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PREMIERE: RighteousGIRLS Perform Pascal Le Boeuf's "GIRLS" off 'gathering blue' on New Focus Records

By Maria Jean Sullivan m.sullivan@classicalite.com on Jul 07, 2015 03:53 PM EDT
RighteousGIRlS RighteousGIRLS's 'gathering blue' is due out July 10 on New Focus/Panoramic Records. (Photo : Shervin Lainez)

Pascal Le Boeuf's "GIRLS," the dramatic leadoff track on RighteousGIRLS debut gathering blue, demands careful attention to flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi's dynamic energy. Produced by Le Boeuf, gathering blue comes to light via New Focus/Panoramic Recordings (with support from New Music USA) on July 10, featuring Classicalite favorites Vijay Iyer, Christian Carey, Ambrose Akinmusire, Andy Akiho, Justin Brown, Dave Molk, Mike Perdue, Jonathan Ragonese, Terence Blanchard and Randy Woolf.

Woolf's "Righteous Babe," one of the first pieces in their repertoire, penned Izzo and Dhohi's fitting name. Righteous they are--perfectly displayed in this jarring and innovative music video, shot, produced and edited by Michael McQuilken of The Few Moments. Opening with Dohi's dramatized keystroke and Izzo's humming accompaniment, McQuilken's close-up-tight framing is perfect visual symmetry, complete with scant glances at NYC's lights and a Doc Martin tap off. Dohi's technique is decidedly unidiomatic, at points using her fist and elbow to smash the ivories.

gathering blue, equal parts improvisation, post-production techniques and a series of hidden interludes, takes its name after Lois Lowry's 2000 science fiction novel, whose protagonist overcomes difficulty by discovering her raw talent for dyeing thread the one color unavailable in her society: blue. Similarly, the theme is represented by the threads of collaborators on gathering blue. You can hear portions of Iyer's "Accumulated Gestures" on GIRLS, a welcome addition to Le Boeuf's sharp composition. The talented 20-somethings will celebrate the release of gathering blue at Joe's Pub on Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m. joined by Akiho and special unannounced guests.

Take a look below at the Classicalite exclusive premiere of "GIRLS", as you will surely not be displeased.

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