GOLDEN is the new instrumental solo album by Robert Illesh, who is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, producer and composer. Robert is protagonist in the progressive Aquaplanage project, which enjoys airplay worldwide from Rick Wakeman’s Planet Rock to Californian ProgRock Records’ radio show. Robert is also a long-term member of internationally applauded Yes tribute act Fragile, whose activities have taken him from three years of UK/European touring with Yes/Asia legend Steve Howe, to the Richard and Judy Show with Rick Wakeman and Roger Dean. Other credit highlights include working with Alan White and Jon Anderson of Yes, Glenn Cornick and Clive Bunker of Jethro Tull; and Steve Grant of The Sweet in the classical/rock extravaganza Barockestra.
GOLDEN presents Robert Illesh in new light. Weaving delicate webs and stories, this intimate original music is classically and sacred inspired. Nine instrumental pieces are performed exclusively on 6-string nylon and steel strung acoustic guitars, with just a hint of string and vocal accompaniment. Robert Illesh plays guitars, voice, recorder, the occasional “ting” and is executive producer. Special guests from “Reflection Strings” include Sarah Turner who plays violin and viola; and Val Banks who plays cello. Cover art of cosmic proportions is provided by Marius Michael- George, classically trained sacred and visionary artist.
Material on the 2011 Golden album is the result of many years of work. True to much solo acoustic music across the ages, it is reflective and introspective and additionally encourages the listener to make a journey into the spaces in-between the notes. Metaphors about music, truth and Golden Ages surely apply. Best suited for public performance in seated theatre, sacred hall, or in nature. Music to Uplift. This is Robert Illesh.