The prog community first found out about Azigza at Progfest 1999; a
side-stage performance which garnered as much attention as the main acts.
Why so popular? Azigza plays a very unique variant on symphonic
progressive rock by mixing Western rock-oriented styles with Celtic,
Arabesque, far-Eastern and other pan-ethnic influences. To hear the mixing
of non-Western instruments, modalities and ideas with a still-convincing
base in the rock idiom is nothing short of astounding. Female vocalist
Cyoakha Grace has a great emotional range, ranging between a soft
caressing whisper and an aggressive attack depending on the mood of the
song. The line-up contains multiple percussionists performing on a variety
of instruments from around the world. Response to their first release in
print and around the Web has been little short of rapturous, and best of
all, those who were at Baja Prog this year can tell you they can pull it
all off live, and then some.
ProgDay 2001 will take place on the Labor Day weekend, September
1 & 2, 2001. Located at beautiful Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North
Carolina, ProgDay is the longest running North American progressive rock
festival, dating back to 1995. Its unique outdoor environment has inspired
countless stellar performances from the likes of Discipline, Finisterre
and Thinking Plague. This, coupled with its festive atmosphere, has made
it a long-time favorite of festival-goers.
Tickets for ProgDay 2001 will go on sale May 1st. For more
information on tickets, bands, or the festival in general, join our
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