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Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 8:00 PM EDT
Woodlands Tavern, Columbus, OH

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An intense touring schedule and focused studio time have helped TAUK tap into
their singular chemistry to elevate and expand their all-instrumental blend of funk,
hip-hop, progressive rock, and jazz. Renowned for both their refined musicality
and unbridled creativity, the Oyster Bay, New York-bred rock-fusion four-piece
(guitarist Matt Jalbert, bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist Alric “A.C.” Carter, and
drummer Isaac Teel) push into new sonic terrain and build entire worlds within
each richly textured soundscape.
The band has returned to the studio to craft a follow up to 2016’s Sir Nebula
which found TAUK introducing a cosmically inspired element to their music. “The
album ended up taking on a more ambient kind of vibe than anything we’ve done
before—there’s a spaciness in the songs that lets you get lost in the sound,” says
Dolan. And while the album is endlessly hypnotic, TAUK also deliver the dynamic
tension-and- release jams that have helped earn them a devoted following while
drawing critical acclaim (the Washington Post, for one, praised TAUK for
“creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion that—thanks to a penchant for
improv—offers limitless possibilities”).
As with their past releases, TAUK is creating the follow up to Sir Nebula in
collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer/mixer/engineer Robert
Carranza (The Mars Volta, Ozomatli, Jack Johnson, Taj Mahal). The band has
been holed up in an abandoned house, turned studio on Long Island, NY a
region which traces back to childhood, when longtime friends Dolan, Jalbert, and
Carter formed their first band in seventh grade and held practice in their school
basement. After playing together in various projects over the years, the trio
brought Teel into the fold in 2012, cementing the final lineup. “We gelled pretty
quickly as friends and as musicians, and now there’s a connection onstage that’s
unspoken,” notes Teel. “You just feel it from the energy within the band and from
the response coming from the crowd—all these people in the same exact
Since their formation, TAUK have shared stages with an impressive list of bands
(including Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, and Tim Reynolds &
TR3), in addition to appearing at festivals like Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and The
Allman Brothers’ Peach Music Festival. That rigorous touring schedule has gone
a long way in strengthening their chemistry, according to Carter. “We’re doing
over 100 shows a year and we pretty much live with each other, so there’s a
healthy respect and trust and love happening there,” he says. “We all have a
common goal and an understanding that this is something we’re compelled to do,
and that’s definitely brought us close together.” It’s also helped TAUK develop a
reputation as a masterful live act: “TAUK is unstoppable,” raved Live for Live
Music. “If you haven’t see them, dear God, go.”


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