totara

totara

BandRockJazz

Totara is a four piece band that plays progressive jazz rock with electronic and latin influences. Their sound is unique but grooving, their performances are energetic and inspired, and their fans are always left begging for more!

Biography

One of the most unique aspects of this group is the wide variety from which each band member draws their influences: the seeds of their sound. Inspired by such artists as Radiohead, Bjork, and Tori Amos, singer-songwriter/vocalist LeAnne paired up with the bluegrass and classic rock-influenced guitar soloist Adam Keller three years ago after they met at an open mic on the University of Southern California campus. The chemistry was instantaneous and they soon began writing songs and performing them for friends. Wanting to put together a more cohesive group, they began looking for additional members to complete the band.

Introduced through mutual friends at USC, they found a gem in Frautschi; with his electronic drum kit and home-made drum set, he is an avid listener of electronic, experimental, and avant garde jazz genres.

They started out as most college bands do: playing at nearby house parties, sorority events, and at GroundZero, USC's coffehouse. The buzz they spurred on campus earned them a full article in USC's alternative, student-run newspaper. It also led them to score numerous student films at USC's presigious film school. The group began to play off campus and quickly gained a following in the greater Los Angeles area. To date they have played at some of the best LA-area music venues such as The Whisky A Go Go, The Knitting Factory, 14 Below, The Palms Bar, Room 5 Lounge, The Joint, Obrien's Irish Pub on Main, Club Good Hurt, The M Bar, The Blue Cafe in Long Beach, Hogue Barmichael's in Newport Beach, and USC's Ground Zero Coffeehouse.

The wide array of music tastes has made Totara's sound grow into a unique but approachable genre all their own. As a group they enjoy experimenting with music, they are not afraid to challenge the three-and-a-half minute pop standard with epic rock compositions, and they are inspired by the energy of the crowd in their solos. This is truly a band which will move you to the core.

Lyrics

Hollow Boots

Written By: Totara

Did you know
that the people who we see on t.v., the ones who write the rules
are just people like you and me?
But with loads of money...

Did you know
that they fill our minds with sweet little white lies?
They make it seem like we’re the king of the world till I’m blinded,
blinded by my own self-importance.

I’m afraid of waking up to the sting of acid rain.
I feel like I’ve been waking up in the wrong place.
I’m afraid of waking up to the sky spitting flames.
I feel like when I open my eyes, they think its a game.

And I can never win.

Did you know
that the dollar rules everything?
It was made From The Tree
that they cut down
to make room for more cars
and less air to breathe.

Do you even know what we are fighting for?
Drugs? Violence? Control?
Cuz our king is on vacation again.
And we are at war.

I’m afraid of waking up to the sting of acid rain.
I feel like I’ve been waking up in the wrong place.
I’m afraid of waking up to the sky spitting flames.
I feel like when I open my eyes, they think its a game.

And I can never win.

The Great Plain

Written By: Totara

One man’s life means nothing alone
if he makes no sacrifices for another’s soul.
Life is too short to let others live in fear, anger, greed, regret, forget.

If you knew
your dream would make you crazy
would you still dream?
Where is your truth?
Your motives are unreleased.
Leave me alone and jump back in the machine.

Death. What an unfathomable idea. Death.
Makes life even more absurd.
All things must pass,
as a mandala painting in the bittersweet grass.

If you knew
your dream would make you crazy
would you still dream?
Where is your truth?
Your motives are unreleased.
Leave me alone and jump back in the machine.

Tane Mahuta

Written By: Totara

And I think my Mother may be mad.
Or maybe just disappointed.
“Come here, we must speak,”
she said.
“What have I not provided? What colors, scents, friends, feelings
do you not enjoy
my love?”

On seeing our art against the trees,
the ocean, the path, the people :
“Why are there so many things? You’ve decorated the place!
So you think you don’t need me anymore?
Just wait.
You will suffocate
in your own arrogance.”

Where are all the heroes these days?
In a time of mass production and self-destruction,
where sliding doors keep opening and shutting;
they never tire, they never stop working for us.

Tired of being ignored,
for all the warning signs:
“What am I gonna do with you now?
You keep growing so fast!
Slow down.
You keep growing so fast . . .”

Where are all the heroes these days?
In a time of mass production and self-destruction,
where sliding doors keep opening and shutting;
they never tire, they never stop working for us.
Where are all the heroes these days?
In a time of mass production and self-destruction,
where sliding doors keep opening and shutting;
they never tire, they never stop working for us.

And I think my Mother may be mad.
Or maybe just disappointed.

words and music by LeAnne Greenberg
Copyright 2006

Discography

"Cities and Desire" May 2006
recorded, produced, and released by Totara.
This album is available on CDBaby, Itunes, Rhapsody, and on many more digital distribution services.

Totara also has songs being streamed online:

~website, http://www.fromthetree.net
~Myspace, http://www.myspace.com/totara
~http://radiofire.net
~http://www.emergenza.net

Set List

Sets can vary from 40 minutes to 2 hours.

Band Song List:
1. Alice
2. And So it Goes
3. A Song About Love
4. Caitlin
5. Clockwork
6. Glorious Suns
7. Hollow Boots Crossing the Rubicon
8. Idol Worship
9. Las Vegas
10. Loaded
11. Minus
12. Mirrors
13. Passing Time
14. Pearls
15. Sandwiches for Breakfast
16. Space Jam
17. Tammy
18. Tane Mahuta
19. The Great Plain
20. The Secret
21. The Song Remains
22. Together Twilight
23. Wave Rider

Cover Tunes:
1. Barracuda, by Heart
2. Crazy On You, byHeart
3. High and Dry, by Radiohead
4. Just, by Radiohead
5. Last Dance Trance (arrangement of Last Dance with Mary Jane), by Tom Petty
6. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, by The Beatles
7. Mad World, by Tears for Fears
8. The Bends, by Radiohead
9. The Distance, by Cake
10. Superstitious, by Stevie Wonder
11. White Rabbit, by Jefferson Airplane

Solo set by LeAnne (piano/voice only):
1. A Day in LA
2. Apathetic
3. Black and