It's called Prog-tronica... think STS9 meets Count Dracula, or maybe Danny Elfman at a rave. Aleph-1 forces crowds to invent new dance moves, and puts some sweaty, soulful, musicianship back into dance/electronic music. A new kind of power trio for a new millenium.


"’s the electro-jazz / power prog rock trio Aleph-1 from Ann Arbor, with their sleek sci-fi inflected synths and rapid rhythms... With staggering instrumental compositions that feel almost orchestral in structure, they still keep a distinctly jazzy improvisational looseness. Their debut self-titled album galvanizes cinematic sounding electronic odysseys that combine the fantastic urgency one might feel if we were trapped inside our computer fending off viscous viruses or rival 'red guy' motorcycle riders ala ‘Tron;’ their sound is an invigorating clash of nostalgic '50's sci-fi film vibes with kitschy UFO synth howls charged by 80's new wave buzzy grooves and prog-rock trounced rhythms. (Think: "Tortoise, Nils Petter Molaver, 70's prog rock and, of course, Dr. Dre's beats."
The trio, (John Patrick on keyboards, sampler, piano and guitar; Duwe on bass and sampler, and Dan Sutherland on drums and, yes, sampler) collectively noted a penchant for music “with that club vibe, that gets your heart going,” adding, “We like electronic music but we're all instrumentalists; Aleph-1 is our take on a live electronic band."
The band started in 2007 when rhythm duo Duwe and Sutherland broke from another band and joined Patrick (who'd been discussing with Duwe throughout 06 about starting a "more electronically oriented" project).

Live, the band can be as fiery and ferocious as an amped up jazz rampage, utilizing drums with 2 samplers, 2 synthesizers and the occasional guitar. Their debut album is a staggering journey of invigoration, melodrama and dream-pop soundscapes; the transitions are baffling (the percussion on “DB” goes from hip/hop to speed-metal in one measure yet the flow is as natural as the sun setting); while the synths on “Plan 9” start with a Twilight Zone vibe then morph it into a house-rave blitz; and “GoodCop” features a bass line so full of character and charm you’d think it to be born from the soulful grooves of Motown. "



Self-titled debut, 2008

Set List

We normally play 50-minute sets of uninterrupted music. We can play as many sets as necessary. Covers happen, usually unexpectedly.