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The meeting between two artists can represent an exchange of ideas and disciplines, as well as a sense of fellowship. Both are evinced in Heartmony, the second duo release from guitarist Hristo Vitchev and pianist Weber Iago; a collaborative follow up to 2009's The Secrets of an Angel on Vitchev's First Orbit Sounds label.
With an air that's reminiscent of guitarist Pat Metheny and pianist Lyle Mays' simpatico, the eleven tracks include Vitchev's "The Farewell Suite," music inspired by reflections on his personal life. With touches of melancholic beauty and striking adventurism, the suite imparts an expansive and rural-like quality that is analogous to observing a picturesque landscape.
One of the suite's most memorable tracks is "The Imperative Expression," a meditative reflection that Vitchev states "as the idea that somehow life goes on and that we have to deal with and accept such changes." The track's persona comes to life in a quiet processionfirst with Iago's persistent chords, then by Vitchev's acoustic guitaras the two repeat and improvise over the melody. It is atmospheric, introspective, and the perfect prescription for a stressful day.
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.