English symphonic rock band Renaissance rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock group, the Yardbirds, with vocalist Annie Haslam and principal songwriter and guitarist Michael Dunford joining at the dawn of the 1970's to define their work with folk rock and classical fusions. Including quotations from and allusions to, such composers as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff, the band had their first Top Ten UK hit with “Northern Lights” in 1978 as well as creating progressive rock classics “Mother Russia” and “Ashes Are Burning”.
After extensively touring and popularity in the UK, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, France, Belgium, Portugal and Israel, the most influential progressive rock stations in the US picked up on the band’s unique musical sound and introduced them to fans in America.
The band has played on the world’s most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in New York City with The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to the Royal Albert Hall in London with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Touring is a vital musical element of the Renaissance experience.
Over the band’s lengthy career they have recorded fifteen albums. Despite explorations into solo careers and changes in the line-up Haslam and Dunford remain the creative core of Renaissance.
In 2009 they embarked on a special 40th Anniversary Fall Concert Tour in 2009 to re-introduce to new generations the lush, orchestral favorites that made them a staple of 1970's progressive rock radio.
The tour of theaters and performing arts centers, with a newly formed Renaissance was received with much excitement and a great attendance of eager fans from far and wide. The new musicians in the band were welcomed with standing ovations as they brilliantly performed the classics that fans had been waiting so long to hear again.
Joining Haslam and Dunford in Renaissance are keyboardist Rave Tesar and bassist/vocalist David J. Keyes, both of whom were previous members of Renaissance and the Annie Haslam Band.
Drummer/percussionist/vocalist Frank Pagano joined the band (Bruce Springsteen, Smashing Pumpkins, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow), and Jason Hart (Rufus Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, Suzanne Vega).
Together they revisit the symphonic textures, stunning vocals and poetic lyrics that embody the band’s compelling international themes, with fresh interpretations of their most admired compositions. 'Carpet of the Sun,' 'Ocean Gypsy,' 'Mother Russia,' 'Ashes Are Burning,' 'Running Hard,' 'Prologue,' and 'Northern Lights'; all of which are central to Renaissance’s most prolific period (1972-78) and culled from the albums Prologue, Ashes Are Burning, Turn of the Cards, Novella, Scheherazade and Other Stories, and A Song for All Seasons.
Renaissance are currently composing and recording a new album which will be released in 2012.