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ARTIST
TITLE
JOMO
FORMAT
CD/SACD

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NEOS 40809CD NEOS 40809CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/2/2013

2009 release. Stereo/5.1 multichannel hybrid CD/SACD release that can be played on any CD player. The cellist Johanna Varner is a recipient of a grant from the City of Munich and has initiated several concert series in the Bavarian capital. For her part, the American Mary Oliver holds a PhD (Doctor in Philosophy) in Music Theory, is a member of the ICP Orkest, and plays both viola and violin. In 2008 they founded the duo JOMO. These two musicians revel in experimentation and refuse to be pigeon holed, taking on the gamut of new creative ideas within an experimental context. Their music embraces the aesthetics of opposition one might say, and is rich in sonorities and echoes. What emerges is not an artificial challenge aimed at winkling out the differences between classical music, contemporary music and jazz extemporization, but an unregimented improvisation that appears to abut resonances from all eras, as well as jazz itself and New Music. Johanna Varner and Mary Oliver both enjoyed a classical training as string players at renowned conservatories, and this certainly influences the sound-world of the duo JOMO, which oscillates between sonic events rendered acoustically foreign -- scordatura for example -- and rhapsodic multiphonics, between hardly audible chirruping flageolets and the beauty of the Romantic string ideal.