Live at Speaking Volumes 2​/​1​/​2008

by Electric Halo

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about

A performance for Burlington, VT photographer Matt Thorsen's opening reception for his gallery show at Speaking Volumes.

The band consists of Joe Adler, Johnnie Day Durand, Jason "Jarmac" Horne and Robbin "Fp Cassini" Barker.

Electric Halo explores the more ambient side of music and creates soundscapes blending electric guitar loops, delicate synth runs and experimental musical saw playing. The music, at times, goes from dark scary thematic to happy joyful unstructured and then back again. It has elements of the slightly familiar blended with the completely unimaginable, composed music mixed with the music of the moment. Each show is a very unique experience.

The band came about in April of 2005. It was the idea of Burlington, Vermont musicians Joe Adler (electric guitar, efx, loops, drums, percussion and verse) and Johnnie Day (musical saw and electric keyboards.) Both had played together in Joe's acoustic project but found that the acoustic music could only go so far, Electric Halo was the next logical step. The first show was played in May of 2005 at the Radio Bean and was just the two of them experimenting with original ambient compositions as well as covering music from Radiohead to Rogers and Hart.

In the shows that have followed, the core has been joined by many different local guest musicians including guitarist Jonny Aquadora from Magic Sparkle, baritone guitar twanger Brett Hughes from Ramble Dove / Monoprix, drummer Joe Adams from Sons Of Dawn, the mystical Mickey & Posie from The Mickey Western Band, accordion virtuoso David Symons from The Black Sea Quartet, violinist Marnie Long from Nest Material, drummer Chris Kiper from Manifest Nextome / cccome?, pianist Shane Hardiman, and accordion player Tim Lang.

A big time of transition for the band was when they signed on to perform and compose the live score for the play 'Silent Invasion' produced by Burlington's Green Candle Theater Company. It was at this point that percussionist Jeff Campoli and synth madman Robbin Barker joined them. Together the group wove a tapestry of composed pieces to fit the mood of the science fiction drama. The production was a great success with seven sold out shows and rave reviews.

It was during this period that Electric Halo's music traveled away from the laid-back feel of the earlier shows and finally started to find its own distinctive personality. Jeff and Robbin stuck around for a while and as of late clarinetist/percussionist Geoff Kim and stand-up bassist/percussionist John Thompson-Figueroa have helped give the band a fuller, more rounded sound.

The band's most memorable performance was during it's spot opening for the Sun Ra Arkestra at the Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont. The band was joined onstage by Arkestra sax player Yahya Abdul-Majid for some very incredible moments.

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released February 1, 2008

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Joe Adler Burlington

Burlington, Vermont based singer/songwriter who draws on influences that range from the blues, folk, and experimental tendencies of Tom Waits, to the poetic leanings of Leonard Cohen. Adler has collaborated on stage live with such notables as Brad Barr (The Slip), Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio), Marco Benevento, Yah Yah Abdel-Majid (Sun Ra Arkestra), Craig Myers (Barika), and Dave Dreiwitz (Ween). ... more

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