Ed Blomquist: Underwater Airport
Underwater Airport is an improvising multimedia ensemble combining music and projected visuals for the purpose of creating spontaneous portals into alternate space-time dimensions. U/A extends its antennae into the aether, pulling in transmissions from the Great Beyond. Drawing inspiration from such diverse sources as shamanic trance musics, 1960s free jazz and psychedelia, ambient electronica, and world beat, the band's six members have practiced individual and collective improvisation in diverse settings far longer than they can remember. Propelled by the double drumming mind-meld of Peter Spellman and Russell Lane, piloted by the bass and Chapman Stick grooves of Jim Whisenant, set adrift by the floating guitar and synth loops of Ed Blomquist, carried aloft by the sax and electronic winds of Lynda Stephens, and enlightened by the projected visuals and wind synth of Marc Lisle, the ambient folk jazz of Underwater Airport creates the ultimate launch site for departure to mystical heights and depths.