, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Korean Airlines, to name a few.

In addition to touring and recording, Tom is the author of .The Language of Music., a contemporary music theory textbook published by Hal Leonard. He holds a doctorate in music and teaches workshops at universities around the globe. In the midst of his many musical endeavors, Tom continues to follow his first love and passion, performing live.

TODD COOPER: Saxophone/Vocals

TODD COOPER has spent the past 25 years as an accomplished Singer, Songwriter, and Saxophonist. His career has unfolded into a versatile journey through the New York and Nashville music scene. Todd has toured extensively, singing background vocals, playing saxophone and composing for various artists, from Pop to Rock, Folk to Country, and everything in between. He spends much of his time in the studio, working with producers and artists on vocal arrangements for master sessions. Todd is the newest addition to the Alan Parsons Live Project and resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Emma, and daughter, Carli Blue. Todd has also worked with David Foster, Jack Ingram, Radney Foster, Big and Rich, Michael W. Smith, Randy Rogers, Billy Falcon, The Judds, Tinmen, Nathan Lee, Michael English, Kim Boyce, Roger Kreiger, Carman, Fleming & John and many more.

DAN TRACEY: Guitar/Backing vocals

Dan Tracey began his musical journey in Hartford, CT.

The youngest of six kids, Dan coaxed his older, more experienced, brother Dave into giving him drum lessons at an early age. Before long, Dan was wowing judges at school jazz competitions with not only his drum skills, but his work on guitar and piano. While still in high school, he won the prestigious Berklee College of Music "Outstanding Musicianship" award.

After a long stint on the East coast doing session work and singing/performing with popular bands, Dan moved to Nashville in 1993 to focus more on his passion for writing and producing. Since the move, Dan has continued to perform live and do session work throughout Nashville including sessions on the famed "Music Row". Once a student of vocal coach Don Lawrence (Mick Jagger, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Bono, Christina Aguilera), Dan is best known in musician's circles for his wide vocal range, production skills and melody driven pop songs.

A gifted writer, Dan has written songs with Paul Taylor (Winger, Steve Perry, etc) and Trick Pony's Keith Burns. In 2010, his song "Everything I Am" was featured on an episode of ABC's "All My Children" and "Bold & The Beautiful". He's also had songs appear in the smash Hillary Duff movie "Material Girls" and reality show "Plain Jane,' while his song "Kia at its Best" appeared in Kia's 2012 Super Bowl halftime commercial. Currently he is working on a multitude of projects including a "Parsons-esque" EP titled "Princes & Thieves," due for release in fall 2014. Also noteworthy, Dan teamed with original Staind drummer Jon Wysocki and award-winning producer Robert Wright to create new (alternative rock) band "Save the World." The band's first EP, "Volume One," is in the recording phase.

Dan has performed/recorded with: Brian Howe and Bad Company, Skunk Baxter, Phil Keaggy, Bob Welch, Mark Slaughter, Paul Taylor (Winger, Steve Perry, Aldo Nova, John Waite), Eric Brittingham (Cinderella), Rocco & The Devils (U2 Opening Band.Vertigo Tour Hawaii 07), Ricky Dee, Savage Bros. Band, Keith Burns (Trick Pony), Jamie LaRitz (Bret Michaels) Rich Herring & Mel Watts (Little River Band) and currently, plays guitar and sings in the Alan Parsons Live Project.

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MARTIN THOMAS: Lighting Design

MARTIN THOMAS has been lighting acts since 1979, being groomed by some of the industry’s finest in theatre, music and corporate events. Originally from New York City and involved in some of the raucous beginnings of the club and bar music scene, he has spent many of the past 27 years touring as Lighting Director for acts ranging in styles from Sarah Brightman to D'Angelo. 2006 found Martin working as Touring Lighting Director for Dave Chappelle, Alan Parsons Live Project, The Black Eyed Peas, Erykah Badu and Chris Brown on 5 Continents during the 12 month period. 2007 was a year for learning new technologies, including 3D Visualization programs, Media Servers and the latest in Digital Lighting/ Show Control systems, so that he can bring his clients all the best that the Production industry has to offer into their shows. Recent articles include:

http://www.martinpro.com/casestory/

http://livedesignonline.com/concerts/working_icon/index.html

http://www.myspace.com/relentlesslightingdesign

Martin enjoys the wide variety of musical acts he has had the opportunity to illuminate, in particular the beautifully visual music of the Alan Parsons Live Project, and he looks forward to enhancing every concertgoers experience in the coming years. He can be contacted at mthomasld@yahoo.com.

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Martin Frey ROSS PALLONE: Production Manager and Front of House Sound Engineer.

Ross Pallone has been working in the pro sound business for over thirty years. He started out as a drummer during his teens and early twenties. He was inspired by great sounding recordings (including those by by Alan Parsons, he says!), and landed his first job at a professional recording studio: Hollywood Sound Recorders. This was home to many highly respected recording engineers and producers. Working with Michael McDonald - who was producing a record for his wife Amy Holland - they became friends and Ross went on to become live sound mixer for Michael for over 10 years and also recorded his second solo album among other recordings.

Ross was nominated for an Emmy for sound mixing in 1995 for .John Tesh Live At Red Rocks. on PBS. He has earned a Gold Record award for Michael McDonald.s British release of .Sweet Freedom., a Platinum Record for Prince.s .Controversy., and Gold Records for John Tesh.s .A Romantic Christmas . and .Live At Redrocks.. As well as mixing Alan's live sound, Ross is also currently mixing for Brian Culbertson, Christopher Cross, David Benoit and Jeff Bridges. Other credits for live and studio work include: Prince, The Chris Walden Big Band, David Pack of Ambrosia, Paul Taylor, Chaka Kahn, Mindi Abair and Charlie Sexton, among others. For more details, see Ross's Facebook page under .About. or just Google .Ross Pallone".