Edgefest copes with Hurricane Sandy complications, improvises an outstanding start
By Will Stewart
November 1st, 2012, 9:15 am
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Building dense improvisations over Hwang’s complex frameworks, the quartet was almost mathematical as members traded solos and offered insistent accompaniment, frequently building to musical climaxes that as irresistible as they were technically brilliant.
So often technical virtuosity comes at the expense of feel and groove, but Hwang’s quartet never lost either during its set on Wednesday. Bynum, in particular, is a major talent and on Wednesday, he blew the roof off without blowing ears out in the concert house’s intimate confines.
The quartet will be back at the concert house on Thursday, joined by Relyea, a mezzo-soprano, as well as reedman Piotr Michalowski.