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The Music of Jessica Pavone & Ray Sweeten – Zach Layton, curator

Friday, November 30th, 2007

November 30, 2007, 8PM

Interval No. 1
Music of Jessica Pavone & Ray Sweeten
Curated by Zach Layton as part of the MATA Interval Curatorial Associates Program

Issue Project Room
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Music of Jessica Pavone:

Look on the Floor for pre-recorded soprano, soprano and double bass

Look on the Floor was initially inspired by Medieval discant and tenor and explores movement through chromaticism and pulse.  This piece features video by Zach Layton and is dedicated to Jason Leonard Cady.

Bruxism (Anne Rhodes – soprano, Carl Testa – double bass)
Zach Layton – video

…No Way to Say Goodbye
Wash Your Eyelids in the Rain
Once Again
I Can Not Follow You, You Can Not Follow Me
Yes, Its Come to This
Post-Post Meridiem
Tom Swafford – violin, Jessica Pavone – viola, Loren Dempster – cello, Tom Blancarte – double bass
…No Way to Say Goodbye is a collection of songs for string quartet that substitutes a second violin for a double bass. The music is influenced by an interest in the simplistic beauty of folk songs and a belief that one’s ability to  accompany oneself in song as one of the more natural expressions of music.


Music of Ray Sweeten:
Audio/Video Improvisation
Ray Sweeten – laptop audio, Zach Layton – laptop video

L’Uomo Ferroso

Erin Flannery – soprano, Emily Manzo – piano, Sarah Paden – translations

jessica pavone bio

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Brooklyn based string instrumentalist/composer Jessica Pavone, has been active in New York City for the past eight years. She is best known for her work performing all over the world with Anthony Braxton in his current septet and twelve+1tet and for her duo project with guitarist, Mary Halvorson, which has been described as “distinct and beguiling…its core is steely, and its execution clear.” (The New York Times).

As a composer, Pavone has received commissions to write chamber music from the MATA foundation and the chamber music collectives; Till by Turning and The Eastern Winds. She has been noted as having the “ability to to transform a naked tonal gesture into something special” (Wire). She currently leads and plays bass guitar and viola in her (60’s soul inspired) band The Pavones (trumpet, alto, tenor, bari, guitar, bass guitar, and drums), plays viola and composes for the JPSQ (Jessica Pavone String Quartet) and a CD of her indeterminate works for solo viola was recently released by the Nowaki label in Paris, France.

As an instrumentalist, she improvises in bands led by William Parker, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Matana Roberts and has interpreted new music by Glenn Branca, James Fei, Butch Morris, David Grubbs, Matthew Welch, Aaron Siegel, Loren Dempster, Jason Cady and Zach Layton.

Since 2000, she has documented her music via her self-run label Peacock Recordings, which was recently awarded a grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program, and her growing discography and list of works can be witnessed via her web site, Jessicapavone.com.