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Guitarists Escoto & Simon weave dreamlike melodies on new album 'Collage'
(Published: July 30, 2011)

July 30, 2011 (New York, NY) Written by Robert Sutton. Beauty is in the eye of the guitarist. For Escoto & Simon, there is perhaps nothing more lovely than the delicate strumming of acoustic guitars.

On their latest album Collage, guitarists Martin Simon and Astor Escoto weave their own form of magic through the strings of their guitars; melding aspects of jazz, samba, classical, and flamenco music, Escoto & Simon create poetry with rhythm and melody.

Simon first met Escoto not long after relocating to New York City in the late ‘90s. Simon was born in Slovakia and started playing classical guitar at the age of 10. In New York City, Simon became exposed to various forms of music, including the native sounds of Indian, Latin American, and African cultures as well as local avant-garde experimentalism. For over a decade Simon and Honduran-born Escoto have been performing and composing songs together.

If dreams needed to hire composers, then Escoto & Simon would top the list of candidates. On "Studio No. 3," the duo unreels layers of cinematic atmosphere, producing calming, transcendent riffs that conjure images of ripples on a lake. The moody "Rain Forest II," on the other hand, aims for a late-evening feel; Escoto & Simon's guitars unite like the sun and the moon, balancing light and darkness with what feels to be a spiritual bond. Then there's "Exit," with its otherworldly textures.

Escoto & Simon are partners in the art of leaving listeners spellbound. On Collage, they craft one masterwork after another, each glistening with sun-soaked gorgeousness. Rarely does jazz music ever dazzle with such subtle artistry and fragile emotions; it will haunt your days.

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