Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Savatage & Former Metal Church Drummer JEFF PLATE Launches New Project ALTA REIGN
New York, NY – November 24, 2020 — Jeff Plate has joined forces with TSO keyboardist Jane Mangini and some amazing new talent to form his “years in the making” band Alta Reign. Plate and Mangini, along with Tommy Cook (guitars/lead vocals), Collin Holloway (guitars/lead vocals), Kevin McCarthy (bass, vocals) and Zach Hamilton (keyboards, guitars/vocals), will be releasing Alta Reign’s debut album “Mother’s Day” on January 8, 2021 via Rat Pak Records. The album is a reflection of dedication as the initial idea spawned 30 years ago and ended in 2020 with the album now being released in 2021.
“I have known Jeff for 20 years through the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I had the honor of playing with him on ‘Beethoven’s Last Night’ Tour in 2010. The most fun I had on that tour was soundcheck, actually his soundcheck. He would play the coolest riffs and I probably annoyed him playing along, but I always thought how great it would be to put something together with him. Ten years later I got a call and I’m pretty sure I said yes before he even finished asking me. I’m so very happy that I fit in,” explains keyboardist Jane Mangini.
From the album’s opening riffs of “Shine” to the majestic “Mother’s Day”, the reflective mood of “Always” and the mindful closer “Rise”, Alta Reign has created something very different and original. Drawing from his history, his influences and his heroes, Plate has combined Melodic, Progressive, Hard Rock and straight up Metal to create a unique landscape for the listener. Buy it here.
Brave Worlds, April 12, 2020 — Jane Mangini, long-time keyboardist for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has created a mostly-instrumental cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland”. While this is her creation and arrangement, she also recruited fellow TSO bandmates Angus Clark (DareDevil Squadron) on guitars and Dino Jelusick (Dirty Shirley / Animal Drive) on those soaring wordless vocals near the end. Rick Berlin, a Boston-based singer/songwriter that Mangini has worked with for years, created the moving video filled with inspiring images. They collaborated on this as a way to say thank you to all first responders, nurses, doctors and citizens who have put themselves at risk 24/7 on the front lines of this pandemic.
Mangini: “Rick Berlin and I put this together along with friends Angus Clark, Dino Jelusick, Brendan Cooney, Bob Carey, Brian Charles, Joseph Arnold and Eric Coyne as a thank you to all who are putting their lives at risk for us every day. I am especially proud of my husband Travis Cown. ‘Jungleland’ is one of my all-time favorite songs and always seems to pop up in the most significant of times.”
Jane Mangini – Arranger / Piano / Keys
Angus Clark – Guitars
Dino Jelusic – Wordless vocals near the end
Brendan Cooney – String Arranger
Eric Coyne & Joseph Arnold – Strings
Brian Charles – Mastering
Speaking of Things that Rule: Eat a Pickle by O’2L
March 14, 2015, blog post
“My Dad claims he got it from the O’2L website, but if that was true it is not currently available. Essentially, this album does not exist. Which is truly a shame because it is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! It is a rock/jazz/electronica fusion record that consists of 17 tracks that include funky instrumentals, incredible vocal performances from Kelly Keeling and Tommy Farese, and some of the most interestingly arranged covers I have ever heard.”
“Eps 68: Piano Spotlight: Jane Mangini”
On Blog Talk Radio, a 31 minute talk show recorded in 2012 by Aaron Joy on Jane Mangini’s career, including selected jingles produced at Bang Music and a track from Einstein Too.
“Eps 69: Jane Mangini & Al Pitrelli’s O’2L”
On Podbay.fm, a 38 minute talk show recorded in 2012 by Aaron Joy on Jane Mangini’s band O’2L, including performances by several members of TSO.
by Kyle Smitchens, October 7, 2012, Guitar Muse
O’2L: Doyle’s Brunch
By Jim Santella, April 7, 2005, All About Jazz
O2’L’s program of backbeats and hip-hop effects creates an instant impression of energy. It’s not the usual fare, however. They fill the air with impressions of the world around us and deliver the program with tongue in cheek. Musically warm and emotionally light, Doyle’s Brunch brings a lot of fun to the forum.