Helena Kay's KIM Trio – Moon Palace

Paul Auster’s fiction is characterized by eeriness: His characters double each other, identity is destabilized and American landscapes loom large—whether the panoptical glass space of New York or the expanses of the Midwest.

On her debut, Moon Palace, tenor saxophonist Helena Kay takes Auster’s 1989 novel of the same name as inspiration. A tale of a young man searching for his identity through Manhattan and the Midwest, it’s a typical Auster novel in many respects, and the journeying nature of its central character is perfectly reflected in Kay’s languid saxophone lines.

Read the review in Downbeat Magazine.

[This piece was published in the March 2019 Issue]