About John Lane and Allen Otte
Allen Otte came to the University of Cincinnati in 1977 with the Blackearth Percussion Group and in 1979 founded the world-renowned ensemble, Percussion Group Cincinnati. Otte has regularly taught, given master classes, and presented his own creative work—solo and collaborative—throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. John Lane is an artist whose creative work and collaborations extend through percussion to poetry/spoken word and theater. As a performer, he has appeared on stages throughout the Americas, Australia, and Japan. He is currently Professor of Percussion at Sam Houston State University. Together they have performed The Innocents throughout the United States, including at The MLK Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, the International Innocence Network Conference, the Global Center for Democracy and Journalism at Sam Houston State University, the Woody Guthrie Center, and numerous schools and universities.