Wednesday, July 24, 2019

[33] Jordan/DelGiudice: Collaborative Compositions & Improvisations at Scholes Street Studio

The cover of the album -- link below!

WHO: Joe Jordan, oboe/English horn/piano; Dylan DelGiudice, guitar/drums/saxophone
WHAT: Collaborative Compositions & Improvisations
WHERE: Scholes Street Studio
WHEN: July 2, 2019 at 8:00pm

Reviewing people you know is generally ill-advised. At best, you look biased; at worst, you lose a friend.

But you know what else was ill-advised? 50 concerts in one summer. And that didn't stop me, did it?

In simpler words: I care about supporting my friends more than I care about the rules.

Anyway, you know the drill. Tiny little venue in Brooklyn. I love those. Friends. I love those. New music. I love those.

I thought the performance was great. My grandmother would disagree. You see, when we start playing music, we are taught that there are "good sounds" and "bad sounds." Certain combinations of fingers lead to "good," and others lead to "bad."

But for this duo, nothing was off limits. It's one thing to push a random combination of keys and hope for the best; it's another thing to know exactly what toot, honk, or squawk will come out and to use that to make organized(-ish) and well-thought-out music. And it's yet another thing to have that knowledge on more than one instrument.

I'm pretty sure Joe and Dylan explored every possible noise on their collective six instruments throughout the night. Guitar effects. Fluttered oboe overtones. Plucked piano strings modified with a guitar slide. Everything, really.

I can't think of a better way to spend a Tuesday night. And, lucky for you, they released it onto an album! See for yourself!

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