Jennifer Curtis & Tyshawn Sorey – “Invisible Ritual” (New Focus Recordings, 2020)

“Invisible Ritual” is a fresh new release of “New Focus Recordings”. An album was recorded by a featured duo – violinist and composer Jennifer Curtis and pianist, percussionist Tyshawn Sorey. Both musicians are original improvisers and innovative composers – their music is inspiring filled with modern expressions, the fundaments of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation, the tendencies of contemporary academical music and academic avant-garde. The musicians are the central figures on international avant-garde jazz scene because of their brand new conception, unique sound, inventive and expressive playing manner and original way of improvising.

Spontaneous solos, instant improvising and the links to contemporary academical music – that’s the base of “Invisible Ritual”. Both musicians are fusing together two individual genres highly different from each other – free improvisation, avant-garde jazz and contemporart academical, experimental and sonoristic music, and academic avant-garde, as well. From strict arranged compositions filled with shrieky exclamations, persecuting low tunes, scandalous riffs and expressive melodies, music gets calm, deep and relaxing. A contrasting, universal and multi-colorful musical pattern and independent melody line is basically formed by both musicians – moving, contrasting and expressive violin gently fits together with tremendous driving piano and gorgeous percussion. Jennifer Curtis is using all wide range of playing techniques and expressions to create an astonishing and bright sound. Expressive melodies, remarkable bright riffs mixed with tremendous culminations, emotional trills, colorful elegant pizzicatto and other ornaments, expressions and moods of all kinds. The violinist is switching between composing and improvising – her compositions sometimes are more similar to strictly arranged piece of contemporary academical or experimental music – modern expressions, extended, rare or exotic ways of playing, original and traditional composing techniques, strange timbres, sonoristic experiments or even some elements of sonoristic or spectral music – these are the main elements of the pieces highly related to contemporary academical music. These episodes are contrasting to absolutely different ones based on open form, free instant improvisation filled with spontaneous solos, driving riffs, sudden attacks, deep solemn pieces suddenly rising to dramatic culminations, remarkable riffs accompagnied by strange timbres, exotic sounds, impressive passages and expressive melodies. Pianist and percussionist Tyshawn Sorey forms his music on the main basics of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. All his compositions are completely based on open form and surprising, bright and twisting free improvisation. From silent, tiny, light or deep, haunted and dark episodes his music suddenly gets slow and lyrical or rises on terrific riffs, bright vibrant perturbations, passionate flowing ornaments, transcendental passages, dynamic turns and other pieces. The music gets shrieky, aggressive and provocative from time to time – sharp persecuting sequences, hot thrills, radical decisions and sudden twists of the moods are the main compounds of it. The music of this album is an organic and original fusion of avant-garde jazz and contemporary academical music – it’s surprising, inspiring and expressive.

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