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Love for the Phoenix - A techno tour de force loosely based on the classic System 7 track "Habibi" from the first System 7 album (1991) but made with a completely new beat and overlayed with live playing and violin. A powerful emotion is employed that evokes the suffering and spirit of rebirth in Japan's recent national tragedy, and the heart-based symbolism of the Phoenix.
Meeting of the Spirits - a simplified cover version of the iconic Mahavishnu Orchestra track, showcasing the fantastic blend of lead guitar and electric violin, and also displaying the extraordinary beats of the two ROVO drummers.
Cisco (Phoenix Rising) - an epic live ROVO track in the "Krautrock" spirit of Can and Neu, with one of the trippiest tempo changes of all time, and featuring an intricate middle section composed by Steve Hillage.
Unbroken - an electro/breakbeat track composed by System 7 that starts completely programmed and switches to completely live playing around the same theme, with another Mahavishnu-style guitar and electric violin melody
Sino Dub (Phoenix Rising) - another live ROVO track combined for Phoenix Rising with a techno trance programmed beat in typical System 7 style.
Unseen Onsen - A floating ambient track with lush live playing, composed by Miquette Giraudy in the Mirror System style.
System 7 and ROVO are pleased to announce two 2014 UK concerts when they will perform works from their new albumPhoenix Rising. The dates include Manchester Ritz on Friday 7th March and London o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire onSaturday 8th March 2014. Tickets can be ordered Wednesday May 29th from www.musicglue.com/rovoandsystem7.Every ticket purchase will include a free 5-track mp3 download of the "Hinotori EP" featuring individual and collaborative tracks from both System 7 and ROVO. A third ROVO and System 7 Phoenix Rising concert is announced for the iconic Melkweg venue in Amsterdam on Thursday March 13th 2014. Info and tickets here: http://bit.ly/1djg8mL
PHOENIX RISING live is a combined show of System 7 and ROVO playing together, sometimes using the techno beats as the rhythmic basic and sometimes using the live drums, seamlessly morphing from one to the other. The concert will showcase some of the most sophisticated blends of electronic beats and live playing ever produced, made possible by the skilled musicianship of eight players. Fans of System 7's Steve Hillage can be assured that in the format of Phoenix Rising his masterful electric guitar style is fully unleashed, with extensive soloing and duets with the electric violin ofROVO's Yuji Katsui.