Air Department fuses world music with jazz for new CD


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Once described by a fan as sounding like “an eight-piece duo," The Air Department produces sounds unusually immense for just two musicians.

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and engineer Roger Ebacher performs original music using keyboards, keyboard bass, melody flute, wood flute, a Casio DH-100 digital horn, kalimba, congas, bongos and doumbek. He's joined by Dennis Pelletier on drums.

The two combine to create world jazz influenced by an eclectic mix of music from Brazil, the Middle East and India.

“It's adventurous," Ebacher said. “It's a technical presentation."

On Saturday night, The Air Department celebrates the release of its new CD, “Frigid Air," at The Actors Studio in Newburyport. A follow-up to the 2008 release, “Airshow," the Newburyport-based Ebacher said the new recording contains familiar atmospheric sounds paired with solos evident of the musicians' jazz roots.

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