Watch! Alter Bridge release animated video for “Cry of Achilles”

Alter Bridge

US rock band Alter Bridge have released the official video for their song “Cry Of Achilles.”

The song is taken from the band’s latest album, Fortress, released earlier this year.

The video was directed by SiLee Films after the company won a competition run by to produce a video for the track.

In a statement about the video, Simon Ralph and Lee Parker, who run the Nottingham based animation studio, said: “Taking inspiration from the Greek legend of Achilles and set against a mythical backdrop, we set out to make a film that would hopefully match the epic themes presented in the song.”

You can watch the video below:

Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy is currently on tour with Slash in the USA, and guitarist Mark Tremonti is currently working on his sophomore solo album. The band will re-group in October for an extensive North American tour.

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Pianist Chilly Gonzales to provide global masterclasses

Photograph: Mark Allan (2012)

Grammy award winning pianist Chilly Gonzales is set to embark upon a series of masterclasses across the globe.

Beginning in Toronto on 24th May and concluding in London on 29th July, Gonzales will provide talks and demonstrations to all, and on-stage one-on-one lessons to a few lucky competition winners. The masterclasses are designed to coincide with the release of Gonzales’ new book, Re-Introduction Etudes.

Gonzales is set to lecture on the musical theories behind each composition from the book, demonstrate his own personal tricks to help master the skills taught, and give one-on-one on-stage coaching to 4 competition winners at each date on the tour. Specific topics covered will include melody and harmony, scales, moving motifs, semitones and of course, major and minor.

Confirmed dates for the masterclass sessions are as follows:

Saturday 24th May: Toronto, Royal Conservatory of Music’s Mazzoleni Hall
Monday 2nd June: Montreal, Centre Phi
Wednesday 18th June: Vienna, Der Saal (also featuring Kaiser Quartett)
Friday 27th June: Berlin, Dussman, das KulturKaufhaus
Monday 7th July: Paris, Cité de la Musique’s Amphithéâtre
Tuesday 29th July: London, Roundhouse

Win a chance to be one of Gonzo’s Masterclass students.
In order to prepare the best possible class, Chilly Gonzales will select his students in advance. If you want a music lesson on stage, write a letter (no more than 300 words) or film a video (no more than 2 minutes) on the subject: “Why I want a lesson with Chilly Gonzales” and send to Submissions may be made in English, French and German.

The deadline for all competition submissions is TWO WEEKS prior to the date of each masterclass, as follows:

Toronto, Friday May 9th
Montreal, Saturday May 17th
Vienna, Tuesday June 3rd
Berlin, Thursday June 12th
Paris, Sunday June 22nd
London, Monday July 14th

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