Exposé Online banner

Cornelius Dufallo — Journaling 2
(Innova 960, 2017, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-06-26

Journaling 2 Cover art

Dufallo is a violinist and composer who in 2009 began a “journaling” concert series to document the work of living composers, thereby creating a repertoire of 21st century violin music. A few years ago, in 2012, Innova released Dufallo’s Journaling, created from the first group of these concerts. At hand we have the follow-up, Journaling 2, featuring six new pieces – one each composed by Armando Bayolo, Kinan Azmeh, Guy Barash, Raven Chacon, Missy Mazzoli, and one composed by Dufallo himself. These pieces are performed entirely by Dufallo himself, using violin (standard and extended techniques), processing, live electronics, loops, and such. The opener is Kinan Azmeh’s “How Many Would It Take,” a composition that conveys the tragic realities of civil war in his native Syria, while Dufallo does a masterful job of conveying that feeling. Many of the other pieces here tend to be abstract, sparse, dark, and somewhat experimental feeling, conveying through their melodies a sense of joy, introspection, sadness, and alienation as only a solo violin can do. As for the performance, Dufallo is an amazing player, a veteran of numerous notable ensembles (Flux Quartet, Ne(x)tworks, ETHEL) from 1996 onward, and does an outstanding job with each of these compositions. On Armando Bayolo’s “Tusch,” Dufallo uses loops and a number of effects to recreate the sound of a much larger ensemble over the course of its ten-plus minute duration, making it one of the most impressive pieces in this collection. Dufallo’s own composition “Reverie” closes the set, blending violin seamlessly into the fabric of numerous electronic sounds. All taken, Journaling 2 brings together some wildly interesting and imaginative compositions with superb performances.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Cornelius Dufallo

Latest news

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Silver Apples - Silver Apples / Contact – Frankly, this is one of those reissues I thought I would never see. The (now long defunct) Kapp label issued these two albums in the late 60s, after which they quickly faded into obscurity. At a time...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues