Transatlantic, the „mothership” of the modern progressive rock, lands at ARTmania Festival 2022


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For the first time in Romania, Transatlantic, the prog supergroup formed by Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, drums), Neal Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard, voice, guitar, keyboard), Pete Trewavas (Marillion, bass) and Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, guitar) will perform at the 15th edition of ARTmania Festival, which will take place during 22nd – 24th of July 2022.

The supergroup will be in a European tour for promoting their latest work, The Absolute Universe, an album described by its authors as a completely new concept: it is a double-album totaling over 90 minutes, but it also comprises a shorter 60 minutes version which is not only an edited version of the extended one, but also a new music creation in itself.

The album was created in a very short time span of almost 2 weeks, in 2019, when the four musicians met in a studio in Sweden and drafted its content. Then, each of them went to its studio and registered their part.“What resulted is, in its essence, a gigantic opera split into chapters. The music piece talks about the contemporary man’s day to day struggles. We touch some political topics as well, but this certainly doesn’t mean that we turned our art into something political. The pandemic we are passing through plays, of course, an important role in the story. It is, if you’d like, a fresco of the 2020’s crazy context, while the «shorter» version focuses on the impact of the virus over mankind”, says Portnoy.

Morse, adds that this fifth album of the band has some things in common with The Whirlwind, album-event launched in 2009 by the group, after a hiatus of almost ten years.

The Absolute Universe is certainly not a continuation of «Whirlwind», though there is a certain spiritual relationship, if you’d like, between the two materials”, adds the drummer.

The Transatlantic supergroup was founded by the two great friends of the contemporary prog-rock, Portnoy and Morse. Their musical „brotherhood” was born, beside their collaboration in Transatlantic, due to other highly appreciated music projects as well, like Flying Colors or Neal Morse Band.

Together with Transatlantic, in 2022, during the three-day ARTmania Festival, the following well established international names will perform (a-z): My Dying Bride, Testament and The Pineapple Thief. New exciting names will be announced in the close future.

Festival passes for the ARTmania Festival anniversary edition are already available on the official website ( ),, and at 290 lei/ pcs. + taxes.

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