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. Acroyear is Luis Tataje. Local foreign nationalist creating sonic landscapes in PDX and SFO since 1998. Dark, visceral , sometimes a-rhythmic but always thought - provoking. Creating dubplates for the former Portland based dub label BSI Records(Systemwide/Muslimgauze/BeWa/Twilight Dub Circus) to doing various remixing projects local and abroad. Member of the PAN-ZEN KONSPIRACY NETTWYRK Blurbs : "BLUDGEONING BASS AND BREAKS" - PORTLAND MERCURY "RIB-CRACKIN' BASS AND LUSH ATMOSPHERICS TO BE HAD" - BSI RECORDS "LESS BEAT DRIVEN BUT FORMING BIGGER SOUND WAVES ACROYEAR'S CREATIONS SWIRLED OVER THE OFTEN CLOSED-EYED, HEAD - NODDING AUDIENCE" - THE OREGONIAN&rt;&rt; I ALSO PERFORM AND RELEASED MUSIC AS PART OF THE ENSEMBLE JAZZTRONICA W/DEREK SIMS. www.myspace.com/jazztronica HERE IS AN EXERPT FROM THE OREGONIAN: Jazztronica started as a concept, then a live performance series in Portland and now, apparently it's a band AND the name of an album. The constant is trumpeter Derek Sims, who a few years ago actively hated electronics, even electric Miles Davis. Accidentally walking into a one-man performance by Auditory Sculpture (Keith Schreiner) changed Sims' musical life. The subsequent collaboration opened new worlds to both. The combination was irresistible: Schreiner's hip-hop beats and electronic samples and Sims' mostly muted trumpet which, as they progressed, mutated into electronically enhanced trumpet. Sims began a similar collaboration with Cellotronik (Skip von Kuske) and started a series at the Blue Monk, alternating in duet between the two and adding Acroyear (Luis Tataje) and keyboardist Clay Giberson when the series moved to Pi-Rem. Although always in duet, whomever Sims teamed with sounded like a whole band, with Sims' modal swooping, punctuating, sometimes soaring, always inside the storm around him. Recorded live at Pi-Rem, the duets on the album present a unified concept, each partner adding his own contribution within it: Schreiner the melodic, von Kuske the cello lyricism, Giberson the jazz edge and Tataje the rhythmic frenzy. There is a generational divide between those who have never not heard hip-hop beats and those to whom those beats are an anathema. Perhaps this will bridge the gap between the two genres in the same way Miles Davis' "A Tribute to Jack Johnson" did for jazz and rock.