MATTHEW SHIPP AND IVO PERELMAN at THE STONE - NYC, JUL 12
- photography by Clara Pereira / text by Filipe Freitas
Two unequivocal leaders of the free/avant-garde jazz scene, the American pianist Matthew Shipp and the Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman, gathered at the Stone in East Village for a vibrating 1-hour concert composed of interesting musical dialogues.
In the last two years, the duo has released three albums on Leo Records: “Callas” and “Complementary Colors” in 2015, and more recently, “Corpo”.
Their music is like two distinct sonorous waves that dance in the air and occasionally intersect each other at some point. Along the way, they change intensities and colors, bringing up dramatic contortions and unexpected suspensions.
The moods come and go with the tide, and the musical passages are as thoughtful and settled as they are overwrought and entrancing.
It’s never fuzzy or forced, though. Everything happens logically and naturally.
The remarkably unique sound of the pianist is a perfect vehicle for the variable rhythmic figures, ecstatic turbulence, and sporadic fervid vortexes created by the saxophonist. Thus, every suggested idea always has a surprising way out.