Eric Hofbauer Jazz Guitarist / Composer / Educator

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LEVEL in the Phoenix and IRB @ Johnny D’s June 15.

The Infrared Band was recently featured in the Boston Phoenix (click here to read) along with Jeremy Udden’s Plainville and James Farm. John Garelick wrote the piece and it focuses on our new release (street date June 21) LEVEL. He does a great job addressing the concept of duality in the music, particularly in terms of how we balance form, swing and harmony with open, non-tonal ‘free’ vocabularies. It is funny, at the start of my career my compositions that did this were dubbed ‘quirky’ or ‘odd’. Now they are ‘old-school…from 1985′(which I believe is a reference to post 60’s experimental traditionalism a la Air, one of my favorite bands, as opposed to mid 80’s Neo-traditionalism a la Marsalis and crew), and ‘one of the sweetest jazz-noir lines and grooves you’ll ever hear.’Oh how times change. The review ends with my new favorite press quote, ‘somewhere, Charles Mingus is smiling’… I hope so.
LEVEL is out on June 21 and will be available in select stores and in basically every online music outlet and retailer. ALSO… our big Boston CD release show is coming up on June 15 at Johnny D’s in Somerville (see Upcoming Events). The Boston show will feature all of the new music from LEVEL as well as a special set where I augment the band with the Infrared Band Brass (Jerry Sabatini and Joel Yennior) with new arrangements of IRB classics. Its going to be fun times. Also, we are working on getting some other release shows around the east coast, and we will let you know when they are happening.

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