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Jessica Pavone

viola, violin

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Brooklyn based string instrumentalist/composer Jessica Pavone, has been active in New York City for the past eight years. She is best known for her work performing all over the world with Anthony Braxton in his current Septet and Twelve+1tet and for her duo project with guitarist, Mary Halvorson, which has been described as “distinct and beguiling...its core is steely, and its execution clear.” (The New York Times).

As a composer, Pavone has received grants from the American Music Center and commissions to write chamber music from the MATA Foundation, and the chamber music collectives; Till by Turning and The Eastern Winds. She has been noted as having "the ability to transform a naked tonal gesture into something special" (The Wire). She currently leads and plays bass guitar and viola in her 60's soul inspired band The Pavones , plays viola and composes for ... No Way to Say Goodbye (a string quartet that substitutes a second violin for a double bass) and a CD of her indeterminate works for solo viola was recently released by the Nowaki label in Paris, France.

As an instrumentalist, she improvises in bands led by William Parker, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Matana Roberts and has interpreted new music by Glenn Branca, James Fei, Butch Morris, Elliot Sharp, David Grubbs, Matthew Welch, Aaron Siegel, Loren Dempster, Jason Cady, Jeremiah Cymerman, and Tristan Perich.

Since 2000, she has documented her music via her self-run label Peacock Recordings, which was recently awarded a grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program, and her growing discography and list of works can be witnessed via her web site,

Firehouse 12 Performances

Anthony Braxton Septet: Echo Echo Mirror House Friday, May 20, 2011, 10:00p
Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings Friday, November 21, 2008, 10:00p
Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet Saturday, October 22, 2005, 10:00p

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