Improvising Duo Skinny Vinny Interviewed at AAJ


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Andrew Eisenberg is the percussionist for the Boston, Mass. duo Skinny Vinny--and a conceptual mastermind. Equally adept with hammer, saw, trash can, pots and pans, or what have you, he can make you think, or muse, by knocking together a table, or banging a stick against a window. An early piece, a big white room with a steel door, was titled “The Answer to Everything." The answer was enclosed within the room. But the door was locked...

No, Skinny Vinny doesn't have the answer, but they aim to please--if your pleasure is difficult, minimal improvised dissonance. Which, for many it is. And for many more, it is a pleasant surprise from a genre that isn't their cup of tea, or weapon of choice. But the duo is not about duels, or combat.

AAJ Contributor Gordon Marshall spoke with Eisenberg and saxophonist Joshua Jefferson, the other half of Skinny Vinny, about how the duo began, playing to the room and “the influence of noise, everyday life, everything around us."

Check out Skinny Vinny: The Answer to Everything at AAJ today!

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