U Totem was shaped by users of two rings: drummer/composer David Kerman’s 5UU’s and bassist/composer Wayne Grigsby’s Engine Totemist Guild. Both of these groups were mixed up in Los Angeles region beginning in the first 1980s. The organizations recorded their personal albums before collaborating around the LPs Components and Shapuno Zoo. In 1989 Kerman and Grigsby had been invited to execute at the next International Art Rock and roll Event in Frankfurt, Germany. They enlisted Engine Totemist Guild vocalist/flautist Emily Hay and 5UU’s keyboardist Sanjay Kumar for the overall performance, and U Totem was officially given birth to. Eric Johnson (bassoon/soprano saxophone) became a member of for the saving around the band’s self-titled debut disk, and guitarist Steve Cade became a member of for the saving of Unusual Attractors. U Totem’s rock and roll music provides many affects, including Renaissance polyphony, twelve-tone serialism and Indonesian gamelan. The music group provides performed with Laotian and Cambodian music artists and made an appearance with such different performers as The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Costs Frisell and Wayne Horvitz, and Michael Nyman.