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EOTO 2010 Fall Tour

Consummate road dogs EOTO just announced a jam-packed fall tour with headlining dates spanning both coasts before topping off a wildly successful 2010. The 30+ day tour will kick off on September 21st featuring 11 dates with DJ's MiMOSA and MartyParty on the west coast and then beginning in October the duo will fly solo in the Mid-West before heading east for the remainder of the winter.

Throbbing bass and thudding beats are the signatures of this project from drummers Michael Travis and Jason Hann. Born out of their shared love of electronic dance music, EOTO's M.O. is to take the free-wheeling party vibe of a DJ set to the next level by using organic instruments, innovative performance technology, and uncharted musical exploration. Live drums, guitars, and keys, and vocals are mixed, remixed, and sampled on the fly using cutting-edge programs. This is all done without a script, and without a net.

Hann plays a hyper EQ'd drumkit, chock full of multi-touch screens and MIDI controllers, and throws a number of effects on his otherworldly vocal styles. Travis takes on subsonic frequencies, generating the band's crushing low end with analog, digital, and software synthesizers, occasionally picking up guitar or a bass guitar and showing off his proficiency with instruments of all shapes and sizes.

Hann, has been playing percussion professionally since the age of 12. Years of collaborating, touring, and recording with the likes of Youssou N'Dour, Isaac Hayes, Dr. Dre, Loreena McKinnett, SCI, and a slew of other established artists running the gamut from Latin jazz to R 'n' B and soul allows him to move fluidly between styles. Adding to this is his depth in African and Latin drumming traditions, allowing the futuristic EOTO sound to keep itself rooted in the past.

For the last 16 years, Travis has been the drumming octopus in SCI. He morphs roles to melodic multi-instrumentalist in EOTO, providing the raw basslines and harmonic tapestry that fill out the soundscape of the duo. Both Hann and Travis have the chops and stamina for physically demanding, EOTO improvised sets, which have been known to go upwards of 4 straight hours.

"When we're playing live for 3 hours a night, it's like playing tribal drums in a ceremony," Hann explains. "I'm looking at one person at a time out there, and thinking "what can I do to make you dance?"

Hann and Travis play almost 200 shows a year, together, EOTO has played more than seven hundred unique showcases in 48 different states in the five years since the project's inception. Each set is recorded and released so fans can capture their unique EOTO dance throwdown, reliving the experience again and again.

TOUR DATES INCLUDE:


10/8/2010 Bourbon Theatre Lincoln Nebraska
10/15/2010 Granada Theater Dallas Texas
10/16/2010 La Zona Rosa Austin Texas
10/22/2010 The Last Concert Cafe Houston Texas
10/23/2010 Tipitina's Uptown New Orleans Louisiana
10/27/2010 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan
10/29/2010 Norva Norfolk Virginia
10/31/2010 Granada Lawerence Kansas
11/2/2010 2720 Saint Louis Missouri
11/3/2010 The Canopy Club Urbana Illinois
11/4/2010 Majestic Live Madison Wisconsin
11/5/2010 EPIC Minneapolis Minnesota
11/6/2010 Riviera Theatre Chicago Illinois
11/7/2010 The Intersection Grand Rapids Michigan
11/8/2010 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan
11/9/2010 Rex Theatre Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
11/10/2010 Tralfamadore Music Hall Buffalo New York
11/11/2010 Westcott Theater Syracuse New York
11/12/2010 Higher Ground Burlington Vermont
11/13/2010 Port City Music Hall Portland Maine
11/14/2010 Stone Pony Asbury Park New Jersey
11/15/2010 The Canal Club Richmond Virginia
11/16/2010 Chameleon Club Lancaster Pennsylvania
11/17/2010 World Cafe Live Philadelphia Pennsylvania
11/18/2010 Sonar Club Stage Baltimore Maryland
11/19/2010 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn New York
11/20/2010 Paradise Rock Club Boston Massachusetts
11/21/2010 River Street Jazz Cafe Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania
11/22/2010 Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill Roanoke Virginia
11/23/2010 Headliners Music Hall Louisville Kentucky
11/24/2010 20th Century Theater Cincinnati Ohio
11/25/2010 Southbound Knoxville Tennessee
11/26/2010 412 Market Chattanooga Tennessee
11/27/2010 Limelight Night Club Nashville Tennessee
11/28/2010 Newby's Memphis Tennessee
11/29/2010 Revolution Music Room Little Rock Arkansas
11/30/2010 Proud Larrys Oxford Mississippi
12/1/2010 Zydeco Birmingham Alabama
12/2/2010 Masquerade Atlanta Georgia
12/3/2010 Music Farm Charleston South Carolina
12/4/2010 Freebird Live Jacksonville Florida

2010 University Of Michigan Jazz Festival "Charles Mingus Day"

The 2010 University Of Michigan Jazz Festival  "Charles Mingus Day" will take place February 13th at 7:30p.m. at the Power Center for the Performing Arts in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The festival announced today that Congressman John Conyers Jr. would receive the first, "University of Michigan John Conyers Jr. Jazz Advocacy Award". This award is named in his honor and serves as recognition of extraordinary achievement in the world of Jazz by an advocate or patron.

In recognition of Black History Month and the Jazz Festival tribute to Charles Mingus, three virtuoso bassists, Christian McBride, Robert Hurst and Rodney Whitaker, will take the stage together in an historic improvised performance.

The festival feature concert will also include the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble, The Christian McBride Band and the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra under the direction of Dennis Wilson. The DJFO will feature a new composition by Christian McBride entitled "The Movement Revisited". This composition is an important expression of the Black experience through the language of Jazz and will also be performed on February 14th at 7:30pm at Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit.

The University of Michigan Jazz Festival is a noncompetitive event providing collegiate, high school and middle school students an opportunity to interact with the music faculty of the University of Michigan as well as other distinguished educators.  The Festival is open to students, educators, and music lovers of all ages and is presented by the School Of Music Theatre & Dance through the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation with additional support from numerous academic units within the University Of Michigan.