photo by Amanda Kowalski

Air Space is the sonic dialogue between keyboardist Mike Effenberger and percussionist Brian Shankar Adler. Inspired by the minimalist structures and analogue textures of artists like Brian Eno, Ólafur Arnalds, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and Nils Frahm, the duo develops site specific, new music that transcends boundaries. 

Their expansive sound comes from Effenberger's keyboards and tape delays, pitted against Adler’s genre-defying use of percussion from South America, South Asia and the sewers of Brooklyn. Blending Indian raga, post-Cageian minimalism, and lo-fi nostalgia with an occasional field recording of crickets, tiny sparks fly while the music retains a deceptively serene appearance.

 Air Space made its debut in 2022, performing in a casemate at Fort Gorges (Casco Bay, Maine). In 2024, the group released Cricket Cipher (Adhyaropa Records) and toured the Northeast, US.

Previous Performances

3.3.24 WSCA. Portsmouth, NH 

2.4.24 Barbès. Brooklyn, NY

1.5.24 Center For Maine Contemporary Art. Rockland, ME

1.23.23 Washington Baths. Portland, ME

8.15.22 Fort Gorges. Casco Bay, Maine