AMN Reviews

AMN Reviews: J Pavone String Ensemble – Lost and Found [Astral Spirits AS143]

Lost and Found is the second release from the J. Pavone String Ensemble, a string quartet comprising violist Jessica Pavone, who composed all of the music here, violist Abby Swidler, and violinists Ericka Dicker and Angela Morris. The four compositions neatly demonstrate Pavone’s continuing interest in the musical possibilities of long tones in slowly evolving relationships.

The bulk of the four pieces largely consists of harmonically mobile sound masses made up of sustained tones gradually drifting up and down. If there is a recurring motif here it would be the slow glissando, which provides the engine driving the internal dynamic of the group’s collective sound. The generally quiet dynamics don’t disguise the subtle tension underlying much of the music—a tension occasionally and dramatically broken by the sudden but temporary appearance of a major triad. The unconventional makeup of this string quartet—two violins and two violas—give its voice a bias toward the upper registers, resulting in an often shimmering, ethereal sound. The entire recording has an austere beauty to it not only on account of the writing, but because of the ensemble’s tightly-controlled performance.

Daniel Barbiero


Mary Halvorson In November

From Improvised Communications:

Fresh off a successful European duo tour with Jessica Pavone that ended earlier in the month, guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson is only playing a few gigs in November with Crackleknob, Ellery Eskelin and Lisa Mezzacappa.

Next month things heat up again when she will play two gigs with her quintet, record the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), and head back to Europe for a week-long tour with her longstanding trio featuring John Hébert and Ches Smith.

11/15 :: Douglass Street Music Collective (Brooklyn, NY)

Ellery Eskelin
11/21 :: Cornelia Street Cafe (New York, NY)

Lisa Mezzacappa
11/22 :: Zebulon (Brooklyn, NY)

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Jessica Pavone Interview

From Roulette NYC:

Composer/string instrumentalist Jessica Pavone is “one of the busiest young performers on the city’s creative music scene,”. Here at Roulette on Tuesday, November 10th she celebrates the Tzadik release of “Songs of Synastry and Solitude”; a collection of songs for string quartet influenced by an interest in the simple beauty of folk songs, the ghosts of all things lost and Leonard Cohen’s encouragement to live outside this world.

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Tzadik To Release Jessica Pavone’s New CD In October

From Improvised Communications:

On October 27th, Tzadik will release violist/composer Jessica Pavone’s Songs of Synastry and Solitude (TZA-CD-7719) as part of the Oracles series, which celebrates “the diversity and creativity of women in experimental music making.” Inspired by the simple beauty of American folk songs, and singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Love and Hate (Columbia), this recording features 11 of Ms. Pavone’s original compositions for string quartet (violin, viola, cello and double bass) being performed by members of the Toomai String Quintet. The group will celebrate the release of the record on Tuesday, November 10th with a live performance at Roulette in New York.

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Improvised Communications links to a few Youtube videos of Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone In Chicago. The BBC is creating an “audio map” of the world to preserve its varied sounds. Progressive rock band Nektar will be touring Europe soon. Illinois group Random Touch makes some interesting sounds and has information regarding their releases, and samples, available on their site.

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Harris Eisenstadt In August

Improvised Communications provides Eisenstadt’s upcoming performances.

Jason Kao Hwang’s Edge
Sunday, August 9th @ Flushing Meadows Corona Park (New York, NY)

Jessica Pavone Presents Wordless Songs Inspired by Life’s Cast of Characters
Wednesday, August 12th @ Barbès (Brooklyn, NY)

Dave Ballou /Ben Gerstein/James Ilgenfritz/Harris Eisenstadt
Tuesday, August 18th @ Le Grand Dakar (Brooklyn, NY)

Please stay tuned for more news about Eisenstadt’s upcoming release, Canada Day (Clean Feed), including fall tour dates!

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Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone on Tour

From Improvised Communications:

Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone’s latest American tour starts this weekend.

The duo is back on the road supporting its third and latest release, Thin Air (Thirsty Ear), which’s Farrell Lowe calls “an eminent document by two powerful new voices of the 21st century.”

Here’s the latest itinerary:

Saturday, July 25th: The Windup Space (Baltimore, MD)
Monday, July 27th: Morris Book Shop (Lexington, KY)
Tuesday, July 28th: Mt. Comfort (Indianapolis, IN)
Wednesday, July 29th: The Hideout (Chicago, IL)
Thursday, July 30th: Le Petit Zinc (Detroit, MI)
Friday, July 31st: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY)
Saturday, August 1st: Metropolis Underground (Syracuse, NY)

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Harris Eisenstadt Performances In June

From Improvised Communications:

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt is laying a bit low this month waiting for his first child to be born, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a few gigs worth mentioning around New York, including a performance with Jessica Pavone’s new name-challenged quartet and duets with Brahim Fribgane (in Howard Mandel’s ethnomusicology class at NYU) and Ellery Eskelin (as part of Jeremiah Cymerman’s Telluric Currents series).

Band Without a Name is the Name for Now
06/13: Jessica Pavone Presents @ Ibeam (Brooklyn, NY)

Harris Eisenstadt/Brahim Fribgane Duo
06/15: New York University (New York, NY)

Harris Eisenstadt/Ellery Eskelin Duo
06/19: Telluric Currents Series @ Ibeam (Brooklyn, NY)

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Anthony Braxton Concerts

Upcoming Anthony Braxton shows:

Sun, Jul-12
North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, HOLLAND
Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Trio [AB reeds, elec, Taylor Ho Bynum brass, Mary Halvorson g]

Fri, Jan-29
Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, CANADA
Anthony Braxton 12 1tet [AB reeds, Taylor Ho Bynum cor, Jessica Pavone vla, Jay Rozen tba, Carl Testa b, Aaron Siegel perc, Mary Halvorson g, Steve Lehman reeds, James Fei reeds, Andrew Raffo Dewar reeds, Reut Regev tb, Sara Schoenbeck bsn, Nicole Mitchell fl]

Sun, Jan-31
Roundhouse Festival Hall, Vancouver, CANADA
Anthony Braxton Sonic Genome Project

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Image of Nate Wooley from Facebook
Image of Nate Wooley


May 21, 2009
MAP, The Stone
Mary Halvorson, Tatsuya Nakatani, Reuben Radding

May 24, 2009
Crackleknob, Issue Project Room
Mary Halvorson, Reuben Radding, Nate Wooley

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