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Trio performs free solstice concert in Union

Dec 09, 2019

Union — On Saturday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. the trio of Joe Cough, Robin Lane and Tom Luther presents a special concert in celebration of the Winter Solstice. The evening of music, sound and storytelling at the Pour Farm, 56 Crawfordsburn Lane, is free and open to the public.

The group uses the unique combination of voice (Cough), cello (Lane), and guitar (Luther/keyboards) in combination with Luther’s own sound and music generating computer programs to create an immersive sonic experience to celebrate the dark and returning of the light that the Winter Solstice represents. The centerpiece of the evening will be a performance of the story of Ragnarok, the Norse tale of the death and rebirth of the world.

“It’s more or less a post-modern oratorio," Luther said. “Joe is partially speaking the story and partially singing, while Robin and I create mostly improvised responses through a simple roadmap that follows the narrative." The fourth member of the group is the computer program that performs with the human performers, which Luther designed as a kind of sandbox that provides boundaries for the players, as well as some surprising responses through choice-making algorithms.

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