These U Totem performances are 100% live in concert. The group featured Emily Hay (voice & flute), Sanjay Kumar (keyboards), Eric Johnson-Tamai (bassoon), David Kerman (drums) and I'm playing bass.
Let's open with the setting of a verse by D Kerman. "Imperfections" was the starting point for U Totem, though originally it appeared on an album by 5uu's.
Listen to "Imperfections" by U Totem (3:52)
"One Nail Draws Another" was first released on the U Totem debut album. This version is from a concert at LACE we co-billed with Colorado's legendary Thinking Plague!
Listen to "One Nail Draws Another" by U Totem (14:49)
Then, here are some recent compositional sketches. The first one features some serial and combinatorial shenanigans and the next is an example of polyrhythmic cut-outs, or form by erasure.
Listen to "A Famous Recluse" by James Grigsby (1:17)
Listen to "Bluebird Scans" by James Grigsby (4:11)
View "Narcotic Lollipop" (54 pages)
Yamatonadeshiko is an example of graphic notation.
View "Yamatonadeshiko" (16 pages)
EMILY HAY - Voice and flute for U TOTEM, MOTOR TOTEMIST GUILD, plus her own solo and group projects.
DAVE KERMAN - Composer and drummer 5 UU's, MOTOR TOTEMIST GUILD, U TOTEM, plus a million other things.
CURT WILSON - Voice and engineer for 5 UU's, MOTOR TOTEMIST GUILD, U TOTEM, plus his own solo work.
ROD POOLE - Guitarist and engineer for U TOTEM, MOTOR TOTEMIST GUILD, plus his own solo and group projects.
MOTOKO HONDA - Pianist and composer featured in the latest Rotary Totem presentation.
RICH WEST - Drummer and composer featured in the latest Rotary Totem presentation.