Artist Akiko Pavolka
Title House of Illusion...Bridge
Price $15.00
Description Akiko Pavolka’s House Of Illusion plays jazz with a rock attitude and elements of funk, Latin, electronica and Japanese Enka Music thrown into the mix. Their new album, Bridge (NCM East Records, NCM 40116), captures the raw energy and creativity of their live shows. Imagine the soundtrack to the greatest film you’ve never seen that exists only inside our minds. A forlorn clown dances on a Coney Island beach, a nervous ladybug reflects upon the nature of desire, a laughing woman meets her destiny in the darkness of the city. House Of Illusion weaves a rich tapestry of musical textures using all the elements of their collective experience. Voices, strings, woodwinds, keyboards, accordions and electronics swirl over a deep rhythmic foundation of bass and drums, with Akiko’s vocals at the center of it all. Her compositions provide the framework for the band’s explorations. "She is a gifted singer with a natural yet characteristic voice and a talent for writing eccentric and attractive music and lyrics…her interpretation is fresh and full of originality" (Yukinori Omura, Swing Journal). House Of Illusion came into being in 1998 with the release of their self-titled debut recording (NCM 40113). They have headlined twice at the Yokohama Promenade Festival (in 1998 and 2001) and toured Japan, performing in jazz and rock venues in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto and Kobe. They perform regularly in the New York Area and can be seen in venues such as CB’s Gallery, Detour, Cobi’s Place, The Brecht Forum and The Knitting Factory. "Their open-ended compositions, raw improvisational style and unique approach to group interaction draw the listener into a musical labyrinth…not to be missed" (Knitting Factory Notes).

Track Listing
Happy in the Dark
Mel's Island
The Garden of Forking Paths
Tadpole in a Jar
Last Train
King Nicotine
Irish Song

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