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Portland, Oregon, United States

Portland, Oregon, United States
Band Rock Avant-garde


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Recent Recorded EP 10/2011 with engineer Steve Lobdell at Audible Alchemy Studios. Streaming at



Memo, a doctoral student in Computational Ethnomusicology from Turkey, is an accomplished percussionist with a Samba marching band, a traditional Taiko ensemble, an Afro-Cuban dance company, and a Sludge Metal band. He formed toyboat toyboat toyboat in the Fall 2009.

The group toyboat toyboat toyboat started when Travis responded to Memo's call to musician friends in Portland to make some crazy music inspired by John Zorn.

Soon, the line-up stabilized with the addition of Hank (of Failing Records) on guitar and bass, and Danny (VJ Norto of Eye Candy Music Video Museum) on Drum Buddy and keyboard. These new musical voices combined with Memo's diverse percussion background and Travis' spontaneous inventiveness on the trumpet and vocals to cement the toyboat toyboat toyboat sound.

In addition to John Zorn, the group's influences include Eddie Harris, Miles Davis, Can, Alice Coltrane, Money Mark, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Urban Dance Squad, Trilok Gurtu, Selva Ganesh, Crawling With Tarts, Laibach, Keith Jarrett, Oregon, Deep Purple and David Garibaldi (Tower of Power/Talking Drums). Danny is of course influenced by his instrument's inventor, Mr. Quintron.