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Nagano, Sana / Leonor Falcon: Peach and Tomato (577 Records)

Using members of the violin family augmented with effects, NY violinist Sana Nagano and violist Leonor Falcon pay homage to Prokofiev's Sonata for Two Violins and Bela Bartok's Etudes 1 & 2, reinterpreted for modern contemporary approaches, alongside new compositions from both Nagano & Falcon that show their virtuosic talents and playful attitude to performance.

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UPC: 755491274293

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: CD-577R-5915-1
Squidco Product Code: 33300

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Big Orange Sheep, in Brooklyn, New York, on October 17th, 2020 by Michael Perez-Cisneros.


Sana Nagano-violin, effects

Leonor Falcon-viola, effects

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"Leonor Falcon and Sana Nagano met in graduate school at Queens College in 2015, and have since collaborated in Sarah Bernstein's Veer Quartet (New Focus Recording) and other projects. On this release, Peach and Tomato, the duo offers fresh new compositions that display both their sense of imagination, and their deep appreciation for classical influences.

This is particularly true with their version of two movements from the Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins and the composition Etude 1 and Etude 2, an homage to Bela Bartok and a fluent conversation between the musicians. Both movements are a refreshing example of what classical music can be today, and how it can be transformed, perceived, and respectfully reinterpreted.

Other tracks are more purely experimental: the record starts with "Expanding Universe", Falcon's composition, creating short sounds that expand and elongate until they reach a clamorous climax. Throughout, violinist Nagano and violist Falcon demonstrate their mastery of their craft."-577 Records

Artist Biographies

"Sana Nagano, violonist: Ever since she moved in New York City (2010), violinist and composer Sana Nagano has been performing actively in NY jazz, classical and underground music scenes. Her latest collaborations include with Karl Berger, Adam Rudolph, William Parker, Daniel Carter, the Manhattan Symphonie, Nioka Workman, John Ehlis, Federico Ughi, Harvey Valdes, Marius Duboule, Brittany Anjou, Jeffrey Shurdut and others.

Nagano holds MA degree from Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College, BA degree from Berklee College of Music, both in jazz performance/composition major. She had studied with Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Mat Maneri, Dave Fiuczynski, Mark Feldman, Antonio Hart, Chris Howes, Hal Crook, Darren Barrett, Jeff Galindo, Rob Thomas, Matt Glaser, David Berkman and others."

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"Leonor Falcon grew up in Venezuela where she was classically trained and played in orchestras since age 6. Her teachers being Ivan Perez and Virginie Roibilliard among others at the Emil Friedman conservatory and Mozarteum de Caracas.

While in her home country, she was part of the acclaimed chamber music group Virtuosi de Caracas and was a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, all the while honing her skills in jazz and improvised music. As a freelance musician she was very active in the local music scene performing with many pop, rock, and latin groups as well as doing recording session work.

In 2007, Leonor was accepted to do her Master in Music Performance at the Conservatory of Geneva, Switzerland, where she studied with Margarita Piguet-Karafilova and graduated in 2010. After graduation she decided to pursue her passion for jazz and moved to NY where she completed her Master's Degree in Jazz Performance at Queens College in 2013. Her teachers were: Antonio Hart, David Berkman, Christian Howes and Mark Feldman.

Currently, Leonor performs around New York City in ensembles that are dedicated to jazz, avant garde, latin and classical music. Some collaborations and performances include Willie Colon's band, Akua Dixon's string quartet, Sirius Quartet, Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra, Arturo O'Farrill Latin Jazz Orchestra, Maelo Latinoexperimental Project, Karl Berger improvisers orchestra, OKwarteto, Sarah Bernstein's Veer quartet, among others.

Recent projects are Peach and Tomato, an experimental strings duo with violinist Sana Nagano that has put out their debut album "The Ultimate Pairing" on September 2019, her solo debut album "Imaga Mondo" along with musicians Juanma Trujillo, Christof Knoche and Juan Pablo Carletti which came out in 2017 -and so far has been very well received by critiques like Bruce Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery) and Troy Dostert (All about Jazz)-, CHAMA, an avant-rock project with a first record released on 2016 and three singles on 2020, as well as various performances with the Solar String Quartet, Veer Quartet and OKwarteto, playing respectively jazz, original new music and Brazilian music. She's currently working on the release of Imaga Mondo Vol. II, a second album with Peach and Tomato, a new release with CHAMA and a duo record with her husband and guitarist/composer Juanma Trujillo.

Leonor has been teaching in NYC since 2010 students of all ages, mostly using the O'Connor method, for which she's a certified teacher and for which she's become part of the faculty for their summer camp in NYC and Charlotte NC since 2016, and is a REMIC Microphone Artist since 2019."

-Leonor Falcon Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Expanding Universe 7:15

2. Etude 2 5:00

3. Lost In Tin Labyrinth 6:35

4. Electric Fruits 3:23

5. On Andante Cantabile, Sonata For Two Violine 6:44

6. Etude 1 3:48

7. On Allegro, Sonata For Two Violins 9:21

8. Flow 4:17

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