ITCHY-O

THE INVITATION

Lauded as one of today’s most unique musical-performance groups. With a driving drum corps battery, taiko drummers, an arsenal of electronics including synthesizers, theremin, vocoders, and other custom-made sonic devices, itchy-O completely engulfs an audience from every angle in an electric bog of music, ephemera, and spectacle. The group disrupts traditional performance protocols with a form of chaos that unifies spectators and audiences with a powerful and immersive musical experience that features elaborate costumes, large-scale puppets, teams of provocateurs, and SpFX engineers. Drawing inspiration from many cultures – Japanese Taiko drumming to Chinese Lion dancing, Mexican street processions, ancient esoteric symbolism and American drum corps, itchy-O offers a transcendental musical experience that dissolves the divide between performer and spectator. Itchy-O performances awaken the senses, test assumptions, and create an opening for new experiences where identity and boundaries surrender and disband.

CONTENT AND FORM

Itchy-O creates transcendent musical experiences by blending many cultural iconographies in an effort to provide a distinctive offering that dissolves familiarities, awakens possibilities, and employs the true nature and power of hive-minded ceremony. With a performance troupe of over 50+ musicians, dancers, puppeteers, and special effects experts itchy-O creates a space where the performer and audience co-create an ecstatic artistic experience.  Shaking all tenants of tradition, the percussive rhythms of the drum battery and taiko drums intermingle with unique custom-crafted electronic devices, providing a primal-futuristic spiritual immersion.

 

IMPACT~ ARTISTIC, INTELLECTUAL, COMMUNAL, CIVIC, SOCIAL:

Societies today largely choose what to see, hear, and believe. Our lives are carefully curated and programmed by ourselves and outside influences. Itchy-O challenges that hierarchy of choice and control by inserting its one-of-a-kind creative chaos. We invite our audiences to embrace mystery by passing between knowing and unknowing, self and other. Performances create a temporary community of co-creators who surrender control as observers to become a part of manifesting a shared artistic experience.

THE CALLING

RADICAL, TRANSCENDENTAL, MUSICAL-PERFORMANCE, INCLUSION

ITCHY-O aspires to create transcendent spiritual experiences with performances that confound the senses and disorient perceptions of place, time, order, reason and categorical identity. We invite our audiences to embrace mystery and join us in passing between knowing, unknowing, self and other.

THE PLAYERS

Ethan Alexander

Bass

Bryan Aquino

Snare

Scott Allen Banning

Conductor | Roto-Toms

Nicole Banowetz

Inflatables

Julianna Beckert

Creep Unit

Mariah Becerra

Special Effects

Rex Blatter

Chaos Technician

David Britton

MicroKorg

Geoff Brent

Vocoder

Megs Burd

Lion Dancer

Robert Drew Burleson

Cymbalist

Carlo Campagna

Cymbalist

Russ Cochrane

Guitar

Jackson Ellis

Industrialist

Evelyn Fugate

Creep Unit

Joe Hatfield

Timbales | Guitar

Lucinda Herrera

Creep Unit

Colin Elliot

Sampler

Maristella Frisch

Stage Manager

Elliott Grossman

Noise Division

Nick Gonzales

Noise Division

Ethan Klein

Lighting Designer

Lyndsey Hays

Creep Unit

David Kessner

SpFX / Engineering

Micah Kessner

SpFX / Chaos Technician

John Knudsen

Creep Unit

Thomas Knight

Taiko

Dave Lane

Taiko

Andrew Linares

Vocoder / Chaos Technician

Jackson Lynn

Taiko

Henri Francois Mamet

Chaos Technician

Allison Marcellus

Lion Dancer

Mark Moffett

SpFX Industrialist

Sean O’Malley

Quint Tenors

Tim Pettit

Cymbalist

Cory Phare

Publicist

Liz Pickard

Chaos Technician

Chey Rawhoof

Cymbalist / Bass Drum

Toni Rib

Taiko

Brad Schumacher

Noise Division

Wayne Scott

Lion Dancer

Thomas Silaghy

Special Effects

Brad Smalling

Audio Engineer

Erin Smith

Lighting Designer

John Smith

Chaos Technician

Aaron Spriggs

Theremin

Matt Steitle

Taiko

Will Tuttle

SpFX Industrialist

Sara Valentine

Creep Unit

Kirsten Vermulen

MicroKorg

Niza Volair

Creep Unit

Wakenyan Zyphier

Chaos Technician

Cetan Zyphier

Chaos Technician

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“Mystery is certainly key to Itchy-O, Denver’s own astoundingly large 50-member-plus percussive and electronic musical collective, whose wild, immersive shows completely tear down the walls between performer and audience, stage and dance floor. For example, there are few interviews where the band answers as a collective in the interest of keeping their individual identities secret. But in an era of ego-driven individualism, where even the most intimate personal details of our lives are ripe for peacocking on social media, there’s something refreshingly genuine and artistically rebellious about a commitment to collectivism, community, and anonymity.”

~Sarah Baranauskas, Marquee Magazine