A Small Dream in Red Duo | In the Language of Dreams (feat. Nora McCarthy & Jorge Sylvester)

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In the Language of Dreams (feat. Nora McCarthy & Jorge Sylvester)

by A Small Dream in Red Duo

In The Language of Dreams is an explosion of imagination, a dazzling display of music and words, as well as philosophy, staking an honest claim to the modern artist's highest ground--clarity of expression.
Genre: Avant Garde: Sound Art
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1. Dizzy Bird
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2. Morning Has Broken / Caged Bird
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3. April in Paris
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4. The Blessing
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5. The Sphynx
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6. Study in Compassion
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7. Back to the One
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8. Small Dream in Red
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9. White Stroke
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10. Composition VIII
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"The exceptionally creative interplay between the singing voice and the alto sax with the amazing range of expression that is achieved across all the tracks, suggests the potential range for this duo is unbounded." Ramsey Ameen.

This music is comprised of original compositions, poetry, improvisations and interpretations of five of Kandinsky's masterpieces graphically and spontaneously composed in the moment. There are also several covers of choice music: a Celtic hymn that is most recently associated with Cat Stevens; a jazz chestnut; a composition by Abbey Lincoln; and, some of Ornette Coleman's music to whom this CD is dedicated to along with Wassily Kandinsky, with lyrics/poetry by Nora McCarthy.

The duo employs various creative techniques they discovered working in this format as well as other techniques employed by all art forms namely: deconstruction, diminution, expansion, elaboration, symbolism, line, and design. Intuitive and symbiotic, the two altos enter into each work with absolute freedom from preconception and improvise freely within and outside the form, context and texture of each piece.

A Small Dream in Red is a ground-breaking duo whose powerful artistic expression is centered on the alto voice and the alto saxophone. Within this context they manage to touch upon virtually every tonality within the scope of their instruments and beyond, arranging aural and visual elements into moving images, new shapes, patterns and sounds.

Since their debut at the Knitting Factory in NYC on September 1-, 2001, they have performed throughout New York at well known jazz and avant-garde venues, galleries and schools and have also appeared in concert at Cleveland State University's Sundown Jazz Concert Series; Podgorica, Montenegro for the American Center's Jazz month celebration; and, Panama City, Panama - a workshop in conjunction with the Panama Jazz Festival where Jorge Sylvester was a participant in the Panamanian Jazz All Star Band.
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In the Language of Dreams (2012) Review by: Florence Wetzel for AAJ - http://j.mp/Kkj7t9

Published: May, 2012

Singer Nora McCarthy and saxophonist Jorge Sylvester constitute one of the most creative duos in today's jazz scene. Their group, A Small Dream In Red (named after painter Vassily Kandinsky's 1925 masgterpiece), made a deep impression with its eponymous 2005 Sundown Jazz debut. McCarthy and Sylvester continue to mine their rich vein of creativity with, In The Language of Dreams, offering a powerful cornucopia of musical vision and spiritual aspiration.

Several factors make A Small Dream in Red distinctive. Both McCarthy and Sylvester are remarkably talented musicians with backgrounds in traditional and avant-garde jazz, and for them these two worlds are not separate; they use both structured sounds and joyful noises, and seamlessly harmonize composition and improvisation. They also have the humility to put themselves at the feet of the masters, to use the art of others as a springboard for their own creativity, which on this CD includes improvising lyrics to two songs by saxophonist Ornette Coleman, as well as creating five original compositions inspired by Kandinsky's artwork. Most of all, McCarthy and Sylvester are dedicated to using art as a means to elevate and celebrate the human spirit; their music is about joy and creativity, and cultivating the finer aspects of the human soul.

Om a CD of excellent songs, two in particular stand out. "Morning Has Broken/Caged Bird" is a free-flowing integration of songs by Cat Stevens and Abbey Lincoln. Weaving throughout the tune are real bird songs, surely one f the most exquisite sounds on planet Earth. McCarthy and Sylvester intertwine naturally with the birds, and in fact sound rather like birds themselves. McCarthy's voice is pure and stunning; Sylvester's tone deep and true. It's a beautiful merging of music with the natural world, and the resulting song is fresh and lovely.

"Back to the One" is a tour de force, a highly original song about resilience in the face of disaster. Using a quote from the Persian poet Rumi as a catalyst, the tune incorporates a subliminal noise, which eventually grows louder and reveals itself as a newscast about a devastating tsunami. McCarthy and Sylvester sound like a choir of angels as they soar above this heartbreaking story, illustrating how the human spirit can ascend eve in the face of tragedy. The song is a fine example of tastefully integrating jazz and electronics, and it's also a beautiful statement about the power of the human soul.

In the Language of Dreams is an explosion of imagination, a dazzling display of music and words, as well as philosophy. A Small Dream in Red has the courage to set itself high goals, and it has the talent and ingenuity to attain them. And because McCarthy and Sylvester are so inspired by creativity, they likewise inspire creativity, and thus the cycle of artistic endeavor goes forward.
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