We are very honoured to share this news with you.
We have been working on a new track for some time now. Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have not been able to work as we are used to, and that is one of the reasons we have been taking so long.
When we wrote the first version of our new song we asked Paul Burgess , our friend of !0CC if he could give us on some feedback on the concept, wich he did. After that we were lucky enough to have one of the musicians who had the biggest influence on our music , Mr Graham Gouldman himself to work with us on this track.
We have just finished recorded him playing bass, and we could not have been more happy about the result.
We have learned so much from him . Gratefull
BTD's Jan Vranken was invited to the ' Limburg Rocks' radioshow on FM 107.3 MHz Start radio on November 7th to talk about Bridging the Divide. Our music, the tales behind the music, we had a great time !
DJ Host Marc Schneiders was great ! Thjere were diet cokes and cookies, what else can a man wish for :)
An hour was not enough, so we will get together soeday soon again to finish up !
Friday, November 8th 2019 sees the worldwide release of our new single : ' Lady of Ndangane' .
This track has been a very long time in the making and we are very curious to get to know whether you like it as much as we do.
Featured leadvocalist on the track is Gregg Kofi Brown, known from his work with Ghanaian worldmusic pioneers Osibisa, his beatiful duet with Sting and much more.
The track sees Ton Scherpenzeel and Paul Burgess get together again, after playing on 'Stationary Traveller' from Camel back in 1984.
Starting Friday you can listen to the track on all streaming platforms worldwide. BTD supports Tidal as we feel gthey offer best streaming quality. You can also buy the track on all downloadsites. Please visit our own store, right here on our page, where you can buy all our downloads as a bundle with a 20 % Discount !
We just finished recording the last guitars for our upcoming release : ' Lady of Ndangane' . Morris Adriaens is a perfect guitarplayer and a very creative mind. Just the right mindset to work on BTD. Morris added just the extra set of jalapeno peppers we needed to up the track to the max.
For those who never heard of Morris. He is one of Hollands's best kept secrets, not only a top notch session guitarist , that can handle any music, as long as he can punt his six stringed axe to it. The man is very lovable, creative, and a funny cat as well.
I f you are into AOR music you might know Morris of hs fabulous work with German based Christian Tolle Project and Toto heritage project ' Fanfields'
Earlier this August BTD's writer & producer Jan Vranken met with world-renowend colleague and inspirator Alan Parsons while he was in Europe for the second leg of his ' the Secret' world tour with his band the Alan Parsons Live Project.
Needless to say both musicians had plenty to talk about, being it the agriculture of avocados or specific DAW's both men use while recording music.
Alan Parsons was impressed by how a small project like Bridiging the Divide, with limited means and virtually working together through not much more then well equipped home-studios are able to reach the results we have.
Contact was made, coffee drunk ( Jan a macchiato, Alan plain black). Who knows what the future will bring.
Thanks Alan Parsons for your time and friendly words
we are letting you people wait too long. We know and we feel sorry. Our new track ' Lady of Ndangane ' Is now for almost two years in the making!. Sorry we're busy :). But hey MIke Manders is working on the final mix now so we are getting somewhere. It's gonna be a little gem of a fusion pop/rock/world track, completely different again
from anything we've done before.
We got Paul Burgess ( 10CC & Camel) on drums, Ton Scherpenzeel ( Kayak) on keys, Layba Diawara on Kora & Ngoni, Gregg Kofi Brown (Osibisa) on lead vocals , Ennè & Faye Jones on Backing vocals and Aaron Gregory Brown on Guitars. Off course Joost is playing basses and Jan is producing .
Mike Manders is one of Hollands' best sound engineers, not only wellknown for his FOH work but also reknowned for his studio sound. Mike is perhaps best known for his work on albums by dutch legendary band Rowwen Heze.
He also writes and makes music with his own project : GIPSO
Bridging the Divide is honoured to let all of you know that Gregg Kofi Brown has joined our project.
Gregg will sing the lead vocals on our new upcoming release ' Lady of Ndangane' Gregg has been a member of the world class
African pioneers OSIBISA for over 34 years and has travelled all over the world promoting the music of Ghana. Recent years has seen Gregg Kofi Brown & Osibisa support Santana
on his European tour, play the prestigious Byron Bay Blues Festival and make several tours to India .
Gregg has performed with Sting, Amadou & Mariam, Damon Albarn’s African Express, Billy Cobham, Lauryn Hill, Youssou Ndour, amongst a lot
On Monday 18 September we will release our new single 'Torino' worldwide digitally. 'Torino' is a compelling narrative about rejection and the pain caused by it. The song is sung by the English top soprano Caroline Clarke.
Caroline is an experienced session singer who has also sung with the BBC Singers, RSVP Voices and Conventus in concerts and recordings.
Her operatic roles have included performances as Tosca (Tosca) for Heritage Opera, Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte) for Opera UK and Birmingham Chamber Orchestra, Clorinda (La Cenerentola) and Adina (Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore) for Vox Lirika, Queen of the Night (Magic Flute) for British Youth Opera and Surrey Opera, Gilda (cover) and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto) for Heritage Opera, Adèle (Die Fledermaus) for Steyning Music Society, Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) for Birmingham Chamber Orchestra, Jane (The Three Wayfarers) for Opera Anywhere and the Lace Seller (Death in Venice) in the Aldeburgh Festival - a role she went on to perform at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, where she also appeared as the ZDF Director and Airport Officer in Benedict Mason's Playing Away.
As a concert performer Caroline has sung in venues including Birmingham Symphony Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and St John's, Smith Square and has sung in live performances on Radio 3. She has performed as a soloist for choirs and orchestras in venues across Europe, highlights being Mozart's Exsultate, Jubilate, Schubert's Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Brahms' Requiem, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, Rachmaninov's Vocalise and Mahler's Symphony No. 4.
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Bridging the Divide recorded the drum tracks for the long anticipated new track : 'Lady of Ndangane' . The track features another lead vocal from Ayreon vocalist Jan-Willem Ketelaers
Bridging the Divide is proud to announce that Paul Burgess has joined the project for this recording.
Paul is best know as the drummer of British rock legends 10cc. Paul is also known for his work with Jethro Tull ,Camel, Magna Carta, Joan Armatrading, Alvin Stardust, Icicle Works and so forth.
On Lady of Ndangane Paul wil be reunited with his old friend and Camel colleague Ton Scherpenzeel
We recorded @ Studio Houdoe , Borculo the Netherlands
with sound engineer Mike Manders.
We are proud and gratefull to learn from the best
Bridging the Divide supports the Dutch Cancer