Denver, Colorado Perpetual Motion, comprised of violinist Josie Quick and guitarist Tom Carleno, has found their niche with acoustic world fusion, a vibrant blend of Central and South American folk, progressive jazz, and blues. Toss in some classic rock and gypsy swing, and you have an evening filled with musical adventure.
Guitarist Tom Carleno (whose debut solo album recently won Best Instrumental Album-Acoustic at the Zone Music Reporter Awards) has an innovative and intriguing songwriting style. Augmented by violinist Josie Quick’s passionate melodies and fiery improvisations, their music results in a truly imaginative and masterful sound. Their original music and unique arrangements of classic rock favorites are reminiscent of Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Hedges, Stephane Grappelli and Laurence Juber.
Perpetual Motion began with Tom’s request to “get together and play some songs I’ve written for guitar and violin,” after which he hurriedly penned a violin part for an existing song. After their first rehearsal the duo knew there were possibilities, and they began composing music together. Josie and Tom have been sharing their music steadily in venues across Colorado ever since. A favorite of arts festivals and library concert series, they have become regulars at Denver’s Swallow Hill Music Association, the Mercury Cafe, and the Denver Public Library. They have released five CDs to critical and audience acclaim, winning songwriting awards and commendations along the way.
Tom and Josie met while teaching private lessons at a Denver area music store. It took several months for the two to strike up much of a conversation, but while at a mutual friend’s birthday party the two started talking. A few days later Tom dropped his pick up line, and asking for a date without really asking for a date charmed Josie. A rehearsal date was set. One of the songs they rehearsed that first day became the title cut for their first CD, “Ready, Willing, and Able.”
Tom had been in a number of rock bands, and they had always met an early demise. He was ready to try a different tactic for getting a band going. His plan was to create a core of two people that could work together, and build from there.
Josie had been wanting to get more into playing jazz violin. The spontaneity of improvisation intrigued her classical music sensibilities.
The time was right for these two to get together. Tom’s use of open tunings and fingerstyle guitar gave Josie the inspiration to improvise contrapuntal melodies.
Over the years their music has evolved from the folky “jazz with a classical flair” to a more fusion driven sound incorporating blues, rock, and world music influences.