Leya, the Brooklyn based duo of harpist Marilu Donovan and violinist Adam Markiewicz, just dropped their second full-length album Flood Dream. Their obscure combination of violin and detuned harp with a bit of influence from pre-Baroque chamber music is absolutely haunting and charming at the same time. The duo’s first album, The Fool, released in 2018, was a glimmer of ambiguous motif they have elegantly conferred on this 2020 project. Flood dream is perplexing and it stays like that even after a few listen.
Skating In Central Park was originally written by John Lewis for Odds Against Tomorrow, a 1959’s film produced and directed by Robert Wise. The Modern Jazz Quartet recorded the tune for the film and for their album Music from Odds Against Tomorrow and released it in 1959 on United Artists Record. Bill Evans and Jim Hall re-record the waltz and released it on their 1962 album Undercurrent on United Artists, which Jazz critic Pete Welding stated: “This collaboration between Evans and Hall has resulted in some of the most beautiful, thoroughly ingratiating music it has been my pleasure to hear—now or any other time.” The album cover for Undercurrent is originally Toni Frissell’s photograph Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida.