Al Lewis
John O'Hara


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Photos by Jeff Kushner


"Majestic, power keyboard landscapes."

That's the way Chris Dixon of PROGNET has described their sound.

Alaska formed in the 80's when it performed at regional arts festivals in Pennsylvania.
Their self-titled debut album was released in 1998, and within months they appeared
at the ProgDay '98 and NEARfest '99 international progressive rock festivals,
toured the midwest USA with Sweden's supergroup The Pär Lindh Project and acted as a back-up
band for Barry Palmer, lead vocalist of the legendary progressive rock group Triumvirat.




Alaska performs live with only two players
without the use of pre-recorded instrumental back-up tracks or sequences.

Of interest to audiophiles :
Sound reinforcement FOH engineers Scott Babinski and
Ralph are God's gift to the trapezoid speaker array.

Al Lewis : ....Lead vocalist - Starcastle
....................1st place winner - - Best Rock Drummer / Southern Tier New York State Competition,
....................judged by Zildjian Cymbals.
....................Inventor of the Chatterstick percussion instrument.
....................Studied drumming with Joe Morrello & Rod Morgenstein.
....................Vocal training by internationally renowned soprano Niki Cukor
....................Published in national percussion publications.
....................Recorded with "Barracuda" guitarist Roger Fisher of Heart.

The four foot diameter gong that Al Lewis uses live is the award
for his first place victory in the Zildjian competition mentioned above.

John OHara : .....Composer of music for nationally distributed products.
..........................Recording studio engineer.
..........................Programmer of custom midi control software.
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John OHara uses programmable mixers, midi control
processors, and an organ type midi footpedal controller,
in addition to keyboards, to play the multilayered parts
from the album live.




Three of the 11 songs on the album have guest appearances.

Guest artists on "Mesa Extrana"
for String Quartet, Bassoon, Oboe, Flute, Piano & Percussion :

Lise Boorse, Violin
Dave Friedman, Violin
Cheryl Blumenthal, Viola
Lori Savage, Cello
William Weber, Bassoon
Mary Ann Kasko, Oboe
Leo Schott, Flute


Guests on "Anyman's Tomorrow" :
Kent Wells, Acoustic Guitar (courtesy of Reba McEntire)
Dave Fowler (courtesy of Rhett Akins)


Wildman Joe "Dr. Lobotomy" Hlavaty, Military Voices
appears courtesy of Penguins Rookery.


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