Rising stars of Breton Rock (or Progressive Breton, to be more accurate)Tornaod have joined forces with Little Blue Men records to create a striking and innovative CD. The new release features jigs, reels, and Breton tunes and songs so loved by the traditionalists, but also displays a heavy rhythm section and original songs that seamlessly blend the traditional vibe with prog-rock arrangements. Check out “Gwenva,” a modern Celtic rock epic, and “The Two of Cups,” co-written by Tornaod mastermind Tomaz Boucherifi-Kadiou and Beth Patterson (sung as a duet). These guys are dynamic passionate performers, full of infectious energy…and they’re very cute, which doesn’t hurt, either. Guest artists include E.J. Jones (Clandestine, The Willow Band)and Betsy Braud (Jazz Nurse). Whether you’re more trad or more rad, Tornaod serves up a disc to whet every musical appetite.
Tornaod have already enjoyed success in the United States, and have played at festivals such as ‘Festival Internationel’ in Lafayette, Louisiane and at ‘Potomac Celtic Fest’ in Washingten D.C. These appearances have already helped their previous CD achieve high chart positions on numerous internet music sites (vitamic.com, amazon.fr). The group also had the pleasure to meet and share stages with Battlefield band, Andy Stewert, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Tornaod’s first CD was launched april 2002 at about the same moment as they set sail for America for their first two major festivals there.
They played at ‘Festival Internationel’ in Lafayette, Louisiane and at ‘Potomac Celtic Fest’ in Washingten D.C. Those two appearances… have helped their C.D achieve high chart positions on numerous internet music sites (vitamic.com, amazon.fr). The group also had the pleasure to meet and share stages with Battlefield band, Andy Stewert, Nolwenn Majarpeet, Teada Mahalla, Queens, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Donna the Bufelo, Muses, The Respectables, Grand Dérangement, Les Batines, The Waifs and Tinsmith.
The first album’s thought process is both progressive and universal. The majority of the record is comprised of TBK compositions and also traditional songs arranged by the group as a whole. All great works of art should uplift humanity. All music has a message. Our purpose on this first effort is to help guide our listeners towards a new world that is not situated in the ocean or space, but rather around and inside us (i.e. new world view). Our past is rich but our future can be richer still if we allow our spirits to be open and make the connection between our yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows. The lyrics focus on the beauty and importance of life. A strong presence of ecological thought and new age themes can also be found upon closer examination. We hope our music facilitates your discovery of strength and joy in your everyday dreams. FOOTNOTE: Our album was mastered by Jean-Pierre Bouquet; who recently mastered “O ‘ Stravinsky” on the Virgin Classics label.