Back in the day, Jimmy Page was part of a threesome of guitar players that were known as the “sacred trinity” of guitar players: Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.
All three of these world famous guitar players were in a very progressive rock band called The Yardbirds, which is why The Yardbirds had such a ground-breaking sound and then came Led Zeppelin.
Led Zeppelin’s music broke new ground and reeled in a tremendous amount of praise from those that know music. Not just any music, but music with a different twist… alchemy if you will. This was Pagey’s doing.
These days aside from receiving honorary degrees, awards and releasing remastered Led Zeppelin music and new books, and fighting with his neighbor in London, England, Page has also found the time to visit with a fan of not just Led Zeppelin and their alchemy, but also of music and its many layers.
The fan’s name is Rodrigo Bourganos, and he had the luck to meet with Page in 2011 when he was only 15 years old. Bourganos was determined to meet up with Page and share his recently completed progressive rock album with him. Bourganos was able to accomplish his mission and was able to hand off his demo to Page.
Jump to 2016 and Bourganos moves to London to study at King’s College where he resided not too far from Page. The two reconnected at one of Page’s girlfriend’s, Scarlett Sabet, readings at the famous The Troubadour Club. And because of the personal connection the two had made in 2011, they were able to forge a genuine friendship.
According to Bourganos, he is a true disciple of Page’s techniques and has managed to take that and create his interpretation of alchemy in his music. “The alchemical process implies different elements being transmuted into one when they are joined. In music that is very clear, but if you use that thought while orchestrating the music Itself, you can get clearer results. In Flare Voyant (Bourganos’ current band) we are very keen into potentializing each of our four elements in order to build a fifth one. This has been a very important part of the masterwork accomplished by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin. Four master musicians building the fifth element, which is the entity of Led Zeppelin,” Bourganos explained.
Bourganos views Flare Voyant as an independent band that has no limits on their music, but that there are issues to tackle in order to achieve the platform that they are aiming for…forging a new sound.
When Bourganos was crafting the band’s name, he wanted something with power and something that would reflect the alchemy of their platform. Enter mutual friend Dawn Marie Sargent who aided Bourganos in his quest for the right magic. He had been working with the words “flamboyant” and “clairvoyant” and he had come up with “Flame Voyant.” Sargent had pointed out the depth of the word “flare” so Flare Voyant was crafted and the band is very proud of its name and its infinity of meanings. “She (Dawn) was fundamental to inspire me and guide my way early on, around 2012 and to reinforce my connection with Jimmy as she believed in a current that connected us all in the “Supreme Universe.” When I was 17 or so she taught me so much about the real power of rock music and the importance of solid Gnostic principles around it. She showed me that concerts are actually rituals and that we are performing the role of sorcerer,” Bourganos adds.
Unfortunately, Sargent passed away shortly before my interview with Bourganos and was not able to add to this story. “It’s a shame that she left so early and under painful conditions, but she will be remembered. I’ll always be very grateful for the way she enlightened my visions, “ Bourganos laments.
As for Flare Voyant, they “idealized” themselves while still young and flamboyant teenagers in 2015. Their paths crossed on social media much the same way mine did with Sargent when I set up my Led Zeppelin page “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” in 2010 on Facebook after watching Page in “It Might Get Loud.” Social Media/WHOLE LOTTA LOVE is also how I made the acquaintance of Bourganos around 2012.
Flare Voyant’s early demos caught the attention of legendary music producer Chris Kimsey who has produced the talents of such legends as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie and Peter Frampton. Kimsey produced their homonym, four-track, debut EP, released in November 2017. Bourganos points out that Flare Voyant’s sonority is deeply inspired by bands that Kimsey has produced along his professional path.
“The band seeks to embody all its plurality in the sound and go beyond revivalism by pursuing a contemporary perception of rock music through poetry, unusual tones and beats, “ Bourganos explains. Flare Voyant have recently revealed their third release “Gotta Gotta” and “Tunes For The Moods” which took place at the legendary Troubadour Club in London with Mr. Jimmy Page in attendance along with Scarlett Sabet.
Page was so taken by the four -iece Flare Voyant that he created a meme of himself encouraging his followers to go and check them out. Page had been working toward seeing Flare Voyant for the past few years, but finally made it to the record release gig. “It was a very emotional episode for everyone involved, Jimmy was genuinely touched by the way Flare Voyant understands and uses the influences of his (Page’s) own legacy, which is very cherished by himself as the absolute custodian,” Bourganos gushes.
Bourganos first expressed a desire to be interviewed and get the word out about Flare Voyant right after my first story on the rocking band Greta Van Fleet. Bourganos believes that his band has taken the extra step of interpreting Led Zeppelin’s/Jimmy Page’s music and creating something new. A version of the drive of Page’s “Black Dog” to “Going to California” from back in the day yet different. “Gotta Gotta” and “Tunes For The Moods” links can be found on Flare Voyant’s Facebook page as well as several streaming channels. Check them out to see what the sorcerer himself heard in Flare Voyant’s music to ask his followers to see what it’s all about.