When composer and keyboardist Jasun Martz was touring with FRANK ZAPPA on his 1977/78 world tour as Frank's synthesizer programmer, Martz was also composing a symphony-THE PILLORY. The avant-garde, contemporary classical, experimental, prog rock, mellotron masterpiece featured over 40 musicians including members of Zappa's band (Ruth Underwood, Eddie Jobson and others). The recording has been released on 4 different labels through the years and is considered a legendary release. 25 years on, Jasun has finally recorded the sequel and surpassed his original masterpiece with "The Pillory / The Battle" which is an astounding symphony comprising elements of emotive beauty, brash chaotic volume and moments of starkness. The 115 member Intercontinental Philharmonic Orchestra were hand picked from all corners of the earth by Jasun to perform this historic recording.
Millions of people around the world have heard Jasun's musicianship, his keyboard virtuosity appears on five of Michael Jackson's multi gold and platinum CD's and he helped arrange Starship's #1 hit "We built this City on Rock'n'Roll" (but we won't hold that against him) with Grammy winning producer Bill Bottrell. Martz is also a contemporary artist and is renowned for his raw expressionist paintings and papier mache sculptures of subway passengers painted in New York, Los Angeles, Paris & London.
The intercontinental Philharmonic Orchestra is an international consortium of avant-garde, industrial, contemporary, classical, rock and experimental musicians assembled and led by Jasun Martz. The 115 members of the orchestra recorded their parts for "The Pillory/The Battle" on virtually every continent in cities in every corner of the globe. Barry Lamb (Wind synth, Mellotron) and Peter Ashby (Piano, Guitars and Percussion) of Ermin Grud contributed to this ground breaking project which has been described by Eurock magazine as:
"The best Release of 2005 is here already! 25 Years after his first magnum opus-The Pillory, Jasun offers up this stunning double CD featuring 115 musicians and 2 1/2 hours of music. Featuring, The Intercontinental Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, this group of musicians from around the world produce a sound that is amazing - filled w/ dense, rich mellotron, striking symphonic movements, powerful prog rock, dynamic ambient/industrial electronics, sacred choir and celestial keyboards. This album offers up the music of the future...composed now, by Jasun Martz!"