Taking its name from a beloved American folk song, Wayfaring is a duo project between bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst and clarinetist James Falzone. Wayfaring celebrates the CD release of their second album Intermezzo on March 14 at the Hideout in Chicago. Intermezzo is Wayfaring’s follow-up recording to their 2016 critically acclaimed, I Move, You Move, which was described as “one of the most austerely beautiful recordings of the year” by Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune. Started in Chicago in 2015 as a casual meeting of two like-minded players, Wayfaring has formed into a longstanding collective of unusual nuance and depth. Forged from years of live performances throughout North America and Canada, the music on Intermezzo furthers Wayfaring’s penchant for exploring disparate source material including Irish murder ballads, 16th century lute songs, and swinging jazz standards, in addition to Ernst’s and Falzone’s original compositions and improvisations. “For Katie and me, melody is at the center. Some of our earliest music-making revolved around playing hymns and folk songs, in which a singing melody is at the heart. In the material we’re drawn to, in our own compositions, even in our improvisations, the line is the thing,” offers Falzone.
Jason Adasiewicz’s vibes shimmer in the ether. A Chicago mainstay, Jason is a true original with a deep sensibility for sound vibration that can be heard through his innate and idiosyncratic approach to harmony and melody. Jason’s musical history is spiked with fervent free improvisation and tight melodic rendering” -Rob Mazurek
Utilizing space, unique melodic content, and diverse textures, saxophonist Sarah Clausen has developed an approach to improvisation and composition that is forward moving, and inspired by many musical traditions.