Twenty years ago, memorably, the great American composer and saxophonist Steve Lacy played some of his last concerts in Guelph. Saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra and clarinettist François Houle are kindred in their deep investigation of Lacy oeuvre, having both studied with him personally. Their Coastlines Duo is a thoroughly wrought, loving exploration of key works from the master’s vast catalogue, those that the spare combination of their instruments can activate in their contrapuntal richness. Like Lacy’s long-time collaboration with saxophonist Steve Potts, Coastlines Duo explores his singular pieces with poise, precision, joy, and animating energy.
Photo Credit: Dianne Smitters and Stephen Malagodi