December 7, 2013
AYMAN FANOUS & JASON HAO HWANG/Zilzal: This is almost an album you could frame and hang on the wall. A guitarist and violinist that have been tearing it up downtown since the 90s, this is their recording debut. Not exactly contemporary classical or chamber music, this duo creates the kind of achingly simple and beautiful playing that isn't casual listening but is deep, solid listening most welcome when you have your art hat on and only a narrow swatch of sound will satisfy. Oddly enough, the two have enough on the ball that even with simple and spare instrumentation, they can take you very clearly around the world and really open your ears. Yes, this is what you want to hear when it's time to indulge in something completely different. A winner.