Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds.Renaissance are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings. In the early years, Renaissance toured Europe extensively. It wasn’t long before influential progressive rock stations in the US, such as WNEW (NYC), WMMR (Philadelphia) and WHFS (Washington) were turning America on to Renaissance. In 1978 they had a top ten hit in the UK with ‘Northern Lights’, which has become a classic radio favorite, still demanding regular airplay to this day. The band eventually disbanded in the late 1980’s at which time Annie Haslam launched a solo career.In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original founding of Renaissance Michael and Annie in 2009 decided to form a new touring band which consisted of; Rave Tesar on keyboards, David J Keyes on Bass, Tom Brislin on keyboards, Frank Pagano on drums. In 2014, Renaissance released their first album in 13 years entitled ‘Symphony of Light’. The album is a testament to the unforgettable melodies that Michael Dunford infused into his work (Michael died prematurely in 2012).
The current personnel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, Leo Traversa bass guitar, Geoffrey Langley keyboards, Frank Pagano drums and Mark Lambert on acoustic guitars.