Meridian Music Presents: Jessica Pavone and Owen Stewart-Robinson

  • Canessa Gallery 708 Montgomery Street San Francisco United States

For the April performance of Meridian Music’s monthly concert series,  Jessica Pavone will perform recent works for solo viola from her solo album, Knuckle Under, which was released as an LP via the Taiga record label in November 2014. Pavone’s recent works for solo viola stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration. She combines her long tone rituals with delay, understated melodies and sparse lyrical content while continuously experimenting with new forms.

About the Artist:
Jessica Pavone is an active composer, violist, violinist, and electric bass player based in New York City. She has performed in countless improvisation, avant jazz, experimental, folk, soul, and chamber ensembles since moving to New York  in 2000. Jessica currently plays with Normal Love, in a duo with guitarist Mary Halvorson, with Anthony Braxton's ensembles, and as a solo violist.

As a composer, The Wire magazine praised her “ability to transform a naked tonal gesture into something special,” and The New York Times described her music as "distinct and beguiling...its core is steely, and its execution clear." Pavone’s recent works for solo viola and voice stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration. She combines her long tone rituals with delay, understated melodies and sparse lyrical content while continuously experimenting with new forms. She is interested in the physicality of performing her somewhat larger-than-comfortable instrument and believes that cultivating physical bodies as a strong container for her thoughts is part of the creative process.

As an instrumentalist, she has personally worked with and interpreted new music by; Aaron Seigel, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Elliott Sharp, Glenn Branca, Henry Threadgill, Leo Smith, Jason Ajemian, Jason Cady, Jeremiah Cymerman, John King, Matana Roberts, Matthew Welch, Tristan Perich, Tyondai Braxton and William Parker. She has played strings in bands such as Christy and Emily, Pure Horsehair, White Blue Yellow and Clouds, Joy Mega, and The Artificials.

Pavone has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, performing in venues ranging from international music festivals, universities, and art galleries, to community centers and basements. Her music has premiered in venues in New York City such as, Roulette, Issue Project Room, and The Kitchen, and at the Klangbad Festival in Sheer, Germany. In 2011 she was featured in NPR’s “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40.” She has received grants and commissions from the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, the American Music Center, The Kitchen, MATA, The Jerome Foundation, Experiments in Opera, and the chamber music collective, Till By Turning.

Recordings of Pavone’s music are available from Taiga, Tzadik, Thirsty Ear, Porter, Skirl, and Peacock Recordings.

Tickets available here and at the door.