By T. Kaback
NYC jazz and groove quartet ulu is currently on a tour of the Southeast (please see dates below). Continuing their schedule of constant touring, the band is keeping up a hectic pace of 150-180 shows per annum. This run includes stops in Falls Church, VA, Wilmington, NC, Tallahassee, FL, Atlanta, GA and Chattanooga, TN. ulu has been working on new songs and are using this tour, and upcoming runs of the East and Midwest, to hash out the new material before venturing into the studio to record a new album.

By T. Kaback
The group's founding members, keyboardist Scott Chasolen and saxophonist Aaron Gardner have seen some changes recently with the addition of a new rhythm section, bassist Brian Killeen and drummer Josh Dion. The group has gelled as a creative force says Chasolen, "we feel like a band again, and the chemistry just keeps growing." Together they create an infectious, undeniable groove, bringing the dynamic and energy of the band to an entirely new level. At the same time, the ulu tradition of combining funk, jazz, and groove sensibilities to produce a fresh, invigorating new sound remains.

ulu is an instrumental, hard-edged quartet that has fueled audiences with their unique fusion of new school funk and collective improvisation for the past five years. Their unique approach to creating sound redefines itself on a nightly basis and has intrigued audiences nationwide. Musical evolution has brought spoken word and even occasional singing into some of their new material. ulu's fan base has been rapidly increasing due to strong internet presence, national press attention, and non-stop touring opening for such artists as John Scofield, De La Soul, Jazz Mandolin Project, Soulive, Greyboy Allstars, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and moe. ulu also holds the distinction of being the only fully instrumental band to perform at Woodstock '99.

ulu's 1998 self released debut album generated great interest and was featured on ABC's "World News This Morning," TNT's "NBA's Basketball Playoffs," and MTV's "The Real World," and "Road Rules." Tracks from their last CD were also featured on MTV's show "Sorority Life," and will soon be heard on the male counterpart, "Fraternity Life." ulu's growing body of work also includes the CD's Live at the Wetlands Preserve, and What's The Deal, released last year on Catapult Records.

ulu Tour Dates:
02.12 | The State Theatre | Falls Church, VA
02.13 | Baylee's | Blacksburg, VA
02.14 | New Belmont | Norfolk, VA
02.15 | Paleo Sun | Wilmington, NC
02.17 | The Booth | Tuscaloosa, AL
02.18 | The Irish Pub | Tallahassee, FL
02.19 | New World Brewery | Ybor City (Tampa), FL
02.20 | The Culture Room | Ft. Lauderdale, FL
02.21 | The Sidebar | Gainesville, FL
02.22 | Jake's Roadhouse | Decatur (Atlanta), GA
02.24 | Murphy's | Boone, NC
02.25 | Stella Blue | Asheville, NC
02.26 | Murphy's | Boone, NC
02.27 | Trio Jazz Bar | Macon, GA
02.28 | The Local (formerly JacobĀ¹s Ladder) | Chattanooga, TN
03.01 | Murray's Inn | Wilkes Barre, PA


By T. Kaback
Scott Chasolen, keyboardist for ulu, is releasing his first solo album with a performance at The Bitter End, 147 Bleeker St., NYC, on Sunday 02.09 at 9:00pm.

Onstage, Chasolen has been fine-tuning his innovative approach to experimental funk music touring with ulu for the past six years. Offstage, he has been shaping a side of himself and his sound that no one has yet to experience.

On his new album Solitude Speaks, Scott uses a more direct language of introspective lyrics and heartfelt vocals to unite each song with its listener. The songs themselves are supported by a full band and a healthy balance of analog keyboards and acoustic piano. Solitude Speaks stands on its own as a brilliant combination of honest, emotional songwriting and visceral arrangements created by a collaboration of close friends and passionate musicians.

Scott's music is comprised of many layers and surprises, and his expressive writing style as well as his grace on the piano display the depth and diversity of his influences, from Elvis Costello to Steely Dan to Ben Folds to Stevie Wonder and everything in between.

With a new voice to be heard in the world of independent songwriting, Scott Chasolen makes his mark as a true individual whose take on life is as refreshing as it is strong. Don't miss the release of Solitude Speaks or the first live performance of Scott and his band at The Bitter End on February 9th.

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