These three friends
officially formed the band in the summer of 1999 as a prelude to the North American Jew's Harp Festival where they were
to perform their unique brand of music that combined electric and/or acoustic guitar with
jew's harp, African drums and didjeridu (among many other instruments). Their CD "We're Allowed"
has received rave reviews within the oddish genre.
They enjoy rubbing elbows with other
musicians and sharing their odd-sounds with their peers. You never know where an OddTone
may show up!
are available seperately as Session Musicians. If you need to fill out your
performance or recording session with The ODDTONE sound, please contact them.
Meet The ODDTONES:
Ashiko, Djembe & assorted other percussion, Didjeridu, Clackamore, Trump
(Jew's Harp), Harmonica, Acoustic Guitar, MouthBow, Nose Flute, Vocals, Odd stuff,
Wayland Harman is a Kansas City, MO native whose
interest in music has grown steadily since graduating from high school in Pennsylvania
(1976). His association with the North American Jew's Harp Festival has led him to focus
on mouth resonated instruments, in addition to strings and percussion.
As the inventor of the Clackamore
and developer of the Reeded mouth bow,
Wayland's creations come alive in the music of The ODDTONES. Modern microphone techniques
and Wayland's unique performances bring ancient and subtle instruments to the forefront.
The amazing sounds of mouth resonated harmonics highlight music that ranges from blues to
folk and world beat to classical.
The use of a didjeridu as a melodic instrument is, as far as we know, a
technique all his own.
Ashiko, Djembe & assorted other percussion, Trump (Jew's Harp), Clackamore,
Vocals, Odd stuff, Songwriter
|Mark Poss, is a native of Fostoria, Ohio and
has been involved in music since his first stage performance at the tender age of five.
His background is that of a percussionist with Jazz, Rock, and Blues influences, as well
as being a poet, singer and songwriter. Since moving to Idaho's Treasure Valley in 1988,
Mark has had an increased awareness of "World" music and odd instruments. His
harmonies, percussion and energy add depth to the unique ODDTONE sound. He now lives
in Southern California.
Currently Mark is webmaster for the Jew's Harp Guild. With Wayland Harman and
Dan Gossi as partners, he helped form Mouth Music
Press in May 1998 to promote and sell mouth-resonated instruments and related items.
Mark spends his time on the phone playing instruments for customers and packing up their
Mark loves spontaneous jamming and intricate rhythms, but also enjoys
meditative and trance inducing sounds. He has labored at the art of throat-singing and
explores the music, and musical history, of different cultures.
Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Vocals, Odd stuff, Songwriter
|Michael Bruesch is a native of Idaho. His interest
in music began at birth, or so it seems. His family, friends, and musical peers have
introduced him to almost every genre of music that exists.
musical experience include:
5 yrs. instruction/ practice/performance on Trombone (grade school through 10th
38 yrs as a singer-songwriter/ guitarist - Instructors include Tom Lowe
Paul Kelly(private),George Thomison(BSU)
4 yrs Mandolin (self taught)
Little known and sometime famous bands Michael's played in:
Redeye - 3 piece country -rock - the darling of Vic Haus during the
Snake River - 4 piece country -rock - road tours with Stewart Anderson's Black
Recorded Snake River Stampede commercials at Ron Mason's studio 1976
Fourplay - 4 piece rock & blues - Colorado ski resorts and college towns
Recorded at Rainshadow studios in Aspen - won $1500 battle of the bands at Mesa College
Tin Mosquito - 3 and 4 piece classic rock - local area traveling band - Weiser
to Twin Falls
Michael's ODDTONE Story:
Pressured into attending the North American
Jews Harp Festival by his friend Mark Poss, Michael discovered yet another genre of music
that he had not explored. He was mesmerized by the trance-like and meditative qualities of
the spontaneous jams occurring on the oddest instruments he had ever seen. Jews harps he
had seen and heard before - indeed his grandfather had played one - Bluegrass, Folk, and
American standards had always used them. But mix them with mouthbows, African drums,
clackamores, didjeridu, nose flutes and other unusual instruments, and there is this sound
that is - indescribable.
THEN - the big idea occurred - "If I could get these guys to recreate this sound
against a foundation that was a little more popular - like classic rock or blues (also
more my style) we could spoon feed this new sound to a whole world audience, using my
original songs, we might actually have a product we could sell."
NOW - guitarists and in particular electric guitarists are not well received at the
Jews harp festival because they drown out the Jews harps - Michael's work was cut out for
him - mostly uphill - dragging people along - just like he had been dragged into the Jews
MELDING- is the answer. If you can't convince someone that you're right - compromise
Three individuals coming to an intersection from three different directions produce a
large CRUNCH, or they meld into something odd. And that is what is happening - The
ODDTONES - an oddity - an odd-a-tious odd-i-tory experience!
All Photos by Veronica Poss