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Simone Baron & Arco Belo: The Space Between Disguises (GenreFluid)

The debut album from the pianist/accordionist and her ensemble

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Simone Baron & Arco Belo, The Space Between Disguises
The cover of The Space Between Disguises by Simone Baron & Arco Belo

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.

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Jackson Sinnenberg

Jackson Sinnenberg is a broadcast journalist and writer based in Washington, D.C. He serves as an editor for Capitalbop, a non-profit that focuses on presenting live jazz and covering the D.C. jazz scene through grassroots journalism. He’s covered the city’s local jazz scene since 2015 but has covered national and international jazz, rock and pop artists for a variety of publications. He will gladly argue why Kendrick Lamar is a jazz musician. Follow him @sinnenbergmusic.