New Puerto Rican progressive guitarist Jan Rivera has revealed his third single/video, ‘Fractional Lineage’, and announced his debut album Existential Paranoia, to be released 14th October.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/j6y6cRcMRhM

Pre-order Existential Paranoia here: https://janrivera.bandcamp.com/album/existential-paranoia

Of the single, Jan Rivera comments: “This song was so much fun to make! I think you’ll be able to tell from the video alone! Shooting at a rooftop in Downtown LA at 6am, drones flying around, cracking jokes. That’s my idea of a fun time. Don’t worry, we only woke up about half of the city!”

Featuring bass guitar virtuoso Mohini Dey (Jordan Rudess, Jordan Richardson, AR Rahman), ‘Fractional Lineage’ is another enticing glimpse into the impressive sonic world Jan Rivera is building. Accompanied too by drumming legend Marco Minnemann (Steven WilsonThe Aristocrats), ‘Fractional Lineage’ is a prog rock tour de force.

Jan‘s debut album Existential Paranoia continues the theme – a superlative first offering from this new artist, accompanied by a host of musical stars. Alongside Marco Minnemann and Mohini Dey, the album also includes appearances from Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Gary Husband (John Mclaughlin, Allan Holdsworth), Nili Brosh (Danny Elfman), and Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa) among others. Notably, Existential Paranoia includes the first instance of drumming legends Chad Wackerman and Marco Minnemann appearing on the same track – the album closer, ‘The Grey Sticky Note’.

Jan Rivera comments: Existential Paranoia is a play on words. It’s simply a reflection of the times. The high amount of noise in the world almost makes it feel like for many, paranoia is a direct result of existing…

“Using the word existential also makes reference to the fact that the space created the last few
years has propelled introspection and sort of given fuel to the existential crisis. This is why
many people have not returned to their previous jobs. They had a view into “the world that
could be” and decided to pursue it.”

Jordan Rudess comments: “I get asked to do a lot of projects. I have to say that many of them are really good, but it’s not very often that you find a unique compositional voice. When I first heard Jan Rivera‘s music, I was freaking out!”

Elements of Allan HoldsworthDream TheaterThe Aristocrats, and Scott Henderson abound throughout Existential Paranoia, displaying a musical sensitivity and rhythmic guile which marks out this new voice as one to watch. Much like his esteemed predecessor John McLaughlinJan displays a strong Indian Classical musical influence, including tabla master Zakir Hussain. For example, compositionally, Jan‘s musical counting is based upon Konnakol, an Indian rhythmic method of counting metre. 

Well-regarded as a music educator, Jan is a graduate of the revered Musicians Institute’s Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, where he studied under Alex MachacekGreg Howe, and Scott Henderson, among others. His 2014 textbook ‘Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar’ was a bestseller, and received rave reviews globally. Jan is an on-set consultant and curriculum designer for Fender Guitars and has taught and performed with Guitar Workshop Plus, which commonly features guitarists such as Tosin AbasiPaul Gilbert, and Andy McKee, among others.

On the album art, Jan comments: “The “world that could be” is visible in the album’s artwork. You can see that the colors outside of the door are monotone, while inside the door everything is full of color. This represents “what could be”. 

“The surreal elements you see within the city represent the dreams and creative parts that
capture our imaginations and propel us to seek something more, something meaningful. This is
something that I deeply identify with, as it also mirrors my own struggles with finding my voice
as a musician.”

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