Founded in Brooklyn in 2010, progressive power trio Forma continue their mission to "broaden the idea of what an electronic music ensemble can sound like." Inspired by polyrhythmic composition, the human voice, and conceptual improvisation strategies, their music is striking in its textural detail and emotional nuance, alternately synthetic and sentient, futuristic and intuitive. Incorporating flute, piano, guitar, saxophone, acoustic drums and cymbals alongside an array of synthesizers, the group persuasively demonstrates the potential of collective chemistry and improvisation, attributes they credit to "techniques we've developed to trick our electronic machines into mimicking the spontaneous character of live instruments." Over half a decade spent writing and recording together has distilled Forma's hybrid electro-acoustic interplay into an attuned and astounding language, capable of articulating impossible symmetries and reflective states.
Photo by Lena Shkoda