Jessica Pavone “When No One Around You is There but Nowhere to be Found”

Jessica Pavone’s ensemble works have been listening staples in the past few years, but her solo viola recordings have a visceral edge that’s saturated with an ebullient joy. Her work is always engaging in the way she charts tonal passages and plays with tempo, yet when it’s just her and the viola, the gravity is different. Whether she’s practicing extended drone techniques or spirited, bouncy … Continue reading Jessica Pavone “When No One Around You is There but Nowhere to be Found”

Jessica Pavone “Lull”

Last Year’s J. Pavone String Ensemble album on Astral Spirits showed Pavone’s continued growth as a composer. With Lull, that potential comes into full view. To realize the vision of these pieces, she assembled an octet that includes the String Ensemble’s Abby Swidler on viola (Pavone also plays viola), violinists Aimée Niemann and Charlotte Munn-Wood, cellists Christopher Hoffman and Meaghan Burke, and bassists Shayna Dulberger and … Continue reading Jessica Pavone “Lull”

Bob Bellerue “Radioactive Desire”

Everything disintegrates eventually. Whether it sinks back into the soil or eviscerates itself into ephemera, sucked back into the open air, permanence isn’t real. Across more than two hours, Bellerue and a crew consisting of some of the foremost artists in the avant garde and free improvisation world ratchet up a bevy of combustible tensions, working feedback to the furthest reaches and surprising depths. Opener … Continue reading Bob Bellerue “Radioactive Desire”