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Dance of Two Souls

by Perpetual Motion

Music that exists in the spaces between jazz, folk, and world.
Genre: New Age: Ethnic Fusion
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1. Sunsplash
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2. Diabla
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3. The Happy Song
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4. Déjà Vu
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5. Dance of Two Souls
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6. Troublant Boléro
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7. Dos Gringos
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8. Viaje Del Corazón
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9. Swinging Cats
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10. Summertime
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11. Where Does the Time Go?
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12. Esmeralda
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13. Por Causa De Você
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Album Notes
"Joyful life musical celebration Perpetual Motion – DANCE OF TWO SOULS: These two high-talent players, Josie Quick and Tom Carleno, are well known to us here… I’ve been reviewing their joyful life music for a long time now, most recently on their “Rear View” album (where they got very high marks – & over 1000 page visits)… it’s just wonderful to see a husband and wife team in musical celebration... On to the new release (it’s not due out until June 1st, 2019, so I will come back and add the samples as soon as I’m told it’s live)… the title track, “Dance of Two Souls”, certainly puts you in the mood for dancing ’round the room until the sun rises… Josie’s violin meshes perfectly with Tom’s gently swaying acoustic guitar style… I have no doubt that this song will be getting some MAJOR airplay ’round the globe!

They’re joined by some excellent players, too… Blake Eberhard: electric and acoustic basses and Christian Teele: drums and percussion (Christian plays Pork Pie drums and Bouillez Acoustics cajons)… you’ll hear them in all their musical glory on Josie’s lively original “Dos Gringos”… though a very short piece, it’s gives you splendid visions of the regions south of our borders… I just LOVED this tune.

Tom’s acoustic guitar intro on his original piece “Where Does The Time Go” segues ever-so-nicely into a wonderful musical portrait of the movement of time… in-time and on-time for every note, this song ABSOLUTELY merits an award!

Of the thirteen tasty tunes offered up for your own celebration, it is (hands-down) Tom’s original, “Por Causa de Voce” (meaning “Because of You”) that got my pick for personal favorite… the recording is flawless, and the performance is (truly) among the best I’ve heard (yet) in 2019 on this most enjoyable piece of music!

I give Josie, Tom & their players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99, for this rousing musical adventure. Get more information on their Perpetual Motion Site." -Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews

MEET PERPETUAL MOTION: JOSIE QUICK AND TOM CARLENO
Name any great duo in the performing arts, e.g. Astaire and Rogers (dance), Hepburn and Tracy (film), Lunt and
Fontaine (theatre), and you will see they all share two things in common: talent and chemistry. Spend a few
minutes in person with Josie Quick and Tom Carleno, for example, over dinner, and you will see their unique and
undeniable chemistry as a couple, each playing off the other with the same quirky sense of humor, quick smile,
and easy-going nature. That same chemistry is instantly apparent when they perform live as well. Josie's violin
and Tom's guitar pirouette around the other in a delightful dance of in-sync simpatico. And when it comes to
talent, whether you see them in concert or hear one of their albums (as Perpetual Motion), you will hear more than
enough virtuosity to instill admiration and respect for their talent.
In the late '80s, guitarist Tom Carleno got the notion that adding some violin to his instrumental guitar music
might be a good idea. He and Josie Quick were already both teaching music lessons privately through a store, so
the pair "knew" each other somewhat. Nothing much happened until they attended a mutual friend's birthday party
where the two started getting to know each other a bit better. A few days later, Tom asked Josie if she would like
to collaborate on some music and she agreed. The rehearsal "date" was not really a date, but the two did discover
not just that they meshed well as musicians but also as friends. While it took a while for romantic sparks to fly,
their musical partnership flourished immediately and the duo Perpetual Motion began performing and recording.
As their time together grew, so did a budding romance and the pair married in 1992. Since then they have
continued to make music as Perpetual Motion and have released six albums (their sixth is the career retrospective,
Rear View, released in 2017).
Josie Quick initially pursued a career as a classical violinist—that is until her introduction to jazz during her
Bachelor of Music studies at the University of Denver. She become enthralled with the music of such luminaries
as Stephane Grapelli and Jean Luc-Ponty (her love of Grapelli was an eerie premonition of her eventual pairing
with Tom, since Grapelli is so well known for having played with guitarist Django Reinhardt). She sought out
opportunities to play jazz with local groups, but other than some demos, nothing much came of it.
Tom was drawn to the guitar almost by accident. As a youngster, at a family gathering, his cousin did a spot-on
imitation of Jose Feliciano and Tom decided he wanted to be an entertainer. Not having played a single note on
the guitar was no deterrent to the determined young man. He threw himself into practice with fierce abandon. It
was when he began taking lessons from Steve Mesplé (one of the founding members of the ground-breaking
instrumental group Wind Machine) that his music playing and composing really took off as Tom began perfecting
his fingerstyle guitar technique and started experimenting with different tunings.
Now comfortably ensconced in Denver, the duo has spread their musical wings even further. Besides Perpetual
Motion, Josie and Tom also perform and record with the prog-rock ensemble Coyote Poets of the Universe. In
2013, Tom launched his solo recording career with Perfect Imperfection, winning Zone Music Reporter's Best
Instrumental Album – Acoustic (Josie produced the album and played "spoons" on one track). In 2015, Josie
stepped way outside her jazz bubble and collaborated with synthesizer artist Jim Combs (who records as Sensitive
Chaos) on his album March of the Timeshifters, on which her electric violin loops elevate the electronic music
album into something truly extraordinary. She also appeared on the ZMR nominated Sensitive Chaos album
“Walking a Beautiful World” and three albums with keyboardist Timothy Wenzel. Both of them are in high
demand as session artists and each also teach private music lessons. While it may seem like that leaves little time
for much else, the pair are also die-hard Denver Bronco fans and attend as many games as possible during football season. In fact one might say that between recording, performing, and instructing (not to mention attending
Bronco games) Tom Carleno and Josie Quick are "perpetually in motion."

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Kathy Parsons

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Inspired by places visited and some not yet seen, Perpetual Motion has created "Dance of Two Souls," an album that overflows with sunshine, joy, happy memories, romance and just enough drama to keep it real. Violin and guitar dance together beautifully in the hands of Josie Quick and Tom Carleno (Perpetual Motion) plus a pair of guest artists! Nine of the thirteen tracks were composed by Quick, two by Carleno, and two are original arrangements. The album was produced by Quick and Carleno and the guest artists are Blake Eberhard (electric and acoustic basses) and Christian Teele (drums and percussion).

Perpetual Motion released their first album, "Ready, Willing and Able," in 1993, but Dance of Two Souls is their first album of new material since Josie’s 2009 lupus diagnosis. They released an exciting 25-year retrospective called "Rear View" in 2017 and it’s so good to have this dynamic duo back in action! Josie Quick calls herself an “all purpose violinist” who was classically-trained. She was introduced to jazz in college and never looked back. She has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists as well as with her husband (Tom) as Perpetual Motion. Guitarist Tom Carleno decided he wanted to be an entertainer when he was a youngster and nothing else would do. In addition to his recordings with Perpetual Motion and others, Carleno released an award-winning solo album in 2013, "Perfect Imperfection."

"Dance of Two Souls" begins with “Sunsplash,” a Latin jazz-flavored confection that all but dances for joy. Inspired by watching a sunset from a boat in Belize, it’s an exuberant start! The rhythmic and energetic “Diabla” came about after a journey through the mountains of Central America and reflects the music from that part of the world. The perfectly-titled “The Happy Song” overflows with feelings of gentle warmth and an easy-going contentment. “Deja Vu” is “a memory of a place we’ve never been.” In this case, a French cafe. The piece itself has a lighthearted energy and a playful nature. I love the title track, a beautiful bossa nova for violin and guitar with some gently rhythmic percussion. The buoyant “Dos Gringos” was inspired by a recent trip to South America and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Violin and guitar really soar on this one, propelled by some lively percussion. Quick describes “Swinging Cats” as “The Stray Cats meet gypsy jazz” and what a delight it is! With just hints of the bluesy “The Stray Cat Strut” blended with a gypsy attitude, it’s one of my favorites! The Gershwin classic, “Summertime,” has always been one of my favorite standards, and I love this sultry duet for violin and guitar! I also really love “Where Does the Time Go?” composed by Carleno. The haunting melody and pensive tone grab me every time I hear it! Carleno also wrote “Por Causa de Voce,” which means “Because of You” and dedicated it to Josie Quick. Bright Latin rhythms and some very elegant guitar work make this a beautiful closing piece to a great album!

"Dance of Two Souls" marks a long-anticipated come-back for Perpetual Motion and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that there will be many more albums from this exceptional duo!
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Dyan Garris

Album Review by Dyan Garris
“Dance of Two Souls” by Perpetual Motion | Album review by Dyan Garris

'“Dance of Two Souls” is an exotic, ebullient album, overflowing with the joy of life.'

“Dance of Two Souls” is the first album from the duo Perpetual Motion in ten years. Their seventh album together, violinist Josie Quick and husband Tom Carleno, an award-winning guitarist, bring us an exuberant, exotic, vivacious blend of world music, progressive jazz, and blues; “acoustic world fusion.”

Inspired by places they’ve visited and lands still waiting to be explored, the thirteen intricately composed tracks are a joyful celebration of life, love, good health, and the gift of being able to make music together. Joining Josie and Tom on the album are Blake Eberhard on electric and acoustic basses, and Christian Teele on drums and percussion. The album is like the gypsy in your soul. It’s lively, carefree, colorful, and adventurous. So, get your traveling shoes on and let’s go. . .

The album opens with the very exciting “Sunsplash,” which was inspired by a trip to Belize and watching the sun setting into the ocean from aboard a boat. Fun, and truly sparkling, it’s the perfect beginning to this album. Following is “Diabla,” which translates to “she-devil.” This song takes us on a journey through the mountains of Central America. Dynamic and spirited, we can feel ourselves there. “The Happy Song” is wonderful, with a fabulous and flowing violin melody, guitar blending perfectly around, percussion and a great beat underneath. Very nice and very happy.

We are easily transported to a French café in the splendid “Déjà Vu.” Josie says, “It’s a memory of a place we’ve never been.” For never having been there, they have flawlessly captured the rich and flavorful essence of such a place.

The title track, “Dance of Two Souls,” is one to listen to again and again. This sensuous bossa nova magnetically draws you in from the start. Silky and sumptuous, it is a graceful, effortless dance. I just love it.

“Troublant Boléro,” a song written by Django Reinhardt and Jacques Larue, is very nicely covered. Guitar, violin, bass, drums are all excellent together. It’s a stellar mix.

Inspired by a trip to South America, “Dos Gringos” is intriguing and passionate. “Viaje del Corazón” perfectly captures the sights, sounds, and ambiance of a trip to Cuba.

“Swinging Cats” is “Stray Cats meet gypsy jazz.” This is totally fun and playful. In addition to Josie’s flawless violin performance, there is a great guitar solo in here as well. Like the long, languid days of summer, “Summertime,” written by George and Ira Gershwin and Dubose Heyward, leads us into a lovely daydream. Again, flawless performances by all.

My total favorite on the album is the marvelous “Where Does the Time Go.” We can feel every note and nuance of this song in the very depths of our soul. This has got a mysterious, Eastern flair and is simply spectacular in all regards.

“Esmeralda” is titled for the Hunchback of Notre Dame’s unrequited love of a gypsy girl. This is expressive and deeply moving. The album closes out nicely with “Por Causa de Você,” which means “because of you.” This is a wonderful composition where we can almost hear lyrics where there are none. This feels like an intimate conversation and it’s another favorite on this ebullient album, overflowing with life.
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