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Featuring 

Peter Coyle : Mark Brzezicki : Tony Lowe

Peter Coyle, Mark Brzezicki & Tony Lowe with Richard Smith and Pete Clark will perform songs from the top-reviewed debut album ESP – ‘Invisible Din’ and launch a new album at shows from Spring 2018.

DATES – 2018

Tuesday – 17th April – The Half Moon Putney, London – ON SALE NOW!

Saturday – 21st April – The Railway Inn – Winchester, Hants – ON SALE NOW!

Friday – 11th of May – The Stables – Milton Keynes, Bucks – ON SALE NOW!

*More dates TBC

*With Special Guests by arrangement

For more information please visit ESP – Invisible Din – Live

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 “One of the best albums of 2016 and maybe of the decade.”

“A triumph of style, and substance”

”Glorious and traditional British prog-rock”

The Line-Up & Credits

  • Peter Coyle – formed The Lotus Eaters in 1982. He is best known for the international hit The First Picture of You which still enjoys regular airplay on many radio shows today and remains a firm favourite with both old and new listeners. He left the band in early 2017. Peter has written and recorded with Toyah, The Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie, Space’s David Yorkie Palmer, OMD’s Mal Holmes. A talented producer, he has worked with Steve Power (Robbie Williams, Julian Cope) Ronnie Stone (The Pixies) and has composed for the film (Powder 2011). He also recently worked with Heaven 17’s, Martyn Ware, where he performed at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Download biog
  • Mark Brzezicki – Drummer with Big Country, Phil Collins, Pete Townshend, Sting, Procol Harum, The Cult and Midge Ure.
  • Tony Lowe – Guitars with Simon Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Modern English, Julian Lennon and many more. Producer to ‘David Cross & Robert Fripp’, John Foxx, Toyah, Bram Stoker, Simon Townshend and more.
  • Richard Smith – Keyboards with What The Floyd.
  • Pete Clark – Bass with What The Floyd.
  • *With Special Guests by arrangement

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Tony Lowe : Mark Brzezicki’s ESP with Special Guests – Live Launch & Reviews – 2016

Lowe & Brzezicki's ESP

Launch Reviews

Record Collector

Thank you to Andy Rawll for a wonderful review of the launch gig in the January edition of ‘Record Collector’. “Lowe cleverly combines sumptuous orchestration with incisive guitar and keyboards, compelling lyrics and soaring vocals. The critical fifth element is the intricate, precise rhythms of Mark Brzezicki…A triumph of style and substance”  Record Collector January 2017

“I’ve got a feeling that symphonic progressive rock has a new standard-bearer. I’ll certainly seek out future ESP shows in London and the South East – long may they continue. Thank you, Tony Lowe, Mark Brzezicki and your amazing collaborators for an evening of wonderful music. ESP: All symphonic progressive rock fans should buy Invisible Din and make every effort to go to see them on tour.Gareth’s Prog Blog

The performance is absolutely exemplary, without the slightest imperfection expert hands move in unison as guided by the inspired direction of Lowe; Moreover with such a cocktail of artists decades of experience the result could only be flawless. The debut of the ESP has all it takes to become a must for all lovers of progressive rock.from Open by Claudia Porceddu  – English Translation

PRESS RELEASE

Invisible Din Album Launch

MUSICIANS ON THE ALBUM

Tony Lowe
Guitar/Vocals: Tony has worked with many artists as a guitarist including Simon Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Julian Lennon, Pet Shop Boys and Julien Clerc. As a producer has worked with David Cross, Toyah, John Foxx, Simon Townshend, Chris Gray, Bram Stoker, ’David Cross and Robert Fripp’ and many more.

Mark Brzezicki
Drums: Widely known as being the drummer in Big Country although his list of live and studio credits is endless, including Phil Collins, Sting, Procol Harum, The Cult and Midge Ure.

David Cross
Electric Violin: David was violinist in King Crimson and famously played on ‘Larks Tongues in Aspic’ album and ‘Starless and Bible Black’ as well as touring extensively with the band which included Bill Buford and John Wetton. Now involved in many different recording projects including the David Cross Band. David and Tony worked together when they produced the ‘Cross and Fripp’ album ’Starless Starlight’ together in 2015, although their collaborations go way back.

David Jackson
Saxophones/Flutes: David played Saxophones and Flutes through various electronic devices for many years in Van der Graaf Generator. He has also played with Peter Gabriel and Keith Tippet amongst many others which includes 18 Italian bands since 1970! David Jackson’s inspiration originally came from childhood experiences of popular music, jazz, rock and folk. He is also an extraordinary interactive performance artist and the creator of Tonewall.

Phil Spalding
Bass: Mostly known for his work as a bass player with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Elton John, Mick Jagger, Robbie Williams, Mike Oldfield and Seal.

Steve Gee
Bass: Along with his current band, Landmarq. Steve has also played with John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson, UK, Roxy Music) and Pete Banks, the original guitarist from Yes, amongst many others.

John Beagley
Vocals/Keyboards: John has released several self-produced albums as a solo artist and has collaborated with various musicians, including Simon Collins, (Sound of Contact), Jeremy Cubert and Tom Kraus of Prog band Iluvator.

John Young
John was classically trained at Liverpool Cathedral on the keyboard and voice and has played with many famous artists over the years, including, Greenslade, Asia, John Wetton, Fish, Paul Rodgers, Bonnie Tyler and many more. John has also written music for various TV productions. A consummate player and performer currently with the band Lifesigns.

Alison Fleming
Vocals: Alison’s work is lit by her vivid imagination. Her intuitive, heartfelt, often dramatic lyrics can be candid yet ambiguous making them a perfect match for Tony’s evocative and imaginative music. As heard on many of their collaborations her clearwater, ethereal voice lifts this material to new heights of beauty

Yumi Hara
Electric Harp: Recently took up harp for ‘Half the Sky; music of Lindsay Cooper’ project. Yumi has collaborated with many musicians as a pianist and vocalist including ‘The Artaud Beats’, ‘Jump for Joy!’, ‘you me & us’ (with Daevid Allen and Chris Cutler) and an album with Hugh Hopper.

Pat Orchard
Acoustic Guitar: Pat has written and recorded several albums of his own material and has toured extensively. He has also supported Annie Lennox, Johnny Cash, Emerson Lake and Palmer and Richard Thompson.

NOVEMBER 2016 LAUNCH

Invisible Din Album Launch

Poster Download

Join us at 229 THE VENUE (2), London – 11 November 2016 for

Tony Lowe & Mark Brzezicki’s ESP –Invisible Din’ – Album Launch

*Tickets: £12 Advance – £15 Door at:

229 The Venue (+£1.50 booking fee) or Ents24 (+ £1.20 booking fee)

Tony Lowe & Mark Brzezicki’s ESP is a collaboration with musicians from King Crimson, Van der Graaf Generator, Procol Harum, GTR, Landmarq and more. The new band, formed by Producer/Guitarist Tony Lowe and Drummer Mark Brzezicki, is showcasing the debut album ‘Invisible Din’ and will include performances from most of the musical contributors. The immensely talented Mickey Simmonds on keyboards has joined the ESP project on keyboards, and will be appearing at the album launch. Mickey has previously worked with Mike Oldfield, Fish, Camel and many others.

‘Invisible Din’ is Written and Produced by Tony Lowe, who recently co-produced the ‘Starless Starlight‘ album by David Cross & Robert Fripp.

Set for an 11th November 2016 release, ‘Invisible Din’ can be compared to Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, Roger Waters, The Alan Parson’s Project and Brand X.

The ESP project has an open door collaboration policy, the performer line-up may vary for shows and subsequent albums. Additional musicians may be added to both the album and/or band. Many thanks to the photographers: David Jackson by Luca Fiaccavento; Steve Gee by Paul Blue; Yumi Hara by Kunimitsu Tsuburai; Alison Fleming by Madeleine Thour; Tony Lowe, Mark Brzezicki, David Cross, John Beagley by Cheryl Stringall
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Updates: Lowe & Brzezicki’s ESP & Chris Gray News

Mark Brzezicki's custom Pearl kit

This year we asked two of our artists with 2015-2016 releases to supply updates.

Tony Lowe Update:

ESP LOGOESP (symphonic prog) – The magic is building… coming in 2016.

ESP is a concept album featuring some incredible Musicians from the world of Prog and Rock. Written and Produced by Tony Lowe, it begins as an album and with Tony and Mark Brzezicki at the core, it will also be a live band, going on the road later next year TBC. This promises to be a ground-breaking album and live band with an emphasis on great musicianship.

Initially I worked in isolation on this music. The first six months were spent looking at ideas, recording basic versions… Alison Flemingdiscarding a lot of it before re working some of the original ideas and melodies won’t see the light of day as they were replaced by much stronger, more evocative pieces. As usual with these kind of works, the music seems to know what it wants but it takes time for my human brain to realise what that is. Of course the beauty of trusting to instinct is that when it works it can be very powerful. The concept is one of a Man who’s searching his dreams and subconscious mind for another glimpse of the ‘one’ that he saw once… he was sure she was real and becomes taunted by the search to re-connect. Only when he goes into another state can he feel her there still. Was she an Angel? A long lost soulmate? Was she there for him only? Was he going mad??

I asked Alison Fleming to help with some the Lyrics and we now have a strange combination of both our writing styles which are very different. Alison has also added some ‘Ethereal voices’ to the proceedings in places.John Beagley

David CrossAfter a year of writing and recording the ‘initial drafts’, we started to add the other musicians and singers. Pat Orchard was the first off the mark with his beautiful nylon strung guitar piece which became an integral part of the final section. In September 2015, John Beagley came into the studio to add vocals on some of the sections. These have also been changed and re worked and he has really got into the vibe of the lyrics, which are a little unusual in places. John sang the parts with great emotion and energy, marking the point where the words and ideas became real for the first time.

Next in, the inimitable David Jackson adding Saxes, Flutes and various whistles and we are still in that mode but the one track we have down is amazing.  David Cross, played some wonderful Violin parts taking the music to new heights. It has been great to hear the acoustic instruments slowly building against the Keyboards and Elec GuitDavid Jacksonar.

Mark & Tony in StudioMark Brzezicki then added live drums to the entire project. In a studio environment his drumming is something else; uplifting us all with his energy and enthusiasm for the music. We managed to get most of it done but will add more drum tracks in January.

Once the drums are down the extremely talented John Young and Steve Gee will be adding some Synth and Bass respectively and Yumi Hara will add harp before its mixed, mastered and sent out into the universe… until it’s time to play it live!!! Join our Facebook Page! -Tony

Chris Gray Update:

Manx Cancer HelpI feel happy with all my music happenings this year, from playing at the first ever Butefest in Scotland to supporting Tristan Mackay in the beautiful St Pancras Old Church, London and Echo & The Bunnymen in IOM. April 2015 saw the release my debut album ‘Diamonds In Your Tree’, with a track played on BBC Radio 2 by Dermot O’Leary, as well as a live appearance on the Robert Elms Show, BBC Radio London 94.9, where I had a chat with Robert and played ‘She Loves The Morning’.

Since then I have been hosting the weekly Open Mic at The Bath & Bottle ‘Jam-tini’ and pop over to Liverpool to Tony Lowe - ChrisGray - Robert Elmsplay when poss…phew! It’s been a busy year and truly enjoyable one too! My last gig of the year was a charity concert in aid of Manx Cancer Help, ‘Shave, Rattle & Roll’. MCH encouraged the lads to show off their facial hair and help raise money for a really great cause. MCH provides practical, emotional and psychological support to people whose lives are touched by cancer.  Their free and confidential services are available not just to those with a cancer diagnosis, but to carers, families and friends who may also be affected, so it was good to be a part of the night, and a great way to end the year. The sold out event was compared by MCH patrons Katie Melua and James Toseland.

Looking forward to 2016 – In between the gigs I have been putting pen to paper and have written a good solid batch of new songs, I purposely decided to take my time rather than rush aChris Gray Live at Brunchs I have done in the past and I think it has made a huge difference to enjoying writing, now I walk away and revisit as and when. ‘Leave A Light On’, ‘Flames In The Fire’ and ‘The Fighter’ are standing out for me at the min and I’m very excited at the thought of a new release in 2016, keep your eyes on my Facebook page or website for more info in the new year on this.

My calendar for next year is already starting to fill up nicely, which is brilliant – a couple of festivals, UK & IOM dates confirmed and I’ll be announcing these dates as soon as I can. As always, I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing live, gigging these new songs as well as seeing old and new faces too. The support and feedback I’ve had this year has been amazing and would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who came out to watch me live, bought a copy of the album, played me on their radio show, supported me on the likes of FB – you guys have all been fab!

This winter I have started a newsletter – if you fancy a chance at winning one of two CDs before Christmas – sign up here or if you would like to read it. To keep up with my events, shows, and releases visit my website!

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