Live from the Circo Planet!
Lee Tomboulian and Circo Return to Whenever will soon be available at www.cdbaby.com/leetomboulianandcirco. Brian Warthen, chief cook, engineer, fader pusher and microphone setter at Barking Dog Studios, has been working late into the night mixing all those tracks into a glorious soup of sound. Steve Browne mastered and remastered, just for good measure, and we know you will want to be the first on your block to have it! Email Elizabeth to order.
Lee Tomboulian is the gregarious leader of Circo, the main composer, accordionist and pianist. Raised on Mozart and Zappa, Lee has accompanied Nat Adderley, Pharoah Sanders, Eddie Harris, to say nothing of Andrea Bocelli. He has attended the Naropa Institute and UNT where he was the weirdest pianist the world-famous One O'Clock Lab Band ever had (Lab 1997). He's now teaching jazz piano and improvisation at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Click here for bio. Email Lee.
Elizabeth Tomboulian (Betty) sings in English, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as scat on Lee's impossible melodies that soar into the stratosphere. She sings Brazilian standards in a smoky alto that has been likened to Astrud Gilberto. She plays keys and guitar. Email Elizabeth. Click here for bio, here for songlist for her solo show.
The heart of the band, native Uruguayan percussionist Ricardo Bozas played with Vinicius De Moraes (co-writer of "Girl from Ipanema"), and also the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band. He sounds like a whole samba school, sometimes covering surdo, conga and small toys all at once. Email Ricardo. Ricardo together with polyrhythmic genius Dennis Durick (Café Noir, Quartet Out, Brouhaha) on drums drive the Circo rhythm machine. Email Dennis.
Brian Warthen is one of the busiest bass players in the D/FW area, performing and recording with a variety of artists. He enjoys playing a wide range of musical styles from Jazz to Pop, Country, R&B and especially Latin music. In addition to his live performing schedule Brian does quite a bit of recording work and also writes and arranges music for several bands and solo artists. Let's all pray for Brian, because he's working full-time at a church and gigging and enjoying life with his lovely bride, April. All that, and he's still finding time to pull those tracks together! Email Brian.
Pete Brewer, flutist and saxophonist, has his own mainstream jazz recordings and toured with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd. His solos have a different personality on each instrument he plays. Email Pete. Check out his website at www.petebrewerjazz.com.