Lisa Mezzacappa: Glorious Ravage
"I am doing what a woman can hardly ever do . . . , " wrote British world traveler Isabella Bird in an 1872 letter from Hawaii. "And I can fall, I can fall into anything." San Francisco Bay Area composer, acoustic bassist, and bandleader, Lisa Mezzacappa used those lines - and more from the writings of Bird and other women adventurers of the 19th and early 20th centuries - to fashion lyrics for her ten-part "panoramic song cycle for improvisers." Sung by the extraordinary vocalist Fay Victor, those two lines might also be taken to reflect Mezzacappa's place in the world of progressive and avant-garde jazz.
The second volume in New World's limited edition LP series (180g vinyl) further explores the work of Harry Partch, delving into the archive to present And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma with an alternate verse and two bonus tracks released here
for the first time. More