Journaling 2

Journaling 2

The story continues
Kinan Azmeh
Guy Barash
Missy Mazzoli
Raven Chacon
Armando Bayolo
Cornelius Dufallo
Cornelius Dufallo
Catalog Number: 
new classical

New York, NY

Release Date: 
Mar 24, 2017
Liner Notes: 
1 CD
Journaling 2iTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page
Song TitleTimePrice
1.How Many Would It Take?06:34$0.99
2.Talkback II07:11$0.99
3.Dissolve, O My Heart07:59$0.99
4.Lats' aadah06:08$0.99
One Sheet: 

Violinist and composer Cornelius Dufallo began his “Journaling” concert series in 2009 as a way to document the work of living composers and contribute to a repertoire of 21st century violin music. In 2012, innova Recordings released Journaling, the first album created out of these concerts and now comes the follow-up, Journaling 2.

Bringing together elements of electronics, extended techniques, chance techniques, and digital interactivity, the pieces here were composed by Kinan Azmeh, Guy Barash, Missy Mazzoli, Raven Chacon, Armando Bayolo, and Dufallo himself. Azmeh’s “How Many Would It Take” draws inspiration from the composer’s long visit to his home country of Syria; Bayolo’s “Tisch” takes off from Bach’s “Toccata in F Major”; and Dufallo’s “Reverie” expresses the unpredictable and often contradictory thoughts encountered in dreams.

For the past two decades, Dufallo has performed and promoted new music, as a soloist and as a collaborator. Dufallo has been a member of several notable ensembles, including the Flux Quartet (1996-2001), Ne(x)tworks (2003-2011), and ETHEL (2005-2012). Currently he performs as a member of the Secret Quartet.

In the performance of his own work, Dufallo was described as “an intensely introspective thinker who is committed to visual communication as he is to the purely musical” by the Washington Post. His work with musical technology illustrates “how much amplification can expand the instrument’s palette. Far from robbing the violin of its beauty, electronics add textural elements and graduations of timbre that the acoustic instrument cannot approximate” (The New York Times).



“In the final movement, violinist Cornelius Dufallo found a paradisiacal plane, carefully modulating his tone and bow strokes step by ethereal step…” Bruce Hodges, The Strad (December 2016).


"this powerful, intense, and dazzling display by Dufallo is a high water mark for his career and one of the essential new music releases of the year." [FULL ARTICLE] - Jeremy Shatan


“Electronics manipulations combine with his sublime avant violin technique and each track is described well in the liner notes. Dufallo himself composed the last track, “Reverie,” which is a must-listen. Call it edgy, nostalgic, classical–but it is definitely exquisite.” [FULL ARTICLE]

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"Journaling 2 brings together some wildly interesting and imaginative compositions with superb performances." [FULL ARTICLE] - Peter Thelen


"His approach to music is certainly a different sensibility that captures these 45 minutes. Sometimes it sounded like they were not playing a violin string and bow more electronic samples, but however, focuses on the essence of sound and its ability to communicate in psychedelic imaginary processes that circumvent the wide range of all those classic segments of understanding music. Research bravely." [FULL ARTICLE]


“Not only every song, but every section of it is, with all its variability, solidly compiled and shared by a soloist with focused secrecy and expressiveness. Yes: Dufallo journalizes the violin of this century with insight and imagination.” [FULL ARTICLE]



“the interaction between acoustic and electric size allows them to enhance the expressiveness (sometimes painful) of melodic motives, through complex stratification games.” [FULL ARTCILE] - Filippo Focosi