English symphonic rock band Renaissance rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock group The Yardbirds with vocalist Annie Haslam and principal songwriter and guitarist Michael Dunford joining at the dawn of the 1970's to define their work with folk rock and classical fusions. The band is known for including quotations from and allusions to such composers as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff as well as creating progressive rock classics such as Mother Russia.
Over the band’s lengthy career, they have recorded fifteen albums and played on the world’s most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in New York City with The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to the Royal Albert Hall in London with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Despite explorations into solo careers and changes in the line-up Haslam and Dunford remain the creative core of Renaissance.
In 2009, they embarked on a special 40th Anniversary Concert Tour to re-introduce to new generations the lush, orchestral favorites that made them a staple of 1970s progressive rock radio. The tour of theaters and performing arts centers with a newly-formed Renaissance was received with much excitement and great attendance of eager fans from far and wide. The new musicians in the band were welcomed with standing ovations as they brilliantly performed the classics that fans had been waiting so long to hear again.
Joining Haslam and Dunford in Renaissance are keyboardist Rave Tesar and bassist/vocalist David J. Keyes, both of whom were previous members of Renaissance and the Annie Haslam Band. Drummer/percussionist/vocalist Frank Pagano (Bruce Springsteen, Smashing Pumpkins, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow), and Jason Hart (Rufus Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, Suzanne Vega) are in the band.
Together they revisit the symphonic textures, stunning vocals and poetic lyrics that embody the band’s compelling international themes, with fresh interpretations of their most admired compositions. Ocean Gypsy, Mother Russia, Running Hard, and Prologue are central to Renaissance’s most prolific period (1972-78) and culled from the albums Prologue, Turn of the Cards, Novella, and Scheherazade and Other Stories.