started in 1989, when Jeff Kalmar and Joel Pirard agreed to start a new band together. After having played in ORION, (with John Curtin) they had a good idea of what they could come up with. "We scouted around searching for the people that would eventually make up the band, careful to avoid the 'weak links' that had broken up our other band, " Jeff stated. Bruce Henninger, was recruited from an advertisement in a musicians' journal, and the search for a bassist continued. For a short time that spot was filled but the dmands of the music soon brought about more change. John Curtin had been sitting in from time to time and eventually came aboard as bassist/lead guitarist, soon followed by Dan Bonadeo. Thus the birth of the band.
Gigging furiously, AVALON USA even devoted time to a YES tribute show, all the while writing new powerful material, and re-doing a number of ORION songs.
AVALON USA disbanded in 1992, but is now recording a NEW CD of material, featuring JEFF KALMAR, JOEL PIRARD, BRUCE HENNINGER, and of course, DAN BONADEO. John Curtin has been consulting on the project, but due to many pressing commitments was not available for the reunion. " It was now or never", Dan said recently, " We didn't want to proceed for the longest time WITHOUT all the members, but eventually it became apparent that the only way it was going to happen was to be proactive and MAKE it happen". Joel Pirard agrees, saying " I had broached the idea to the guys of a resumption of working together, at least to finish some unfinished music, and record them for posterity. At first everyone seemed into it, but time commitments being what they are, things dragged on. Eventually Dan took over the reins of this, to the extent of engineering it and scheduling sessions, etc. It soon became obvious that John couldn't be an active participant, although he is there in spirit".
CORRECTION: John Curtin appears on several tracks, notably playing lead guitar on Once Stood A Man and with his composition Exploring the Deep, as well as the live track archives, (Joel Pirard)
AVALON USA's CD, THE DREAMER AND THE DREAM, and Five Of The Best areavailable through www.peaceworkmusic.net, and ONCE STOOD A BAND is available on CDBABY. Tracks are available for purchase here and on ITUNES as well!
John and Jeff are cousins, Joel hooked up with them in ORION, then when AVALON was formed, Joel and Jeff hooked up with Bruce, then Dan, then John.
32 years ago we were one of the premier live bands in the New York tristate area....
YES, ELP, GENESIS, KANSAS, PINK FLOYD, THE WHO, BACH, MOZART, BEETHOVEN, THE BEATLES, PROCUL HARUM, FOCUS, CAMEL, MOODY BLUES, FLASH, STRAWBS, JOURNEY, SANTANA