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This beautiful gem offers a surprising collaboration between multifaceted composer and alto saxophonist Matthew Welch and performance artist, sculptor, dancer and guitarist Craig Colorusso. Brooklyn-based Welch is known for blending his Scottish roots into his compositionsoften by playing the bagpipesbut he is also influenced by Indonesian Gamelan music, have studied with such composers as Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton, and having collaborated with sound alchemist Ikue Mori on her Balinese odyssey Bhima Swarga (Tzadik, 2007). Ceol Nua (Leo, 2002) and Dream Tigers (Tzadik, 2005) demonstrated Welch's wide spectrum of references.
New England-based Colorusso has played in several indie bands, released the solo guitar album Strap Parts (Moodswing Records, 2005) and, in the last decade, has composed soundscapes for his installations, including Between Two Worlds, created in collaboration with visual artist Jeph Gurecka to honor the deceased in the World Trade Center disaster. Rusted Breath Quiet Hands is released on Colorusso's newly founded label.
"I, one of two long tracks, is a slow drone improvisation/composition, where Colorusso produces dark and resonating sounds by bowing the guitar, with Welch adding long and sustained notes that hint gently about his Scottish musical heritage. The tension of the spare guitar fretting is resolved beautifully by the sax fluctuations. "II" is a lighter piece that maintains the mysterious atmosphere of the first track; the "Quiet Hands" part of this release. It offers a gentler meditation on quiet and simple sounds such as the soft strumming of the guitar and Welch's subdued alto sax work, which slowly gains in volume and articulation. A strange and fascinating recording.
Track Listing: I; II.
Personnel: Matthew Welch: alto saxophone; Craig Colorusso: guitar.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com