The previous installment of Diversions found multi-instrumentalist Spencer Zahn diving deep into the sonic world of fellow traveler, Keith Jarrett. This edition finds us in the hands of Kim Åge Furuhaug, who drums for the Norwegian trio Orions Belte. An AD favorite, the group are pulling a proper KISS move ⟨™⟩ this month, each releasing a solo album via a 3xLP box set, making Furuhaug the analogous Peter Criss. As Furuhaug went straight jazz with his offering, we asked the drummer to walk us through its aesthetic DNA.
From the lush, exciting outskirts of “left field” this series likes to summon, the band plucked for us Mac Miller’s ‘2009’ and Danzig’s ‘Am I Demon.’
…re-imagining ‘2009’s lovely strings and piano and ‘Demon’s classic riffage. Worthy and original results, to be sure.
Like countless others, Norwegian trio Orions Belte were forced to conjure up new ways to reach audiences when 2020 capsized. Going beyond a simple livestream, Øyvind Blomstrøm (guitar), Chris Holm (bass), and Kim Åge Furuhaug (drums) devised a mini “tour” concept and dubbed it The Scenic Route. Five audience-free shows in five days, broadcasting live from unique western Norway locations.