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Eric Hofbauer & The Infrared Band

With the same signature blend of intelligence and whimsy heard on his innovative 2004 solo recording, American Vanity (CNM 003), and The Blueprint Project with Han Bennink's well-received 2007 release, People I Like (CNM 008), Boston-based guitarist/composer Eric Hofbauer's newest ensemble, The Infrared Band, explores his intermingling interests in wordplay, mythology and puzzles. The quartet released its debut CD, Myth Understanding (CNM 011) on June 17th, 2008.

“If there's a single overarching ethos to the band it would be 'tell your story,'” Hofbauer explains. “All my compositions have a back story or theme and I encourage each player to add their own take on those stories and to play from personal experience. When I decided to put together a permanent lineup for the band, I handpicked tenor saxophonist Kelly Roberge (who, like me, studied at Oberlin with Don Walden), bassist Michael Montgomery (who was recommended by a mutual friend) and drummer Miki Matsuki (who I worked with in Charlie Kohlhase's band). There's no role playing, I compose to each of their strengths, featuring everyone and challenging their limits.”

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I’ve always had a weakness for records that combine conceptual hi-jinks with sensusous sounds — records that hit both head and body — records that are complete musical experiences. On Myth Understanding Eric Hofbauer and his Infrared Band offer just that. This record is rewarding on every level.
—Michael Coyle, Cadence

...a lithe, smart quartet...It’s great stuff, and Hofbauer’s definitely found the right voices for his brand of avant-postbop.
—Nathan Turk, Signal to Noise

Boston-based guitarist Eric Hofbauer is no hellacious chopsmeister, but his edgy, outsider aesthetic informs this intriguingly original music

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