Can you believe is has been 50 years since Renaissance first started touring?! This year the band went on a 50th Anniversary tour with full orchestra and had triumphant success at the Town Hall in New York City’s Time Square. Check out the beautiful pictures below.
Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Their career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. The band also featured John Tout on piano, Jon Camp on bass and Terry Sullivan on drums, all of whom further molded the sound of the band through the powerful technical command of their instruments. They were first acknowledged for uniquely blending progressive rock with classical influences and symphonic arrangements.
Renaissance are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings. In the early years, Renaissance toured Europe extensively. It wasn’t long before influential progressive rock stations in the US, such as WNEW (NYC), WMMR (Philadelphia) and WHFS (Washington) were turning America on to Renaissance. Before too long the band started thrilling concertgoers on the world’s most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in NYC (with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra), to the Royal Albert Hall in London (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society). In 1978 they had a top ten hit in the UK with ‘Northern Lights’, which has become a classic radio favourite, still demanding regular airplay to this day. The band eventually disbanded in the late 1980’s at which time Annie Haslam launched a solo career.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original founding of Renaissance Michael and Annie in 2009 decided to form a new touring band which consisted of; Rave Tesar on keyboards, David J Keyes on Bass, Tom Brislin on keyboards, Frank Pagano on drums. In 2014, Renaissance released their first album in 13 years entitled ‘Symphony of Light’. The album is a testament to the unforgettable melodies that Michael Dunford infused into his work (Michael died prematurely in 2012). The album begins with powerful lyrics by Annie Haslam in the title track about the life of ‘Leonardo da Vinci’, followed by ‘Waterfall’, a song written about the rainforests in Brazil. The album’s music will bathe the listener in sonic flavors from far off countries, lush orchestral arrangements and unusual lyrical content, and with guest appearances from Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and John Wetton (Asia/King Crimson/UK).
The Band have most recently toured North America, Canada, and in May 2017 had a triumphant tour of South America.
The current personnel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, Leo Traversa bass guitar, Geoffrey Langley keyboards, Frank Pagano drums and Mark Lambert on acoustic guitars.
Renaissance has kicked off their symphonic journey tour featuring a chamber orchestra! They have wowed audiences in NYC, New Jersey and Connecticut thus far. Above Annie’s own “Ashes are Burning” sets the backdrop for the song! Below Renaissance performing and a cameo of Annie with longtime agent Wayne and promoter […]
There are not many better ways to start off a New Year than new concerts announcements! So we are happy to report that Renaissance will be touring Brazil this spring! Check out Annie’s invitation to South American fans on the Renaissance Youtube page and sign up for their touring tracker for updates.
The Renaissance fall tour is ramping up to kick off at the beginning of November in the northeast. But that’s not the best part. For the first time in 6 years, Renaissance is heading back to the Midwest! Current tour dates span Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Tickets can be purchased […]
Renaissance is gearing up for the Europe leg of their tour; just around the corner in April. Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK are all on the list! If you haven’t checked out the dates or ticket sales, you better hurry up! You can find the list here.
On sale now, are a LIMITED number of Very Special Guest packages to the fall Renaissance shows! These passes are only available to current ticket holders and will include: Attendance to the sound check with Renaissance (approximately 5-6pm on day of show, no photography or video) Personalized, autographed Very Special […]
Annie and the rest of the Renaissance crew were absolutely ocean gypsies this past weekend on the Cruise to the Edge. Comments have streamed in on their facebook page from adoring and appreciative fans; those enjoying their experiences and others thankful for the pictures that the band so graciously shared with all […]
Renaissance is Cruisin’ to the Edge this week with fellow rockers Yes and Steve Hackett (and many more) from sunny Florida to the Caribbean…. Fun, sun, and music? We’re not jealous or anything. Here’s a great shot from Steve’s twitter page.
Renaissance will be back to entertain east coast audiences beginning with a show in Alexandria, Virginia on April 3rd followed by a string of dates in the Connecticut and New Jersey area. What we are all jealous about is their Cruise to the Edge embarking from Miami to Honduras and Cozumel April […]
The 2012 NEARfest line-up is now up for the world to see and we are proud to announce that Renaissance will be headlining day two of the event on June 23, 2012. For tickets, additional line-up information and all other NEARfest news, please visit www.nearfest.com.
Renaissance have just announced that a limited number of VIP Experience upgrades will be available to ticket-holders for their upcoming “Turn of the Cards / Scheherazade and Other Stories” Tour this September. The package includes access to soundcheck, a limited edition, autographed “Very Special Guest” laminate, an autographed official tour […]
British Progressive Rock legends, Renaissance, plan to return to the northeast US with a special show geared specifically for the fans; the band will perform both of their top-selling and top charting albums (“Turn of the Cards” and “Scheherazade and Other Stories”) in their entirety. Released in the US in […]
Entourage Talent is proud to announce the signing of Renaissance, one of progressive rock’s most influential and innovative bands. Hailing from England and led by revered and longtime members Annie Haslam and Michael Dunford, Renaissance will hit the road this Summer to bring their unique fusion of folk rock and […]