“The rise of Medici” – Special Edition cover & track listings

Message from Clive Nolan:
“We are so close to the finishing line now.
The mixing for the main album is complete and the bonus album is close. Here is an exclusive peek at the front and back cover of the Ear Book version of the album, including the track listings. We are very pleased with the bonus album… this really adds to the overall picture and flavour of this great concept album.”

“The Rise of Medici” is coming soon!

Here is a message from Clive Nolan:

Laura Piazzai has been over at my studio recording all her vocals for ‘The Rise of Medici’ album as well as a Medici bonus album and indeed her appearances in my new musical, ‘The Mortal Light’. Quite an intense 10 days, because it all had to be done before she returned to Italy…I’m happy to say that we succeeded, and the results are sounding excellent. Next comes the mix!”

We are happy to announce Andy Sears as one of the four solo singers on the forthcoming Imaginaerium album “The Rise of Medici”!

Andy Sears is perhaps best known as the charismatic lead vocalist of the progressive rock band Twelfth Night, one of the leading bands of the 80’s resurgence of Progressive Rock with whom he co-wrote and recorded some of the band’s pivotal albums like ‘Art and Illusion’ and ‘Twelfth Night’. Andy began his eclectic musical career in 1975 at the age of 15, playing and writing in a range of bands from hard rock, jazz-rock, to progressive rock. His extracurricular experience ranges from musical director for a 50’s/’60’s festival in Athens (featuring among others Davy Jones, Neil Sedaka, The Platters, Lovin’ Spoonful, Dion, Bill Haley’s Comets), to session vocalist/arranger on Progressive Rock projects such as Galadriel’s ‘Calibrated Collision Course’ (Musea) on which he both wrote, arranged and sang all the backing vocals, including some cameo lead lines. He has also acted as vocal and lyric consultant for Universal Records jazz/swing Spanish band No Reply. In 2011 he toured Europe promoting his solo material from the forthcoming album ‘The Dragon Inside’. During his time at university (London School of Economics) he ran his own theatre group in which he both directed and acted in various plays for the campus and public alike, including plays by Joe Orton, Luigi Pirandello, Arthur Miller, and Jean-Paul Sartre’s 2½ hour one-act existential play Huis Clos (No Exit), in which he played Garçon. Andy’s collaboration with Clive Nolan began in 2012, when he was asked to play the baddie in Nolan’s musical ‘Alchemy’, the task which he masterly performed both on stage and CD. Andy remains a frequent guest star at various Nolan musical events.

Cover of the forthcoming “The Rise of Medici” album

We feel it is time to reveal the cover of the forthcoming “The Rise of Medici” album designed by the Korean artist Ouzo Kim. Hope you like it as much as we do!

The Imaginaerium logo and other materials used to present “The Rise of Medici” concept come from a guitarist and a design artist Steve Anderson, to whom we are extremely grateful. Steve will also be working on the booklet for the album to complement the visual side of the project.

Aside from his current day job coding emails and webpages as a front end developer, Steve Anderson still finds time to exercise his varied creative talents, honed through many years of experience in the world of corporate advertising, as a graphic designer; from illustration, logos and artworking, to t-shirts, posters and CD packaging.

Artwork by Steve Anderson

It is our great pleasure to welcome Scott Higham to Imaginaerium!

We can now reveal that, known for his professionalism, perfectionism and impressive work-speed; Scott has already finished recording all of the drum parts for “The Rise of Medici” album!

Scott is an award-winning drummer, backing vocalist and lead vocalist who has recorded dozens of studio albums, live albums, live DVD’s and many session recordings for various artists throughout his career.

From 2008 to 2014 Scott was the drummer for Progressive Rock Legends Pendragon. He is also the original drummer for Clive Nolan’s Musicals ‘She’, ‘Alchemy’ and “King’s Ransom’ and continues to work with them when the musicals tour in various countries.

Scott has performed live around the world to thousands of people, including festivals such as Sweden Rock Festival, High Voltage Festival in London, Wacken Open Air, Bang Yer Head, Loreley Open Air, Raismes Festival, Rosfest, Summers End Festival, Finisterrae Festival, Verona Prog Fest and last, but not least, supporting Dream Theater in Portugal.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Elena Vladyuk to Imaginaerium!

Elena Vladyuk, born in Siberia, is a soprano singer and model. She is a graduate of the Drama School of Chisinau in Moldova and the Opera Department of the International Slavic University in Moscow. Elena is also a singer in the successful vocal vintage trio ‘The Lollipops’, which has been performing at various events, functions in London and all over the UK. Her experience includes musical theatre, TV commercials, series and fashion magazines.

In 2015, Elena met Clive Nolan and she was cast as one of the main soloists (the role of Ustane) in the theatrical production of Clive’s first musical, “She”, performed in the Netherlands in 2016. Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Elena never took part in the show. However, the plans of Clive and Elena working together never vanished from the horizon, and Elena was the first choice when the thought of creating another solo female part for “The Rise of Medici” emerged.