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Bruce Hodges
The Juilliard Journal Online, April 2015

…the Calder String Quartet…makes a richly textured partner for Silverman’s meditations. © 2015 The Juilliard Journal Online Read complete review




Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, April 2014

In all cases the sound is precise without sounding brittle, and the console fed instruments sound to be in good balance with the live musicians.

This is an interesting and worthwhile disc for those looking for something uncommon yet not so avant-garde that is devolves into noise or atonalism. The music offered here is always interesting and remains melodic. Stereo separations are good which helps one pick out the musical textures. It is a good pick for an intense listening session. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
The New York Times, March 2014

This recording by the composer and six-string electric violin virtuoso Tracy Silverman features two works that reveal his delight in the sonic riches of his instrument as well as a knack for balancing structural rigor and creative freedom. In the title work, based on five famous paintings, he is joined by the excellent Calder Quartet; in “Axis and Orbits,” it’s the electric violin in communion with a loop pedal station that conjures expansive, colorful sound worlds. © 2014 The New York Times



Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, March 2014

Highly approachable and hugely enjoyable, this is a release of some new music I would commend to almost anyone. I personally greatly enjoy hearing instruments transformed using different sounds…Tracy Silverman remains faithful to his violinistic medium, and these effects are more ornamental than essential, the character of the music always drawing the listener in rather than attempting any kind of pomp-rock pretension. With a wealth of vibrant colour and the intelligence of a brilliant performer behind each track, this is music which knows what it wants to do and does it to great effect. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Lidia de Leon
Blogcritics, February 2014

Lovers of art will delight in the concept: well-known masterpieces by Michelangelo, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso, as interpreted through a unique 21st century musical sensibility. A lofty endeavor for sure, as well as a huge challenge in mixing such diverse creative perspectives and somehow making it work.

And it does work, stunningly, in Silverman’s rendering of Picasso’s epochal allegory of war, “Guernica,” from 1937. No mere fiddlin’ around here—it’s an amazing piece, with Silverman brilliantly capturing the beating drums of conflict in music that, like its artistic inspiration, is anguished, pulsing, and mesmerizing. Silverman’s mastery of his multihued instrument…is virtuosic, shifting effortlessly from the torment of “Guernica” to the bouncy emotion of Matisse’s “La Danse.”

The second half of the album, “Axis and Orbits,” is all about “looping” a signature technique for Silverman. A loop pedal records a section of music, which is then stopped and played back from the beginning, repeating endlessly, to be overdubbed and layered as the artist sees fit. In the last of the four sections that make up “Axis and Orbits,” called “Mojo Perpetuo,” one senses Silverman’s expertise. Its sharply staccato counterpoints comprise some of the “harmonic serendipities” he wished to impart in the piece. © 2014 Blogcritics Read complete review





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