Erik's 5th studio album, progressive rock covers of Yes, ELP, ELO, Procol Harum, Jethro Tull and King Crimson with Kelly Keeling (v), Don Schiff (b), Mark McCrite (g), Gregg Bissonette (d) and more.
Hommage Symphonique is an album of progressive rock covers recorded by master keyboardist Erik Norlander along with the virtuoso band of Gregg Bissonette (d), Don Schiff (b) and Mark McCrite (g) with Kelly Keeling handling all of the vocal duties. Erik also employed a small ensemble of acoustic instruments featuring Jon Pappenbrook (trumpets flugelhorn), Eric Jorgensen (trombones), Mike Alvarez (cello) and David Schiff (woodwinds). David is the brother of Don Schiff, and in addition to Don's NS/Stick work on the album, he also fills out the acoustic string ensemble with the new Bowed Guitar instrument. Erik's choice of covers reflects his own broad musical taste, performing songs originally recorded by ELP, ELO, Yes, Rick Wakeman, King Crimson, Procol Harum and Jethro Tull and Chuck Mangione. The last artist may sound the most surprising, but Erik's stirring rendition of Mangione's "Children of Sanchez" brings this jazz - fusion classic more into Erik's world of symphonic progressive rock supported by his seasoned and highly versatile band.
Hommage Symphonique follows the already acclaimed 2CD release, Revolution Road, from Erik's band Rocket Scientists. The Rocket Scientists musicians appear throughout the Hommage Symphonique album continuing the artists' collaboration and bringing it to new heights.