A Small Dream In Red is a ground-breaking duo whose powerful artistic expression is centered around the alto voice and alto saxophone. Through improvisation, deconstruction, interpretation, expansion, innovation and storytelling they arrange aural and visual elements into moving images, new shapes, designs and sounds.
"Nora McCarthy and Jorge Sylvester achieve the unique immediacy of music in abstract visual form in their duo performances, an innovative form of musical expression wherein each work reveals a self-contained world of content, form, improvisation, and - above all - balance."
"For Nora McCarthy and Jorge Sylvester, there is no choice but to trust the gift of inspiration with the humility and care borne of craftsmanship and discipline, and to give authentic voice to the vital, microcosmic "Now!" at the core of artistic modernity. These artists' work is truly deserving of notice and consideration, because it is work arising out of human necessity, not aesthetic preference. As a result of years of intensive collaboration, their hard-won synergy has enabled them to stake an honest claim to the modern artist's highest ground—clarity of expression."...Ramsey Ameen
A Small Dream In Red officially debuted at the Knitting Factory in NYC on September 10, 2001 however their first performance was at the Orange Bear in NYC in 2000 for a party held in honor of Cecil Taylor's birthday who was in the audience that evening.
In March, 2003, they recorded their first CD, A Small Dream In Red, a live performance captured at Cleveland State University at the Sundown Jazz Series. The CD, a compilation of original compositions and standards, garnered wonderful reviews and established them as one of the world's most unique and innovative duos performing in this format and instrumentation.
In the Spring of 2007 A Small Dream In Red, conducted a weeklong series of workshops that culminated in a first-of-its-kind sold out concert in Podgorica, Montenegro before an enthusiastic and attentive audience followed by an appearance on the television show Good Morning Montenegro.
They have performed for over twelve years throughout New York at well known jazz and avant-garde venues, galleries and schools and have also appeared in concert in Linz, Austria and Panama City, Panama.
Their new CD, In The Language Of Dreams¸ is a tribute to Ornette Coleman, master innovator of the free jazz movement and Wassily Kandinsky, abstractionist painter and master of modern art. It features original compositions by both McCarthy and Sylvester, poetry, interpretations of the five of Kandinsky's paintings as well as two Ornette compositions that McCarthy wrote lyrics for, an heirloom standard, a Gaelic Hymn, a composition of the great poetic song stylist, Abbey Lincoln and a compelling piece dedicated to the people of Japan.