Zuvuya is a trio featuring Michael Travis of The String Cheese Incident, Xander Greene and Jamie Janover.
Zuvuya is a Mayan term for the universal wave of energy which surrounds us all. Understanding the Zuvuya gives us an expanded awareness of who we are, connects us with higher levels of consciousness, and restores the memory of the infinite possibilities of our being. Creating this understanding is the purpose of the unique instrumental trio called Zuvuya.
The collaboration began when drummer Michael Travis and Xander Greene first met in Crested Butte, Colorado in 1999. Travis and Xander played together only a few times over the next several years, as Travis was often on the road with his main musical project, The String Cheese Incident.
In early 2002, Boulder musician and 2002-2003 national hammered dulcimer champion, Jamie Janover, joined the band. Jamie's diverse talents for adding unique rhythms and harmonies to the Zuvuya mix solidified the trio's sound. These three self-taught musicians used spontaneous expression to manifest change and growth in both themselves and their listeners.
Zuvuya has an unusual instrumentation. The band members switch instruments several times throughout the night. Travis (drums, bass), Xander (guitar, drums) Jamie (hammered dulcimer, drums, mini-kit, percussion), rotate on who plays drums or bass at any given point, occasionally playing 3 drum kits at once.
Travis and Jamie also express their musical energies in their other band called ZILLA.