For the manufacturing company, see NYCO Synthetic Lubricants. For the opera, see New York City Opera.
NYCO is a four-man alternative rock group based in Chicago, Illinois. NYCO is led by Ted Atkatz, a former principal percussionist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Other band members include Leo Budirahardjo, Rob Kassinger, Seth Murphy, and Hubie Wang.
NYCO stands for New York, from which Atkatz hails, and Colorado, the home of co-founder Rob Kassinger, who continues to record and perform live with the group.
Atkatz's decision to leave a tenured position with the Chicago Symphony and make NYCO his career choice has become the focus of most press coverage of the band.
On February 6, 2007, The New York Times featured NYCO in an article titled "From Lead Percussionist to Different Drummer," noting that "it is rare for an orchestra musician to abandon the classical realm for a career in rock," and "It is even rarer for someone of Mr. Atkatz's stature to do so."
Performing Songwriter magazine named NYCO's debut album "Two," released in 2005, one of the 10 best "do it yourself" albums of 2006.
Volkswagen included an NYCO song, "Let Me In," in its music promotion efforts for a 2007 U.S. auto show.
NYCO released its second album, "Realize," in June 2008. The band is now stationed in Los Angeles, and is preparing to release their third album.
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