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|Origin||Aberdeen, Washington, United States|
|Labels||Body of Work Recordings|
|Associated acts||Metal Church, Shrapnel, Hall Aflame, Vanderhoof, Heir Apparent, Powertrain, Trans-Siberian Orchestra|
|Past members||Jeff Wade
Presto Ballet is a progressive rock band founded by Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof. Their sound is highly reminiscent of 1970s prog rock, as the band was founded chiefly as a tribute to classic progressive bands such as Yes and Kansas.
Presto Ballet's debut album Peace Among the Ruins was released in 2005 to general praise. Critics commented on the album's warm and organic sound, a feeling created through the use of analogue recorders and vintage instruments. The band used no drum machines, digital recorders or sequencers in the studio.
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.
In 2012, the band released Relic of the Modern World on Body of Work Recordings.
- Current members
- 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
- Charlie Lorme - Drums, percussion
- Chuck Campbell - Vocals
- Former members
- Ronny Munroe - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar
- Jeff Wade - Drums, percussion
- Brian Cokeley - Piano, Hammond organ, synthesizer, electric piano, lead and backing vocals
- Brian Lake - Bass
- Scott Albright - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar
- Ryan McPherson - Piano, keyboards, Hammond organ.
- Izzy Rehaume - Bass
- Bill Raymond - Drums
- Larry Crowe - Drums
- Studio albums
- Peace Among the Ruins (2005)
- The Lost Art of Time Travel (2008)
- Invisible Places (2011)
- Relic of the Modern World (2012)
- Love What You've Done to the Place (2011)
- "Metal Church guitarist launches prog-rock project". Blabbermouth.net. 13 October 2004. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
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