By Erica Buswell | Aug 11, 2009

Belfast — Agharta Jazz Quartet will perform Modern Jazz starting at 10am

Belfast: On Friday, August 25, the Belfast Farmers' Market moves uptown for a monthly Street Festival on Upper Main. Visitors to the festival can enjoy original music performed by Agharta Jazz, as well as an ever-growing selection of the summer's freshest, seasonal fruits and vegetables alongside market staples. Shoppers will find juicy tomatoes, tender young roots, new potatoes, fresh pestos, summer squashes, and fruit-filled pastries and confections, just to highlight a few of the abundant late summer offerings.

Agharta Jazz is a modern jazz ensemble performing mostly newly written original works as well as a few works of composer and bassist Charles Mingus. The group was founded by Union based pianist and composer Tom Luther, who took the name “Agharta” from a Miles Davis album. The name itself refers to a Tibetan myth about a land hidden inside the earth, which was something of a paradise and home to the city of Shamabala. Seeking their own paradise, the band builds its sound from the Miles Davis Quintet and John Coltrane's quartet of the mid 1960s and blends improvisation and ensemble performance into their own unique mix.

Agharta Jazz is Mike Whitehead on trumpet and flugelhorn, Tom Luther on piano, Doug Kennedy on bass, and Jeff Densmore on drums. There is no admission charge for this performance, but donations will be accepted. For more information about the ensemble, including upcoming performances, visit www.agharta-jazz.com.

The Belfast Farmers' Market is open every Friday, rain or shine, from 9am-1pm through early November, and is permanently located on Front St., down at the Belfast waterfront. Market-goers can expect to find local goat's and cow's milk cheeses, specialty baked goods, dips and spreads, grass-fed meats, locally-raised chicken and eggs, honey, hand-crafted goods ranging from baskets to pottery, fresh and dried flowers, and a changing selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

The Belfast Farmers' Market was established in 1980 to provide local small growers and craftsmen with an outlet for the sale of fresh picked produce and related agricultural products; to foster an appreciation for Maine's rural resources; and to develop sources of marketing, management and agricultural information for its members. The Belfast Farmers' Market functions as a non-profit membership organization that oversees the establishment of market guidelines, sets quality standards, promotes the market, and encourages growth of the local/regional food supply. All vendors must carry necessary and appropriate licenses and insurances. Please check the website, www.belfastfarmersmarket.org, for more information about market members and coming events.

For more information, contact Erica Buswell at the Belfast Co-op (338-2532 or erica@belfastcoop.com.)
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