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Curved Air
Origin London
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 1969-1976, 1990, 2008 – present
Labels Warner Bros. Records, Deram Records
Website http://www.curvedair.com
Members
Francis Monkman
Darryl Way
Sonja Kristina Linwood
Florian Pilkington-Miksa
Rob Martin
Former members
Ian Eyre
Mike Wedgwood
Eddie Jobson
Kirby Gregory
Jim Russell
Phil Kohn
Mick Jacques
Stewart Copeland
Tony Reeves
Alex Richman
Notable instruments
Electric violin, synthesizer

Curved Air are a pioneering British progressive rock group formed in 1970.[1][2]

Contents

History

The group evolved out of the band Sisyphus,[3] and was named after the piece "A Rainbow in Curved Air" by contemporary composer Terry Riley. The musicians came from quite different artistic backgrounds, classic, folk, and electronic sound, which resulted in a mixture of progressive rock, folk rock, and fusion with classical elements. Along with High Tide, It's A Beautiful Day and East of Eden, Curved Air were one of the first rock bands to feature a violin.

The first lineup consisted of:

Throughout their lifespan the band experienced frequent personnel changes. To name but a few of the better-known:

Kristina was the only constant member of Curved Air. Monkman, member of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, was later to play with John Williams in a group called Sky.

The band's 1970 debut, Airconditioning, reached number 8 in the UK Albums Chart,[4 ] and was one of the first vinyl picture discs to be released.[5] Second Album peaked at #11; whilst their third album, Phantasmagoria reached #20.[4 ] The band's most successful single (reaching #4 in the UK Singles Chart) was "Back Street Luv".[6][4 ]

The drummer on the 1971 Beat Club German T.V performance of Back Street Luv was session player Barry de Souza (Lou Reed, Jeff Beck, Kate Bush) who recently died of cancer.

Recent times

In 1990 the group performed together again briefly and a live album of this concert was released ten years later.[3]

In early 2008 the band regrouped.[7][8] On 4 May 2008, in a message to the Curved Air Yahoo Group, Kristina advised that the new line-up would be -

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  • Sonja Kristina - vocals
  • Darryl Way - violin
  • Florian Pilkington-Miksa - drums
  • Andy Christie - guitar (replaced by Kit Morgan in 2009)
  • Chris Harris - bass

Francis Monkman, who was originally pictured with Kristina, Way and Pilkington-Miksa for the re-union, seems to have left the project.

The new line-up played in Southern England, Italy and Malta in 2008.

For the 2009 dates in Japan on Jan 16th & 17th at Club Citta, Kawasaki, the guitarist was Kit Morgan.[9]

On 9th August 2009 Eddie Jobson stood in for Darryl Way at a one-off gig in Chislehurst.

For their dates in October 2009, Way was indisposed, and Paul Sax (violin) and Robert Norton (keyboards) stood in for him.

Discography

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Albums

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Year Title Chart-Positions Comments
UK
[10]
US DE CH
[11]
AT
1970 Airconditioning 8 - - - - includes the renowned piece "Vivaldi"
1971 Second Album 11 - - - - includes the biggest hit "Back Street Luv"
1972 Phantasmagoria 20 - - - -
1973 Air Cut - - - - -
1975 Live - - - - -
1975 Midnight Wire - - - - -
1976 Airborne - - - - -
1990 Lovechild - - - - - recorded 1973
1995 Live at the BBC - - - - -
2000 Alive, 1990 - - - - -
2008 Reborn - - - - -

Singles

Year Title Chart-Positions Comments
UK
[10]
US DE CH
[11]
AT
1971 It Happened Today
Vivaldi
What Happens When You Blow Yourself Up
- - - - -
1971 Back Street Luv
Everdance
4 - - - -
1972 Sarah's Concern
Phantasmagoria
- - - - -
1976 Desiree
Kids to Blame
- - - - -
1976 Baby Please Don't Go
Broken Lady
- - - - -
1984 Renegade
We're Only Human
- - - - -

References

  1. ^ Allmuisc "Curved Air Biography by Dave Thompson
  2. ^ Curved Air @ Progarchives.com
  3. ^ a b Curved Air Home Page
  4. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 131. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  
  5. ^ "Curved Air Home Page". www.curvedair.com. http://www.curvedair.com/Directions.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-28.  
  6. ^ http://www.curvedair.com/Directions.htm
  7. ^ Curved Air at Reverbnation
  8. ^ Ticket News, Vernon, CT "Curved Air reunites and hits the road."
  9. ^ "Curved Air Home Page". www.curvedair.com. http://www.curvedair.com/Directions.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-09.  
  10. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Curved Air". www.chartstats.com. http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=2274. Retrieved 2009-05-09.  
  11. ^ a b "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". hitparade.ch. http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=curved+air&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-05-09.  

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