Ukemi performs tight-knit organic music steeped in alternative, classical, singer-songwriter, and world music roots.
Ukemi performs theatrical, tight-knit organic music steeped in alternative, classical, singer-songwriter, and world music roots. Having been compared to bands such as Devotchka, Damien Rice, The Swell Season and Calexico, Ukemi has found an eclectic niche in Austin's house concert circuit as well as coffeehouses and clubs, oftentimes accompanied by live visual artists.
"Theatre for the ears. An honest, powerful and entertaining record." - Richard Dodd, Grammy Award-Winning Producer (Tom Petty, The Wallflowers)
“The quintet uses folk-rock instrumentation – [nylon] guitar, upright bass, violin, piano, and drums - but they pack a wallop. Their potency isn't due to dramatic volume shifts or flamboyant parts from any of the players, but rather the lovely arrangements.” – Big Western Flavor
“Towards the bottom of the detailed mix for the waltz Lover's Pride, a female computer voice complains, ‘I'm not likely to be impressed by the same thing over and over again.’ [It] could be a comment on the topic of the song, but it could also serve as a summary of Ukemi's approach on each of these six tracks...[with] its lean rhythm sound, detailed mix, and frank, sometimes unsettling lyrics, 'Every Hour' stands out even among Austin's cluttered field for its originality and vitality. One of the best of 2009, and not a moment too soon." - Way of the Beat
“Ukemi mentions Jeff Buckley as an influence on their [website]. And I could hear it. They obviously paid attention to the orchestration of sound on Grace. If you want another interesting comparison that jumped into my head, here it is…[what] if The Mars Volta chose to make an acoustic record? And kept all their songs under 6 minutes? I think they'd be stealing from Ukemi.” – Associated Content
Every Hour EP (2009)
November EP (2005)
Ukemi can perform up to two hours of original material.