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Exit 10

The new CD, “Demimonde” builds on the international success of “Blues Noir” and is the Exit 10’s second album. “Demimonde” weaves together the collective influences of the band over Ted’s eclectic compositions. “Demimonde” features poetic lyrics (some award winning), tight ensemble playing and scorching hot instrumental work. Strong blues and R&B roots are evident as well as Latin, psychedelic and hard rock.

The Name
Our culture seems to be obsessed with the number 10 - The Top 10, a Perfect 10, 10 Ways to Personal Fulfillment, etc. Exit 10 is a metaphor for nirvana or heaven , as in what happens to a cat who uses up its 9 lives. Exit 10.

The Concept
The concept and point of departure for Exit 10 was to take American standards like stuff the Rat Pack would perform and interpret them using more avant-garde approaches. Stuff such as the electric music of Miles Davis in the late 60's and 70's- "Bitch's Brew", "Big Fun" and "Live at the Fillmore". That music’s rhythms and energy seem as fresh today as they were controversial in their time.
Exit 10’s founder is Ted Onulak. Ted is also the band’s writer, vocalist and is a renowned saxophonist in his own right - “Hugely influential to me was the "Electric Mud" album by Muddy Waters, which teamed Waters with some of Chicago 's psychedelic musicians, key to which was Bob Cosey on electric guitar, who wound up playing with Miles Davis on the "Agartha" and "Pangea" albums. More connections- this album used some psychedelic fuzz bass and Soprano sax in lieu of the traditional blues harmonica. This showed me that you could take Muddy's traditional blues, really mess it up and keep the original fire at its core. Third was rediscovering Memphis Soul. On a recent trip to Memphis, I bought the Stax Box set and began to really pay attention, studying Isaac Hayes' string arrangements, use of fuzz lead guitar over wah-wah rhythm guitar. I discovered William Bell, the very under-rated soul crooner and later Albert King’s blues/soul recordings and a whole lot more. It was a great inspiration to check out the place where so much funky music was born. Finally, thanks to my wife and many travels to Brazil , I have been keenly interested in Brazilian music from bossa nova, samba and Brazilian pop and funk to its rich avant-garde tradition represented by Hermeto Pascal and Victor Asis Brasil. Over the last 8 years, I have been amassing a significant collection of Brazilian music and instruments which I use occasionally on live performances and in the studio.”
At the age of 19 Ted was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a debilitating eye disease, and he completely lost his sight in 2005. He is an internationally known poet, short fiction writer and essayist. He is also a food and wine critic and a member of the International French Wine Society. Ted was featured on a Voice of America video news show entitled “Finding Musical Triumph through Adversity”, which chronicled his family’s Ukrainian roots and the many twists and turns his life took after the onset of blindness.