For the second year running, ambient music group Algorithm will present "The Sun Stands Still," a special performance in celebration of the Summer Solstice Saturday, June 21. There are two parts: one just before, during and after sunrise in Heritage park; and one beginning 7 p.m. at an indoor location in town.

The sunrise performance will feature Algorithm's distinctive electronic ambient soundscapes, as well as a dance performance by Helena Melone. Algorithm is Tom Luther (keyboards, loops), Mike Whitehead (trumpet, flugelhorn, bass, effects) and poet Jacob Fricke (spoken word). The ensemble was formed in early 2012, and has developed a very unique style and performance practice.

Algorithm has been featured on WERU's "Wicked Good Music Hour" and took part in the "Elegant Enigmas" show of the works of Edward Gorey at Portland Public Library. Its music presents spoken word mixed with soundscapes, improvisation and modern groove production. The work of Algorithm is at once forward looking and grounded in older forms, blending both these esthetics to create dream-like meditations.

The solstice sunrise performance will begin at approximately 4 a.m. at Heritage Park, on the waterfront adjacent to Main Street and the public landing.

"We like this location because of its proximity to the ocean," said Luther. "Last year it was utterly brilliant watching the sun rise as we performed, and the birds began to sing, and the whole thing was just incredible."

While starting very early, the 2013 performance was attended by some 20 people, and the group is hopeful that more will turn out to be part of this very special event. There is no charge for the morning performance. It is strongly recommended that audience members bring flashlights and lawn seating, as the concert is outside and at points will be in darkness.

For the evening portion of "The Sun Stands Still," the group will head over to the Eastside to perform at the Ro He Ge Magic Theater, 12 Mill Lane, at 7 p.m. Also on the Part II program will be Village of Spaces plus two special guest bands from Finland, Kuutu and Tsembla. Donations are encouraged.

More information is available at the band's Facebook page (AlgoAmbient). In the event of rain, the morning performance will be canceled and the announcement will be posted on this page.

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