Bass Player Antoine Fafard To Release Second Album 'Occultus Tramitis'
Much to the excitent of music aficionados across the globe, the second solo album by composer and bass player Antoine Fafard, 'Occultus Tramitis', will be released digitally on May 15 and on CD June 1, 2013. Featuring the contributions of a number of jazz-rock legends including Terry Bozzio (Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Gavin Harrison (King Crimson, Porcupine Tree), Scott Henderson (Tribal Tech), Simon Phillips (Jeff Beck, Toto), Chad Wackerman (Allan Holdsworth, Frank Zappa) and Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Mike Stern), 'Occultus Tramitis' encompasses 11 tracks presenting almost an hour of exciting new music.
"Working on Antoines project was a real treat...his compositions and playing made it a unique experience. Both challenging and joyful at the same time! He put together a great team of players and I only wish we could have been playing in the same room!" - Jerry Goodman
Says Antoine, "I started to work on this CD in September 2011, right after the release of the 'Solus Operandi' album, and was still working on it in April 2013. I began to compose music with specific players in mind, hoping that they would eventually agree to participate. I guess that the players themselves were a great source of inspiration during the composition process. Interestingly, I wasn't present during the recording sessions of any of the collaborators on this CD (all 15 of them). Each player on this album recorded their tracks in their home studios and all the songs were mixed in my home studio."
Drum legend Terry Bozzio comments on the track he performs on: "This is a really challenging piece. It was very subtle - it's in eleven and it's very sneaky... It is deceptively simple because it has an open, very flowing feel to the piece."
Antoine Fafard's recording career began with his band Spaced Out, who released their first album in 2000. By 2008 Spaced Out had recorded five studio albums, one live album and two DVDs, and had performed on international stages including Nearfest, USA in 2002 and Crescendo, France in 2006.