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Live @ Harbor College

by Vio-fonik

A string trio (2 violins and cello) featuring the improvising and writing of jazz violinist Harry Scorzo.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. The Joy Of Fallen Leaves
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2. Sleeping Man
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3. Gigue
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5. James Brown
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10. Didi's Lament
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11. Opening
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12. Waltz
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Vio-fonik

Formed in 1994 by improvising violinist Harry Scorzo, Vio-fonik is a string trio consisting of two violins and cello, and features Scorzo’s writing and improvising. Harry is joined by Robin Cecil (violin) and Alan Mautner (cello), both respected classical instrumentalists and educators.

According to Scorzo, "Vio-fonik sounds like Stravinsky with a jazz violinist playing on top". Within the trios' repertoire, the flavors of afro-cuban music and popular music of the late 20th century can also be found.

"We're going the Italian trio sonata route (2 treble clef instruments and continuo), as apposed to the romantic string trio consisting of violin, viola, and cello. I find our setup to provide a great little unit for inventing over. it's the perfect weight to improvise over with acoustic violin, and the small string choir affords me all the resources I need to realize the kind of counterpoint and harmony I love to listen to and to play over"

Scorzo’s playing can be heard in the recordings of “Bongo Logic” and “The L.A. Salsa Society”, as well as in the motion picture soundtracks to “Envy”, “Rushmore”, and “Welcome To Collinwood”. His playing has also been featured in many television programs and commercials, including: “The Mind of the Married Man”, “Resurrection Blvd.”, and MTV’s “The Osborne’s”.


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Eddie Resto

This is the best trio music that I have heard in a long time.
With every tune there is the beauty of not knowing what to expect next. The fusion of genres and arrangements is like an amazing magical carpet ride. Just when you think you don't recognize the material, it smacks you in the face as a standard in clever disguise be it afro cuban, jazz or classical. What fun it must be to play music like this. Thumbs up Viofonix, you are amazing.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby


In this live album, Vio-fonik dances through crisp performances and improvisations led by Harry Scorzo, the founder of and composer for the group. A string trio of two violins and cello, this group makes full use of their ability to straddle genres and time periods. While many of the pieces tie together the emotional range and contrapuntal makeup of classical music with the casual approach and harmonic complexity of jazz, there are other echoes and nuggets of Afrocuban music and stylistic vocabulary from American popular music as well. However, regardless of the focus, each work embodies the playful spirit and commitment to striking clarity and musicianship that so defines this reputable ensemble. Here, we get a chance to witness a single voice, especially the violin, creeping from classical textures into a gypsy jazz personality and back again, toying with and happily exploring the meaty material inbetween. From start to finish, all fourteen tracks are engaging.

Virginia's DJ and Karaoke Service


I am a Disc Jockey in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. I was so impressed with their music, and it is with pleasure that I have added their disc to my collection of music to play for others to appreciate. Great CD. I can't wait to hear their next CD. Please keep me advised.

Jennifer Biggs Walton

This is an incredibly engaging CD, which takes the listener on a welcomed advent
This is an incredibly talented ensemble, obviously willing and able to try new musical strategies and engage the listener at every turn! They don't hold back at all and sonsistently keep raising the bar on what to expect from a jazz trio. I highly recommend this CD!