“Tone Tap and Text”
Tap specialist Brenda Bufalino and vocalist Jay Clayton create contexts and themes that weave poetic text, tap dance and voice into a world of tones, with layers of intensities. Improvising in jazz, blues oravant-garde idioms, their work conjures soulful images of power and tenderness.
“…when Clayton and Bufalino were featured together..one could sense a meeting of master artists, bridging the sensory gap between motion and sound.” 5/4 Magazine
“Each time Bufalino’s hoofing “dialogues” with Clayton’s scatting (which a step on a foot pedal allows her to record, playback, and sing in harmony with) we transported into a sublime musical environment that is completely mesmerizing.” Backstage
“Brenda Bufalino and Jay Clayton do a magical turn together–Bufalino speaking poetically of a blue heron she sees, her arms winging as she starts to tap, and Clayton feathering bird calls in and of scat singing. An eletronic delay allows Bufalino to dialogue with her on nimble tapping as well. The number flies.” Village Voice