Before the last weekend in August and in particular Friday, August 30th (2019) will be the date when ambient and electronic music pioneer Steve Roach returns to the Los Angeles area, performing live at the Ambient Church in Pasadena, CA. It’s set for two hours, featuring work spanning his 40-year career including portions from his 1988 album “Dreamtime Return.” Throughout his performance, the 132-year-old First United Methodist Church of Pasadena will be the backdrop of immersive, architecturally mapped projections.
This performance will also include music from his upcoming new album “Bloom Ascension”, scheduled for release on August 30th (2019).
Reflecting on his return Steve said, “I am currently prepping my set for the Pasadena concert — my live return to Los Angeles. The energy is building, and coming back to where it all started in the ’80s — Los Angeles — adds to the excitement. For this performance, the wide range of my work will be experienced, including portions of 1988’s “Dreamtime Return.” The large, concert hall environment of the church, combined with knowing so many friends of the music are coming in from across the globe all will add up to a special moment in time.”
The ambient music composer has been recording and releasing music since the early 1980s. His 1988 album “Dreamtime Return” was described as “one of the pivotal works of ambient music” and “groundbreaking,” and the album has been included on a number of lists of the world’s best music, including 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. That said, it wasn’t until the end of this decade that Roach finally got attention from mainstream award ceremonies when he was nominated for the Grammy Award for New Age Album of the Year in back to back years, starting with 2017’s album “Spiral Revelation” and 2018’s album “Molecules of Motion.”
This newfound “success” didn’t seem lost on him either as he shared the following post on his Facebook page after his 2019 appearance at the Grammy’s, “To all my friends of the music. This weekend has really been about feeling the momentum of living life on the creative edge for the last 45 years. There is no winning or losing, it’s about being fully present and embracing the moment and tuning into what’s next as it’s happening.”
For more info and tickets click the link for Ambient Church Los Angeles: Steve Roach “Dreamtime Return”.
In addition, Steve Roach has scheduled additional live shows in Santa Fe, NM at the Paradiso on September 21st and 22nd. This is the same venue as his sold-out “Dreamtime Return’s” 30th Anniversary show from 2018. According to his website, the full spectrum of Steve’s works will be heard, including material from his upcoming new releases and will feature appearances with Michael Stearns and Rob Thomas. He will also close out the All Souls Procession Weekend in Tucson, AZ on Sunday, November 3rd with a 90 min performance. It will be the festival’s 30th anniversary.
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correction – the day of the show is actually Friday and not Saturday and has been corrected. Apologies for the error.