Viola player Jessica Pavone brings good vibes to new When No One Around You Is There but Nowhere to Be Found

About ten years ago, back problems forced Jessica Pavone to stop playing the viola for almost two years. Since her return, the impact of music on the health and well-being of performers and listeners has been one of the New York artist’s key concerns. When she was composing the material for her last ensemble album, Lull (Chaikin), she asked her soloists about their favorite notes to play, then incorporated those notes into the score. In his solo practice, Pavone also ensures that the music is physically pleasant to play. Recently, she studied with sound healers and discovered cymatics, which attempts to describe the effects of sound waves on the human body using observations drawn from physics. Of the four unaccompanied pieces that make up When no one around you is there but not found (Relative Pitch), Pavone lets the music develop patiently, exploring the grain and movement of one sonic area before moving on to the next. But as it progresses between passages of bright, strummed harmonics, folksong-like melody and electronically filtered resonance, the density of the event at every moment is highly focused and overwhelmingly compelling.

by Jessica Pavone When no one around you is there but not found falls on Relative Pitch Records on 1/28.

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