STRINGS Magazine Review

•April 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

“Edgy and angular… but also surprisingly lyrical… imaginatively captures the boundless creative spirit of improvisational cello in the hands of a gifted artist.” – Greg Cahill, Strings magazine

Cedar Creek Radio reviews The Sweet Volcano

•March 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment

“Authoritarian, boisterous, impetuous, exploratory, frequently cacophonous, this stark collection of improvisations effortlessly transcends genre and yet is consistently intimate and welcoming. This is a tone dialogue and the story Matt and Greg have to tell is compelling and urgent. The title track, divided into three parts, is a many hued swatch that oscillates between anxiety and inquisitiveness.”

– Jeff Messerman
Cedar Creek Radio

La Folia’s review of the Sweet Volcano

•February 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Dark By Glance on YouTube

•November 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Dark By Glance from The Sweet Volcano on YouTube

YouTube Clip

•November 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Check out this link to see us on YouTube.

•November 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment
Matt Turner: The Sweet Volcano

Hot off the press: The Sweet Volcano

•November 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

On The Sweet Volcano, the debut release from Icker Records, acclaimed cellist Matt Turner and pianist Greg Pagel explore a fascinating space between the worlds of improvised music and the European classical tradition.  The album is a series of free improvisations drawing inspiration from composers such as Schöenberg, Varèse, Ives, Stravinsky and Crumb, while keeping true to the adventurous spirit of free jazz. The depth of the rapport between these two should come as no surprise. Pagel and Turner are both graduates of New England Conservatory and the Conservatory at Lawrence University, having studied with many of the same teachers, including Joe Maneri and Ran Blake.  Both are seasoned jazz veterans who also frequently perform both traditional and contemporary classical music.  Having played together for over a decade, they speak the same musical language, and this recording shows that they are able to spontaneously compose as a single musical mind, creating works both coherent and whimsical.  The music here is largely atonal, but never chaotic.  The variety of textures is extreme, but even when verging on the avant-garde (both players employ a variety of extended techniques), lyricism is never abandoned.  The moods range from pensive (as on Widow’s Watch) to ferocious (as on Scherzo) to spiritual (as on Gloaming).  The Sweet Volcano takes us where free improvisation can go but seldom does.  Enjoy the journey.


Matt Turner and Greg Pagel | The Sweet Volcano | CD Baby Music Store

•November 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Matt Turner and Greg Pagel | The Sweet Volcano | CD Baby Music Store.

The Sweet Volcano CD Update

•November 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The Sweet Volcano cds have arrived! We will have a purchase link up soon.

The Sweet Volcano

•November 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Cello and Piano Improvisations.

Cello and Piano Improvisations.  Coming soon!