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Point in Time

by Nic Vardanega

The second album of original music by Australian guitarist and composer Nic Vardanega. Recorded in New York City with a stellar group featuring Grammy nominated American trumpeter Michael Rodriguez.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. At First Light (feat. Michael Rodriguez)
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2. Jacaranda (feat. Michael Rodriguez)
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3. Rugged Edges
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4. Point in Time (feat. Michael Rodriguez)
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5. New Leaves (feat. Michael Rodriguez)
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6. Shadows over Bleecker (feat. Michael Rodriguez)
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7. Club Soda
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Point in Time is the follow up release to Australian guitarist Nic Vardanega’s 2014 debut, Inverno. The aptly titled recording serves as an updated snapshot of the guitarist’s aesthetic, influenced by two years of living in New York City and experience in its jazz scene. In Vardanega’s own words... “The title of this recording, Point in Time, has become a motto for me as an artist. Recently, I’ve become intrigued with the idea of jazz, creative music and all art being really a representation of a point in time. In other words, a fixed, frozen reference point that is both a culmination of one’s whole life and a departure point for further growth. It is hence an artist’s duty to embrace each stage along the way and to realise the purest vision in each moment.”

The new record comprises a new ensemble format that departs from his debut release. Featured on five tracks is renowned New York City based trumpeter Michael Rodriguez. The Grammy nominated trumpeter/composer has established himself as one of the leading voices in jazz today having performed with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Chick Corea, and Lincoln Center Orchestra to name a few. Rodriguez is also a current member of iconic pianist Kenny Barron’s critically acclaimed quintet and a co-leader of latin jazz ensemble the Rodriguez Brothers.

At First Light -This song has a kind of energy that reminds me of the breaking of dawn, a new start where one is eager and fresh. Rodriguez’s use of a harmon mute helps echo this. There is also a fragility associated with the subtle light. This piece aims to depict that juxtaposition with a wide dynamic variety.

Jacaranda - As a young kid growing up in Sydney, Australia, one of my favorite trees was a Jacaranda. This distinct tree would flower for only a few weeks in November yet it’s striking purple flowers made each one stand out for those few weeks. The ostinato figure in this piece is in a tonality that paints in my mind a similar violet-like hue akin to these flowers. I first became aware of this mystical tonality in a Michael Rodriguez composition entitled Enchantment,making it fitting to feature him here as the main soloist.

Rugged Edges - The inspiration for this song came from spending a week in Queenstown, New Zealand in December 2014. Each night, the long twilight would cast a majestic glow against the mountain range known as The Remarkables directly opposite my window. One night I sat down and wrote the beginning of this piece inspired by the breathtaking landscape.

Point in Time - It has been a goal of mine to compose a song with a swing feel yet avoids sounding derivative. This song brings together elements of Wayne Shorter with its chromatic harmonies and odd phrase lengths and Hard-Bop minor themes. This era of jazz has been a significant influence on my music and I can also hear Rodriguez channeling those influences on this track.

New Leaves - This piece showcases the beautiful melodic qualities of Rodriguez on flugelhorn. The title of this song is inspired by the northern hemisphere spring, a seasonal transformation I have now experienced twice. I find the seasons inspirational and symbolic as an artist. From absolute starkness, the sighting of new leaves is a promising sight of new life and potential.

Shadows Over Bleecker - This piece has a sense of harmonic sophistication and groove that reminds me of the swagger of New York City. The title is drawn from a street and area of the city I frequent regularly in Greenwich Village. Drawing from the title of the first track At First Light, the idea of shadows continues this theme of light and is fitting as we near the end of the program.

Club Soda -This song contains throwbacks to my earlier rock influences evident by its riffs and rhythmic/harmonic counterpoint with the bass and drums. I have always wanted to find ways to integrate and embrace various styles to produce natural variety in my music. The piece is a also a tip of the hat to the composition Club Sandwich by New York City-based Australian pianist Sean Wayland.

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