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As an instrumentalist and a composer, Jessica Pavones creative practice encompasses and moves beyond developing a personalized voice on her instrument. Since 2012, she has established an individual body of material for solo viola, concentrating on the tactile elements of performance. These structured yet indeterminate pieces stem from intensive long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration, resulting in four studio albums.
Providing the groundwork for her compositional language, in 2017, she created the J. Pavone String Ensemble (then 2 violins and 2 violas) as an outgrowth. The foundation of her recent ensemble compositions is research on the eects of sonic vibration on human physiology and emotional health. Sustained pitches and clusters of ensemble sounds generate specic physical and cognitive benets intended to impact the audience physically and mentally, existing within and beyond musics canonical role. The compositional techniques borrow from and elaborate on traditional music notation. Pavone experiments with improvisatory techniques, alternating between metered and time-based scores and improvised and notated instructions. The ensemble approach focuses on a vision of collective improvisation that prioritizes a collaboratively sewn musical fabric, in contrast to the traditional improvisatory method that prizes the individuality and uniqueness of the soloist. The rehearsal method, inuenced by her solo work, attends to how the body plays a role in sound and intention. The group has performed at the Graham Foundation in Chicago; the NYC Winter Jazzfest; Firehouse12 in New Haven; Roulette and ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn; and The Rotunda in Philadelphia.
In 2019, the string ensembles debut album, Brick and Mortar, was hailed by the Chicago Readers Peter Margasak as the most assured, bracing work of Pavones career. Astral Spirits Records released their second, Lost and Found, in 2020 to critical acclaim from publications such as; The Wire, The New Yorker, NYC Jazz Record, NPR, Jazzwise, and was named a Best Contemporary Albums of 2020 by Bandcamp Daily. Chris Ingalls from Pop Matters described their music as too stunning to lump into genres.
This tour celebrates the release of their third album, Of Late, on Astral Spirits Records and features a new lineup consisting of Pavone on viola, Aimée Niemann on violin, and Abby Swidler playing both violin and viola.
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (View)
120 College Street
Ashevlle, NC 28801
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