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New York, NY- June 11th 2003 - The Brit-Hot, 'Double - Visionary' (aka world class
drummer and keyboardist) Gary Husband is crossing the pond, June 27nd to July 2nd
2003, to commence an album promotion tour on the Eastern seaboard with international
Jazz-Rock fusion unit, GONGZILLA.

'The East Village Sessions,' Husband's second album as drummer with GONGZILLA,
has recently been released on Lolo Records. Audiences can expect the live gigs to
reflect the energetic impact and awesome creativity of this latest recording and
GONGZILLA's sizzling interaction on stage will also be captured on film for a
subsequent DVD documentary of their whirlwind tour.

GONGZILLA's east coast itinerary is to be a short and intense one. Husband is
currently immersed in writing for another electrifying ensemble, this time of his own
formation which he will be touring with next year. Awarded a coveted Contemporary
Music Network endowment from the English Arts Council, Husband's groundbreaking
project, aptly named 'FORCE MAJEURE,' consists of a killer line-up that will team
trumpet legend Randy Brecker, with Mahavishnu's Jerry Goodman on violin, Elliot Mason
on trombone, Zawinul Syndicate virtuosos Matthew Garrison on bass and Arto
Tuncboyaciyan on percussion, as well as keyboard leading-light Jim Beard. Husband's
vision for the project is to present compelling adaptations of music by Burt
Bacharach, Bjork and John McLaughlin alongside original compositions, and his
imaginative instumentation will provide audiences with a dynamic and eclectic palate
of stimulating sound, created by some of the most mind-blowing names in Jazz today.

"This tour with Gongzilla celebrates my second recording with the band ", commented
Husband, "but it's the first opportunity to play actual live dates which is very
exciting. They are great players, great friends and the music is strong, spirited and
passionate - providing the drummer with a lot of room to really play expressively and
dynamically inside of it. I am in the midst of a lot of preparation and writing
for ‘Force Majeure’ but I'm always thrilled at the prospect of returning to America -
in particular to perform there."

Husband's inimitable style will be a powerful backbone for Gongzilla's tour and fans
would be wise to check out garyhusband.com
and lolorecords.com for more information
on the tour and album.

About Gary Husband:
It was Charles Mingus who said that jazz was the sound of surprise and Husband is the
epitome of spontaneous creativity. His genius, equally divided in dedication to both
drums and keyboards is not a contrived attempt to be controversial, but is truly
representative of his phenomenal musicianship and holistic approach to self
expression, on both rhythmic and harmonic platforms. The diversity of Husband’s
output also sets him truly apart. Alongside providing driving blues drumming for
(guitarist) Gary Moore, and being a featured member of chart-topping Brit
pop/funksters Level 42, his many noteworthy sideman credits have included regular
international spells, touring and recording with artists including Randy Brecker's
Quintet (co-led with the late Bob Berg), jazz piano great Geoff Keezer, bass giant
Christian McBride, the extraordinary Russian jazz pianist Olga Konkova and ex-POLICE
guitarist Andy Summers. His regular involvement since 1993 with Billy Cobham as well
as his now legendary partnership with the revolutionary guitarist Allan Holdsworth
remain two of Husband's longest standing associations. Fans of the virtuoso
Holdsworth will know that Husband was the featured 20-year-old drummer who blazed
into prominence with his exhilarating performances both on the legendary debut
album "Allan Holdsworth I.O.U." but also appearing frequently in concert, touring the
USA with the maestro throughout the 80's and 90's. Followers of the group CREAM, one
of the fusion movement's original catalysts, may have also caught Husband catapulting
(bassist) Jack Bruce's powerful 3-piece group performing in New York in the early

In parallel however, Husband's keyboard and writing career ranks equally and this has
been widely recognized. The fact that he was a finalist in the prestigious Leeds
Piano Competition as a budding young concert pianist serves to quantify this awesome
dual talent to anyone in doubt! Followers of early 70's fusion couldn't have failed
to notice Gary taking up Jan Hammer's keyboard position in Billy Cobham's "Spectrum
20th Anniversary" group's appearances at BB King's last year. His acclaimed solo
piano release "The Things I See", that reworked the compositions of his former leader
Allan Holdsworth, solicited praise from legends John McLaughlin - "it's been a long
time since I heard a new kind of album - this is one of those" and Cobham himself,
who also described Husband as "one of the best kept secrets in music!" This is
accentuated by the fact that Husband is also the only drummer ever to be featured in
a "2nd drum soloist" role in the midst of Billy Cobham's touring and recording career
to date!

It was through his own trio, (the genre-busting "New" Trio, featuring Mick Hutton &
New York drummer Gene Calderazzo) that Husband began to establish himself as a
writer, arranger and leader in his own right. The group released their debut CD in
1999, ("From The Heart") to rave reviews, and Husband will release a second CD of
trio material, ("Gary Husband & Friends - Aspire"), later this summer. Husband is
also working on a sequel piano interpretations album focusing on the music of John
McLaughlin, as well as a compilation of material for a debut drum album, (to be
entitled "Flesh To Wood") and the formation of a brand new five-piece group with key
UK musicians to include Iain Ballamy, Gareth Williams, Chris Batchelor, with himself
featured as drummer. Husband has recently joined the prestigious roster of DW drum
endorsers and continues to play Zildjian cymbals and drumsticks exclusively.Media

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Ph: 212 696 5585

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