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the-oz This album is one of of favorite albums of the past several years. Is it jazz? Is it classical? Is it hip/hop? Yes! Very original and musical. This is an exciting duo, and I look forward to hearing more. Favorite track: non-poem 1 by Jonathan Ragonese.
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As RighteousGIRLS, NY-based flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi continually expand their vocabulary through ongoing commissioning projects and collaborations, inviting some of today's most prominent composers and artists to create genre-blurring new music.

Their debut album "gathering blue" features ten contemporary classical and jazz artists including:

Andy Akiho
Ambrose Akinmusire
Pascal Le Boeuf
Christian Carey
Vijay Iyer
Dave Molk
Mike Perdue
Jonathan Ragonese
Randy Woolf

Featured guest artists include:
Andy Akiho, steel pan
Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet
Justin Brown, drums

For the RighteousGIRLS, “gathering blue,” (inspired by the 2000 science fiction novel by Lois Lowry) is a sweep of personal discovery, a metaphor about gathering colors and weaving them together to create the story of their surrounding community. Since their formation in 2010, RighteousGIRLS have continually explored the artistic community of New York City, and on this album, share their experience. “gathering blue” brings together a collection of composers and performers in duo/trio settings (drums, steel-pan, trumpet, and bandoneon) while integrating improvisation and post-production techniques. The subject matter (odd time signatures, improvisation, and nonconventional forms) is woven together by a series of interludes, illustrating the evolution of the RighteousGIRLS sound and the colors they've collected. This debut album acts as an introduction to the ensemble, displaying not only the RighteousGIRLS as instrumentalists, but the rush experienced when they are given the freedom to unleash their own discoveries while “gathering blue.”

"gathering blue" was recorded at Brooklyn Recording (engineer Andy Taub), Oktaven Audio (engineer Ryan Streber), and produced by Pascal Le Boeuf. The album is set to be released in 2015.


released July 10, 2015

Produced by Pascal Le Boeuf
Mixed & Mastered by Dave Darlington (Bass Hit Studios)

Recorded at:
Brooklyn Recording
Oktaven Audio
Sterling Studios
Sullivan Studios

Andy Taub (Brooklyn Recording)
Ryan Streber (Oktaven Audio)
Alex Sterling (Sterling Studios)
Pascal Le Boeuf (Sullivan Studios)

Zlata Kolomoyskaya,, Art
Shervin Lainez, Photography
Aestheticize Media, Album design and layout


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“The music is crisp, shiny, avid, lucid, exciting and technically quite Accomplished” (New York City Jazz Record)

"For Izzo and Dohi, nothing is off limits." (Second Inversion)

"The whole of gathering blue, featuring compositions by Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, and others, displays the same enthralling quick-change artistry." (Brooklyn Rail)
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