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.
Check out the full feature in
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!
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.
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."
For Immediate Release
Full interview in iO Pages - Progressive Rock Mag
Lisa LaRue has a full interview in issue 103 of iO Pages. Check link here to find out how to get your copy.
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.
Like The Tangent's The Music that Died Alone and Proto Kaw under a heavy Vangelis influence, Fast and Blue is an album of LaRue's true musical identity, and the music itself is more eased and tame, without a bunch of wild improvisations or jitteriness, as it's about taking a melody and giving it a work over. Read more
DPRP Review of Fast and Blue
Fast And Blue offers up epics like the 18-minute Prometheus, which showcases some dramatic Transatlantic-esque sections, a synth solo sounding like the cry of an intergalactic pterodactyl, and sections evoking Genesis and Relayer-era Yes. Other tracks on the CD are more conventional and song-based, like the title track with a commanding vocal from Payne, dutiful backing vocals from Nil and an anxious guitar solo from Adams. read more
Sea of Tranquility's Epic Review of Fast and Blue
Fast and Blue is one of the better releases of the year. A nice and welcomed addition to anyone's prog record collection. Original music steeped in the tradition of the masters of prog's legendary past. The guest list should be enough for any fan to show an interest, but the artwork, fine production and incredibly epic nature of the music should clinch your purchase of this disc. 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.
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
" ... the music here is EPIC! This album has the best of the 70s and the present day progressive rock has to offer..." READ REVIEW HERE
L L Keyboardist on Strange Ang3ls
David Mark Pearce (The Oliver Wakeman Band), guest guitarist and co-producer of Lisa LaRue Project 2K9, will be releasing his debut solo album “Strange Ang3ls” through AOR Heaven on June 24, 2011. The album is a fine mix of Melodic Rock and ‘soft’ prog, with vocals by John Payne (Asia ft John Payne, GPS, 2KX) and Goran Edman (ex- Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum).
CD, DVD and Magazine Now Available Individually
Fast and Blue Listening Party
Frans Keylard of The Rogue's Gallery hosted the 2-hour CD Listening Party on The Dividing Line. With spoken words interjected with the songs by key players on the album, it's a 2-hour extravaganza that will be leaving you wanting not only the CD, but the DVD with interviews and studio footage, and the souvenir magazine. Listen to Rogue's Gallery #384!!!!
LL and 2KX partner with ROCKTUNZ.COM
Lisa LaRue has partnered with ROCKTUNZ.COM as a single source for all Lisa LaRue music, including back catalog, Project 2K9 and the upcoming 2KX CD, "Fast and Blue." The site also offers the "Rockommender" which will lead you to discover all sorts of new and classic prog music. "World Class" is now available, as is the single "Fast and Blue." Although the shop on www.lisalaruemusic.com will remain open, we are gently transitioning into RockTunz, so that you, the listener, can have a one-stop-shop to fulfill not only your Lisa LaRue playlist, but other great prog from some truly deserving artists. Check Lisa's page here
Sea of Tranquility reviews "World Class"
"World Class is full of great melodic keyboard arrangements that are written and executed perfectly. LaRue has definitely surrounded herself with a stellar cast of musicians here and this is another big reason why this album works as well as it does. The unique qualities of each player is allowed to shine through in such a way that the listener is definitely able to pick up on the true sense of collaboration that is flowing through each and every one of these compositions. It's hard to get any better than that." Read review
USA Prog Music
"Kituwa" is a gem though. Perfect guitar / keyboard interplay and superb drums and bass accompaniment. This was a lovely journey through many prog epochs and genres. Fantastic! Worth buying just for this track. Read full interview
Featured article in new issue of "Progression"
"Imagination, commitment and willingness to take risks are virtues that should stoke any artistic endeavor. For a recording project on the magnitude of keyboardist Lisa LaRue's most recent effort, banishing one's inner control freak might be an absolute prerequisite..." Order details.
DPRP Reviews World Class
"In Camera has a Rick Wakeman air about ... Steve Adams provides sitar like guitar embellishments and a lively Trevor Rabin flavoured solo...Lisa’s digital strings and piano perfectly underscoring David Mark Pearce’s beautiful classical guitar picking. ..Payne providing his customary strident vocals...." Read more.
Songwriter's Monthly article
Songwriter's Monthly May 10, #124 Issue Artticle on Lisa LaRue Project 2K9; "Often, there are passages within the songs which are so astoundingly fresh, that you have to give them a double-take because you just cannot believe what you heard."
Adelaide Rock Show Interview
March 1, 2010 - Lisa LaRue and David Mark Pearce discuss "World Class" and more on Australia's Adelaide Rock Show. Listen here.
New Book Available by Lisa LaRue
FEB 8 2010 - "He Was a Brave Man" about Keetoowah Cherokee patriot Ned Christie soon available! Details here.
New Interview up on THE PROG FILES
FEB 26 2010 - Interview about Lisa LaRue Project 2K9. Click here.