Edensong is a New York-based orchestral progressive rock band reminiscent of the likes of Dream Theater, Jethro Tull, and Rush formed in 2004. Their 2008 debut album, The Fruit Fallen, and 2009/2010 festival performances have received much praise within the progressive rock community. The band released their latest album, Echoes of Edensong: From the Studio and Stage on August 10, 2010.
College Years (2002 - 2005):
Edensong formed at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 2002. The band began as a collaboration between two students, drummer Matt Cozin, and singer/songwriter James Schoen. The two later joined forces with guitarist Ben Wigler, a former band mate and childhood friend of Schoen's, under the name "Echoes of Eden." The band's debut production was an epic rock-opera, entitled "Beyond Eden," performed at Wesleyan University in April 2003. The composition included a full rock band, orchestral instruments, a choir, and an African drumming ensemble.
After College (2005 - 2008):
After graduating from Wesleyan, Schoen and a fresh lineup took the project (by this time redubbed "Edensong") in a more traditional direction: standard rock band. The band focused primarily on live performances in the New York area. However, this emphasis on performance greatly detracted from their studio work, and ultimately delayed the production of their debut album, "The Fruit Fallen." Tensions regarding a tour with fellow New York-based band Astronaut Down in 2006 caused the band to dissolve again. This left Schoen alone with the task of completing the recording and mixing of "The Fruit Fallen." The album was finally completed in October 2007 after being mastered by the legendary engineer Bob Katz, and was released in the summer of 2008 to widely held critical acclaim."Interview with James Schoen of Edensong". progarchives.org. November 10, 2008.
Recent endeavors (2008 - present):
The past two years for Edensong have been quite productive, including three progressive rock festival performances: Three Rivers Progressive Rock Festival in August 2009, ProgDay in September 2009, and the Terra Incognita festival at Quebec City in May 2010. The band contributed the song Lorelai to The Haiti Projekt, a compilation of works by progressive rock artists created to raise relief funds in the wake of the disaster in Haiti. Their recently released work, "Echoes of Edensong: From the Studio and Stage," features new studio-recorded tracks as well as selected live tracks from their festival appearances from 2008-2009.The cover artwork for the latest album was done by noted New Jersey based painter Alison Silva.
James Byron Schoen - Guitars & Vocals,
Stefan Paolini - Keyboards & Additional Vocals,
Barry Seroff - Flute,
Mike Lunapiena - Cello,
TD Towers - Bass & Additional Vocals,
Anthony Waldman - Drums & Additional Vocals,
Matthew Bauer - Percussion,
Ben Wigler - Guitar 2002,
Aurora Maoz - Flute 2003,
Asa Sourdiffe - Violin and keyboards 2003,
Ian Carbone - Bass 2003-2004,
Rachel Kiel - Flute 2003 - 2005,
Matt Cozin - Drums 2002-2006,
TD Towers - Bass 2004 - 2006,
Mike Drucker - Violin 2003 - 2007,
Eve Harrison - Flute 2005 - 2007,
Ray Rizzo - Drums 2006 - 2007,
Arthur Sugden - Keyboards 2004 - 2007,
Carl Baron - Cello 2008 - 2009,
Mr. Paden - Bass 2006 - 2009,
Mike Tee - Bass 2009