Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble
This album features Adriana Plaza as soloist in Kotebel's interpretation of Carlos Plaza's Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble. In four movements, this Concerto explores different languages and subgenres in progressive rock (symphonic, avant-garde), and classical (romanticism, impressionism, modernism). The album includes a DVD – "Making Of" - with a full video rendition of the recording sessions of the Piano Concerto, in high resolution audio (48 Khz and 24 bits).
Released in April 2009, this album takes Kotebel a step beyond in its quest to integrate different musical styles creating an elaborate, yet accessible blend of avant-garde symphonic rock, with a wide range of influences from classical to jazz to world music. The album is instrumental, featuring its current configuration as a five piece ensamble comprised of 2 keyboards, guitars, bass and drums/percussion. This album was awarded "Best Foreign Record" in ProgAwards 2009.
Released in June 2006, this is the first album where Kotebel transforms from a personal studio project, to a full blown band. It is the only album featuring the 7 member band configuration that we had between 2004 and 2006. it also marked the appearance of three key members of the band: Jaime Pascual on bass, Carlos Franco on drums and percussion and Adriana Plaza on keyboards. Kotebel continued to mature and to consolidate its musical languaje, integrating progressive rock with elements from classical music, jazz and World. Nominated in the categories of "Best Foreign Album" and "Best Art Work" in ProgAwards 2006.
Fragments of Light
Released by Musea Records on September 22, 2003. This album consolidates the musical language of Kotebel and includes lyrics for the first time. All text is based on poems by Nathalye Engelke. The albums includes, as an addendum, a piano solo piece by Carlos Plaza titled "Children Suite". This album incorporates for the first time pieces written by César G. Forero. In this album Carlos Plaza experiments with different treatments of voice inflexion and features "Mirrors", a composition based in ABA + coda form, where theme B is the "mirror image" of theme A.
This second album marks the beginning of César G. Forero's lasting and fruitful relationship with Kotebel. It also incorporates the magical voice of Carolina Prieto, that would accompany Kotebel's sound for several years. This album defines a path that will continue until nowadays: an attempt to create elaborate music that appeals to the mind and the spirit. Still Kotebel was conceived as a studio project and Carlos Plaza continued to take care of all keyboards, bass and drums, but the participation of other musicians increased significantly.
When this first album was released in January 2000, Kotebel was conceived as a studio project. Carlos Plaza had been devoted to writing classical chamber music for much of the 90's with hardly any contact with the progressive scene. The idea behind the album was to present different languages upon which the sound of Kotebel would grow and evolve. It is a keyboards based album, where Carlos takes care of bass and drumming as well. The drum set is hybrid - cymbals and hihat are real, and the remaining components are electronic. Features Omar Acosta on flute, Carlos Franco on percussion and a very young Adriana Plaza doing some minor percussion as well.