Preview Cleopatra- The Crown of Isis as one of the tracks on Kayak's Special 40th Anniversary Release single.
2013 Finishing writing basic lyrical and musical content. Recording demo's and starting to replace initial keyboard parts with definite ones.
December 28th Recording the audience calling 'Hail' during a Kayak concert in De Boerderij, Zoetermeer.
January 3rd Recording Cindy's lead vocals on The Crown of Isis, The
Living Isis, The Curse of Isis and Queen of Kings/The Donations.
January 8th Recording Rob's lead vocals on Queen of Kings/The Traitor and Setting Things Straight.
January 19th Final recording Rob's lead vocals on Setting Things Straight
January 20th Recording Cindy's lead vocals on Larger Than LIfe and She Came, She Saw, She Conquered.
Receiving Tatiana Manolidou's vocal contributions on several tracks via email.
January 21th Auditioning Martin van der Starre. He will play the part of Marc Antony in Larger Than Life.
January 23th Recording Edward's lead vocals on Queen of Kings/The Wager
January 25th Recording Rob's lead vocals on Matters Of The Heart.
January 29th Recording Edward's lead vocals on A Family Divided en Actium (The Tides Are Turning).
January 31th Cindy records her lead vocals on Whatever It Takes and Goodbye Pharos
February 5th Edward records his lead vocals on The Message, The Arms of Isis/She Rules My World #2 and Stranger In Rome.
February 10th Auditioning and recording guest vocalist Alexander van Breemen as Julius Caesar for She Came, She Saw, She Conquered.
February 12th Recording Cindy's lead vocals on The Ides of March and Actium (The Tides Are Turning)
February 15th Recording additional vocals by Marjolein Teepen (Hail, Tarsus) and Irene Linders (Hail)
February 17th Recording Edward's vocals on The Inimitable Livers and Tarsus.
February 24th Recording the first 13 (!) drum tracks by Hans Eijkenaar and some Hammond organ tracks by Ton Scherpenzeel at SoundVision Studio, Arnhem.
February 26th Recording the other 10 drum tracks by Hans Eijkenaar.
Recordings temporarily on hold due to Ton Scherpenzeel touring with Camel.
March 24th Cindy and Edward recording lead vocals for Alexandria and The Inimitable Livers.
March 25th Recording Jan van Olffen's bass parts on the first six tracks.
March 26th/27th Receiving the first guitar tracks from Joost Vergoossen and Rob Vunderink by e-mail. It's beginning to sound like a band again!
March 28th Joost adding more guitar tracks to several songs.
March 30th Jan van Olffen recording six more bass tracks.
April 3rd Rob Vunderink recording his backing vocals.
April 4th Jan van Olffen recording the last of his bass tracks
April 7th Guest vocalist Martin van der Sterre completing his work on Larger Than Life and The Inimitable Livers. More guitar tracks coming in from Rob Vunderink.
April 9 Cindy Oudshoorn recording her last vocals of the project: That Sacred Kiss, Tarsus and some minor repairs on other tracks.
April 10th Edward Reekers' recording the last of his backing vocals. All vocals finished!
April 14th Joost Vergoossen recording a lot of tracks. Almost done!
April 16th Edward recording percussion tracks
April 17th Three violinists (Maria-Paula Majoor, Daniel Torrico Menacho en Robert Baba) recording string tracks on nine songs.
Listen here to demo recordings for 'Cleopatra- The Crown of Isis'. We've chosen a number of instrumental pieces and themes that will appear on the album. No real guitars or drums yet, these will be added later on.
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Menno van Brucken Fock
Andre van Mierlo
Peter ven Eck
Wim Jan Bos
Hendrik J.P. Hofman
Diana Ulrich- Schraag
Toon van Gerven
Peter van de Pieterman
Arjen te Nijenhuis
Odd Roar Bakken
Ad de Jong
Ernst Michel Vennik
Paul van Krimpen
Sylvia de Graaff
Henk van den Berg
Rob de Jong
Koos van den Akker
Dries van Leeuwen
Eric van der Wal
Peter van Oostveen
Kees van den Bos
Piet van Heerebeek
Peter van Soest
Marcel van Odenhoven
Jose Javier Delmas
Gerrit C. van Beek
Jan de Haas
Albert van Breemen
Dirk van Sprang
Ingrid de Reus
Daisy de Groot
Thom van Houten
Jan te Lintel Hekkert
Sebastiaan de Kruif
Peter van Eck
Arie de Klerk
Jacques v.d. Bend
Guido van Schijndel
Bas van Rossum
Bert v.d. Heide
Piet van Herebeek
Eveline van Herebeek
Herman v.d. Wal
Gea v.d. Wal
Jan Brouwer de Koning
Marc van Veen
Jens Anders Ravnaas
Hans van der Waart
David van Hartingsveld
Jan Bastiaan van der Ven
Alexander van Zimmeren
Joop van der Steen
Peter van Eck
Arjan van 't Hoff
Peter en Monique van Galen
Menno van Langen
Johan de Weerdt
Frits van Losen
Robert Michel Hilhorst
Marcel van Engelen
Remco v.d. Veen
Robert Michel Hilhorst
We are getting a very positive response on the cover art design for Kayak's new project. So, whose idea was that? As usual, Ton Scherpenzeel is doing the initial research and envisioning the general design idea. Henk Brink (www.brinkendehoop.nl/) will take over from there and make a great looking cover, booklet and poster of it. But the original visual was created by an Egyptian (!) called Hisham Lotfy.
Cleopatra was of Greek-Macedonian descent. Greek singer Tatiana Manolidou adds that unique musical and mystical flavor to the project.
WHO IS WHO?
In Cleopatra- The Crown of Isis, needless to say Kayak lead singer Cindy Oudshoorn takes on the role of the last queen/pharao of Egypt. The other Kayak members that vocally tell their story are Edward Reekers as Appoldorus the Sicilian, the merchant/follower of the Queen and Rob Vunderink, acting as Octavianus, the Roman general that ultimately caused Cleopatra's downfall.
The two most important men in her life, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, will be performed by guest singers.
Cleopatra's early years.
The last queen of Egypt was offcially called Cleopatra VII Philopator (= father-loving).
Born in 69 b.C. she was only the third in line as successor of her father, Ptolemey XII- also called Auletes, the "flute player". Which wasn't meant as a compliment.
Though the Ptolemeys ruled over Egypt, there was not a single drop of Egyptian blood flowing through their veins. The Ptolemeys were descendants of a Greek-Macedonian general who served under Alexander the Great and became the founder of a dynasty of import pharaos.
As her two older sisters were killed by Auletes after they had tried to seize the throne in their father's absence, Cleopatra VII suddenly found herself to be the first heir to the Egyptian throne. Keeping in mind that the Ptolemeys had the most confusing habit of marrying their siblings, we have to add that one of that older sisters may well have been her mother.
According to that same royal custom Cleopatra married her younger brother, Ptolemey XIII, in 51 b.C. She was barely 18, he only 10 years old. The two were supposed to be co-regents, but that idea did not work out very well because Cleopatra had too much a will of her own, and the boy was simply too young for the task. That made him an easy prey to his 'advisors', who succeeded in chasing Cleopatra out of the country.
She fled to Syria, but returned with her own army and managed to convince Julius Caesar to help her get back on the throne. As Ptolemey (or his advisors) had just killed Caesar's son-in-law Pompey upon his arrival in Egypt, the Roman general did not hesitate very long and reinstalled Cleopatra as queen of Egypt. They soon became lovers. In the Alexandrian war that followed, Ptolemey XIII lost his life when he tried to escape. He drowned, fully harnassed, in the Nile.
Then Cleopatra married her other brother, number XIV, but this poor chap also did not die of old age. He was rumoured to have been poisoned by Cleopatra after she had returned from Rome. There she had tried to have Caesar acknowledge their illegitemate son Caesarion ('little Caesar') as the rightful heir to the great Roman Empire. The plan failed, and after Caesar's assasination in 44 bC Cleopatra had to flee back to Egypt.
A few years later, Cleopatra put her lover Marcus Antonius under pressure to have her sister Arsinoe killed as well. Arsinoe had chosen Ptolemey XIII's side in the Alexandrian war against Ceopatra. Though she was banned by Caesar after the Alexandrian war, and living in Efeze (Turkey), Cleopatra still feared Arsinoe as a competitor for the Egyptian throne.
Talking about a ruthless queen...
December 28th 2013 in De Boerderij, Zoetermeer. The audience participates in the recordings of the album.
Both discs of the double album will will have their own title. Disc one is called 'Rise', disc two will be named 'Fall'. Total running time of both discs is estimated to be 1 hr and 45 minutes.
Starting in 2012, most of the writing took place in 2013. But the last addition was made as recent as January 30th, when the instrumental called 'Philae' was written and added to the track listing. It is the only completely instrumental track on the double album.
In 1971 Ton Scherpenzeel and Pim Koopman already considered Cleopatra an interesting subject for a song. Though chord symbols can be noted under the lyrics of this original 'manuscript', the composition has not survived.
In spite of the vertical camera angle (smart phone, sorry) you might still enjoy this: Ton recording his Hammond track for 'Alexandria', February 24th.
A remarkable set: because of Hans Eijkenaar's busy working schedule (just back from Sotchi's Holland House and The Voice Kids' Finals) he found out he came to the studio with a red tom belonging to one of his other drum sets: a firm roll of gaffer tape kept it from falling off the stand.
Hans Eijkenaar playing one of thirteen (!) tracks in barely seven hours, including lunch and coffee breaks. February 24th, SoundVision Studio, Arnhem
ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE !
Two more exclusive instrumental demo tracks for you to enjoy that will not be published anywhere else!
Just like the previous ones, these are the original demo recordings, no real guitar or drums have been added yet.
Tracklisting of Cleopatra- The Crown of Isis.
Album 1 : 'Rise'
1. The Living Isis
2. A Family Divided
4. She Rules My World #1
5. Goodbye Pharos
6. Stranger In Rome
8. She Came, She Saw, She Conquered
9. The Ides Of March
10. Matters Of The Heart
11. The Curse of Isis
Album 2: 'Fall'
2. Whatever It Takes
3. Queen of Kings
5. The Inimitable Livers
6. The Crown of Isis
7. Actium (The Tides Are Turning)
8. Setting Things Straight
9. The Message
10. Larger Than Life
11. The Arms of Isis / She Rules My World #2
12. Alexandria Reprise
13. That Sacred Kiss
Welcome to the Cleopatra- The Crown of Isis page on the Kayak web site which is, like the project itself, a work in progress. You are here because you have shown your support (moral, financial or otherwise) for the band's newest project. At the release of the album your membership wil be rewarded by exclusive downloads of two Kayak concert videos by John Vis, as well as karaoke/instrumental and demo versions of album tracks.
View of one of the more complex sessions of the project: 'Alexandria'. The drums (usually taking up to 14 tracks) are still invisible.
The third exclusive teaser, with all lead vocalists performing their roles. Five tracks featuring Martin van der Starre (as Mark Antony, with Cindy), Alexander van Bremen (as Julius Caesar, with Cindy), Edward Reekers (The Sicilian), Rob Vunderink (Octavian) and Cindy Oudshoorn (as, of course, Cleopatra herself). And remember, these are rough, unfinished and unmixed tracks.
Five tracks exclusive!
April 18- Jan van Olffen recording his last bass guitar tracks as well as adding some double bass to the project. Receiving the final guitar tracks by Joost Vergoossen.
Recordings have been completed!
Cleopatra's name in Egyptian hieroglyphs
Now that all recordings have been done, there's time for remixing the concert in Hoofddorp (NL) of 2012, which will be available as video download for crowdfunding participants that have chosen that 'perk'. Here's a sneak preview:
On May 17 a four-piece Kayak did a semi acoustical exclusive concert for 54 crowdfunders. The band played two new songs from Cleopatra- The Crown of Isis: 'Whatever It Takes' and 'The Message'. Here you can listen to the short and rough mixes of the songs as they have been recorded!
Crowdfunders! Click on the pic underneath and see and/or download this unique Kayak live concert, registered in Hoofddorp, 2012. Video by John Vis and Meriam Verkleij.
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In August, Ton and Greek singer Tatiana Manolidou met for the first time. She had sent her vocal recordings to Ton via email in January. Ton then added her vocals to the recordings.