Perpetual Motion began with a little white lie. An award-winning rock guitarist met an enchanting classically trained violin player at a party and asked her to help him record some guitar-violin duo songs he had written. She agreed, curious about him, and with his heart in his throat he sprinted home to get started writing those violin parts.
25 years later and Tom and Josie are still writing music for each other, music that ignores genre in favor of freedom. Perpetual Motion exists in the spaces between music from everywhere: a vibrant blend of Central and South American folk, progressive jazz, and blues. Tom’s deep beat of classic rock and Josie’s complex thrill of gypsy violin work together to wrap around your core and make you want to move. They move in vibrant counterpoint: composed and improvised, local and worldwide, profoundly present and ethereally moving.
The most unique element of Perpetual Motion's music is the instrumentation. Tom Carleno's acoustic fingerstyle guitar compositions written with open tunings create a rich tapestry of sound and textures for the improvisations of violinist Josie Quick
The unlikely pairing of a classically trained chamber musician and a rock guitarist has yielded Perpetual Motion, a Denver based jazz ensemble known for moving through genres to create one eclectic sound. Elegant with an element of adventure, the acoustic/electric violin and guitar duo Perpetual Motion’s music is a vibrant blend of world music, progressive jazz, blues and rock.