ZAUM Announce Eastern Canadian Tour "The Ritual Experience."

Completing their tours in Europe and across Canada earlier this year in support of their […]
October 11, 2017

Completing their tours in Europe and across Canada earlier this year in support of their latest release "Eidolon", New Brunswick's ECMA nominees and Music NB award winning mantra doom duo ZAUM announce they will be embarking a special December tour of the Canadian East coast entitled "The Ritual Experience" (dates listed below). The Maritime dates will showcase four exceptional events where the doom duo of Kyle Alexander McDonald (Bass/Vocals/Synth/Textures) plus Christopher Lewis (Drums/Percussion) will perform as one on stage with experimental violinist Olive Bestvater of Saskatoon, SK doomgaze band BLACK TREMOR and classically trained woodwind artisan Ricky Frenette (both of whom performed on ZAUM's "Eidolon") along with experimental projections artist Jamie McEwan and Nawal Doucette, an award winning contemporary Middle Eastern dance artist who performs finger cymbals (zils) and specializes in Salimpour belly dance.

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ZAUM's Kyle Alexander McDonald comments:

"It will actually have actually been 1.5 years since we last played a show in the Maritimes, which is of course where we call home. Since we tour internationally as often as we do, a few years ago we made a point to not play around home as often a band typically would since we like to get in as much work and relaxation as possible while back home. People have been asking forever when we plan to play here next and jokingly criticized us for playing even regions like Eastern Europe more frequently than we do here. As such, its been a long time coming and people have been patient ' so we thought it would be fitting to roll out some special shows and have a few of the guests who played additional instrumentation on our latest album Eidolon to actually perform it and some of our past material live with us.

We're incredibly fortunate to have both violinist/vocalist Olive Bestvater of Saskatoon based doomgaze band Black Tremor and Moncton based woodwind scholar Ricky Frenette join ZAUM during this period. Additionally, a Saint John based friend of mine Nawal Doucette is a surreal award winning contemporary Middle Eastern dance artist and instructor who a couple years back had expressed a shared interest in performing with us in the future if schedules could align. She'd been a fan of the band for some time and hit me with this idea to create this ritual-esque sort of performance to accompany some Maritime shows, which beautifully fit the dream experience I had in mind. She'd worked in the past with Moncton based experimental projectionist Jamie McEwan, and introduced him as the final piece of the equation. From there we laid the foundation for "ZAUM : A Ritual Experience" to come to fruition this December for these 4 sweet 60-90 minute intimate late evening shows."

ZAUM: A Ritual Experience
Performed as one with Nawal Doucette, Olive Bestvater, Ricky Frenette, and projections by Jamie McEwan.
Evening performance between 8pm ' 11pm.
** denotes seated show

Dec 1 - Saint John, NB @ Sanctuary Theatre **
Dec 2 - Moncton, NB @ Aberdeen Theatre **
Dec 8 - Fredericton, NB @ Maniac Mansion
Dec 9 - Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse

Other Dates:
ZAUM: Enlightenment Europe Tour w/ Fire Breather
Oct 13 - Kiel, DE @ Alte Meierei
Oct 15 - Freiburg, DE @ The White Rabbit
Oct 16 - Torino, IT @ Haram's Graveyard
Oct 18 - St. Feliu De Codines, ES @ Inciviczone
Oct 19 - Zaragoza, ES @ Arrebato
Oct 20 - Santander, ES @ Rock Beer The New
Oct 21 - Cascais, PT @ Stairway Club
Oct 22 - Carballo, ES @ Sala Dublin
Oct 23 - Laudio, ES @ Orbeko Etxea
Oct 25 - Zagreb, HR @ Vintage Industrial
Oct 26 - Brno, CZ @ Bakjazyl
Oct 27 - Szeged, HU @ Grand Cafe
Oct 28 - Carpi, IT @ EKIDNA
Oct 29 - Bistrica Ob Sotli, SI @ Klub Metulj
Oct 30 - Timisoara, RO @ Club Daos
Oct 31 - Plzen, CZ @ Andel Club
Nov 2 - Copenhagen, DK @ Lytgens Kro
Nov 3 - Gothenburg, SE @ Truckstop Alaska


ZAUM's second and latest full length musical chapter "Eidolon" was released October 24, 2016 via I HATE Records with distribution via Plastic Head/Sony Music throughout Europe and Century Media in North America to follow their 2014 debut album "Oracles". In their three years as an active touring band ZAUM have amassed 200+ shows (mainly international) under their belts including support stints for Voivod, Pentagram, and Cauldron.

ZAUM is a passage toward the dark realizations of the old world; a monolithic doomy mantra based meditative experience forged by bass and drums interwoven with sitar, woodwind, string and synth textures. Based in New Brunswick, Canada ' observers experience a tranquil resonance whereby the astral and physical planes can co-exist and be understood from a natural perspective.

ZAUM is:

Kyle Alexander McDonald (bass/vocal/synth/textures)
Christopher Lewis (drums/percussion)

Track Listing:

1. Influence Of The Magi (21:00)
2. The Enlightenment (21:00)
Album Length: 42:00

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"ZAUM blends several moods into a really attractive, cohesive work that not only pays off, but also distances them from Om, creating for themselves a sphere of their own." -Sputnik Music

"a new level of headphone-ready, open-consciousness expanse. Nothing matters. Give up your expectations. Quit your job and move to the forest. Build a temple by a river and spend your days naming the gods who live in the trees around you." -The Obelisk

"Their sound encompasses the enormity of the likes of Sleep and Om, yet works in a mysticism that's haunting and ethereal. The 40 minute span of this release is a sitar driven daydream that carries the gravitational force of tectonic plates shifting." -Iron Fist

"Hold onto your bong, ponder those scraps of eastern philosophy you've picked up watching Kung Fu films from the 1970s, and prepare to escape from Samsara." -Ave Noctum

"Consists of dread and a haunting sensation to glimmers of hope, but mostly dreadful darkness. ZAUM cast their own dark shadow, one I don't mind being consumed by." ' Bucketlist Music Review (10/10)

"Few bands can touch the New Brunswick doom duo in terms of sheer hypnotic atmosphere. Eidolon sees them go further down their singular path into the heavy unknown. Prepare to be transported to a higher realm." -The Sludgelord

"Simply put, ZAUM is an 11/10. To my fellow people: go home and lay down."- Don L'Orange, -Weird Canada

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