EXOTIK-A-GO-GO RECORD RELEASE
$5 - 9:00 PM
Exotik-A-GoGo is the enchanting sound of Jazz instrumentation over jungle rhythms, tropical birdcalls mixed with vibraphone, and the pseudo experience of being transported to an exotic island destination.
Craig Gallas, drums, percussion, founder, leader. Craig has been playing professionally for almost 40 years, touring the United States and Europe, including sell-out shows at The Royal Albert Hall. Craig is well-versed in rock and roll, blues, old-school R & B, classic rock, country, and many more styles. He has had the honor and fortune to perform and tour with such greats as Bo Diddley, Bobby Vee, Dell Shannon, Leslie Gore, Buddy Knox, Johnny Tillotson, Tommy Roe, and many other legends. He’s appeared on Austin City Limits and Solid Gold. Craig has created live sound for Ballet of the Dolls and other performance arts groups, produced albums, and videos. Craig may be reached at email@example.com
Vince Hyman, vibraphone, percussion, jungle noises. Vince has been performing jazz, salsa, tropical, and orchestral music in the Twin Cities since 1976, working on percussion, vibraphone, marimba, and piano. He has contributed original compositions and arrangements to the band. Vince has performed with his own groups and ensembles led by Eric Kamau Gravatt, Kico Rangel, and Steve Westby. He has performed at the Dakota, the Artist’s Quarter, Prairie Home Companion, Babalu, the Luxe, Sophia’s, O’Shaugnessy Auditorium, Ordway Center, and other venues. As a percussionist, he has performed with the Dale Warland Singers, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, and Minnesota Composers Forum. He studied classical piano with Beatrice Ohanessian of the Baghdad Symphony, and percussion with Marvin Dahlgren of the Minnesota Orchestra. Vince is also a freelance writer and book editor. He may be reached at Vince@VinceHyman.com.
Tom Cravens, keyboard, guitar, percussion. Tom is locally hailed for his skills on guitar, on keyboard, and as an educator. He has contributed many originals and arrangements to the band. Tom is an active freelance musician in the Twin Cities, and has performed at a wide variety of venues including the Dakota, Mixed Blood Theatre, Guitar Society Guitarathon, West Bank School of Music, Dusty’s, Merlins, and SeaSalt. Tom has decades of experience as an educator, teaching music theory, jazz improvisation, and musicianship at Macalester College and piano, guitar, and jazz theory privately. One of his piano students went on to appear on Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” and many of his former guitar students have active recording and performing careers. Tom writes and records original music using cutting-edge recording software. Tom can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Nelson, flute, piccolo, soprano & bari sax, theremin, bag lama, percussion. Andy is a first call reeds player for many acts, including The Ronn Easton All Star Soul Review, The Pizazz Band, Charanga Tropical, Tres Mundos, Mike Stern, Jimmy Haslip and Bob Mintzer, and many more. He has appeared on recordings for a number of ensembles. Andy teaches music full time, including junior high in Brooklyn, New York, and schools in St. Paul and suburban Minneapolis. He helped to start the instrumental music program at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, including orchestra and jazz ensemble programs. Andy received a BM in Music/Jazz Studies from DePaul University, Chicago, and an MA in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas. Andy is on the faculty at Brooklyn Center High School and Earle Brown Elementary, where he teaches Orchestra and Elementary Band.
Jeffrey A. Willkomm, bass, guitar, ukulele.
Jeffrey has over 40 years experience in live performance, theater, arranging, and session recording. In addition to a variety of theater performances, he has played as a bassist with Twin Cities groups such as: Nip-N-Tuck, Burlesque, Rue Nouveau, TROVA, Gini Dodds, Curtiss A., and Exotik-A-GoGo. Jeffrey has played with many 50s and 60s touring shows including: Martha and the VanDellas; Alex Chilton of the Boxtops; Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits; Gene Pitney; The Diamonds; The Coasters; The Drifters; The Platters; and Little Eva. Jeffrey is a graduate of the Player’s School of Music, and is an instructor at the Camden Music School in Minneapolis. He also volunteers providing youth music education.