Ultraviolet is a groovy experimental music project that employs acoustic drums, electric bass, electric guitars (including the tap-style U10 Touch Guitar), and pretty much a spaceship-worth of effects pedals and gadgets. Drinking from an ever-flowing, far-reaching and constantly shifting river of influences, Ultraviolet’s sound has been “hard to pigeonhole”. Their collective interests in spontaneous composition presents a palette of ever evolving musical ideas unique to each performance.
Formed in the Comox Valley, within the unceded territory of the Kómoks, Ei’ksan and Pentlatch peoples, the trio consists of Oscar Robles Diaz (guitars), Brittany Bowman (bass), and Beau Stocker (drums).
Each an accomplished musician in their own right, these three come from fairly different backgrounds both geographically and musically speaking. Their respective paths have taken them to different corners of the world and permitted them to share their original music with international audiences. As a result, their combined touring curriculum boasts performance experience in Latin America, Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Canada.
Oscar Robles Diaz
Born and raised in Mexico City, Oscar Robles is a versatile multi-instrumentalist and music educator. He began on the acoustic guitar at a young age and went on to study classical guitar at Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM). As a teenager, Oscar resided in California for a brief stint, and it was there that he began playing electric guitar. He returned to Mexico and went on to form ‘Manglar,’ in 2002, a band that remained very much at the forefront of Mexico City’s world-beat scene for several years to come.
Though he had spent years experimenting with ‘tapping’ technique on electric guitars and alternative ways of tuning them, it wasn’t until Oscar moved to Canada that he made the leap to touch-style instruments. He started out on the Chapman Stick (invented in California in 1969 by the late Emmett Chapman) and more recently adapted to the German-made U10 Touch Guitar.
Bass - Vocals
Brittany Christina Bowman was born and raised on Vancouver Island where she has studied bass with jazz greats Ken Lister and Lee Ellefson. As fate would have it, her music career took flight when she ventured to Mexico in 2007 and met Oscar. With Oscar, she began collaborating creatively and in life, touring throughout the Mexican republic, making fresh waves in an already well-established world-beat, jazz-fusion scene, appearing at such festivals as the Mazunte Jazz Festival, Oaxaca, and Festival de las Playas, in Mexico City. Since moving back to her home country, she has co-founded various music projects with Oscar - Café Olé, Zandhunga, Luzna, Fractal, Azucena Flamenco (to name a few). In 2012, with Zandhunga, she and Oscar toured Taiwan, and presented original music. Developing her singing voice has been a relatively recent yet incredibly fulfilling endeavour, and she is a proud student of the Almerian-born Flamenco singer, Maria Jose Perez Rodriguez.
Beau Stocker, originally from Toronto Ontario, recently moved to the Comox Valley BC from North Yorkshire England. He is a drum kit performer, educator, and researcher with interests in experimental music and cultural translation. His performance career began in Southern Ontario where an abundance of music style varieties and cultures sparked inspiration for study of music at Humber College and York University in Toronto. The desire to further his musical voice with the drum kit sent him to live and explore the cultures of East Africa, settling in Sudan and then eventually returning to the west to conduct doctoral research at the University of York in North Yorkshire, England. His music tour experiences include Europe, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and current drum kit research includes the adaptation of acoustic instrument sound exploration with electronic applications and devices.