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James Falzone

Primary Instrument: Clarinet

James Falzone

“Falzone is a remarkable, in-the-moment improviser -- able, as few virtuosi can, to listen as intently as he sings.”
--Larry Kart, Author of Jazz in Search of Itself (Yale University Press)

Composer and clarinetist James Falzone is working at the intersection of many styles of music including jazz, improvised, classical, and folk traditions. He has been featured on numerous public radio and television shows and has performed in concert halls and jazz clubs throughout the United States and abroad with his own Allos Musica Projects. He has also collaborated with such diverse and visionary artists as Steve Lacy, Richard Stoltzman, Jorrit Dijkstra, Theodore Bikel, Joe Maneri, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ran Blake, and many others. ...
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    Sighs Too Deep For Words

    Warner Bros. Records
    2012
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    Klang

    Luminescence Records
    2009
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    Tea Music

    AllosDocuments
    2009
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    The Sign and the Thing Signified

    AllosDocuments
    2007
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    The Sign And The Thing Signified

    Warner Bros. Records
    2006

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Tea Music

AllosDocuments (2009)

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”The only way to sum up the style of Chicago clarinetist and composer James Falzone is to say that it can’t be done. Falzone is an inveterate genre-crosser, and though he squawks and swoops with some of the city’s best free improvisers, it’s his fluency in classical and ethnic European cultures that set him apart...an already important Chicago voice...”
--Matthew Lurie, Time Out Chicago

”...[Falzone] weaves music from threads of classical and jazz, and colors it with Middle Eastern filligree. His playing is technically unassailable, his deployment of a bassoon and three strings within his sextet impressively intricate, and the tripartite title piece summons some lovely textures.”
--Bill Meyer, DownBeat

”As heard on the terrific new The Sign and the Thing Signified, this group led by clarinetist James Falzone is distinguished both by its mix of classically inspired, through-composed, and improvised material and by its instrumentation: the current lineup includes cellist Kevin Davis, violist Amy Cimini, bassoonist Katherine Young, bassist Krzysztof Pabian, percussionist Eric Platz, and Todd Carter on electronics...

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