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As RighteousGIRLS, New York-based flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi continually expand their creative reach by bringing 21st century music to new audiences and commissioning works that root themselves in classical idioms, but draw from other genres.

On July 10, 2015, RighteousGIRLS made their introduction with the release of their debut album ‘gathering blue’ (New Focus Recordings) featuring thirteen new works by contemporary/classical and jazz artists including Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, Pascal Le Boeuf, Christian Carey, Vijay Iyer, Dave Molk, Mike Perdue, Jonathan Ragonese, and Randy Woolf. “The whole of gathering blue, featuring compositions by Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, and others, displays the same enthralling quick change artistry” (Brooklyn Rail).

‘gathering blue’ received 4.5 stars in the 2015 November issue of Downbeat magazine and was included in their ‘Best Albums of 2015’ this January. Other recent awards include a 2015 New Music USA Awards Grant, 3rd place in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition for GIRLS by composer/producer Pascal Le Boeuf, and a 2014 Independent Music Awards Nomination for ‘gathering blue’ (Best Album) and KARakurENAI (Best Instrumental) by composer/steel-pannist Andy Akiho. Read Recent Reviews & Interviews

RigheousGIRLS recently performed as part of Vicky Chow’s ‘Contagious Sound Series’ at the Cornelia Street Café, and at venues and festivals such as SubCulture, the D.C. Jazz Festival, the Jazz Gallery, The Yamaha Piano Salon, An Die Musik, Bohemian Caverns, The ArtsCenter, Rockwood Music Hall, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater.

Over the past year, RighteousGIRLS have performed in collaboration with various artists stemming from the New York Downtown music scene.  Some recent projects include a music video of composer Andy Akiho’s “NO one To kNOW One” filmed by videographer Michael McQuilken at the “National Sawdust” in Brooklyn, released by Vic Firth. RighteousGIRLS was recently featured by New Music USA at SubCulture alongside Steve Coleman & the Five Elements, Rudresh Mahanthappa and the Prism Quartet, and Wet Ink Ensemble. RighteousGIRLS have also been featured artists in viral videos presented by CDZA.

Gina earned her BM from the Manhattan School of Music and MM from New York University. Erika earned her BM and MM from the Manhattan School of Music and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Stony Brook University.

GIRLS by Pascal Le Boeuf

RighteousGIRLS ‘GIRLS’ was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.

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Gathering Blue EPK

RighteousGIRLS debut album “gathering blue” on New Focus Recordings released on July, 10, 2015 featuring guest artists Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet; Andy Akiho, steel-pan, & Justin Brown, drums.

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‘Accumulated Gestures’ by Vijay Iyer (Feat. Justin Brown, drums)

“Accumulated Gestures” is a jumping off point for improvisation. The piece acts as a lead sheet and opens into a trio improv beginning at 1:24.

Pin Drop Point:
3:37- 5:34 (ensemble improvisation build/peak)

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