Streaming, especially on non-conventional platforms like YouTube, has become the dominant mode for disseminating music in 2019. With decades of recordings of centuries of music at our fingertips, musicians have access to a seemingly infinite wellspring of inspiration. So why does more of their work not reflect that? Why not make music that truly synthesizes traditions rather than simply flirting with them?
On pianist and accordionist Simone Baron’s debut album The Space Between Disguises, a Mahler-esque string quartet fades into a Chopinian piano étude that explodes into a pizzicato dervish-folk dance that morphs into a ruminative postbop piano trio that dips into vivacious rumba. And that’s just what happens in the first, five-minute track.