The Crimson ProjeKCt

The Crimson ProjeKCt is a King Crimson offshoot featuring 3 current members of that historic band, primarily focusing on repertoire from early 1980s through to the mid-90s, with Robert Fripp’s approval and support. The band has a “double trio” line-up, as made popular by Crimson between 1994 – 1997.

Adrian Belew and Tony Levin joined King Crimson in 1981, giving birth to the 4  incarnation of the band, (alongside Robert Fripp and Bill Bruford). Pat Mastelotto joined in 1994, which started the double-trio phase that also included Trey Gunn. They last played together as King Crimson on a “retrospective” US tour in 2008, but haven’t played in Europe since 2003.  Belew, Levin and Mastelotto still have a large influence on popular culture due in part to their critically acclaimed work with some of the world’s most influential artists, such as Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, Talking Heads, XTC, Paul Simon, John Lennon, and NIN, etc. In 2009 Tony and Pat formed the trio “Stick Men” which also features Markus Reuter on touch guitar. Markus is an accomplished composer who learned the Crimson repertoire first-hand from Robert Fripp during his stint in Guitar Craft between 1991 and 1998. In The Crimson ProjeKCt Markus covers Robert’s parts, incl. the soundscaping elements that have been incorporated since 1994. Stick Men have released 4 studio albums to date and tour the world regularly. In 2006, Adrian Belew formed what was to become a long-term live project known as “The Adrian Belew Power Trio”. The lineup now features former Paul Green School of Rock student Julie Slick on bass and drummer Tobias Ralph (Joe Bowie’s Defunkt, Screaming Headless Torsos, Nena). The trio routinely tours the world, and has released several albums together including the acclaimed “E”.

In August 2011 Belew, Levin and Mastelotto organised the “3 of a Perfect Pair Camp”, a music seminar that included daily group performances of King Crimson repertoire. This foreshadowed the “Two of a Perfect Trio” tour of the US and Canada in September – October 2011 which comprised of sets by Stick Men, The Adrian Belew Power Trio, and a final section featuring all six musicians. In the summer of 2012 this sextet supported Dream Theater on a US tour under the name The Crimson ProjeKCt and have retained this moniker ever since.  “Tony and myself discussed the not-easily-doable name of Stick Men & The Adrian Belew Power Trio That Do A Set Of King Crimson Music. Tony’s suggestion was ProjeKct Krimson. Mine was The Crimson ProjeKCt.” (from Robert Fripp’s diary, Saturday, 14th April 2012).

The Crimson ProjeKCt has toured the world between 2012 and 2014. There are official live recordings available from all tours to date.


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