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The tribute to the children who died in the sinking of The Bulgaria on
the river Volga is now available in the shop.
Features special guests Michael Sadler (Saga) and John Baker (Mars Hollow) with 2KX.



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2 K X





2KX is Lisa LaRue's permanent band, formed from members of Lisa LaRue Project 2K9.  The new album "Fast and Blue," the benefit EP "Beautiful Life," and
the memorial "Lemniscate" are available in the shop!






Latest News

Personal Message from Lisa LaRue 

This is a very personal message, and I want to thank all of the people who have sent me such loving and kind messages over the pat couple of years, I really appreciate and cherish you.

After fighting off the recurrence of my Cushings Syndrome, a cyclical situation which arises in conjunction with my Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, I am finally in remission again!!  This is very important, and exciting news.  Patients wih Cushings have a 4.6 year life expectancy without treatment.  I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful alternative health provider, and through several regimens and some herbal supplements and diet changes, I finally reached remission.  I have had several bouts with adrenal crisis, coming close to going into shock and near death on one occasion.  I still need to pay very close attention to diet, hydration, and living conditions due to the CAH, and will have to do so for the rest of my life, as there is no cure for Salt-wasting Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.

I also was afflicted by, and diagnosed with, Frozen Shoulder about a year ago (before going into Cushing's remission), totally prohibiting me from playing keyboards, and even personal activities such as bathing, washing my hair, and dressing.  It is now at about 90% recovered - I can dress myself, and lo and behold, I have been playing the piano!!  It takes about 2 days afterwards to not have any pain in the arms, but I'm doing it, nonetheless. 

I wanted you all to know how much I've appreciated your support, and that because of the very many personal notes, I am hoping to start making music again very soon!  Knowing that many of you appreciate my music and are wanting to hear more is just as important as my own passion to play and write.  So, keep your eyes and ears open!!  I might just do a little piano track here and there...........

Love to you all,
Lisa

LaRue Debut Photo Exhibit at former Doors Workshop 

July 13, 2012 • For Immediate Release

Los Angeles, CA -  “Open Doors,” a photo exhibit by Lisa LaRue featuring eclectic views of historic sites associated with the legendary rock band “The Doors” in and around Los Angeles, will open August 17, 2012, from 7 pm until 11 pm..  The exhibit will be at Forbidden Restaurant and Bar located at 8512 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.  Also featured at the opening will be an acoustic performance by singer/songwriter John Baker, and live painting by Walt Hall.  Forbidden will be offering $20 Margarita pitchers and $3 Miller Lites.

 

LaRue, a progressive rock musician who is a Historic Preservation Officer for a federally recognized tribal government, has been practicing photography for over twenty years, with some internationally published photos in the media, including several books and magazine covers.  She chose to incorporate her two professions – music and history into this most recent collection of photos, focusing on a more mature and eclectic look at some iconic places in Los Angeles.

 

“As the fans and appreciators of The Doors mature, I felt that images featuring a more eclectic look would be more appropriate.  I had in mind display in homes, offices, restaurants and such when choosing the shots to take,” said LaRue.  “Also, the sites are slowly disappearing – some of the things I wanted to shoot are already gone.  My goal was to document the beauty of these sites and their role in our cultural history before they are gone.”

 

LaRue’s music includes a 7 albums, including several Native American instrumental albums, a CD in the Cherokee language, and 3 progressive rock albums.  Her music, as well as a link to her photography, can be found at www.lisalaruemusic.com

 

John Baker will be providing an acoustic set.  Baker is the lead singer and guitarist for the internationally known progressive rock band, Mars Hollow, and was formerly with LA band “The Little Girls” and Harvey Sid Fisher.  He has also appeared on several Lisa LaRue projects; the two were married this past February.  You can learn more about Baker and listen to some music at both www.johnbakerwebsite.com and www.marshollow.com

 

Walt Hall is an up and coming Los Angeles artist, who has exhibited at numerous galleries and shows throughout the area.  Hall has a very unique style, and can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/walt.hall.167

 

For more information on Forbidden Restaurant and Bar, please visit www.forbiddenrestaurant.com

Russian News features "Lemniscate" 

МОСКВА, 6 июл - РИА Новости. Американская клавишница и автор песен Лиза ЛаРю (Lisa LaRue) сочинила и записала эпическую прог-рок композицию Lemniscate - Children of the Bulgaria, посвященную трагической гибели детей, находившихся на туристическом теплоходе "Булгария", затонувшем 10 июля прошлого года в России, рассказал РИА Новости инициатор проекта, ведущий рок-программ на радио, капитан 1 ранга Игорь Дыгало. РИА Новости получило право первым опубликовать песню на своем сайте, а на американском радио премьера песни состоится 10 июля - в день годовщины трагедии. Read more

2KX Tributes Russian Tragedy July 2012 

 American progressive rock keyboardist and songwriter Lisa LaRue has crafted an epic song to tribute the children lost in the tragic July 10th, 2011 sinking of the Russian tourist ship "Bulgaria". The "Bulgaria”, in dire need of repair and over capacity, sailed on the Volga River and rapidly floundered in bad weather. Over one hundred were lost in the disaster including over fifty children enjoying themselves in the ship's playroom. When a disc jockey from a Moscow radio station brought the tragedy to the attention of LaRue, she felt compelled to make a heartfelt statement, recalling an incident from the history of her Native American Cherokee Indian heritage. "When my grandmother was a child, she lived at a mission and the fullblood children were locked in a certain cabin at night, apparently so they couldn't leave and return home. One night, there was a fire and all of them perished. We all began as one people, there is one God, one truth. Music is the Universal language, but so are children."

Investigations indicated the Bulgaria operated as a cruise ship without a proper license and carried eighty people more than the rated capacity when she left the dock at Bolgar bound for Kazan on that ill-fated day. To compound the tragedy, two ships passed the sinking "Bulgaria" without stopping to assist, a matter under investigation by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. The accident happened so rapidly that the crew was unable to launch any lifeboats. This tragedy shook the region of the Russian Federation but has been mostly overlooked. LaRue feels this event deserves worldwide attention, reminding us how often we overlook one of our greatest treasures - our children. "(Children) are born with no specific language, but are taught and molded by us. It is all of our jobs to raise the children of the world, and a responsibility to put their safety and futures as our priority. We need to make sure regulations and policies are in place the world over to protect this treasure - our children."

For "Lemniscate - Children of the Bulgaria", Lisa LaRue 2KX (including LaRue, guitarist Steve Adams, NS Stick/upright bass player Don Schiff, sax player and flutist Dave Schiff, cellist Mike Alvarez and drummer Merrill Hale) is joined with special guests John Baker (Mars Hollow) and Michael Sadler (Saga) on choir vocals. According to LaRue, "The song is a thirteen minute prog epic that is a musical drama telling a very sonically vivid story of the terrible events of that day."

Lisa LaRue, an award winning keyboardist and composer, first became known for her Native American-influenced music when she was the first female artist signed to the Sound of America Records label (SOAR) Natural Visions imprint. Heavily influenced by the American and British prog rock scenes, she then focused on her own prog projects Lisa LaRue 2K9 and later Lisa LaRue 2KX releasing the critically acclaimed CD "Fast and Blue". With her more recent project, the EP "Beautiful Life", LaRue has donated the proceeds to benefit a dedicated fan’s ailing spouse.

"Lemniscate - Children of the Bulgaria" will debut on night July 7 and July 12, 2012, the one year anniversary of the tragedy. It will be aired by DJ Igor Dygalo's radio shows “Pearl Diver” and “Red Shark” in Moscow and can be accessed, respectively, on-line July 7 at http://www.rockfm.ru. (12 a.m. Moscow time, that is corresponding to 1 pm Pacific Time or to 4 pm Eastern Time, July 6) and July 12 at http://kp.ru/radio/ (1 a.m. Moscow time, that is corresponding to 2 pm Pacific Time or to 5 pm Eastern Time, July 11). It will also be available for purchase at iTunes and other digital outlets.

LaRue-Baker Engagement/Wedding 

For Immediate Release

December 29, 2011


Los Angeles, CA - Lisa LaRue (Lisa LaRue 2KX) and John Baker (Mars Hollow) have announced their engagement today in Los Angeles at an engagement / birthday party at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset. The couple have set a date in Spring of 2012.


The wedding will be a private family affair, with a reception to follow for friends at a later date in the Spring which will be aired live via internet through AiiRadio.net . There will also be an interactive website set up for friends and fans which will keep those interested updated with wedding news, wedding and reception photos, and will also contain a guestbook for well wishes to be entered.

LaRue, progressive rock keyboardist and Baker, guitarist and vocalist for Mars Hollow, will be residing in Los Angeles.

ADDENDUM:  The couple was married February 16 in a private ceremony in Las Vegas; a reception was held for close friends in Los Angeles May 5.  



Prognosis review of Fast and Blue 

After listening a few times to Fast and Blue, I must admit to being reminded of some of the more symphonic Progressive Rock albums of the seventies, even though this album clearly has a modern sound to it in a Neo Prog sort of way. The main reference I would make would be with Rick Wakeman's Voyage to the Center of the Earth album....... read more

2KX to release benefit CD 

Progressive rock band Lisa LaRue 2KX has announced the forthcoming digital-release only EP titled, “Beautiful Life.” The EP consists of 3 songs of varying feel and genre, from beautiful classical guitar, to a ballad, to jazz.
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Music Street Journal Loves Fast and Blue 

The album kicks off with a major epic after the soft opening intro of “Mystery of the Rose,” and never lets go of your psyche or ears as prog epic after epic unfolds in this seven song story. Fast and Blue is an explosive and dynamic album that will thrill and bring back many memories from the legends of the past, while still remaining original. Read more

Thank you, DangerDog! 

The significant piece here is Jam Jehan Nima. In this composition, LaRue is a player in the band, not the star. The arrangement involves every musician for an epic performance. This is pure neo-classical progressive rock and, indeed, 2KX at their most brilliant.

....... deserving both attention and recognition, Lisa LaRue 2KX Fast and Blue is classic progressive rock re-imagined for a new day with tons of inspiration and inventiveness. Very recommended!  read more
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