Ensemble consisting of legendary Chicago/based cornetist and sound manipulator Rob Mazurek *Tortoise, Exploding Star Orchestra, Isotope 217..(, members of his Brazilian connection Sao Paolo Underground, Austin/based freeform unit Mar/riage and special guests Jonathan Horne *guitar, saxophone( and Steve Jansen *tapes, gui/tar(. Formed after shows in late 2015, this 11/person ensemble creates waves of sound that can best be described as cathartic. Astral Cube draws from multiple styles and traditions and the result is a sonic eruption where past, present, north, east, south, organic and electronic collides and is poured into the unknown. Traces of cosmic jazz - think Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra - appearalongside abstract electronics and heavily manipulated instruments - not unlike Autechre or Matmos. Occasionally the sounds this group is creating conjures mental imagery of flourishing nature, colourful wildlife, flowing mountain streams and ancient rituals - other times the glistening sonic textures evokes images of buzzing urban power lines or technology gone haywire. It's ceremonial, yet deeply futuristic music. Powerful, unknown, surreal. A sonic outpouring of light an energy. This is post/everything psychedelia at the outer limits of musical possibilities.