New music from an eclectic Michigan band
The Lunar Octet (a.k.a. The Lunar Glee Club) plays highly original and eclectic music drawing on jazz, Cuban and Puerto Rican salsa, rock, African highlife music, and Brazilian sambas, forging a vital new sound enriched by these traditions. Almost all of the band's music consists of original compositions involving rich arrangements and strong focus on solo improvisations, and all of the band members contribute to the compositional process. Since its debut in February 1984, the band has carried its high-energy message to dancers and listeners, jazz, R&B, and rock fans alike. The Lunar Octet has performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival (five times), the Flint Jazz Festival, the Columbus Arts Festival, the Lancaster Festival, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the WEMU/Depot Town Winter Jazz Series, Rusty's Jazz Cafe, Ann Arbor's Top of the Park, the Bird of Paradise, the Del Rio, Mr. Flood's Party, the Blind Pig, the Detroit Festival of the Arts, Detroit's New Center Park, Toledo's CityFest, Toledo's Rib-Off, and more. They have released four albums, and they come to The Ark with a long-awaited new one on the way!