We understand there is an EAS band, the AlgoRhythms? How did that come to be?
Mark: I agreed to play for a staff picnic, and I’m usually a solo artist. At the time, I happened to become friends with a colleague, Raul, who plays saxophone, so I said “I’m playing guitar. Would you like to play saxophone?” We did something ad-hoc at the picnic. Then, at the following holiday party, he included our colleague, Rich, who’s a pianist, guitarist, and drummer—a man of many talents. Then they found Jean-Marc, who’s a bass player and guitarist. At the next party, we expanded it even further, with Jerry. So, when you say there’s a band, it’s a fluid item.
What’s a fun memory from playing in the band?
Raul: Getting to hold a practice session at Woodrock Studios (thanks to Jerry!), a professional-caliber recording and rehearsal studio, which gave us an opportunity to get to know each other more outside of work and in a wonderfully inspiring space.
Rich: The holiday party was the first time I felt like we were a full-fledged band. It was the first time Jerry joined us and really completed our band – and having David Cruz serving as our natural life of the party. It was a really fun time!
What’s the favorite song you play with the band?
Jerry: I think my favorite song of the set was “Free Fallin.’” It was one of the first songs that we attempted, and when it all came together it sounded great and everyone got excited. That was a great memory.
Jean-marc: I think my favorite song of the set was between “Free Fallin’,” “My Girl,” and “Bad Bad Leroy Brown.” We had lots of fun playing those classics.
Interview by Allan Hoffman