EOTO with RedGiant

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event Time: 
8:00PM
Cost: 
$20 Advance, $21 Day of Show

On Sunday, February 16, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome EOTO back to the WOW Hall along with special guests RedGiant.

A live band on hi-tech hyperdrive, EOTO has forged new territory in the electronic dance music movement. Locked and loaded with computers, loopers, midi controllers, routers, software, mixers, and the latest in music technology, multi-instrumentalist Michael Travis and percussionist/vocalist, Jason Hann have sent a speeding bullet through the electronic dance community due to their innovative 100% improvised approach and as a result, their exclusive sound.

Not just a haphazard foray into experimental music, the duo starts their musical adventure from scratch (there are no pre-recorded loops, no backing tracks, and no pre-constructed songs in their live production) building each set, note-by-note, beat by beat, live before the audience as each show explodes into a full-scale dance party.  A double-headed juggernaut, the duo works effortlessly as they twist and turn through a series of genres including Drum & Bass, Electro, Dubstep, House and Glitch Hop dance music; virtually constructing a new sci-fi soundtrack each night they perform. 

What makes EOTO extraordinary is the way the duo designs their performance by looping live guitar, bass and keyboard/synths, alongside with live drums and vocals, to carve out their songs right before the eyes and ears of the audience. No small feat in music production; even the highest order of studio producers, audiophiles, and musicians have a hard time wrapping their head around EOTO’s approach, and the wild ride that results. 

Much of EOTO’s other-worldy sound takes place long before the band takes the stage.  Using unique mic placement and internal software EQ for the drums, combined with an internal system for self mixing and monitoring, EOTO is able to craft its sound to the audience in a way that most sound engineers might overlook when mixing an electronic band. It’s not just rock instruments on stage mixed with computer sounds, its live instruments treated in a different way, sonically, for the purpose of performing a different style of music.  These nuances are always a source of amazement when EOTO is approached about how they “get their sound”.

Best known as the drummer and percussionist for the wildly successful String Cheese Incident, Michael Travis cut his musical teeth in the junior high school marching band playing the French horn in the early eighties. However, his deep love for rhythm has always played a major role in his career.

In 1986, Travis picked up the hand drum and started playing guitar in Santa Cruz, California.  It wasn’t until 1995, when the drum kit found its way into his life, a moment that would shape his career forever. For more than twenty years he has held down the rhythm section for audiences spanning hundreds of thousands of fans, in cities around the globe. His keen interest in international and world music has dotted his career allowing him to explore multiple genres of music, while keeping dexterity in each instrument he plays. His ability to perform adeptly on the guitar, bass and drums allow EOTO to create a rich organic sound, often overlooked in today’s press-play DJ community.

When Jason Hann joined Michael Travis in the rhythm section of the String Cheese Incident in2004, he was no stranger to the big stage. Performing professionally since the age of 12, he has toured and recorded internationally with the likes of Isaac Hayes, Loreena McKinnett, Dr Dre, Rickie Lee Jones and Vinx. His depth and knowledge of percussion has taken him around the world to study in countries as far as Mali, Ghana, Haiti, and Korea allowing him a rare deftness to switch seamlessly through a variety of genres of music, whether it’s Rock, R&B, Pop, Jazz, Latin, Latin-Jazz, Flamenco, African, Persian, Electronica, Techno and World music.  With an extended biography that reads like the who’s who of music, it’s no wonder he found himself naturally drawn to developing a more experimental sound of his own, with EOTO. 

As the perfect musical pairing, EOTO draws upon their rich history, training, and diverse influences to create an innovative yet fully improvised electronic music experience unlike any other on the scene today. EOTO has also had unique collaborations with many musicians including the drummers of Stomp, members of String Cheese Incident, members of Umphrey’s McGee, Stanley Jordan, Dominic Lali (Big Gigantic), David Satori and Sidecar Tommy (Beats Antique), Billy Kreutzman, Vinx, Toni Childs, Karsh Kale, Jamie Janover, Steve Kimock, Jamie Shields (New Deal) and Adam Deitch (Lettuce) just to name a few.

 

REDGIANT

 

RedGiant is a live electronic music project created by multi-instrumentalist and producer Brian Hamilton.  Brian is a composer, producer, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist.  A true musician through and through, Brian Hamilton shows his love for all music by creating ever-evolving, mind-bending compositions. His music spans Drum & Bass, House and Psy-Trance, all the while slinging his signature shred-rock guitar.  Brian is best know for his work as founding member of the Rock-Electronica touring outfit Yamn.  The act gained a rapid nationwide following of devoted fans, deemed the Yamnily, that continues to grow and thrive.

Members in orbit:

Sam Lax of Acorn Project: Lax on Sax. Need anything else be said? Sam is a self-taught musician with fifteen years of performance and extensive touring experience. Saxophone is his main instrument of choice, but he also enjoys other woodwinds, percussion, production and vocal performance. His saxophone voicing often features a blend of electronic effects and a unique tonality.

Allen Aucoin / DrFameus of The Disco Biscuits: DrFameus is an electronic music project created by the versatile drummer, Allen Aucoin. Allen explores many realms with DrFameus ranging from breakbeats to drum ‘n’ bass to dubstep to techno/house.  It is his ability to survey the crowd and then improvise that has allowed Aucoin to play in such diverse projects over the years.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $21 day of show.  Doors open 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.