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