About The Band

FUSION ORCHESTRA 2 is the second incarnation of critically acclaimed progressive rock band Fusion Orchestra. Their new album, Casting Shadows, was released in July 2013.

The band and was co-formed by original Fusion Orchestra guitarist and founder member Colin Dawson, and keyboard player Ben Bell(website).

The music of Fusion Orchestra 2 weaves together elements of rock, jazz and many other styles.



Fusion Orchestra — Live at the Marquee 1974

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED progressive rock band Fusion Orchestra have released their first album in 45 years following a surprise encounter with a fan in Japan. The band – which was active between 1969 and 1975 – featured vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jill Saward, who has enjoyed a long and successful career in the music industry and has been the ‘front woman’ for jazz-funk band Shakatak since the 1980s.


Stan Land, 1950 — 2017

Stan Land, guitarist in the original Fusion Orchestra, has died age 67.


Footage from Dagenham Roundhouse Music Festival

Thanks to Dan Shooter, we have a little footage from the band’s set at the Dagenham Roundhouse Music Festival earlier this summer.

FO2 playing Dagenham Roundhouse Festival

Fusion Orchestra 2 fo2-dagwill be playing at 2:30pm on Sat 6th June at the Dagenham Roundhouse Music Festival, in Dagenham Roundhouse Music Festival, in Dagenham Central Park.

The Dagenham Roundhouse, established in 1969 as the Village Blues Club, was considered to be east London’s premier rock venue and featured many bands and artists that achieved legendary status including Queen, Pink Floyd, Status Quo, Elton John and Led Zeppelin.

Among the bands that featured regularly were the original Fusion Orchestra who have been asked to play a set. The event will also include other local rock bands and tribute bands to some of the original artists who played the legendary venue.

A bar and hog roast as well as other food and refreshments will also be available.

Ben Bell solo side-project

Patchwork CacophonyThings may currently be a little quiet on the band front, but elsewhere in the FO2 universe keyboard player and producer Ben Bell has been working on a solo album, Patchwork Cacophony.

The album’s first half is a mix of progressive-rock instrumentals, mixing long, symphonic tracks such as Sketch of a Day and Brinkmanship with shorter, playful tracks like Dance of the Fleet-footed Heffalumps. The second half is devoted to a half-hour concept suite of nine songs and instrumentals called Dawn Light.

The album is slated for release in December.

Anniversary Bonus CD Order

While the bonus CD is mainly intended as a free extra for people ordering during the anniversary of the release of Casting Shadows, we don’t want to force you to buy a second copy you don’t need just to receive the bonus CD. If you’re in the UK and bought the album from our website in the last year as a thank you we’ll send you a copy of the bonus CD for £5, which just about covers production costs and postage.

UK: £5

Unfortunately the bonus CD has now sold out. The full album is still available at the original price:

UK: £10

Europe: €15

US: $20

Japan: ¥2500

Casting Shadows, Anniversary Edition!

On July 1st it will be one year since the release of Casting Shadows and we’ve decided to mark the occasion with a special release.


Back to Work!

Indeed, and what a way to start! Here is the review of our first album Casting Shadows from the goodly Michael Anthony at Fireworks Magazine:


Radio Play

We’ll be on Headbanger FM‘s “In Between – The Long Ones” show this Wednesday at 16:30 GMT being interviewed and having some tracks from Casting Shadows played. Tune in and listen!

Casting Shadows on iTunes and Amazon

We’re pleased to announce that Casting Shadows is now available for digital download on CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes.

Because of the way the main digital distribution channels work, the album is in a slightly different format with only five tracks rather than seven. The music is the same, but we’ve merged the Don’t Forget Your Key with Leaving It All Behind, and Secret Shadow with Unseen, Unheard and Unfinished to avoid both a glitch in the sound where there should be a smooth segue between the pieces and also to avoid casual browsers accidentally paying for either Don’t Forget Your Key or Unseen, Unheard, Unfinished as a “single”, as the distributors label any short track.