2016 12 01:
Earlier this week I completed all the writing and arranging for the last of the songs that will appear on the new album, and have started into all the practicing that's going to be necessary to do the recording. I'm also happy to announce that drummer Rob Kovar, with whom I've been jamming over the past few months, will be playing on this record, and hopes to begin recording in the next few weeks.
The TEDx show went well, with a big turnout and an awesome crowd. The entire event was captured on video, and we're still awaiting its appearance on You Tube. I'll be sure to post here when it shows up.
You may remember that a year or so ago at this time, I was on the 2015 Cruise to the Edge, where I had the opportunity to play some great prog songs with other like minded musicians. I've posted a handful of new photos from that event on the Photos page if you want to check them out.
Chris Rupert of Falling Edge
2016 10 15:
Due to an unexpected shoulder injury, Steve Kubica is unable to perform at TEDx Chatham-Kent 2016 this Thursday. Since I got the news I've been scrambling to come up with a solution, and to make up for Steve's absence, I've decided to premiere a new, unrecorded Falling Edge song. This song is so new that I just finished the lyrics in the last week, and am still in the process of finishing the arrangement. I have every confidence that this song will be ready to go for Thursday, and am looking forward to sharing some new material in a live setting. I apologize for Steve's absence, and hope to see you there.
Chris Rupert of Falling Edge
2016 10 06:
Thought I'd take a break from working on demos to get everyone updated on what's been going on lately. I've spent the last few weeks finishing up the lyrics for the last song, and after completing them, I went back over all the material I have for this album, and realized that one of the songs still needed more lyrics, so I've been working and re-working them as well. In the process of going through the other songs, I decided to work on finalizing the original demos that I recorded so that everything would be ready to go when I start recording, which hopefully will be soon.
In performance news, I'll be teaming up with former Falling Edge keyboard player Steve Kubica for a rare live appearance at the Tedx Chatham-Kent conference at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham on Oct. 20, 2016. As you may know, the TedTalks series involves people giving talks on various contemporary issues which last a maximum of 18 minutes. Steve and I are tentatively booked for the 3:50 slot, and although we (probably thankfully) won't be talking for 18 minutes, we will be playing a couple of Falling Edge songs with a few minutes to spare to grace the audience with some gems of wisdom from a musical perspective. Tickets are still available, but are 60% sold at last report, so if you plan on going, don't delay. More information including location and ticket sales can be found at the Tedx Chatham-Kent website. Hope to see you there.
Chris Rupert of Falling Edge
2016 09 14:
In installment 7 of this series, Chris Rupert discusses lyrics for the yet-to-be-named final song for the upcoming album:
You can check out earlier videos in the series on our News page.
A brief history of Falling Edge
The story thus far...
Falling Edge had its beginnings in 2004, with original members Kevin Tetreault (drums, vocals), Chris Rupert (guitar, vocals), and Don McClellan (bass, vocals), although we weren't Falling Edge yet. The next year saw the addition of keyboard player and vocalist Tim Bork, and it wasn't long after that that the idea of committing some of our originals to a CD was tossed around. We began working on the original material in earnest, ironing out timing details, arguing about arrangements, and the like. Recording started late in the summer of 2007, and by the following January a good chunk of
Social Engineering was done. Unfortunately, it was around this time that Don had to leave the band, which left us scrambling for a bass player to continue work on the album. This proved much more difficult than we anticipated, and, several months and several bass players later, our inability to secure a bass player became kind of a running joke among the remaining members. Not a very funny one, mind you. The problem wasn't so much one of finding someone as it was finding someone who could commit to a project of this scope. By the time we located someone who was interested, let them work on the songs for a bit, then rehearsed for several weeks, 2 or 3 months would go by. Multiply this scenario by several different bassists, and it isn't hard to see how completing the album fell way behind schedule. Because Social Engineering was nearing completion, we decided to finish the recording with Chris on bass and all the vocals (Don originally sang backups). It was a bit of a drag having to drop Don's original parts, since we were all happy with his playing, but differences in tone and style made it necessary. Those original bass tracks are still kicking around somewhere, though.
Meanwhile, rehearsals continued for other tracks on the album, as did our quest for a permanent bass player. We started recording Not That Far Away since it makes use of the keyboard for bass. Not That Far Away was about 90% completed when Tim decided to call it quits. Undaunted, we decided to finish the track with Chris on keyboards. Again, because of differences in tone and style, all of Tim's parts on Not That Far Away had to be scrapped. In the meantime, Jim Walsh had joined the band on bass, so at least we were covered for bass.
Rather than repeat our bass player hunting experience, we decided to just push ahead with Chris handling keyboard duties while we looked for a new keyboard player. We pressed on with this lineup for another year or so, when, in August of 2010, Steve Kubica joined the band on keyboards. After a couple of years of rehearsals, writing, and recording, Falling Edge's debut CD was released in March 2013.
In late December 2013, bassist Jim Walsh announced his departure from the band. Given our bass player history, the remaining band members were bracing for a long and arduous audition process, but were pleasantly surprised when Matt Broadbent (who had played with the band before Jim joined) agreed to re-join Falling Edge. Unfortunately, a few months later Steve announced that he would be leaving the band, and Kevin followed shortly thereafter, citing family reasons. Matt held on for a couple of months after that and we were able to finish Minstrel in the Corner using Kevin's already recorded drum tracks with Chris playing the rest of the keyboard parts, but with only one other bandmate still on board decided to leave as well. This left Chris with the task of completing the 2nd album himself, and Falling Edge's sophomore release, Convergence at Fossil Falls, was released in November 2015.
Needless to say, the future of Falling Edge is a little uncertain. However, Chris Rupert has confirmed that he will continue to write and record music in the same vein that Falling Edge fans have come to know and love, with or without a full band. This also makes the feasibility of touring and live shows questionable, but Chris has not given up on the possibility. One never knows what the future may hold...
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