Originally from Iowa City, IA, recently relocated to Fort Collins, CO, Eufórquestra has been touring more than ever and is continuing to take its cutting edge music in different directions. Their self-proclaimed "Afro-Caribbean-Barnyard-Funk" brings a rhythmic wall of sound, integrating such genres as Afrobeat, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, Samba, Soca, Funk, Salsa, and Dub. This is music that ignites dance floors across the country with a sound that "explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss" (Chris M. Slawecki; www.allaboutjazz.com). With two full-length albums to their name and a relentless tour schedule (over 300 shows in the last two and a half years), the 7-piece band has become one of the hottest bands on Colorado's live music circuit and has created a national presence with performances all over the U.S. at clubs, concert halls, community events, and festivals, including Wakarusa (Lawrence, KS and Ozark, AR), moe. Summer Camp (Chillicothe, IL), 80/35 (Des Moines, IA), Sweet Pea Festival (Bozeman, MT), NedFest (Nederland, CO), Groovefest (Cedar City, UT), Montana Beer Festival (Bozeman, MT), and the Iowa City Jazz Festival. In July 2006, an original Eufórquestra song , "Ochun," from the group's second studio album Explorations In Afrobeat, was selected for Global Rhythm Magazine's monthly compilation disc. In early 2008, Eufórquestra was asked to collaborate with an all-star lineup including Page McConnell (Phish), Russell Batiste (Funky Meters, PBS), Reed Mathis (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Teal Leaf Green) and Papa Mali at the Big Easy Blowout, a three-day tour of shows across Colorado's Front Range, benefiting the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and the Tipitina's Foundation. With great expectations, 2009 promises to be an exciting year for Eufórquestra, as the group prepares to release a highly anticipated third studio album (recorded at Backbone Studios in Loveland, CO, www.backbonestudio.com). This project brings Eufórquestra's sound to soaring new heights with a collection of songs that captures a band in peak performance in terms of songwriting, arranging and energy. Eufórquestra are: Mike Tallman (Guitar/Mandolin/Vocals) Eric Quiner (Keys) Adam Grosso (Bass/Steelpan/Vibes) Josten Foley (Drums) Matt Grundstad (Percussion/Vocals) Ryan Jeter (Tenor Saxophone/Vocals) Austin Zaletel (Alto Saxophone/Vocals).