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Preview Alex Skolnick's New World-Music Project, Planetary Coalition — Video

Alex Skolnick has posted a trailer video for the self-titled debut album by Planetary Coalition.

The video includes performance clips and excerpts of five songs with a range of guests, including Rodrigo y Gabriela.

Planetary Coalition is driven by the acoustic guitar of Skolnick, whose work spans jazz (Alex Skolnick Trio), metal (Testament) and world music (Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ishtar).

"It started with a lone, handwritten sentence on a notepad, describing a musical vision — an ethnically flavored collective of musicians from all over the world, bringing together inspirational melodies, in-depth improvisation and the passion of the musical styles of Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin, East Asian, Mediterranean, Balkan/Eastern European, African and other indigenous lands," Skolnick said. "The reality: coordinating over two-dozen musicians from five continents.

"Yet despite the numerous logistical challenges, Planetary Coalition has been guided by a single hope: that by weaving the threads that connect musical expressions with regional identities, we can bridge the gap between diverse cultures and people, and increase awareness of the ecological and social issues facing the planet, our island in the sky."

You can order the CD or download of Planetary Coalition via ArtistShare or preorder on iTunes (available November 25).

For more about Planetary Coalition, follow the project on Facebook.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.