The individuals who create music get their inspiration from a wide variety of sources, each of which is unique to them. And Ismael Gabasau’s method is even more unconventional than most others.
During the pandemic, he began creating abstract art, and among his initial works was a butterfly made of copper set against a blue backdrop. In that picture, he conveyed his feelings of loss and confusion at his uncle’s passing in the midst of the pandemic via his artistic expression.
Because of those emotions and the artwork, he was inspired to create his first jazz song, which he titled “Sour and Sweet.” As a result, this extended play (EP), titled “The Art of Seeing Through,” is the musical embodiment of that visual experience.
“The Art of Seeing Through” has a place in the wider world of jazz; yet, just as it is difficult to ignore the mixes of sounds and musical hues that paint and cascade over Ismael Gabasau’s characteristic sound, so too is it difficult to ignore the artistry that he displays in his work. Among all his songs, “Sour and Sweet” have beautifully laid-back and subtle soulfulness.
However, it is a fantastic collection of music – one of a kind and brimming with flavor – much like the art from which it derives its cues and inspiration.
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