Pin It

CD Review: Sonic Garden 

Hudson Valley artists vocalist Davida, bassist Allen Murphy, and percussionist Ken Lovelett surround themselves in a creative cocoon and deliver Sonic Garden, a set of  “avant-new age” music. With only the three acoustic voices on three songs, notes are unbound by intricate, compressed layers of sound and each composition becomes a nude portrait, enticing because of their basic, exposed elements.

“Help-US-OPUS” is the 36-minute opener. As its theme gestates, it plays off of itself to find its next thread of ideas, elongating and thrusting itself, arclike, forward and back. Davida sounds as if she’s singing from the belly of a whale, its inner side walls reverberating as she sings, hums, and murmurs. Striking a familiar tone to bassist Ron Carter’s rendition of pianist John Lewis’s “Django,” “Davida’s Waltz” is anchored by Murphy’s plump plunking (coincidentally, Murphy has subbed for Carter). Davida’s wordless and sometimes breathy sounds convey a relaxed mood as the trio slides into “Murphy’s Blues.” A very present, but unfamiliar, instrument in Sonic Garden is the Busker. Like the vibraphone and piano, it’s a multitasker, creating rhythm and melody simultaneously. Mount Tremper resident Lovelett, who runs Sonart Studio and Sonart Gallery, fashioned the Busker on the vision of an English street performer. Sonic Garden is improvised thought and motion in a strictly pre-prescribed world. The hope in existing in both places is to find balance between the two. www.americanpercussion.com.

click to enlarge (2008, T.O.a.S Recordings)
  • (2008, T.O.a.S Recordings)

Speaking of...

  • Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson reviews the self titled Sonic Garden release.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • CD Review: "The Poughkeepsie Jazz Project"

    If you want to catch some of the best jazz in the Hudson Valley, head over to the Derby bar and restaurant on Main Street in Poughkeepsie. Since 2013, the duo of pianist John Scanlon and bassist Ben Basile has held court there every Tuesday, jamming with an array of local talent each week and establishing Po-Town as a rising force in local bop.
    • Aug 1, 2015
  • Johnny Irion's U.S. Elevator

    On the Way Up
    • Sep 1, 2015

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Presents The Entertainer

Tue., Dec. 6, 7:15 p.m. and Wed., Dec. 7, 7:15 p.m. — Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures...

View all of today's events

Latest in Music

Related to Music

  • Opera in Phoenicia Park
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park

    With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.
    • Jul 25, 2016
  • More »

More by Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

  • CD Review: Honey Ear Trio

    Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson reviews Honey Ear Trio's album "Steampunk Serenade."
    • Dec 29, 2011
  • CD Review: Michelle LeBlanc

    Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson reviews Michelle LeBlanc's album "I Remember You"
    • Nov 30, 2011
  • CD Review: David Rothenberg and Lewis Porter

    Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson reviews David Rothenberg and Lewis Porter's new album "Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast."
    • Oct 28, 2011
  • More »

Hudson Valley Tweets