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Alex Skolnick & Planetary Coalition

Planetary Coalition’s self-titled debut (Release Date: 11/11/14, ArtistShare) honors the world’s music with original pieces and masterful performances. Featuring a stunning array of guest collaborators—including Rodrigo y Gabriela, Kiran Ahluwalia, Adnan Joubran, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, NY Gypsy AllStars,,Yacouba Sissoko, Yihan Chen and many others—each track captures a culture-hopping acoustic guitar in musical conversation with instruments of the Middle East (oud and kanun), India (tabla and santoor), Africa (kora), China (pipa) and more. For the project’s creator/composer Alex Skolnick – well known as the lead guitarist of Testament who went on to study jazz improvisation at the New School - the step from metal and jazz guitar guru to world music instigator has proven remarkably small.