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CandiceMichelle1 ,

From Aural Awakenings

Perpetual Motion is an instrumental duo comprised of guitarist Tom Carleno and violinist Josie Quick who’ve been creating music together for over three decades. Their latest album, Dance of Two Souls, rejoins their respective talents for a listening experience that feels festive, carefree and vibrant. Comprised of thirteen compositions spanning just under an hour, Dance of Two Souls is notably inspired by the couple’s travels throughout Central and South America as well as a couple of overseas locations, with the final result being a musical expedition of instrumental world fusion that's beautifully shaped by various cultures and landscapes. Supporting the duo's acoustic guitars and acoustic/electric violins are Blake Eberhard on acoustic/electric bass, as well as Christian Teele whose diverse range of percussive styles further adds to the colorful intricacy of Perpetual Motion's engaging, terrific performances.

Some highlights include the opening piece, “Sunsplash”, with its tropical flair and free-spirited vibe recalling the couple's trip to Belize. Following next is the vivacious “Diabla” which draws its inspiration from a journey through the mountains of Central America. Aptly-infused with both Spanish and indigenous elements, this adventurous piece showcases Latin guitar, fiery percussion and dynamic violin-playing, perfectly topped-off by the added touch of rainstick further evoking a lush rainforest environment.

The chic and lively “Déjà vu” invites the listener to dine at a French café, while the title piece “Dance of Two Souls” shifts to the dancefloor with its sensuous Bossa Nova rhythm. “Dos Gringos” reflects upon the duo’s lifelong dream of traveling to South America, while “Viaje del Corazón” (“Journey of the Heart”) wades into Caribbean waters as the pair set their sights on Cuba.

Although being of part Central American and Caribbean roots myself, I found my attention most drawn to the mysterious “Where Does the Time Go”, which intriguingly blends both Middle Eastern and Southwest American motifs, thereby fascinatingly linking these geographical locations through imagery and sound.

Elegantly composed and performed as always, Dance of Two Souls delivers a diverting and leisurely listening getaway that is sure to awaken the travel bug!

KathyPiano7 ,

From MainlyPiano

Inspired by places visited and some not yet seen, Perpetual Motion has created "Dance of Two Souls," an album that overflows with sunshine, joy, happy memories, romance and just enough drama to keep it real. Violin and guitar dance together beautifully in the hands of Josie Quick and Tom Carleno (Perpetual Motion) plus a pair of guest artists! Nine of the thirteen tracks were composed by Quick, two by Carleno, and two are original arrangements. The album was produced by Quick and Carleno and the guest artists are Blake Eberhard (electric and acoustic basses) and Christian Teele (drums and percussion).

Perpetual Motion released their first album, "Ready, Willing and Able," in 1993, but Dance of Two Souls is their first album of new material since Josie’s 2009 lupus diagnosis. They released an exciting 25-year retrospective called "Rear View" in 2017 and it’s so good to have this dynamic duo back in action! Josie Quick calls herself an “all purpose violinist” who was classically-trained. She was introduced to jazz in college and never looked back. She has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists as well as with her husband (Tom) as Perpetual Motion. Guitarist Tom Carleno decided he wanted to be an entertainer when he was a youngster and nothing else would do. In addition to his recordings with Perpetual Motion and others, Carleno released an award-winning solo album in 2013, "Perfect Imperfection."

"Dance of Two Souls" begins with “Sunsplash,” a Latin jazz-flavored confection that all but dances for joy. Inspired by watching a sunset from a boat in Belize, it’s an exuberant start! The rhythmic and energetic “Diabla” came about after a journey through the mountains of Central America and reflects the music from that part of the world. The perfectly-titled “The Happy Song” overflows with feelings of gentle warmth and an easy-going contentment. “Deja Vu” is “a memory of a place we’ve never been.” In this case, a French cafe. The piece itself has a lighthearted energy and a playful nature. I love the title track, a beautiful bossa nova for violin and guitar with some gently rhythmic percussion. The buoyant “Dos Gringos” was inspired by a recent trip to South America and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Violin and guitar really soar on this one, propelled by some lively percussion. Quick describes “Swinging Cats” as “The Stray Cats meet gypsy jazz” and what a delight it is! With just hints of the bluesy “The Stray Cat Strut” blended with a gypsy attitude, it’s one of my favorites! The Gershwin classic, “Summertime,” has always been one of my favorite standards, and I love this sultry duet for violin and guitar! I also really love “Where Does the Time Go?” composed by Carleno. The haunting melody and pensive tone grab me every time I hear it! Carleno also wrote “Por Causa de Voce,” which means “Because of You” and dedicated it to Josie Quick. Bright Latin rhythms and some very elegant guitar work make this a beautiful closing piece to a great album!

"Dance of Two Souls" marks a long-anticipated come-back for Perpetual Motion and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that there will be many more albums from this exceptional duo!

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