“Forbidden Planet” – Music by Andrew Colyer and Darin Brannon. Lyrics and vocal melodies by Randy McStine. Additional vocal harmonies by Andrew Colyer, Natalie Brown, and William Spillane. Guest guitarist is Alek Darson (Fright Pig, Meridian Voice Project).
Circuline’s newest release, “Counterpoint” (May 2016), features an All-Star lineup of SEVEN guest guitarists: Randy McStine (The Fringe, Lo-Fi Resistance); Doug Ott (Enchant); Alek Darson (Fright Pig, Meridian Voice Project); Ryche Chlanda (Fireballet, Renaissance, Flying Dreams); Alan Shikoh (Glass Hammer); Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact, Dave Kerzner); and Stanley Whitaker (Happy the Man, Oblivion Sun). The compositional team of Colyer/Brannon returned for this second album, partnered with the songwriting of McStine, and the vocal arrangements of Spillane/Brown/Colyer. Immediately, the album started garnering praise and new fans.
Performing original cinematic progressive rock, Circuline was founded in 2014 when former progressive rock tribute band Downing Grey members Andrew Colyer (keyboards, vocals), Bill Shannon (guitars, vocals), and Darin Brannon (drums, percussion) had a burning desire to write original material. Lead vocalists Billy Spillane and Natalie Brown were up for the challenge, having performed in countless venues as singers, actors, dancers, and rock musicians. New guitarist Beledo (as of January 2016) brings a whole new dimension to the band’s compositions and live performances.
Circuline’s debut album, “Return” (released Spring 2015), featured Guest Artists Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact) on bass, Randy McStine (Lo-Fi Resistance) as a songwriter and vocalist, and Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius) on electric violin. Paul Ranieri (Shadow Eden, Mark Wood Rock Orchestra) joined the lineup as touring bassist in late 2014, and joined the band for their second album starting in summer 2015.
Art direction, graphic design, and video editing: Darin Brannon
Band marketing: Andrew Colyer
Band management and booking: Thomas Palmieri of NicJoy Productions
Legal Management: Ronald Bienstock
Photography by Rob Shannon (Fotopic.com)
Much needed sarcasm and general snarkiness: Natalie Brown
The New Jersey Prog House will bring Circuline back to perform for the second time, for their CD Release Party! Special guest Ad Astra will open the show. All paid attendees will receive a copy of the new CD “Counterpoint”, first drink ticket, a slab of bacon, and a chocolate chip cookie in a good bag! Plus your name will be entered into a drawing for a free house concert! Plus we’re working on some other cool stuff to giveaway…….please come and join us!
Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 Location: Roxy and Dukes, Dunellen, New Jersey
Time: Doors at 7 pm; Ad Astra 7:30 to 8:30 pm; Circuline 9 pm to 10:30 pm
“Silence Revealed” – Music by Andrew Colyer, Darin Brannon, and Bill Shannon. Lyrics and vocal melodies by Randy McStine. Additional vocal harmony arrangements by Andrew Colyer, Natalie Brown, and William Spillane. Guest electric violin solo by Joe Deninzon.
Circuline’s debut album features Guest Artists Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact) on bass, Randy McStine (Lo-Fi Resistance) as a songwriter and vocalist, and Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius) on electric violin. Paul Ranieri (Mark Wood Rock Orchestra), seen in the above video, is the new bassist with the band.
Video recorded at the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, New York,; New Jersey ProgHouse, Dunellen, NJ: and Enigma Dance Hall in Milan, New York. Additional video courtesy of Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius.
Video editing: Darin Brannon | Marketing and Advertising: Andrew Colyer
Band Management and booking: Thomas Palmieri
Legal Management: Ronald Bienstock
Much-needed sarcasm and general snarkiness: Natalie Brown
After an exhaustive six month search, Circuline is excited and proud to announce its new guitarist is Beledo!
Uruguay-born, NYC transplant Beledo has classical and jazz training on guitar, piano, and voice. He has performed worldwide leading his own bands, and as an ensemble member. Beledo’s compositional, recording, and performing experience includes flamenco, classical, rock, jazz, Latin, world, jazz-rock, progressive rock, and jazz fusion. Beledo has been featured in Guitar Player and Jazziz magazines.
Beledo has recorded and toured with such musical greats as Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson), Alex Machachek (UK), Virgil Donati (UK), Tito Puente, Pedro Aznar (Pat Metheny), Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon), Stefon Harris, Gary Husband, and Randy Brecker. In 2013 Beledo signed with Moonjune Records, joining the ranks of fellow artists Allan Holdsworth, Soft Machine Legacy, and Tony Levin’s Stick Men.
Beledo is a fantastic player, a great guy, and with his background and experience, he is a great fit for Circuline. We’re happy to welcome him to our band!
Circuline is excited to announce the last of the Guest Guitarists for the second album, “Counterpoint”.
Guest #7 of 7: Doug Ott (Enchant). Doug is the co-leader, chief songwriter, and rocking guitarist for the progressive rock band Enchant. Enchant have spent more than 25 years in the progressive rock scene, with an 11-year hiatus in studio album discography between 2003 and 2014. They returned to the studio and live performance with their recent release, “The Great Divide”.
Andrew Colyer met Enchant keyboardist Bill Jenkins on the Moody Blues Cruise and Cruise to the Edge in 2014. Bill was performing with Sound of Contact, and Andrew was performing with the Prog Rock Orchestra. Bill and Andrew met up again in 2015 at the 12th international Rites of Spring festival (RoSfest) where Enchant was performing, and got introduced to Doug. Andrew and Darin Brannon were impressed with Enchant’s live performance and new album, and when Circuline needed another guitarist for their second album, they called Doug.
Doug is contributing guitar tracks to the song “Who I Am”. We’re excited and grateful to be working with him!
Circuline is excited to continue announcing the Guest Guitarists for the second album, “Counterpoint”.
Guest #6 of 7: Randy McStine (Lo-Fi Resistance, The Fringe, Pink Floyd Experience). Randy, one of the most prolific musicians out there, recently returned from a European tour with the Jane Getter Premonition, then left immediately to go back out on tour with the Pink Floyd Experience. He and his band The Fringe will be performing this May at the Rites of Spring festival (RoSfest), where they will be having their CD release party.
Andrew Colyer met Randy on the Moody Blues Cruise and Cruise to the Edge in 2014. Randy was performing with Sound of Contact, Andrew was performing with the Prog Rock Orchestra, and when Circuline needed a singer-songwriter for their first album, they called Randy.
Randy contributed lyrics, melodies, and vocals for “Return”, and is again contributing lyrics and melodies for the seven vocal songs on this upcoming album, “Counterpoint”.
Randy is also contributing guitar tracks to the instrumental piece “New Day”. We’re excited and grateful to be working with him!