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Kasten-Krause, Tristan / Jessica Pavone: Images of One (Relative Pitch)

Violist Jessica Pavone and double bassist Tristan Kasten-Krause found they shared a similar aesthetic in sound and sonic structure while working together in other ensembles, their debut developed over two seasons of experimentation with string interactions of consonance and dissonance using distinct timbres and textures, heard in four patiently unfolding compositions.

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UPC: 5904224871604

Label: Relative Pitch
Catalog ID: RPR1151
Squidco Product Code: 33098

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Greenpoint Recording Collective in Brooklyn, New York, on September, 2022, by Tristan Kasten Krause.


Tristan Kasten-Krause-double bass

Jessica Pavone-viola

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"New York City-based Pavone and Kasten Krause met by being placed together in the ensembles of other like-minded music experimentalists. It wasn't long before they realized their unique sonic preferences, aesthetics, and approaches to their instruments were similarly aligned and worth further investigation. Over the course of two seasons, they explored and experimented with sound worlds and structures, resulting in the four pieces that make up this album. Images of One is the first release from this newly formed duo. While uncovering their distinctive ability to blend and the similar ways their instruments respond when executing timbre and texture, they discovered by odd coincidence that although acquired during different decades and in other parts of the country, they both play instruments crafted by the Salt Lake City-based luthier Paul Hart."-Relative Pitch

"What are the odds that two players both have instruments made by the same luthier, especially if the violin family of instruments is concerned and bought in different parts of the United States and other decades. At least, that's what the Bandcamp page says. Tristan Kasten-Krause plays the double bass, and Jessica Pavone the viola. A small list of people Tristan has worked or performed with: Alvin Lucier, Caroline Shaw, David Lang, Henry Threadgill, Howard Shore & Steve Reich. Jessica has worked and performed with Mary Halvorson, Luke Stewart, Ava Mendoza and many others.

This is their first release together. The harmonics of the double bass and the viola blend in together exquisitely. At times there isn't telling what instrument makes what sound. The material is essentially minimalist, but that doesn't mean it's boring. In the first track, Tristan and Jessica play a kind of tag with notes; one note shifts into the same note and the sound is shifted because one player holds the note a little longer than the other or changes the note and creates a subtly shifting melody. It's awesome in its simplicity. This could easily go wrong, but both are accomplished musicians with a keen ear.

And then there are the sudden silences that create tension. It's not all monody here; in 'Rarefaction', chords are created, like a slow-moving elegy, moving from dense textures to a single interval in the double bass and viola. The merging of the two instruments is not a happy marriage. No joyful dancing here. It's a difficult one with many arguments and brooding tension, making excellent music! Another great release on Relative Pitch records."-MDS, Vital Weekly

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Artist Biographies

"Tristan Kasten-Krause is a bassist and composer living in Brooklyn, New York who's work enlarges the minutiae of close tones and subtle gestures. As a bassist he has been credited with lending his "low-end authority to vital New York institutions" (the New Yorker) and praised for his "heavenly" (the Guardian) original compositions. Tristan has worked and performed with modern artists such as Alvin Lucier, Caroline Shaw, LEYA, Steve Reich, Man Forever and David Lang. He has performed on the Lincoln Center Festival, designed sound For Bloomberg Marketplace and been a featured soloist on Netflix's The Witcher."

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"Jessica Pavone (composer, viola, violin, el.bass) has performed in countless improvisation, avant jazz, experimental, folk, soul, and chamber ensembles since moving to NYC in 2000. She currently plays with Normal Love, in a duo with guitarist Mary Halvorson, with Anthony Braxton's ensembles and as a solo violist. As a composer, The Wire magazine praised her "ability to transform a naked tonal gesture into something special," and The New York Times described her music as "distinct and beguiling...its core is steely, and its execution clear."

Pavone's recent works for solo viola and voice stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration. She combines her long tone rituals with delay, understated melodies and sparse lyrical content while continuously experimenting with new forms. She is interested in the physicality of performing her somewhat larger-than-comfortable instrument and believes that cultivating physical bodies as a strong container for her thoughts is part of the creative process.

As an instrumentalist, she has personally worked with and interpreted new music by; Aaron Seigel, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Elliott Sharp, Glenn Branca, Henry Threadgill, Leo Smith, Jason Ajemian, Jason Cady, Jeremiah Cymerman, John King, Matana Roberts, Matthew Welch, Tristan Perich, Tyondai Braxton and William Parker; and, has played strings in bands such as Christy and Emily, Pure Horsehair, White Blue Yellow and Clouds, Joy Mega, and The Artificials.

Pavone has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, performing in venues ranging from international music festivals, universities, and art galleries, to community centers and basements. Her music has premiered in venues in New York City such as, Roulette, Issue Project Room, and The Kitchen, and at the Klangbad Festival in Sheer, Germany. In 2011 she was featured in NPR's "The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40." She has received grants and commissions from the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, the American Music Center, New Music USA for her collaboration with choreographer, Anna Sperber, The Kitchen, MATA, The Jerome Foundation, The Tri-Centric Foundation, Experiments in Opera, and the chamber music collective, Till By Turning."

-Jessica Pavone Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Images Of One 6:20

2. Double Cross 11:07

3. Rarefaction 6:59

4. On Axis 13:24

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