Tom Luther Quintet plays Åarhus

May 12, 2014
The Tom Luther Quintet

Belfast — The Tom Luther Quintet will return to the downtown Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., Saturday, May 24, for an evening of vibrant original jazz. TLQ features some of the most accomplished young musicians in Maine, as well as seasoned veterans.

The musicians perform exciting original music that draws from the wellspring of jazz and freely floats in the worlds of rock, ambient and world music. The music will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

"We have a great combination of musicians in this group, who break a wide path through the art," said pianist and composer Tom Luther. "We build from our jazz training, and expand through our varied experience. The result is music that sits clearly in the genre, but is always looking beyond it, and pushing at the boundaries."

Luther hopes to fully exploit the eclectic nature and flexibility of his band mates with several new works he will be premiering at the performance.

"I'm culling two pieces from my latest ambient music project, ‘Twelve Moons,’ and bringing a third piece inspired by the music of Senegalese master singer Youssou N'Dour," he said.

Luther treats the challenge of this kind of cross-fertilization as an artistic necessity, owing to both the increasing speed at which information travels and the inherently hybrid nature of jazz.

"Jazz has always been a mixed language and, in the modern era, masters like Charles Mingus and Herbie Hancock have pushed that idea even further," said Luther, citing two of his major inspirations.

TLQ features Mike Whitehead on trumpet and flugelhorn; Gideon Forbes on tenor saxophone and clarinet; Luther on piano; Duane Edwards on bass; and Jacob Forbes on drums. Suggested donation is $10. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call the gallery at 338-0001 or visit aarhusgallery.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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