Multi-string instrumentalist and composer Jessica Pavone celebrates the first release of her newest incarnation for string ensemble featuring two violins and two violas—Brick and Mortar (Birdwatcher Records) coming out October 4th, 2019. This is her first body of string ensemble music since pausing to focus on writing for solo viola for the last six years. Her earlier work for string quartet, which substituted a second violin for double bass was documented on her 2009 and 2012 releases from the Tzadik label; Songs of Synastry and Solitude and Hope Dawson is Missing, which were both also performed at Roulette, highlighted melody, narrative, and themes of undeniable truths.
Upon completion, Pavone focused primarily on creating a new and unique voice on her instrument with her solo music resulting in three releases for solo viola; Knuckle Under, Silent Spills, and In the Action. Pavone returned to composing for string ensembles in the spring of 2017 by forming the J.Pavone String Ensemble as an extension of the sonic discoveries of her solo music and plans to grow the group as introduced by the final piece on the program.
The video premier for Hurtle and Hurtle directed by Neil Young was made in support of Pavone’s 2019 release Brick and Mortar. Shot entirely at the Connecticut River and its related rapids, dams, canals, and spillways in Western Massachusetts. Water moves at varying speeds past all manner of geological and human-made obstacles. The fluid patterns are energy illuminated.
Jessica Pavone String Ensemble
Jessica Pavone (composer/viola)
Abby Swidler (viola)
Erica Dicker (violin)
Angela Morris (violin)
And special guests:
Meaghan Burke (cello)
Nicholas Jozwiak (cello)
Shayna Dulberger (double bass)
Andrew Roitstein (double bass)
Neil Cloaca Young (video artist)
As both an instrumentalist and composer, Pavone has regularly and thematically explored tactile experience in her compositions and performances. This is most notable in her solo viola music, where she performs indeterminate pieces that stem from years of concentrated long tone practice, my interest in repetition, song form, sympathetic vibration, and the physicality of playing my somewhat larger-than-comfortable instrument. Founded in 2017, The Jessica Pavone String Ensemble combines these two modalities as an ensemble she both compose for, and performs in as a violist. The group presents original compositions which expand on the themes of her solo work while also integrating a deeper understanding of the effects sound has on the listener. While these discoveries have been primarily instinctual, she plans to further study these principles more formally by gaining a better understanding of Cymatics.
Jessica Pavone is a multi-string instrumentalist and composer residing in Queens, NY. While her earliest training was primarily in classical music, after graduating from conservatory, she began exploring other avenues for creative musical expression. Pavone has received grants and commissions from The American Music Center, New Music USA, Music at the Anthology (MATA), The Jerome Foundation, The Tri-Centric Foundation, Experiments in Opera, and was a composer in residence at Mise-En_Place in 2018.