This concert celebrates Tzadik’s 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.
As a composer, Pavone has earned grants and commissions from the Aaron Copland Recording Fund , the American Music Center , The Kitchen , MATA and the group, Till By Turning , which recently presented the European premiere of “Quotidian” at Faust’s Klangbad Festival 2009 in Germany. Her discography features more than 30 recordings, including recent releases from the Anthony Braxton 12+1tet , Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings and William Parker .
“Jessica Pavone is one of the busiest young performers on the city’s creative music scene,” declared Steve Dollar in a 2008 feature in the New York Sun, “lending her strings and a direct, personal style of playing them to all kinds of settings.” Jazz Review’s Philip Clark writes, “We learn things from her music that we didn’t already know. [Her] harmonic openness turns the microscope on herself and she responds with lines of honest clarity, an oblique perspective on the familiar.” AllMusic.com’s Charlie Wilmouth adds, “Her work possesses an uncommon amount of elegance”¦each piece is perfectly formed, expiring just as its tiny collection of melodic materials cycles through to its logical conclusion.”