Announcing UKZ"--the definitive musicians' band, formed by keyboard and electric-violin legend Eddie Jobson. Returning from a self-imposed 27-year retirement from band and touring activity, the reclusive progressive-music pioneer and UK" co-founder set out to find the same caliber of next-generation musicians for the new UKZ project that would equal or surpass the talents of his previous colleagues and collaborators--an impressive list that includes Frank Zappa, Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Phil Collins, John Entwistle, Ian Anderson, Simon Phillips, Terry Bozzio, Allan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin.
Jobson--who was born and raised in the Durham area of England--has hand-selected a truly international dream-band of virtuosos from around the world:
Aaron Lippert--a citizen of Belgium, but born and raised in New York--the former lead singer and songwriter for Columbia recording artists Expanding Man.
Trey Gunn--a Texas native, currently residing in Seattle--a ten-year veteran of King Crimson and the leading exponent of the Warr touch guitar.
Alex Machacek--from Vienna, Austria--an award-winning guitar prodigy and composer.
Marco Minnemann--from Hannover, Germany--a drumming phenomenon of unparalleled virtuosity.
Fittingly, for an international 21st-century band that formed on the internet, the group are working together digitally, exchanging music and video files electronically from their respective cities. Their self-titled debut album is slated for release in February 2008, and the One City World Tour," special-event premier concert, will take place on January 25, 2008 in Los Angeles [details to be announced].
Also at the L.A. concert will be the world premier of Tony Levin's Project Sticks," with stick player Michael Bernier joining Tony, along with former King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto.