Presto Ballet

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Presto Ballet
Origin Aberdeen, Washington, United States
Genres Progressive rock
Years active Since 2005
Labels Body of Work Recordings
Associated acts Metal Church, Shrapnel, Hall Aflame, Vanderhoof, Heir Apparent, Powertrain, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Members Chuck Campbell
Kurdt Vanderhoof
Bobby Ferkovich
Kerry Shacklett
Past members Jeff Wade
Brian Cokeley
Brian Lake
Scott Albright
Bill Raymond
Izzy Rehaume
Ryan McPherson

Presto Ballet is a progressive rock band founded by Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof.[1] Their sound is highly reminiscent of 70's prog rock, as the band was founded chiefly as a tribute to classic progressive bands such as Yes and Kansas.

Debut album[edit]

Presto Ballet's debut album Peace Among the Ruins was released in 2005 to general praise and considerable press. Critics consistently commented on the album's warm and organic sound, a feeling created through the use of analogue recorders and vintage instruments, played with great skill and precision. The band used no drum machines, digital recorders or sequencers in the studio.

The band's second album, The Lost Art of Time Travel, was released in June 2008. Featuring a revamped lineup, and was released worldwide through ProgRock Records.

New album and current events[edit]

Presto Ballet's third album, Invisible Places, was released on February 4, 2011 through SAOL / H'Art / Zebralution. On this release, founder Kurdt Vanderhoof was joined by fellow Metal Church alum Ronny Munroe on vocals, keyboardist Kerry Shacklett, and bassist Bobby Ferkovich (Powertrain, ex-Heir Apparent). Drums on the new album were handled by session man Henry Ellwood.

At the end of November 2011, Presto Ballet announced on Facebook that they had found a new drummer, Larry Crowe, and also announced that they were entering the studio. Unfortunately, due to obligations to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra touring schedule, Ronny Munroe had to leave the band in early January 2012. However, in late March 2012, Presto Ballet announced on their blog that they had a new vocalist, Chuck Campbell, and enjoyed the work he had brought to the band.[2]

Current members[edit]

  • Kurdt Vanderhoof - Guitar, mellotron, chamberlin, synthesizer, Hammond organ, bass pedals, electric piano
  • Bobby Ferkovich - Bass, backing vocals
  • Kerry Shacklett - Piano, keyboards, Hammond organ, backing vocals
  • Chris G - Drums, percussion
  • Chuck Campbell - Vocals

Former members[edit]

Larry Crowe = Drums

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metal Church guitarist launches prog-rock project". Blabbermouth.net. 13 October 2004. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "New singer, new album. Yes, ALBUM.". prestoballet.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 

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