REPTET WEST COAST RECORD RELEASE TOUR October/November 2009
This Seattle sextet does it all: it grooves, it rocks, it squawks - occasionally, it even talks. Mostly, it sounds like a New Orleans jazz band on crystal meth." --Jazziz Magazine
The manically fun Reptet make new music by merrily hopping around the history of jazz." --The Stranger
October 29 - Cottage Grove, OR - The Axe & Fiddle October 30 - Chico, CA - The Coda Cafe October 31 - South Lake Tahoe, CA - The Divided Sky November 1 - Placerville, CA - The Cozmic Cafe November 2 - San Francisco, CA - The MakeOut Room November 3 - Sacramento, CA - The Shady Lady November 5 - Oakland, CA - Caf Van Kleef November 6 - Reno, NV - The Zephyr Lounge November 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Molly Mallones November 8 - Santa Barbara, CA - Live Culture November 9 - Glendale, CA - JAX November 13 - Olympia, WA - The Eastside Club November 19 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern
The Band Fresh off the road from a triumphant summer tour of Canada, Seattles Reptet (Monktail Records) will be touring the US West Coast in October and November to promote their new, 7 vinyl release entitled, Agendacide. This will be their fifth West Coast tour in the past three years and their first new recording since 2008.
Winners of two 2007 Earshot Golden Ear Awards, this genre-bending band is comprised of six multi-instrumentalists who have an expansive approach to music, performing original compositions that incorporate jazz, rock, ska, punk, modern classical, avant garde, eastern European folk and more. Their latest recording is being released as a digital download as well as on 7 red vinyl, accompanied by stunning cover art by the late great illustrator, Jim Flora. It also features a guest appearance by the world-renowned keyboardist Wayne Horvitz on Hammond organ.
Reptets live performances have been described as, arresting, compelling and just plain cranked-up! with stage shows evolving into transformative performance art pieces using costumes, story telling, dance routines and absurdist humor. Their critically acclaimed 2006 CD release, Do This!," won numerous accolades, appeared on the year-end top-10 lists of many jazz critics and was chosen the top Record of the Year by Jazziz Magazine's Alex Gelfand. Their 2008 CD, Chicken or Beef? was chosen finalist for Jazz Record of the Year by the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards and has been lauded by luminary Simpsons creator, Matt Groening.
Reptet has proven itself to be a unique and utterly enthralling multi-leveled experience, leaving an indelible mark on the memories of their audiences. This internationally touring ensemble will be recording their next full length CD in the winter of 09 and launching a East Coast/European tour in the spring of 2010.
The Artists Samantha Boshnack (Trumpets) grew up in upstate New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts in music from Bard College where she studied jazz trumpet and composition with Erica Lindsay and Thurman Barker. She has also studied with Jerry Sabatini and Baikida Carroll. She currently makes her living playing and touring with numerous ensembles as well as teaching. Current projects include Reptet, Picoso, Orkestar Zirkonium, Publish the Quest, the Monktail Creative Music Concern, WACO (featuring Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb), Sasson, Figeater, The New Seattle Brass Ensemble, and Threat of Beauty. Boshnack has received commissioning support from 4Culture, Seattle Mayors Office of Arts and Culture, ASCAPlus, and Jack Straw Productions.
Chris Credit (Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute) moved from Anchorage Alaska to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance in 1998. There he studied with Julian Priester, Hadley Caliman, Chuck Deardorf, Jim Knapp, and Jovino Santos Neto among others. A stint of traveling and performing music aboard cruise ships kept Credit busy for awhile until he returned to Seattle to focus on composing, performing new music and teaching. In addition to Reptet, he is also a member of Motel 5, Pocket Hercules, the Cocktet, and founder of c2 music.
Izaak Mills (Saxophones, Flute, Bass Clarinet) grew up in Olympia, WA. In 1998 he made the long trek to Seattle to attend Cornish College where he studied for two years with Hadley Caliman, Jim Knapp, Julian Priester, Denney Goodhew, Jovino Santos Neto, Paul Taub and Dave Peck. He is a regular member of Picoso, the Boogie Brown Band and a founding member of Floss and Bacteria. His favorite food is the carrot.
Nelson Bell (Trombone and Tuba) graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in music history and music theory. Although the bass trombone is his main axe, he is also proficient on the tenor trombone, euphonium, tuba, piano, and percussion instruments. He takes great pride in being the finest egg shaker-er in the Northwest region. Nelson has performed with the Jazz Police, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Banda Vagos, the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Emerald City Jazz, and the North West Prevailing Winds to name a few. He has also done much studio work, with credits ranging from elevator music to movie soundtracks. Check out Nelson on the Grammy nominated album Convergence Zone" featuring compositions and arrangements by Phil Kelly.
John Ewing (Drums, Percussion) is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He studied jazz and classical percussion at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey and has studied with Robert Brosh and John Bishop. His current work includes jazz based improvisation and free sound explorations as well as film scores and studio work. He has had the honor of performing with legendary jazz trombonist Julian Priester and saxophonist Bert Wilson. John is also a jazz writer (Earshot Jazz and Signal to Noise among others) and a member of the Jazz Journalist Association. Besides being Reptet's founding member and co-leader, he is an integral member of Monktail Creative Music Concern.
Tim Carey (Bass) grew up playing electric bass in beautiful Seabeck, WA. Tim attended Olympic College where he was able to tour the world playing with some of Kitsap County's most notable jazz musicians, including Gary Williams, Ray Ohls, Andy Omdhal, and Nancy King. Tim earned a Bachelors of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington in May 2006. While at Cornish Tim quickly became one of Seattles first call electric bassists as well as an accomplished acoustic bassist and guitarist. Tim is currently teaching bass, guitar, banjo, ukulele, and piano full time as well as performing in and around the Seattle area on a regular basis. Projects include: the Mack Grout Quartet, Owour Arunga and the Young Lions, Banda Aricrin, Jovino Santos-Neto Trio, Reptet, the Jeff Busch Quintet, Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.