O.R.k. to play Lucerna Music Bar

King Crimson meets Porcupine Tree in a prog-rock supergroup

The progressive-ambient rock band O.R.k will play in Prague's Lucerna Music Bar on March 23 along with supporting band KoMaRa.

O.R.k., which is not to be confused with the underground Bulgarian black metal band Ork, is the new, hot prog-rock project featuring King Crimson’s drummer Pat Mastelotto and Porcupine Tree's bassist Colin Edwin.

The band's debut album Inflamed Rides came out in 2015 and was followed by a European tour and a quick South American run in 2016. Their second album, Soul of an Octopus, mixed by three-time Grammy award winner Marc Urselli, will come out on Feb. 24, 2017, and will be followed by a series of European dates in March, which will include Prague.

Although Mastelotto, who has been with King Crimson for the past 20 years, and Edwin are the big attractions, O.R.k is led by Italian vocalist, keyboardist, composer and producer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, known as LEF, who has released over 16 studio albums with several projects, including the bands Obake and Berserk!

LEF had worked with Mastelotto before on the album Saga, Il Canto Dei Canti as well as Berserk!, two of the Italian musician's efforts recorded in 2013, while his relation with Edwin comes from their common band Obake.

Additionally, O.R.k features guitarist Carmelo Pipitone from the Italian anti-folk rock band Marta sui Tubi, active since 2002, which has recorded six studio albums up to date.

“While the people involved undoubtedly might grab the interest of the press, or whoever,” said Edwin to music blog TMMP, “I think it’s important to say that what drew me in – apart from knowing that LEF wouldn’t put his efforts into something mediocre – was simply the music.”

Their sound is reminiscent of bands like Opeth, Pink Floyd, Tool and, obviously, King Crimson and Porcupine Tree.

As they say it on their website, “O.R.k. is a forward thinking, mischievous slap around the head of complacency, and a captivating listen from start to finish."

The supporting act for O.R.k.'s concert in Prague will be KoMa, a cinematic, industrial, ethno-rock band featuring Mastelotto plus Slovak guitarist and composer Dávid Kollár. The band's third member, Italian Trumpeter Paolo Raineri, won't be present due to commitments with another project.

KoMaRa (Kollár, Mastelloto, Raineri), active since 2014, released their self-titled debut album in June 2015, which was recorded at Faust Studio in Prague.

Kollár has released nine albums, scored 18 films and collaborated with musicians such as Gergo Borlai, Bjorn Charles Dreyer and Lenka Dusilová.

Trumpeter Raineri, mostly on the side of experimental jazz and psychedelic rock, has performed with artists such as Stefano Battaglia, Berserk!, The Blessed Beat, Calibro 35 and Enrico Gabrielli.

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