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“Algorithm” to Play at Åarhus Gallery

Posted Oct. 11, 2012, at 11:25 a.m.
Mike Whitehead on trumpet, Tom Luther on keyboard
Mike Whitehead on trumpet, Tom Luther on keyboard

The Rockland based electronic/ambient duo “Algorithm” returns to the Aarhus Gallery in Belfast on Saturday, October 27 at 7pm. The group is comprised of Mike Whitehead, on trumpet and fluglehorn, and Tom Luther on keyboards. The basic form of the group is supplemented by substantial use of electronic instruments, both live and sequenced. Both musicians are experienced jazz performers, and use their improvising skills in the context of modern electronica and ambient music.

“We’re truly an amalgam of several different approaches,” says Luther. “The idea of playing along with recorded material goes back to the early electronic music of the French musique concrete, while our sound is really more related to the work of Brian Eno and Jon Hassell in the 1970s. In one sense it’s really an extension of our jazz performance, but in another its a complete departure”. Both musicians compose for the group, and create the electronic textures that serve as the musical landscapes which they traverse during their performances.

Algorithm combines the fixed electronic backgrounds with live mixing and improvisation to make each performance unique, and infinitely variable. “It can get a little dicey managing the live performance with the manipulation of the technology, but it really adds a potent element to our performances,î says Luther.

Suggested donation $10, light refreshments will be served.

Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main St. Belfast, Maine and is open Tuesday through Sunday 11-5:30, Mondays by chance. For more information call 338-0001 or visit the website www.aarhusgallery.com

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