The Myth of the Mostrophus, Ryo Okumoto’s highly-rated, much anticipated solo album twenty years in the making, is going to come roaring to life for two shows only, in Los Angeles, CA, at Champion Site and Sound on November 5th and 6th, 2022.
Ryo is the long-time keyboard wizard in Spock’s Beard, and he has with this album both paid homage to his work with them and gone beyond it in terms of exploring new themes and sounds. The band hand-picked for the event consists of Beard-mate Alan Morse, ProgJect members Pete Griffin and Jonathan Mover, guitar legends Marc Bonilla and Joey Trevola, Michael Whiteman coming in from the U.K. to sing the songs, all of which he co-wrote, plus additional keyboards/vocals by Kevin Krohn and vocals by Keiko Okumoto.
They will be performing The Myth of the Mostrophus in its entirety, tracks from Ryo’s previous solo albums Coming Through and Makin’ Rock, along with a few other wonderful musical surprises.
Ryo is known as a vanguard of the classic Prog sound and has with this album perfectly blended that with both vibrant, contemporary synth textures and nuanced organic instrumentation, alongside his signature raging Minimoog and Hammond solos.
Ryo IS Rock and Roll!
Get tickets here: https://www.ryookumoto.com/tour/
A small sampling of the numerous rave reviews:
Prog Radar ~ “‘The Myth Of The Mostrophus’ really is a fantastic album and one of my favourites of the year. Yes, it really it’s that good and I encourage you to hear it for yourselves, highly memorable and highly recommended!”
The Prog Report ~ “The production is suitably complex, sympathetic and pleasing, under the expert stewardship of the President of Prog Production, the excellent Rich Mouser. If sound quality were corporate profits, this album would be listed on the Stock Exchange.”
Sonic Perspectives ~ “Whether you’ve been craving a new chapter in the Bearded legacy or just some great new modern prog, “The Myth of the Mostrophus” fits the bill. Who knows when the monster will resurface again?” ★★★★★ stars out of 5.
The album has been widely hailed and wonderfully received. Ryo and his troupe of prog-rockers can’t wait to bring it roaring to life Nov. 5th and 6th!
Listen to the album here: https://ryookumoto.lnk.to/TheMythOfTheMostrophusID
Watch the video for “Chrysalis” here: https://chrysalis.mostroph.us
Watch the video for the single “The Watchmaker” here:
The album features guest appearances by a number of incredible musicians including current and former Spock’s Beard bandmates:
Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train, Spock’s Beard) – Drums & Vocals
Alan Morse (Spock’s Beard) – Guitar
Dave Meros (Spock’s Beard) – Bass
Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard. Transatlantic) – Vocals
Jimmy Keegan (Spock’s Beard) – Vocals
Steve Hackett (Genesis) – Guitar
Michael Sadler (Saga, ProgJect) – Vocals
Mike Keneally (Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, ProgJect) – Guitar
Jonathan Mover (Joe Satriani, ProgJect) – Drums
Marc Bonila (Keith Emerson/Kevin Gilbert) – Guitar
Doug Wimbish (Living Colour) – Bass
Randy McStine (McStine & Minnemann, Porcupine Tree) – Guitars & Vocals
Lyle Workman (Todd Rundgren) – Guitar
Michael Whiteman (I Am the Manic Whale) – Guitars & Vocals
1.Mirror Mirror (9:27)
2.Turning Point (6:53)
3.The Watchmaker (Time On His Side) (6:25)
4.Maximum Velocity (8:11)
6.The Myth Of The Mostrophus (22:14)
Engineered and Mixed by Rich Mouser
The album is available here:
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