NYCO founder Ted Atkatz left the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as their Principal Percussionist to pursue his dream in rock. NYCO easily joins the ranks of melodic, piano driven rock acts such as Coldplay, Ben Folds, and James Blunt, with hooks so catchy they're compared to Weezer and Say Anything.


Ted Atkatz's decision to leave his gig as the principal percussionist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was a bold one. Exchanging his drumsticks for a keyboard and an acoustic guitar, he began singing an altogether different tune. He wrote twelve songs, collaborated with three of Chicagos finest musicians, and NYCO was born.

Two, NYCOs debut album, resonates with the sincerity and energy of great rock'n roll, capped by Atkatz's striking melodies. Produced by Grammy-award winner Jim Tullio, reviewers have called the album a must-own. Chicago's own Q101 FM and WXRT 93.1 FM, stations that helped bring bands like Wilco and Smashing Pumpkins into the mainstream, have lately taken to spinning NYCOs tunes. The soulful English Song" has already garnered significant attention, and has even been dubbed a pop classic by WXRT DJ Richard Milne. NYCO was featured as one of the band's on Volkswagen Motor's 2007 Auto Show Podcast. NYCO's music was also used in 2007 by Ford Motors and JC Penney.

Ted Atkatz and NYCO have been covered in the press by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Social Magazine.
NYCO has been touring the United States extensively over the last three years, opening for Moby, Jason Mraz and The Steve Miller Band.
NYCO’S second full length release, “Realize”, was released in 2008. Their CD release show was held at the Park West in Chicago and for this special event the band was accompanied by the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra.


CDs - "Two"
Singles - The provocative "English Song" has been played on over 50 radio stations nationwide, including Chicago's Q101 and WXRT.
NYCO's second CD shows the evolution of the band's experimental blue eyed soul.
Singles- Hold the Line, Girls of Summerland

Set List

Songs from both NYCO albums: Two and Realize

A standard set list may inlcude any number of the following songs:
Office Days
English Song
The Ties That Bind Us
Let Me In
Pissed Off
Side Of The Road
People We Knew
Hold The Line
Girls Of Summerland
The Words
It's Just Me
Heavy Metal Sun