Monday, July 28, 2008
Kotebel: Prog Rock from Beyond the Universe
Kotebel, the pet project of Venezuelan keyboard player and composer Carlos Plaza, will be coming to London on 23 August for a one-off show at The Peel, Norbiton's famous "Prog Rock" pub.
The band's neo-Baroque sound has been likened to The Enid, Camel and Gentle Giant, so expect to hear some celestial art rock with lots of jazzy noodling and operatic vocals.
Kotebel is often hailed as Spain's spaciest symphonic rock outfit, but Plaza, who trained in Venezuela as a classical pianist, also taps into his Venezuelan roots by incorporating traditional instruments such as tambores and cuatro.
Carlos lists his influences as everything from Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull to Bartok and Beethoven and describes the band's sound as "elaborate music that appeals to the mind and the spirit," leading to "a state of transcendence."
Kotebel began as an album project in Madrid in 1999. Since then it has grown into a full band with Carlos Acosta on flute and cuatro, Carolina Prieto on vocals, Cesar Garcia Forero on guitar, Jaime Pascual on bass and Carlos Franco on drums and percussion. Plaza's daughter Adriana, also an accomplished classical pianist, joins the band on second keyboard.
The band will be promoting their latest album "Omphalos", which one critic hailed as "a revelation for every genuine progressive rock fan". Now you know.
Venue: The Peel - 160 Cambridge Rd, Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, KT1 3HH
Tel: 020 8546 3516
Nearest tube: Norbiton (then 131 bus)
Doors open: 7:30 p.m.
(Experience of travelling to other galaxies in your mind while twinkly space dust swirls around the room: Priceless.)