Kinetik Trance -- biography/about:
"This duo draws on electronica, as well as on the folk traditions of Greece, Turkey, and Afghanistan, but keeps their instrumentation strictly acoustic. Tobias Roberson's hand percussion rhythms, played on the Mediterranean dumbek, create a Trance-emulating vibe, atop which Eliot Bates deftly improvises pungent melodies on the lute-like oud." -- listen.com
About Kinetik Trance:
Tobias Roberson and Eliot Bates were performers in the UC Santa Barbara Middle Eastern Ensemble and Southern California band Farabi. They moved to the Bay Area in 1999, and quickly were performing all sorts of venues, including Mission District Cafes (Amira, Cafe Istanbul, Cafe La Boheme), art openings, film screenings, with the performance art troupe AWD (now Xeno), at Burning Man, on top of Twin Peaks, in BART on the way to other rehersals, and most of all at the infamous "all-night party." Their music for oud and percussion is fast-paced, melodically intricate, and always different. Most recently, their performances have received rave reviews in Santa Cruz and beyond.
In addition to their work as performers, Kinetik Trance's two recordings, "The Living Breakbeat" and "Bint al-Balad" have achieved considerable notareity. The single "Mawlid in-Nur" was at the top of the mp3.com world music charts for several weeks, and has been used for choreography by numerous belly dancers including Rachel Brice. A second hit single "Azeri Waltz" has received similar acclaim.
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