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DYAD Plays Jazz Arias CD cover

Dyad Plays Jazz Arias

DYAD is a unique duo born from two jazz and classical artists who transcend musical boundaries, transforming the emotion of classic operatic melodies into stylish contemporary jazz. Dyad features Lou Caimano’s bold, lush alto saxophone sound, enfolded in an orchestral way by Eric Olsen’s vibrant and inventive piano. The fluid rhythmic and danic interplay between the musician is a signature feature of the Dyad sound. With Dyad Plays Jazz Arias, Lou and Eric join forces to bring favorite operatic arias into the world of modern jazz with grace, style, brilliant originality, and breathtaking skill.

In this album, veteran jazz artists Randy Brecker and Ted Nash bring their exceptional artistry to the Dyad experience, adding a colorful and dynamic dimension to the music.

DYAD does it again.

“Dyad goes through the borders between Classical and Jazz with ease!” -Paquito D’Rivera, Grammy Award winning saxophonist
DYAD Plays Puccini

Dyad Plays Puccini

Sometimes a simple comment made in passing becomes the seed that blossoms into a beautiful idea. Operatic soprano Pamela Olsen confided to her husband, pianist Eric Olsen, that Lou Caimano’s alto playing reminded her of an opera singer. This suggestion became the concept for Dyad Plays Puccini: re-imagining Puccini’s most beautiful classical compositions as contemporary jazz arrangements. With that, a new musical adventure for the Dyad partnership was born, fusing the two streams of classical and jazz music. In DYAD Plays Puccini, Olsen and Caimano bring ten timeless Puccini melodies into the 21st century with grace, style, virtuosity, and originality.

Pure DYAD at its best.

“Dyad goes through the borders between Classical and Jazz with ease!” -Paquito D’Rivera, Grammy Award winning saxophonist
Dyad

Dyad

It’s not often the expression “less is more” is really musically meaningful. DYAD, the new CD by saxophonist Lou Caimano and pianist Eric Olsen definitely achieves meaning with less. The notes on the CD reveal something about their musical process. Something about it is both thoughtful, complex, and heartfelt. Together the searching sound reveals a sophisticated love affair between reed and keyboard that join extremes into a masterful potion. At times, the contradictions meld together, edgy and tender, childlike and sophisticated, intelligent and romantic. Lot’s of interesting couplings. The CD is quite varied and includes original neo-classical compositions, latin rhythms, and formidable jazz standards. Perfect for a rainy day.  – Saul Spangenberg