Sound It Out
presents the David Virelles Continuum
with bassist Dezron Douglas
and drummer Eric McPherson
at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, 2014
, at the Greenwich House Music School
in New York City’s West Village. The trio will be previewing music adapted from Virelles’ forthcoming ECM quintet album. The pianist’s Pi Recordings debut – Continuum, a modernist, almost psychedelic refraction of Afro-Cuban ritual sounds – was one of 2012’s most wonderfully exotic and evocative jazz albums, ending up on quite a few best-of-the-year lists. Ben Ratliff’s New York Times review of Virelles’ headlining run at the Village Vanguard last year provides a good preview of what to expect from the trio show at Greenwich House: “Mr. Virelles’s slowly unfolding compositions… cast a shadowy, mysterious feeling
in the room. As they changed, he fed them with percussive playing, delicate harmonies
and clusters played carefully with a flat hand or a forearm. He’s never haphazard: He’s got a sure touch and multiple musical vocabularies
, of which he seems determined to create a synthesis that isn’t schematic or obvious. That he’s choosing to perplex a little, rather than dazzle you, might be one of the best reasons to see him.”
With his music, David Virelles is taking the folkloric rhythms of Afro-Cuban religious ritual and transmuting them into original, very 21st-century jazz.
Virelles says: “I’m not necessarily a participant in this religion, but the culture is where I come from, my identity. Digging into elements of that symbolic drum music and retranslating them into music for here and now helps me find out more about where I come from – and where I’m going. But what inspires me most about the tradition is its aspect of music having a social role – it’s not just art for art’s sake. It has a clear function in society. That ideal is inspiring – not just for me, but for Dezron and Eric, too. The musicians I like to play with most are attuned to this sensibility. I want the music to resonate with a purpose.
Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors), available at the door