We put the old band back together to CELEBRATE the 50th ANNIVERSARY of NEKTAR!
The original members of Nektar; Derek "Mo" Moore, Ron Howden, and Mick Brockett are back. We've added Ryche Chlanda from Fireballet and the 78' band, Randy Dembo from the 2005 band, and newcomer and world-class keyboard player, Kendall Scott.
The music for our new album "The Other Side" comes from the 1978 era when we were writing in Mo's basement in Chatham, New Jersey. This music was put on pause for the last 40 YEARS and it's now time to release it with new input and fresh ideas. The music is growing exponentially as we continue rehearsing and writing and letting it take us to new heights.
MEET THE BAND!!
DEREK "MO" MOORE
Born in Goldthorpe in Yorkshire, England, "Mo" was heavily integrated into the busy Sheffield music scene by 1964. Leaving for France with Judds mates and the famous George Gill, Mo re-met Ron Howden who he knew from Sheffield at a club in Nancy, France. Ron walked up to the band and asked to join. The bands swapped drummers that night and the powerhouse rhythm combination of Ron and Mo was born.
Together they have worked their way through music for over 55 years, they only have to look at each other and they are locked down. Having played around the world, including the Panathinaikos stadium in Athens, Greece, they played for 60,000 people with the band "Phophets". This gig was booked by Nico Papathanassiou, the brother of Vangelis, a close friend of Mo and Ron. Eventually meeting up with Mick Brockett in Furth, set the stage for the Nektar Music and Light theater in 1969. Not long after, the music and light theater grew along with Mo and Micks' collaboration with lyrics for most all of the Nektar classic catalog.
By the end of 1969, the guitarist for "Prophecy" left, so Mo sent a telegram to Roye Albrighton in Sweden asking him to join the band. After their first gig, the name of the band was changed forever to "Nektar". Now Mo is back with the band and the dynamic duo of Ron and Mo are driving Nektar to new heights on "The Other Side".
Born in Sheffield, England, and now living in the USA, Ron worked with many Sheffield bands before leaving England in 1964 with the band "Rocking Berries". They played US army bases in France which eventually lead to meeting up with Derek "Mo" Moore to form the band "The Upsetters" playing US army bases in Germany. He then went to Greece where they did a cover version of the hit "Sonny" doing several TV and Club shows before returning to Germany where they supported many acts including; The Everly Brothers, The Platters, and Bill Lawrence, who were touring in Europe at that time. About that time, Ron and Mo met Alan "Taff" Freeman and they formed the band, "Prophecy", playing German clubs around the country. At The Star Club in Hamburg where "Prophecy" were playing, Ron bumped into Roye Albrighton who was playing with the band "Rainbows" at the Top Ten Club around the corner. They would jam together during the day. Later, when guitarist Colin Edwards left "Prophecy", Mo sent a telegram to Roye in Sweden inviting him to join the band. Roye immediately filled the position perfectly. After the first gig, the decision was made to call the new band "Nektar".
As a musician Ron Howden is unique, as a drummer he in unmistakable, to watch him perform on his instruments is like watching a finely tuned, well balanced, timepiece. Nektars' music would not be what it is today without his expertise.
Born in London, England, Mick first created a liquid projection light show at his home in Wimbledon in 1967. With two others, they created Fantasia Light Circus and played "Middle Earth" now known as "The Roundhouse" and provided the backdrop for bands such as; Pretty Things, The Nice, and Pink Floyd. In December 1968, Fantasia played a 3-day festival "Flight to the Lowlands Paradise" in Utrecht, Holland, which led to a year long tour of festivals, clubs, and halls throughout West Germany and Europe.
Mick first met "Mo" Moore, Ron Howden, and "Taff" Freemen in August 1969 when they played with "Prophecy" for a week at the Kamera Club in Furth. Mick and "Mo" discussed creating an audio visual show where the light show could depict the music, thus tearing down the barrier of languages. In January 1970, one month after Roye had joined the band as full member, immediately began adapting his lightshow for one man operation. This developed into the Nektar Music and Light Theater which continued through 1977. Now back with the band, a new era is born with a nod to the original concept of Nektar.
Ryche is an accomplished guitarist, producer, and composer. As a founding member of one of America's first progressive rock groups, "Fireballet", he has proven himself to be an unsung hero in the progressive genre as a guitarist and songwriter. In 1978, he played with "Nektar", collaborating with Mo, Ron, and Taff on music that has now become part of their new album "The Other Side".
Ryche spent 3 years touring the world with the well respected 70's band, "Renaissance". He is also an award-winning soundtrack composer. He has written the title track for the movie, "Key Exchange" and won an award for the independently produced movie, "The Rising". As producer, he has produced for various artists, as well as the self-titled "Ryche Chlanda and Flying Dreams" and "Searching for Something Somewhere" albums, both released under the Transglobal® Record Label Distributed through Sony's The Orchard.
Randy Dembo has been playing music since he was 13 years old. You can blame "Deep Purple" and "Machine Head" for that. Mainly a bass player, he played many cover and tribute bands through the years. It was in 2004 that Randy was honored to be asked to play bass for "Nektar". In 2005, he played bass on the Nektar album "Evolution." This received critical acclaim, and helped launch an international tour that included; the USA, Brazil, Mexico, France, England, Belgium, and Germany. While touring in Germany, Nektar performed on the German television show, "Rockpalast". From this TV show, the Nektar DVD "Pure" was created.
After taking a break for a few years, Randy has now re-joined forces with Nektar, and is currently recording the new album "The Other Side", playing electric bass guitar, 12-string guitar, and Taurus bass pedals. This current line up and new material are both challenging and exciting, as Nektar has always pushed the boundaries of complex musical compositions and melodic melodies combined with a groundbreaking visual lighting experience. This new version of Nektar has reached "The Other Side".
Kendall is a world-class, multi-instrumentalist, who was raised on a steady diet of the classical and jazz masters from an early age. After leaving the Berkeley College of Music to continue studies with both Bill Connors and Adam Holtzman, he spent many years performing and recording in the music rich scenes of New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
Before joining "Nektar", Kendall was the keyboardist and synthesist for "Project/Object" and Ryche Chlanda's "Flying Dreams" which is how he was introduced to Nektar and immediately inducted into the band. He has also worked as technical production assistant for Eddie Jobson and Adrian Belew.
What are next steps for Nektar?
The reason we are here on Kickstarter is to generate the necessary funds and freedom to do this album in a suitable manner without a record company. We would like to release a CD, a DVD on the "Making of the New Album", and writing and tweaking of the music. A double-vinyl album, all with excellent artwork by our friend and collaborator, Helmut Wenske, the original artist in the tradition of classic Nektar. After the album is released, in 2020, we will make a Blu-Ray DVD with the light show so you, our fans, can have music and visuals that you can take home with you.
We also need to set up touring to bring the music and the visual light show to you throughout 2020. In order to give you, our fans, our unique experience, we need your help now!
In appreciation for your donations, we would like to give back to you. Here are SOME of the items you will receive depending on the pledge you choose:
- Autographed CD's and Advanced Digital Download MP3 of the new album "The Other Side"
- Original 1970's Nektar Man Poster
- Classic Nektar Yellow T-Shirts with the Nektar Man
- Embroidered Blue Polo Shirt with Classic Nektar Logo
- Framed and Unframed Fine Art Prints of "Tab in the Ocean", "Remember The Future", "Recycled", and "Sounds Like This"
- Original Handwritten Nektar Lyrics that includes all notes and cross-outs
- Autographed Nektar Stationary from 1973
- Your name on the new album credits
- Executive Producer credits
- VIP Seats and All-Access Passes
- Breakfast with Nektar in any town Nektar is playing live
- AND SO MUCH MORE!!!
What are other ways you can help?
Thanks to various social media outlets; FaceBook, Instagram, and Twitter, you can show your support by sharing this campaign link to extend our reach to our wonderful fans around the globe who are loyal and love the Nektar experience. We so appreciate you and your efforts to help us!
Here are our direct links so you can follow us!
YouTube: Nektar The Legendary Rock Band: youtube.com/channel/UCoEd-HQa3RmFXHUEQ9j_PJA?view_as=subscriber
The classic Nektar spirit is still very much alive, building on the band's rediscovered popularity. The Nektar family is determined to continue bringing Nektar's Music and Light Theater to YOU around the world.
You've heard what we are doing. We would love you to be part of the experience and see you at our shows. It's guaranteed to be EPIC!
Your support means the world to us!
Thank you from all of us at Nektar.....
Derek, Ron, Mick, Ryche, Randy, and Kendall
Risks and challenges
It is Nektar's position to NEVER put you at risk. It's simple - if we do not make our goal, you will never be charged. By you helping us meet our goal, we will ensure you receive the rewards we promised for each pledge.
In appreciation of your help, we will keep you, our fans, updated every step of the way. We will post regularly any changes in deadlines if they should arise, when limited quantity items are met, and our status of meeting our goal. If you have any questions, please message us directly through Kickstarter and we will respond as soon as possible.
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