Both artists wrote music for this session. What's significant here is that the music, designed for this duo, while complicated, and at times knotty, is made into child's play. That is, if the child was a member of Mensa International. "La Cigale" opens the disc. Playing in unison, the musicians quickly split a the fork in the road. Courvoisier applies some prepared piano sounds to Halvorson's guitar pedal contortions. Both musicians reminding us their instruments are first and foremost, machines. They are also joyful delivery systems for things of beauty. "Aftershock" caters to a most delicate chamber, dreamlike sound, and "Double Vision" plies a déjà vu-like telling and retelling of notes, the kind that easily become a song stuck in your brain. The taut, almost claustrophobic, space conjured on "Eclats for Ornette" and "Water Scissors," are a complex math problem the pair must work out. Like all the pieces on this disc, they come through with flying colors, earning an A+.
La Cigale; Aftershock; Eclats for Ornette; Absent Across Skies; Downward Dog;
Your Way; Water Scissors; Woman in the Dunes; Double Vision; Bitter Apple.
Sylvie Courvoisier: piano; Mary Halvorson: guitar.
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