New Wizards of Winter album artwork to be designed by legendary Greek Album Cover Artist  Ioannis

Legendary record cover artist Ioannis (Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Styx, Blue Oyster Cult, King Crimson, Bob Weir, Allman Brothers Band, Dream Theater) will be joining forces with The Wizards of Winter to produce cover artwork for their upcoming album to be released later this year. Ioannis will also design merchandise and the tour art for their upcoming 2014 schedule.
Says Ioannis, "I think The Wizards of Winter is an incredibly talented group of individuals and it will be cool to work on their holiday project, so I am really looking forward to doing this."  Plans are also in discussion for additional ventures to be announced later this year. 
The Wizards of Winter, the prog-metal-meets-classical rock band that has been hard at work recording their second release, are excited to be working with this iconic artist for the design of their album cover artwork.  Ioannis has created the covers of over 170 albums, with his art firmly rooted in fantasy and surrealism. The currently untitled album, produced by Tommy Farese of Trans-Siberian Orchestra fame, promises to continue the band’s style of integrating elements of hard rock and classical influences into a distinctive blend of original compositions.
"We are honored to have the privilege to work with a creative master like Ioannis,” said Scott Kelly, leader of The Wizards of Winter. “His art work has graced the album covers of so many of the music industry's legendary performers that he too, truly is a legend. When Ioannis contacted us and told us that he really liked our material and wanted to work together, we were really quite surprised given where the band is in its development. It is just another proof point that the Wizards are really beginning to gain some broad recognition.
After speaking with Ioannis, Steve Ratchen, one of the other co-founders of the band, and I both found that besides being a very nice and approachable guy, his artistic concepts and marketing directions appear to be exactly what we need at this time to assist us in moving to the next level. We are humbly grateful that he has chosen to work with us and greatly look forward to working with him."
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PRESS RELEASE:  Tommy Farese and Tony Gaynor, original members of TSO to tour with The Wizards of Winter again in 2014.
The Wizards of Winter are proud to announce that we had four “ special guests “ touring with us last season. They were Tommy Farese, Guy LeMonnier,  Tony Gaynor, and Michael Lanning. All are original members of The Trans Siberian Orchestra and now part of a group called The Kings of Christmas.

As most of you know, the album Christmas Eve and other stories contains TSO’s most recognized material. It is the famous story that TSO based their tours around for the first twelve years. The songs on that album have become holiday staples in many households across the nation.

The voices that bring those songs to life are Tommy Farese ( Ornament, This Christmas Day, The Snow Came Down), Guy LeMonnier ( An Angel Came Down, An Angel Returned, Christmas in The Air),  Michael Lanning ( Christmas Nights in Blue) and Tony Gaynor ( the magnificent narrator). For our 2013 season, theyjoined forces with The Wizards. Our show story line was based around The Wizards of Winter's “Tales Beneath a Northern Star” integrated with many features of Christmas Eve and other stories.

The Wizards are honored to have worked with such talented individuals as Tommy, Guy , Michael and Tony. This limited engagement tour proved to be spectacular and we are very excited to have  presented it to you all. We are also very excited to announce that Tommy and Tony will be returning to tour with us again in 2014. Stay tuned for more details.

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