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Price: £9.16 (exc) £10.99 (inc)


Mainly Instrumental Symphonic Prog from the Ukrain that has influences of CAMEL, IQ, SAGA, FOCUS, GREENSLADE, FLOWER KINGS and Anthony Phillips!

For the past few years KARFAGEN CD’s have been taking pride of place in the CD Towers racks, so we thought it was a good time to remind those who don’t already own them, just how good (and different) this band is.
Basically, If CAMEL’s ‘Snow Goose’ album was your thing, we think there’s a good chance that KARFAGEN’s ‘Solitary Sandpiper Journey’ is going to float your boat too!

KARFAGEN is the brainchild of Ukrainian born keyboards player Antony Kalugin. Mainly an instrumental band, they have a unique sound that separates them from most others in the genre.
They show imaginative use of keyboards and guitars with just a hint of new age and jazz-rock in places.
Their influences are quite wide ranging, but you will hear references to bands like: CAMEL, IQ, SAGA, FOCUS, the ENID, FLOWER KINGS, GREENSLADE and Anthony Phillips in their music.
KARFAGEN (means Karthago) is a symbol of glory and wisdom and also a never-ending journey into the world of the forgotten past and un-predictable future.
The name was first heard in 1997 when Antony Kalugin formed the band at school, but it was while he was studying at the architectural university in 1998 that he began to record their first album with his close friend Sergey Kovalev (accordion and harmonica).
After making several solo albums Kalugin composed and performed on more than forty other albums between 2003 and 2005. These were all released in Russia and the Ukraine. With those projects, Antony gathered the necessary funds to record the first real KARFAGEN album, and in 2005 the band reformed and went into the studio to record: ‘Continium’, an album which led the band to sign with the UNICORN DIGITAL label in Canada.

Antony Kalugin's impressive portfolio of musical projects threaten to place him as a Ukrainian answer to Steven Wilson - a prolific creative force capable of playing progressive and Prog-influenced music in a vast variety of styles! As well as KARFANEN and his solo projects, he has interests in projects of SUNCHILD, a band in which he recruited various Ukrainian musicians. He is also an integral contributor to Will Mackie's band HOGGWASH. Despite how important those ongoing projects are to him, KARFAGEN is Kalugin's "flagship" Progressive Rock band, the one he instituted and has been working with ever since deciding to pursue a music career back in 1994.

Kalugin’s main strength is his delicate keyboard work, and alongside his musical collaborators he offers a tribute to the Symphonic Prog of the past. Alexandr Pavlov works in some rather enchanting classical guitar passages, which are reminiscent of some of Anthony Phillips' material on the ‘Private Parts & Pieces’ albums.

The full musician line-up for ‘Solitary Sandpiper Journey’ is: Antony Kalugin (keyboards / vocals / percussion) with… Marina Zacharova (vocals – tracks 2, 3 & 9), Alexandr Pavlov (electric & nylon guitars / backing vocals), Artem Vasylchenko (soprano & tenor saxophone – tracks 2, 4 & 5), Sergey Balalaev (drums - track 1), Kostya Shepelenko (drums – tracks 2 to 5 & 7), Vanya Rubanchyuk (drums - track 6), Vadik Samosyuk (drums - track 9), Kostya Lonenko (acoustic & electric bass - tracks 1, 3 to 7 & 9), Alexandr Tiuniakin (electric bass – track 2), Sergey Kovalev (bayan & fxs – tracks 1, 3, 4, 6 & 9), Roman Gorielov (acoustic guitar - tracks 2 & 7), Oksana Podmaryova (cello – tracks 3, 5 & 9), Lesya Kofanova (flute tracks 3, 5 & 9), Helen Bour (oboe – tracks 4, 5 & 9), Alexandr Pastuchov (bassoon – tracks 4, 5 & 9), Max Morozov (viola – tracks 4 & 9) and Dasha Maiourova (violin – track 9).

‘Solitary Sandpiper Journey’ comes in a nicely packaged jewel case with an 8-Panel Fold-Out Booklet.

Other KARFAGEN CD titles available from stock at CDS Towers…

‘Aleatorica’ (2013 / Digi-Pak) – Stock # 1586866
‘Continium’ (2006) – Stock # 789668
‘Key To Perception: Early Years 1997-2007’ (2CD - 2009) – Stock # 1220669
‘Lost Symphony’ (2011 / Digi-Pak) – Stock # 1564210
‘Space Between Us’ (2007) – Stock # 628291


01. Spirit Of Revelation (7:18)
02. Magic Moment (4:22)
03. Silent Anger – Part 2 (6:15)
04. Solitary Sandpiper King (5:03)
05. Searching For Love (8:32)
06. Carpathians (13:49)
07. Ode To A New Life (5:27)
08. Kingfisher & Dragonflies - Part 2 (2:15)
09. Mystery (22:00)
a. Solid Ground
b. Rising Sun
c. Destruction
d. Redemption
e. Spirit Of Revelation [reprise]

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