Ben Bell solo side-project

November 16th, 2014

Things 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…
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Back to Work!

May 2nd, 2014

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:

Thank You For The Music

December 2nd, 2013

Howdy folks, Well it’s been a busy ol’ time over at the mighty Fusion Orchestra 2 camp since my last post…more of that in a moment. Learning is a wonderful thing. Readers may remember I was a little hesitant about adding working in a ‘Covers Band’ to my Drummage time. It’s a few weeks in…
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Take Away Music?

October 16th, 2013

Howdy Folks,   No matter how much one values certain principles, age and experience also teach us the value of compromise. The last few weeks – and the foreseeable next few months are going to be a bit of a balancing act for me. More of that in a moment. I’m very pleased that sales…
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Return of the Spinedance

January 4th, 2013

Happy New Year! Well, the first rehearsal of 2013 and the goodly men and women at Fusion Orchestra 2 are hard at it already.

Fresh out of the box!

December 6th, 2012

Howdy folks, Well, something a little different this week for percussion fans. I’ve been looking to include some more percussion in my repertoire for a little while and had heard and seen some good things with folk performing with what looked like old tea chests!

3/4 Time Doodle

November 25th, 2012

 Welcome folks! It seems a while since my last post but there have been alot of good reasons for that! FOII have been producing a ‘sampler mix’ of the material to date (which you can find on the Media page of this site.) We alsi had a great time a couple of weekends ago recording…
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My Top Three Albums – #3 “Organic Energy Music”

October 17th, 2012

#3 – Organic Energy Music                                                         STATUS QUO – LIVE! (Live! is the first live album by English Rock band Status Quo. It contains 2 discs. It is an amalgam of performances at Glasgow‘s Apollo Theatre between 27 and 29 October 1976, recorded using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.)

FO2 Drum solo – Sketch of Possible parts!

September 4th, 2012

Well, it’s that time again! Last week’s rehearsal found Fusion Orchestra 2 working on a re-vamped number for the live set. And apparently this one, in its original form, had a drum solo smack in the middle. So, cue drummer trying to put something together on the spot and having to finish with an apologetic “…or something…
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Three of a Kind – my top three albums

August 24th, 2012

#2 – Balance in all Things                                                         Jacques Loussier – Plays Bach (In 1959 Jacques formed the Play Bach Trio with bass player Pierre Michelot and percussionist Christian Garros. They used Bach’s compositions as a base for jazz improvisationand had many live appearances, tours, and concerts, as well as a number of recordings. The group…
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