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Sessions for the long-delayed AVALON USA  (THE DREAMER AND THE DREAM), NOW OUT project will be wrapping up by the end of September 2004. This on-again-off-again project has stood the test of time.
"I can truly tell you that it is going to be worth the wait", Joel Pirard has said. "We ran into scheduling issues, moving issues, and other snafus as we progressed in this true labor of love. That being said, this, our truly FINAL project, will commemorate some of the  best music we wrote together, in spades!"
 
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JOEL PIRARD

Any one familiar with the stylings of groups like YES, KANSAS, GENESIS, RUSH, SUPERTRAMP, are going to find some common ground here." This cd will feature ALL of the original members, notably  bassist John Curtin on lead guitar for the song 'ONCE STOOD A MAN',  which he had written back in the band's performing days. A true epic piece, with lyrics by  drummer  Bruce Henninger, it also features  the band's lead guitarist Jeff Kalmar on bass.
Rounding out the band of course is Joel Pirard on keyboards and Dan Bonadeo on some truly stellar vocals for which he wrote the melody.

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DAN BONADEO
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JEFF KALMAR

BUT this is not all!  Not content with just one epic, the band will have the complete suite, 'THE DREAMER AND THE DREAM',
a four-part, Tolkien-meets-Shakespeare epic-fantasy set to music.
The story is written by Bruce, as are all the lyrics, featuring 'Swampfire', 'Brief Return', 'Juggernaut', and 'Playing Possum', each section stands alone as an individual piece, yet they are inextricably related. With Joel taking the bulk of the music writing chores for part 1, John  and Jeff for part 2, Joel and Jeff for part 3 and, Joel, Dan, and Jeff for part 4, this truly is the ultimate collaboration. As in all of AVALON USA's music, the arrangements were done by the whole band.

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JOHN CURTIN

 It should be noted that Jeff' plays bass on all the songs  in addition to all the guitar, (except for Once Stood A Man) due to John's availability issues. Such was his respect for John's bass playing and writing, that he took it upon himself to learn John's parts  and write complementary  bass lines once it became evident that John's participation would be limited. In no way does that take away from the credit he is due. Live, AVALON USA used to feature John on guitar and Jeff on bass in notable places, Once Stood a Man, and Flight of Fantasy (from FIVE OF THE BEST),
so this was not so far a stretch as it may seem.

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BRUCE HENNINGER

T HE LATEST CD IS HERE!

After nearly 3 years of work, the CD is complete!
Fans of PROGRESSIVE  ROCK in the classic sense should really get into this.
AVALON USA has been compared (FAVORABLY!) to YES, KANSAS, MARILLION, just to name a few, and with good reason.
THE CD  :THE DREAMER AND THE DREAM will include:
(never released in a studio format)
 The Dreamer and the Dream suite,
including
Swampfire,
Brief Return
Juggernaut
Playing Possum
 
The Abuser
 
Once Stood A Man
 
bonus tracks!
 
Follow The Light (recorded live)
 
Exploring the Deep
(featuring John Curtin playing multiple basses on all tracks
with former ORION drummer Roger Schnur)
 
The Dreamer and the Dream (recorded live)
 
Call the Preacher (recorded live)
 
 
 
( for more on  the suite click the text!) THE DREAMER AND THE DREAM