Luther releases new album

Apr 27, 2019
Photo by: Bethany Oprie Tom Luther

MIDCOAST — Composer/performer Tom Luther releases his newest album, "Finding the Boxmaker," Wednesday, May 1. The album will be available for download in multiple formats on Bandcamp at tomluther.bandcamp.com.

"Finding the Boxmaker" is an instrumental work that was inspired by William Gibson's Count Zero and the art of Mark Kelly. The music combines acoustic performance with electronic, improvised material with algorithmic/systems-based material, and a layering of "found" sounds. The music explores different combinations of all three and alternates between "Tableaus" and "Assemblages.” There are five "Assemblages" of slowly evolving soundscapes surrounded by six "Tableaus" of more traditional musical narratives. Like chapters in a novel, there are over-arching relationships between the “Tableaus” that nest the work together.

Much of the work is driven by the idea of assemblage, this being the collecting or curating of seemingly unlike (and often ordinary) found objects and arranging them in compelling ways. The work of Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) stands out as exemplary, and is a key narrative element in Gibson's novel. Kelly also works with assemblage in addition to working with some systems-driven art, which is the second primary driver of the work.

Despite the influence of Count Zero, "Finding the Boxmaker" is not a retelling of Gibson's novel. "It is an exploration of systems, a merging of acoustic and electronic aesthetics, and a restructuring of how I think about music and art and my relationship to both,” says Luther.

Luther is an improvising composer, pianist, and media artist working in acoustic and electronic environments. He has performed throughout the state of Maine with his modern jazz group TLQ (Tom Luther Quintet), an ambient music trio called Algorithm, and as a soloist. Luther is also a media artist, working with video, live installations and interactive objects. He adapts techniques from different genres to create hybrid works that straddle the worlds of jazz, classical, electronic and ambient music, bending genre and blurring the boundaries that define them.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Christine Dunkle can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 108; or arts@villagesoup.com.

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