Piano & Violin: Jorge Lima Barreto/Carlos Zingaro; Borah Bergman/Stefano Pastor & Minamo


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Jorge Lima Barreto/Carlos Zingaro

Kits 2



Borah Bergman/Stefano Pastor

Live at Tortona




Kuroi Kawa—Black River



Here are three very different takes on the traditional grouping of piano and violin and, despite 'free jazz' tendencies, all are rooted in the romantic chamber music originally associated with the pairing. The Jorge Lima Barreto/Carlos Zingaro Kits 2 comes 15 years on the heels of a similar venture that sported a wider sonic pallet. The duo's scope may be narrower, but they explore every nook and cranny of their respective instruments. Prepared piano and tastefully effected violin vie with post-Romantic arpeggios and long cadenzas to create a nicely varied program. Yet, there's a feeling of disunity throughout, as there seems to be very little actual communication. When Zingaro enters on the first track, it is with very different ideas than Barreto and the two seem to be in some sort of conflict. The initially more introspective third track comes across as more symbiotic, signaling the synchronicity the project might have entailed from the start.

A more recent violinist to watch is Stefano Pastor and Live at Tortona with Borah Bergman presents no such difficulties. Pastor's approach blends bebop phrasing with a taste for avant-garde tonality. In fact, he and Bergman blend tradition and innovation in similar ways, making this a fascinating and rewarding combination. Conventional tonality is always waiting in the wings, as can be heard on the unfortunately truncated "When Autumn Comes," but it's often banished in favor of free counterpoint. They're right in tune on "The Mighty Oak," competing with each other's ideas as they build a structure solid and craggily detailed enough to warrant the title.

The second release from Minamo—Carla Kihlstedt and Satoko Fujii—presents the most contrast. Kuroi Kawa—Black River offers one disc of studio and one of concert recordings. We are plunged immediately into wistful impressionism but as might be expected, things change rapidly. The first disc is packed full of brief vignettes, which can get as gnarly as the rasping of "Open the Window" but conclude with the sumptuous "Between Sky and Land." The live disc offers longer pieces, but they're in a similar vein. Fujii's pianism is colorful and virtuosic as always and Kihlstedt has rarely played with more depth, conviction and variety. This is a high-energy duo set that nevertheless allows for some repose, making it the most satisfying of the three by a small margin.

Tracks and Personnel

Kits 2

Tracks: I; II; III; IV; V.

Personnel: Carlos Zingaro: violin. Jorge Lima Baretto: piano.

Live at Tortona

Tracks: Spirit Song; When Autumn Comes; Wellspring; Crescent; The Mighty Oak

Personnel: Borah Bergman: piano; Stefano Pastor: violin.

Kuroi Kawa—Black River

Tracks: CD1: Konoha No Sasayaki -The Murmur of Leaves; Kogane Mushi -Scarab; To Ho—East; Rakuda—Camel; Mado Wo Akeru—Open The Window; Eki Deno Ichi Nichi—One Day at the Station; Suiheisen—Between Sky And Water; Koneko—Kitty; Kagami—Mirror; Kibo—Hope; Tsuchi No Naka—In The Ground; Sora No Naka—In The Sky; Arabesque; Maho No Jyutan—Magic Carpet; Amadare—Raindrop; Yume No Naka—In The Dream; Kamikazari—Berette; Chiheisen—Sky And Land. CD2: Kuroi Kawa—Black River; Aoi Saka—Blue Slope; Murasaki No Natsu—Purple Summer; Akai Kaze—Red Wind; Midori No Shinkiro—Green Mirage; Shropi Arashi—White Storm.

Personnel: Carla Kihlstedt: violin, trumpet, vocals; Satoko Fujii: piano, accordion, vocals.


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