J. Pavone String Ensemble has released single, Rise and Fall, from October album release, Lost and Found, which comes out via Astral Spirits. The single highlights the use of free movement within a structured composition and clearly demonstrates Pavone’s recent experimentation of using both time-based and metered sections within a given piece. Jessica Pavone spoke with The Fountain about the track as well as her rather detailed and inspiring plans for the year.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Rise and Fall?
The only reception I have heard so far has been really positive, but that may be because it is from people who have reached out to tell me so. The people that don’t like it have not made the effort.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
It is the first piece that I wrote for the new album, Lost and Found. With this composition, I began more consciously experimenting with moving between free space and metered sections within a piece.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?
Years go in segments for me. September, I am at the Soaring Gardens Artist Residency and I am practicing the viola like a maniac and writing some new solo material.
October I am recording a new album that I have been working on and off on for close to two years now for a string octet and featured soloists, Brian Chase (percussion) and Nate Wooley (Bb trumpet).
November I am going to UCross in Wyoming which is another artist residency. The fact that I can teach remotely has given me so much more freedom in my life.
I have not thought to December yet, however, I imagine it entails configuring what the next ensemble work I want to create will be (maybe I will have figured that out in Wyoming the previous month). December is just too far away for me to know anything about just yet. I do know that I am ruminating on a brand new ensemble having just completed a second album for the J. Pavone String Ensemble and finishing up Lull, which I spoke of earlier that I have been working on for two years. All the while, I will continue my general consistent routines of practicing, exercising, and teaching.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live?
Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn. The most reliable venue in New York City. Jim is a saint. Always organised, good sound, recorded document, family vibes.
TF: Where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
It has been my dream for a while now to perform a live set of acoustic string ensemble music at the Noguchi Museum in my current neighbourhood of residence, Long Island City. It is a very beautiful spacious cement building with wooden floors and ceilings. Very good energy in there.