Glenn Smith, Founder of Magnatar, Passes Away
Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th, 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.
Glenn’s band-mate and cousin, keyboardist Dave Norton, and co-founder bassist, Joey Costa, have committed at the urging of Glenn’s family, to keep Magnatar moving forward as a recording and performing band.
Magnatar are also planning to bring in a second guitarist, Jerry Hemby of Ormond Beach, Florida, to help ﬁll the void. Jerry Hemby has a long history with Glenn, Dave and Joey that goes back decades, and reunites 3 of the original Hot City / Fantasia members from the early 1970’s.
Before his untimely passing, Glenn composed a number of new tracks for a follow up to 2018’s Parallel Worlds, and the band plans to honor Glenn and his music on the second Magnatar album, due for late 2020 or 2021.
The 2018 CD by Florida-based Magnatar, Parallel Worlds is shaking up the world of progressive instrumental rock. The music on Parallel Worlds was composed by the late Glenn Smith, who adds some truly intriguing textures on his electriﬁed 1971 Harmony A Style mandolin.
It’s quite unique that a mandolin player would compose an all-instrumental, progressive, jazzy, rock-fusion album but for open-minded progressive music fans interested in new and classic sounds, Parallel Worlds will prove to be a memorable listening experience.
Providing a ﬁrst class instrumental rock sound for Glenn are his very capable band mates Joey Costa (bass), Reed Hayes (drums), Ryan Rivas (guitars) and Dave Norton (keys).
Instrumental progressive rock fans must give Parallel Worlds a good listen. Magnatar is now seeking press and airplay from the ﬁnest publications and radio stations in the US and beyond.
Based in DeLand, Florida, the ﬁve piece Magnatar spans three generations of musicians. With three of the founding members having a history of relations going back 60+ years, the ﬁve current members of Magnatar are deﬁning the progressive instrumental rock sound of today.
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