Water Pushes Sand hits the road in August with performances around Australia. Erik Griswold's wild and beautiful intercultural celebration draws on fifteen years of collaboration with leading artists from Sichuan. Following the success Water Pushes Sand at Melbourne Festival and Oz Asia Festival, Adelaide in 2015 the project has been reimagined for a touring outfit.
Water Pushes Sand fuses Sichuan melodies and rhythms with modern jazz improvisation and video projections that evoke the vibrant landscape of the Chengdu Provence. Known for its brash and friendly people, spicy food, laid back tea houses, and the distinctive twang of its spoken dialect, Sichuan is unique in China. Its music combines colours from rustic country folk, street songs and a cacophony of gongs and cymbals. It is more like blues or early rock and roll than classical music.
Featured Australian Works
||Water pushes sand : large jazz ensemble by Erik Griswold|
— performed by Australian Art Orchestra and Peter Knight
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