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Violinist Marissa Licata and saxophonist Charles Licata collaborate on haunting new CD
(Published: May 13, 2012)

Her violin, swirling with an aching, haunting beauty, unveils the cries of the soul. His saxophone, deeply soulful and beaming with life, captures the pulsating beat of the heart.

On Water Level, the father and daughter team of violinist Marissa Licata and Charles Licata mesmerizes listeners with luminous, evocative instrumentals, combining the shimmering elegance of classical music with the throbbing rhythms of jazz. The album is the first for the duo, and it symbolizes the passage of talent from one generation to the other.

While performing with one's dad might seem like a comfortable situation for some, for Marissa it posed challenges of its own, which she welcomed for the sake of her creative development. "It was a pretty stressful experience, one that I am so happy to have been a part of," Marissa revealed. "It reminded me, in many ways, of all the years he and I spent practicing together, from age 3 to 17, on scorching hot summer days, and we'd argue over intonation, or a wrong note. This time, we agreed for the most part about the music, and I found my father struggling with the balance between letting us - the band - be ourselves with the music and telling us what he wanted to hear. My father is a very accepting musician and wants everyone to have his or her own personality and voice within the music, which I can understand and respect very much. For me, I just wanted him to feel like he was the leader in this process and constructively criticize to get the sound he was looking for. I guess I wanted him to be confident that he could get the sound he had envisioned. His confidence and comfort was really the part that I found stressful."

The experience of recording the album with her father had a lasting impact with Marissa. "My playing improved greatly from playing my father's music - and playing it with him," Marissa said. "I knew exactly what he wanted out of me and it helps to know someone so well that you really don't even need to discuss it." That unspoken communication is clearly evident on Water Level as Marissa and Charles weave a hypnotic spell, conjuring layers of mood and atmosphere. "We have been so close for so many years that having her play with me was just a part of a long extension," Charles explained. "It was incredibly gratifying."


More Information: http://marissalicata.com

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