Victor Noriega & Gust Burns – 2 Trios Project
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Victor Noriega & Gust Burns - 2 Trios Project
Pianists Victor Noriega and Gust Burns first crossed paths at the Port Townsend jazz camp in 1996 when they were both 17 years old.
Now, 17 years later, they will celebrate the release of their joint recording 2 Trios at the Cellar in Vancouver, BC, on Sunday, March 3, and the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle on Tuesday, March 6.
The idea behind 2 Trios comes from the interplay between two different piano trios with the same bassist and percussionist.
In 2010, Noriega and Burns selected bassist Jeff Johnson and percussionist Greg Campbell to join them in back-to-back sets at Gallery 1412 (formerly Polestar).
After two successful shows at Gallery 1412, Noriega
submitted a recording to the 2011 Jack Straw Artist Support Program.
The award was used to create this 2 Trios recording.
Rather than play complete sets, Noriega
and Burns swapped the piano seat during the recording session each time they had played two pieces.
and Burns talked about the project at the Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composer Forum Composer Spotlight, February 13.
"We were truly in the moment," Noriega
"We had to draw on what was happening."
Burns said, "It's easy to play poorly without rehearsal.
But this turned out well."
felt liberated by the approach.
"There was no preparation, so there was nothing to mess up."
Ten tracks of the sixteen recorded are included on the CD.
All are first takes.
manipulates fragments of standard songs in new ways.